Top 10 UK Music Festivals in 2020

1. Glastonbury (24th-28th June)

Location: Pilton, Somerset

One of the most legendary festivals in the world, it is hard to believe it started out in 1970 and tickets were £1. Icons such as Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, The Killers and Stormzy have graced the stage since. The grounds also have multiple forms of entertainment from the Arcadia stage which boasts a megasize spider-like structure which hosts electro raves to circus themed cabaret and immersive theatre

2020 Headliners: Paul McCartney, Taylor Smith, Diana Ross





2. Boomtown (12th-14th August)

Location: Matterley Estate, Ovington

An alternative festival featuring a range of electo, hip-hop and techno

Each festival every year carries a storyline and is referred to as a ‘chapter’. Underground music in a visually spectacular venue, it fuses together art and culture for a trippy experience. Artists such as M.I.A, Cypress Hill and The Specials have performed there

2020 Headliners: Kano, Candi Station, Avalon



3. Lovebox (June 12th-14th)

Location: Gunnersbury Park

The festival for fans of urban music – headliners such as Chance the Rapper, Kaytranada and H.E.R have all performed there. Bringing you vintage carnival vibes, the festival consists of several fairground rides, bowling area, vintage fashion and multiple food and drink places. The multidimensional aspects mean there is something for everyone

2020 headliners: Tyler the Creator, Khalid & Disclosure






4. Download festival (20th March)

Location: Donnington Park

Focusing on rock and metal, this festival promises to deliver for the fans of alternative music. The biggest names in rock themed metusic have performed such as Kiss, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. It’s not just the music that makes the festival though,  a circus of horrors, Air guitar championship and metal movies, you’ll be spoilt for choice


2020 headliners: Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of a Down




5. Reading and Leeds festival (28th-30th August)

Location: Bramham Park/Richfield Avenue

Set on Bank Holiday Weekend in August, this festival boasts a deluxe festival site with multiple stages catering to every type of music fan. Homegrown local bands to global headliners, this festival really does promise a diverse and talent led group of performers. There is also a secret act every year.  There are several food and fashion stalls, multiple types of campsites for the ones who wish to slum it in a tent to the people who like to live in luxury.


2020 headliners: Liam Gallagher






6. Camden rocks (30th May-1st June)

Location: Camden

This festival happens in 20 different venues across Camden so you'll have a variety of musical experiences. You’ll get a chance to check out Camden’s nightlife as well as the newest and oldest contenders in rock music.


2020 headliners: TBC




7. Creamfields (9th May)

Location: Daresbury Estate, Cheshire

Pioneers in electro and dubstep, this festival takes raving to the next level with multiple headliners of EDM such as Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers and Hannah Wants. If you want to party hard, this is the festival for you. 

2020 headliners: Pendulum, Camelphat, Armin Van Buuren






8. Wilderness festival (30th July-2nd August 2020)

Location: Cornbury Park

A choice for the chilled out festival goers. Set in Oxford, it’s a posh gathering which involves a banquet, performances of Shakespeare plays, yoga, a spa and lots of calm and peaceful activities that don’t involve hedonism and hardcore raving. Previous acts include Bombay bicycle club and Groove Armada


2020 headiners: Brilliant Soul, Shakara Soul, Ransom Note




9. Isle of Wight (11th June-14th June)

Location: Isle of Wight

Iconic headliners such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Snow Patrol have performed at this majestic festival which consists of many alternative and mainstream artists of rock, pop and dance. Banned in 1970, it reopened its gates in 2002. Beyond the festival there are lots of activities on the island such as kayaking, sailing, horse riding and lots more if you want to extend your festival experience into a mini holiday


2020 headliners: Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers




10. Wireless (3rd-5th July)

Location: Finsbury Park

Another festival celebrating urban music, this festival caters mainly to the younger generation of adults and late teens. Headliners include Cardi B, Tory Lanez, Future, Migos and Travis Scott.

2020 headliners: A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Pop Smoke etc




By Naveesha Ghedia


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