What makes Music Festivals so special?
Music Festivals in the UK have become more and more of a tradition for growing numbers of festival goers where you can experience your favourite bands and artists all at one venue.
There is nothing like the unique atmosphere that you intake whether you are camping for the weekend or just going for the one day. And this year you will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of rock, dance and pop music on offer throughout the year in the South East. If sleeping conditions are not for you then don’t worry as there are several festivals offering ‘Glamping’ which is a more comfortable way of experiencing a festival. Or if you're looking to stay nearby, check out our accommodation listings. Take a look at 2017 event highlights below as we will guide you through the best Music Festivals in South East England.
Top 9 Music Festivals in the South East
- 11 Mar, The Winter Social Festival, Kent
- 29 Apr - 1 May, Food and Folk Festival at Weald and Downland, West Sussex
- 27 - 28 May, Common People Southampton, Hampshire
- 27 - 28 May, Common People Oxford, Oxfordshire
- 27 - 28 May, Mutiny Festival, Hampshire
- 8 - 11 Jun, Isle of Wight Festival. Newport (IOW)
- 6 - 8 Jul, Blissfields, Hampshire
- 3 - 6 Aug, Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
- 25 - 27 Aug, Reading Festival, Berkshire
Guide to Music Festivals across the South East
Arguably one of the most popular music festivals in the South East is Reading Festival (25 - 27 August 2017). Taking place on August Bank holiday weekend, the three day music event traditionally attracts some of the best rock bands in the world despite having more dance acts in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors experience the festival every year and this year will be no different with Muse already announced and dance act Major Lazer among many more high profile names.
If you're looking for something spritual then Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is taking place at the start of August (3 - 6 August 2017) . Spread across four days the festival is ideal for nature lovers and not only does it have fantastic live music but offers contemporary arts, an array of theatre and craftsmanship.
Buckinghamshire's Electric Daisy Carnival (8 July 2017) will feature some of the best dance music acts in the world. If it's more than music you want then have no fear and ride some of the best attractions in the country. The festival has a deep passion for music, art and discovery.
Hampshire & the Isle of Wight
Earlier in mid June, the Isle of Wight Festival (8 - 11 June 2017) rocks up as the festival season finally starts to kick start in the summer. Already annnounced for 2017 is Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Rod Stewart and many more! The three day event gives you a choice of where to stay with Boutique Camping being offered to visitors which is essentially a more posh way of camping.
Mutiny Festival (27 - 28 May 2017) is a diverse dance music weekend in Portsmouth, UK. Some of the very best DJs, producers and artists around lift the summer mood on England's south coast, at one of the country's newest lights on the festival scene. Renowned rapper 50 Cent will be leading the bill this year, as 4 stages, carnival performers, secret discos and the finest gourmet food come together for a complete weekend experience.
If you’re looking for something a bit more quirky then look no further than Boomtown Fair (10- 13 August 2017), located near Winchester, this year with 24 main stages to choose from showcasing a range of music genres and some of most weird and wonderful surroundings in the country. This year the festival have announced legends The Specials as their first act for next year’s festival. On what will be their ninth year.
Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival (25 - 27 August 2017) certainly wins the prize for best value for money as the now three day event offers tickets as cheap as just £20 a day although with now now camping on offer. the festival set to be bigger and better than ever with over
60,000 festival go-ers last year and even more expected to attend this year. Portsdown Hill Campsite is a family friendly, relaxed campsite located just 8 miles from the festival site and has stunning scenic views. Free Camp and Ride services mean Campers can enjoy the festival experience. Already announced for the festival is Madness and Olly Murs.
What's On? Calendar of the best 2017 Music Festivals
Browse the list below for some of the top festivals taking place this year or use the 'Map View' button to find something near you.