The Overdiluted guide to UK festivals

The UK might not get the guaranteed sunshine of LA or Barcelona, but you can keep your Coachella and Primavera because, ignoring the probability of awful weather, the number of super cool UK festivals out there is pretty crazy.

Leaving the big hitters such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and the host of one or two day London festivals such as Field Day and Lovebox to one side, we’re focusing in on some of the newer and lesser-known UK festivals (and our favourite artists playing them) for a quick and easy weekend escape this summer.

Forgotten Fields

Taking place a short hop from London in the East Sussex countryside, Forgotten Fields is an interesting and fairly chilled looking festival coming from the minds behind Kendal Calling. Aside from the music, there’s a focus on art, yoga plus great food and beer, offering a slightly more relaxed and sophisticated weekend in August than some other UK festivals. As for the artists, Kelis, Norman Jay, The Orielles and Sugarhill Gang stand out among an easy lineup of classic and current artists. Nab a ticket.

Live At Leeds

Happening in the very same city as one of the best-loved UK festivals, Live At Leeds is a weekend where the tent and wellies stay at home, with the event happening in and around the city of Leeds. Perfect if you live in the North or if you fancy getting out of the south, stand outs on this lineup include Autobahn, Loyle Carner, Circa Waves, Samm Henshaw and Trash. Taking place in just a couple of weeks time, Live At Leeds is among the first wave of events kicking off festival season for 2016. Get excited about it.


Shoreham Airport, just outside of Brighton, plays host to the festival from Rudimental and Disclosure, who’re inviting Skepta, Jamie Woon, J Hus, Section Boys and Kaytranada along for a pretty big party by the sea. Wildlife trades places after a day with Manchester-based Parklife, bringing two festivals to two UK cities over one weekend in June. Read all about it.

Wildfire Adventure Camp

One for those who get bored of bands after day 2 and like a change of pace from the usual, Wildlife Adventure Camp is a throwback adventure weekend for really big kids. An adult-only festival promising activities such as trap setting, astronomy, knife throwing and a million and one others, Wildfire is a million miles away from your usual festival experience, and that's why it sounds so great. It reminds me of one of those residential weekends you do with school, but on a bigger scale, with your pals and with no curfews. Find out more.