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The best summer music festivals: your guide

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Summer music festivals 2013

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Is there a better way to spend your summer than with the best bands on the planet?

The music festival has become a staple of the British summer. Come rain or shine, music fans don their wellies, apply sunscreen liberally, pack their sleeping bags and set off to enjoy the fantastic line-ups at music festivals across Britain.

Festival-goers are especially excited about this summer, which sees the return of Glastonbury after being sorely missed last year.

Keep reading for the best music festivals and line-ups you won’t want to miss this summer…

Surviving the campsite

Staying on-site at a music festival allows you to unleash your inner boy scout; giving you an excuse to dust off that old tent and finally find a use for your Swiss Army knife. The highlight of the experience for many, it can quickly descend into a nightmare if you don’t know what you are doing…

• Take socks, lots of them. There’s nothing worse than having wet feet, especially when you’re going to spend an entire weekend in a field.

• Buying food in the campsite can be expensive, so taking your own can save you a fortune. Cereal bars, fruit and biscuits are all safe to store in your tent and will give you a handy energy boost in between bands.

• Never underestimate the benefits of a good night’s sleep so consider taking a travel pillow with you. You’ll thank us after a full day straining to see your favourite acts.


The spiritual king of the summer festival scene returns this year – and promises a legendary line-up to make up for its 2012 absence.

Located in the beautiful Somerset countryside, Glastonbury is known around the world for its iconic Pyramid stage and leftfield atmosphere. Musicians playing everything from folk to futuristic dance music will be represented at this year’s event, with a heavy emphasis also placed upon other cultural work taking place across the weekend.

In true Glastonbury style, the only act to be announced so far is Malian singer Rokia Traoré.
But the rumour mill is going into overdrive about who could be headlining this year’s event, with strong hints that The Rolling Stones could be set to end their 50-year absence and top the Worthy Farm bill. Iconic five-piece band Fleetwood Mac and rapper Jay-Z are also predicted to make an appearance this summer.

When: 26th to 30th June.

Get there: Jump on a train to Bristol and then take a local service to Castle Cary. Free shuttle buses will then take you to the site where the musical fun begins.

T in the Park

Scotland’s biggest festival is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and has put together a fitting line-up to mark this landmark. 85,000 revellers will descend on the T in the Park arena each day to see the likes of Rihanna, Mumford & Sons and The Killers rock the main stage.

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, indie heroes Yeah Yeah Yeahs and electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will also perform across the weekend alongside over a hundred other exciting acts.

When: 12th to 14th July

Get there: Festival goers can take the train to Edinburgh before hopping on a shuttle bus across the Forth Road Bridge to the picturesque site in Fife.


Britain’s premier rock extravaganza returns to the stunning Donnington Park for the tenth year with a host of decibel heavy acts to keep crowds entertained. Iron Maiden, Ramstein and Slipknot headline Download, whilst rock titans Motorhead and metal legends Korn will be on hand to provide further musical mayhem.

Queens of the Stone Age, who are set to release their much-anticipated sixth album, will also be wowing the crowd at the main stage on Saturday.

When: 14th to 16th June

Get there: Taking the train to Leicester is the easiest way to reach Download , meaning you don’t have to brave motorway tailbacks or cancelled flights to enjoy the best rock music of the summer.


Bestival might be the last of the summer’s music festival’s but it’s also one of the most fun. Taking place in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, partygoers are treated to four days of diverse music and some of the best weather of the season (hope we don’t jinx it). Elton John, Snoop Dogg and NME Godlike Genius recipient Johnny Marr are just some of the musicians playing this year.

When: 5th to 8th September

Get there: Take a train to Southampton and then jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight.

What festival are you attending this summer? Why not let us know by leaving a comment for us below?

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