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Music Festivals in the UK – Where to go in July: Hit the Festival Trail with the Hottest Music Events of the Summer

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By July, the UK festival season is well and truly underway with a huge variety of events on offer. From rock to electronica, indie to world, countryside fests to urban celebrations, it’s all happening in July. Here’s the cream of the month’s music festivals.

Wireless Weekend

Wireless Festival takes place annually in London’s Hyde Park and the event pulls in huge names in the world of pop and indie rock. Previous Wireless events have included the White Stripes, Kanye West, Basement Jaxx, and the Who with the event pulling in around 30,000 music fans each year.

  • Wireless dates: 2 – 4 July (no camping facilites are provided)
  • Wireless line-up: Headliners include P!nk and Jay-Z
  • What to expect: An impressive line-up of rock and pop acts

T in the Park

T in the Park is a popular outdoor music event which has been held every year since 1994 in Scotland. Located at Balado, Kinross-shire, T in the Park runs for three-days and lays on a packed roster of high-profile pop and alternative rock artists. In the past, such major bands as R.E.M, Foofighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Who, and Blur have hedlined at T in the Park.

  • T in the Park dates: 9 – 11 July
  • T in the Park line-up: Confirmed are Muse, Eminem, Kasabian
  • What to expect: Outstanding line-up of heavyweight musical artists

Latitude Festival

A music fest for serious fans, Latitude is held in rural Suffolk and offers an eclectic mix of diverse acts. This alternative outdoor music event boasts four stages and features performers as varied as comedians, cabaret acts, poets, and dancers as well as an impressive bill of musicians. Previous artists have included Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grace Jones.

  • Latitude dates: 15 – 18 July
  • Latitude line-up: (yet to be confirmed)
  • What to expect: Everything from theatre to literature and credible music

Lovebox London Weekender

Originally just a club night run by DJ’s Groove Armada, Lovebox is now a major event on the festival calendar. Held in Victoria Park, East London, the three-day Lovebox Weekender dishes up an enormous variety of artists covering rock, indie, world, and Electronica. Bands that have played in the past include Groove Armada, Mylo, Jimmy Cliff, Manu Chau, the B52’s and Duran Duran.

  • Lovebox dates: 16 – 18 July (no camping facilities provided)
  • Lovebox line-up: Dizzee Rascal, Roxy Music and Grace Jones
  • What to expect: Performance art through to top bands of the moment

WOMAD

The Brainchild of Peter Gabriel, WOMAD was founded in 1980 and is held in a number of locations around the world each year including Wiltshire England. WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and the UK festival provides a platform for artists from a wide variety cultures to showcase their music and performance art. Previous WOMAD’s have seen acts as diverse as Ronnie Size and Rolf Harris taking to the stage.

  • WOMAD dates: 23 – 25 July
  • WOMAD line-up: (yet to be confirmed)
  • What to expect: A family friendly vibe and an inspiring array of performers

Global Gathering

Held in Stratford Upon Avon, Global Gathering is a summer music festival concept which takes place in a number of countries around the world. The focus is on dance music and many of the biggest names in the world of electronica perform at England’s Global Gathering each year. DJ’s and artists to have taken to the stage in the past include Tiësto, Underworld, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Sasha, and Orbital.

  • Global Gathering dates: 30 – 31 July
  • Global Gathering line-up: Headlining – Faithless and Dizzee Rascal
  • What to expect: One of the biggest parties of the summer

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