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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 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 2018 event highlights below as we will guide you through the best Music Festivals in South East England.

Top 5 Music Festivals in the South East

  • June 21 - 24 2018, Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EA
  • August 17 - 19 2018, Weyfest, Tilford, Surrey, GU10 2DL
  • August 24 - 26 2018, Reading Festival, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ
  • August 24 - 26 2018, Victorious Festival, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 3AE
  • August 9 - 12 2018 Boomtown Fair, The Matterley Estate, Ovington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0HY

Guide to Music Festivals across the South East

Earlier in mid June  (21 - 24 June 2018), the Isle of Wight Festival rocks up as the festival season finally starts to kick start in the summer.  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.

Arguably one of the most popular music festivals in the South East is Berkshire's Reading Festival (24 - 26 August 2018). 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.

If you're looking for something spritual then Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is taking place at the start of August  (2 - 5 August 2018) . 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.

Common People, the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back in Oxford for their two-day metropolitan adventure, uniting the community through music, art and good times. Produced with love by the creators of Bestival, Common People 2018 is set to kick off the festival season with a proper party this Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in May (26 - 27 May 2018). Don’t miss out.

Guildford's Weyfest (17 - 19 August 2018) is a premium boutique-style festival which has been held in the Surrey grounds at the Rural Life Centre since 2017. At the you will experience fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars - all at reasonable prices. 

There are plenty of frequently cleaned toilets that are topped up with supplies all weekend, a beautiful campsite with wonderful hot showers and great sound quality from four stages.

Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

If you’re looking for something a bit more quirky then look no further than Boomtown Fair (9- 12 August 2018), located near Winchester. This is the festival's 10th chapter with over 100 venues to choose from showcasing a range of music genres and some of most weird and wonderful surroundings in the country.

Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival  (24 - 26 August 2018) certainly wins the prize for best value for money as the now three day event offers tickets as cheap as just £22 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. 

Common People Southampton takes place annually over Sprink Bank Holiday Weekend (26 - 27 May) is the sister festival of Common People Oxford. Produced with love by the creators of Bestival, Common People 2018 is set to kick off the festival season with a proper party.

What's On? Calendar of the best 2018 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.

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  1. Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe

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    Type:

    Festival

    Brighton

    Dates

    From:
    4 May 2018to3 June 2018
    From:
    5 May 2018to27 May 2018
  2. Mutiny Festival 2018

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    Type:

    Club Nights

    Portsmouth

    Mutiny Festival returns to Port for 2016!

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018to27 May 2018
  3. Happy Days Festival 2018

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    Type:

    Participatory Event

    Esher


    With a combination of legendary artists from the 70s, 80s and 90s, that will recreate the feel good factor. Come and reminisce the party vibe at our amazing venue, a 40 acre site in the heart of Surrey, 'Imber Court', East Molesey, Surrey KT10 8EG.

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018to27 May 2018Open 14:00 - 22:00
  4. Common People Southampton

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Southampton

    Common People Southampton 208

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018to27 May 2018
  5. Common People Oxford

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Oxford

    Common People Oxford 2018

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018to27 May 2018
  6. Beacon Festival 2018

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Watlington

    Beacon Festival 2016

    Dates

    From:
    15 June 2018to16 June 2018
  7. Isle of Wight Festival 2018

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    NEWPORT

    The award winning Isle of Wight Festival is steeped in history and famed for mixing iconic legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts.

    Dates

    From:
    21 June 2018to24 June 2018
  8. Marlow Rock Bottom

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    Type:

    Festival

    Marlow


    An open air family concert featuring fantastic live music from local bands and outstanding cover and tribute bands.

    Dates

    From:
    23 June 2018
  9. Blisscamp Music Festival

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    Type:

    Festival

    Woodmancott, Winchester

    Blissfields presents Blisscamp for 2018. The organisers of Blissfield are taking a short break and in 2018 there won’t be a Blissfields; instead they are taking it all back to their roots to begin a new event and a new journey together.

    Dates

    From:
    5 July 2018to8 July 2018
  10. Let's Rock Southampton 2018

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    Type:

    Festival

    Southampton


    Let's Rock Southampton returns, to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival!

    Dates

    From:
    7 July 2018Open 12:00 -
  11. The Rhythm Tree Festival

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    Type:

    Festival

    Calbourne, Newport

    The Rhythm Tree Festival 2018

    Dates

    From:
    13 July 2018to15 July 2018
  12. Horsham Garden Music Festival

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Horsham

    Horsham Garden Music Festival has been entertaining the community since 2012 and invites local amateur and semi-professional musicians to perform in an attractive open-air setting in front of local audiences of up to several hundred people.

    Dates

    From:
    14 July 2018
  13. Big Day Out Kent

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    Type:

    Festival

    Maidstone

    All in all, Big Day Out has returned bigger and better with the sole intention of making all family members happy!

    Dates

    From:
    14 July 2018Open 12:00 - 23:00
  14. Penn Festival

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Penn

    Penn Festival 2018

    Dates

    From:
    20 July 2018to21 July 2018
  15. Truck Festival 2018

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Steventon, Abingdon

    Truck Festival 2017 returns for another year and the line up is bigger than ever!

    Dates

    From:
    20 July 2018to22 July 2018
  16. Albury Music Festival

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Albury, Guildford

    Dates

    From:
    22 July 2018Open 14:00 - 20:00
  17. LeeFest 2018

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    Type:

    Participatory Event

    Edenbridge

    An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance will be held from Thursday, August 2 to Saturday, August 4. 

    Dates

    From:
    2 Aug 2018to4 Aug 2018
  18. Wilderness Festival

    Type

    Type:

    Festival

    Cornbury Park, Charlbury

    Wilderness is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. It's a rich tapestry of musicians, chefs, thinkers, actors, outdoor experts and teachers....

    Dates

    From:
    2 Aug 2018to5 Aug 2018
  19. Margate Soul Weekend 2018

    Type

    Type:

    Antiques

    Margate

    Margate Soul Weekend 2018

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2018to5 Aug 2018
  20. A New Day Festival

    Type

    Type:

    Participatory Event

    London


    Well, didn't we have a lovely time at our very first A New Day Festival? The music was terrific, the weather was glorious and what a lovely bunch of people in attendance.

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2018to5 Aug 2018