Summer is soon approaching and it’s time to round up this year’s best festivals. From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the quirky charm of Bestival, and headliners ranging from the Rolling Stones to Kraftwerk and Beyoncé, there is something to suit all tastes over the next four months. Here’s our pick of the biggest and best British festivals in 2013:
Worthy Farm, Pilton — 26th-30th June
Glastonbury absolutely needs no introduction. This year’s mammoth four-day affair will include the legendary Rolling Stones, performing their smash hits like Brown Sugar and Jumpin' Jack Flash.
After strong rumors of their inclusion, Fleetwood Mac will not be making an appearance, although the Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons have stepped in to provide adequate cover; many are hoping that Alex Turner and the lads will showcase some new material, with a new album announcement imminent.
90s legends Primal Scream will provide more than adequate Madchester representation and Dizzie Rascal will pull the usual dance-pop crowd; if the main stage isn’t your thing, Glastonbury, as always, satisfies all niches and tastes.
For dance lovers, the Silver Hayes tent is worth checking out — Rudimental, Sub Focus and Netsky will provide the necessary drum n bass beats, while international hip hop legend Nas will hope to better rival Jay-Z’s recent Glasto performance.
Unfortunately the event is now sold out, but if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, make sure you pack your wellies!
T in the Park
Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland — 12th-14th July
This year Scottish T in the Park features Mumford and Sons, Snoop Dog, Kraftwerk, The Killers, Beady Eye, Sterophonics and David Guetta.
Henham Park, Suffolk — 18th-21st July
Unofficially known as the 'mini-Glastonbury', Latitude festival includes a wealth of eclectic musicians, comedians, performers and attractions. This year’s big names include Bloc Party, Kraftwerk, Foals, Eddie Izzard and The Maccabees.
Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard — 17th & 18th August
V Festival, as always, will accommodate the best in international pop music, with headliners Beyoncé and Kings of Leon pulling in the crowds.
Despite recently miming at Barack Obama’s recent presidential inauguration, Beyoncé is expected to pull off another massive Glastonbury-esque performance. Kings of Leon are also likely to air some new material, as we await a new album from the Tennessee-rock legends.
With further performances from Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Beady Eye and Jessie J, you are sure to enjoy some of Britain’s best artists.
Robin Hill Country, Isle of Wight — 5th-8th September
Bestival is always at the top of Britain’s best festivals, providing an eclectic mix of artists with a magical atmosphere that really can’t be matched elsewhere.
This year’s event will include Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim and Franz Ferdinand, as well as DJ sets from Ibiza legend Carl Cox and Annie Mac.
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