UK festival guide 2016 – are you ready for summer?

2nd June 2016

Whether you’re spending your uni years as a resident of our fabulous 800 Bristol Road student accommodation in Birmingham, our wonderful Charles Morton Court student accommodation in London or our stylish Newcastle student accommodation at Jesmond Apartments, the UK festival season means that you’re never that far from the perfect place to hear world-class bands under the elements.

The UK is known for its awesome line up of summer festivals. From the big names like Glastonbury, V and Creamfields, to more localised but still unmissable events like Lovebox, the warmer weather means it’s time to don your prettiest pair of wellingtons and head out into the mud to dance the days (and nights) away.

To make sure you’re ready for the best festivals this summer, be sure to check out our festival guide:

Collegiate’s UK festival guide 2016

Isle of Wight Festival, June 9-12, Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight: hop on a ferry and discover the Isle of Wight, with a classic line up featuring The Who, Queen and Adam Lambert, Stereophonics and Faithless.

Download, June 10-11, Donington Park, Derby: if you like rock music then Download is the place to be this summer, as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deftones, Rammstein and more head to Derby for two days of serious noise.

Field Day, June 11-12, Victoria Park, London: well-dressed urbanites, happy hippies and funky hipsters will love this giant party packed with great bands including James Blake, PJ Harvey, Mystery Jets, The Temper Trap and Roots Manuva.

Glastonbury, June 22-26, Worthy Farm, Somerset: the king of British festivals, Glastonbury is not just about top music (Adele, Muse, Coldplay, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Cyndi Lauper and James Blake, for example) but also about top performers in the fields of poetry, cabaret, comedy and circus, all backed by great food and drink.

British Summer Time, July 1-10, Hyde Park, London: a great family festival vibe – good food, great music and even relatively clean toilets! Perfect for enjoying Florence and the Machine, Take That, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons and Olly Murs, while ending the day looking just as stylish as when you started.

T in the Park, July 8-10, Strathallan Castle, Perthshire: this festival is not to be missed if you’re in Scotland for the summer. Think big bands, huge crowds and a whole heap of fun, with a line up including The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure, Bastille and Tom Odell.

Lovebox, July 15-16, Victoria Park, London: a London summer essential for style-conscious festival goers, with acts including Jungle, Run the Jewels, Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Jack Garrett and Stormzy.

Boardmasters, August 10-14, Newquay, Cornwall: head to the coast and hit the waves at this beautiful blend of surfing, skating and music (Chase and Status, James Bay, Kaiser Chiefs and Primal Scream) for a beach party to rival all others.

Green Man, August 18-20, Brecon Beacons, Wales: the perfect laid back, family festival for those who like great music and top comedy, with a small dash of pagan ritual thrown in for good measure. 2016 bands include Belle and Sebastian, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Battles and Slow Club.

V Festival, August 20-21, Weston Park, Birmingham and Hylands Park, Chelmsford: one of the biggest and best celebrations of pop music, with all sorts of VIP accommodation options for those who aren’t fond of mud. This year’s line-up includes Justin Bieber, Sia, Faithless, Bastille, Jess Glynne, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora and James Morrison.

Creamfields, August 25-28, Daresbury, Cheshire: if you like dance music then Creamfields is the festival for you this summer. Alesso, Chase and Status, Avicii, Pete Tong, Calvin Harris and Fatboy Slim are just a few of the big names who will keep you dancing under the moonlight until the early hours.

Reading and Leeds, August 26-28, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds: it’s about music, mud, music, beer and more music at Reading and Leeds. Bands this year include Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fall Out Boy, The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club.

Bestival, September 8-11, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight: the perfect way to end the festival season, anything goes at Bestival. The event is as much about dressing up and painting your face to enjoy the eclectic vibe as it is about the music, although Bestival invariably attracts a great mix of bands. This year will see The Cure, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Katy B, Years & Years and The Human League take to the stage.

There are plenty more local festivals and smaller music events this summer, so be sure to check out your local area guides and your property’s Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest happenings.

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