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Boomtown Fair

Boomtown Fair

Hampshire

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 6 Music Festivals in the South East

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.

Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

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.

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  1. Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival

    Type

    Jazz / Folk Club

    Location

    Rye


    Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. We will be starting to announce the programme and sponsors from the end of June.

  2. Add Arundel Festival 2017 to your Itinerary

    Arundel Festival 2017

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Arundel

    Dates

    From:
    19 Aug 2017To29 Aug 2017

    Arundel Festival, ten days of the best music, theatre, art and comedy - every August!

  3. Add Towersey Village Festival to your Itinerary

    Towersey Village Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Thame

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To28 Aug 2017

    Festival - a celebration, a gathering of friends, family and neighbours to meet others and relax, eat, drink and party in common and friendly atmosphere.

  4. Add Victorious Festival 2017 to your Itinerary

    Victorious Festival 2017

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To27 Aug 2017

    Victorious Festival returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend, bigger and better than ever before.

  5. Add Carfest South for BBC Children in Need to your Itinerary

    Carfest South for BBC Children in Need

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Overton, Basingstoke

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To27 Aug 2017

    Rev up for Carfest, a three-day festival of motors, music and merriment

  6. Add Reading Festival to your Itinerary

    Reading Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Reading

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To27 Aug 2017

    Held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Reading Festival is the world's oldest popular music festival still in existence. The perfect soundtrack to summer.

  7. Add Hastings Pier August Bank Holiday Weekend to your Itinerary

    Hastings Pier August Bank Holiday Weekend

    Type

    Show / Display

    Location

    Hastings

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To25 Aug 2017
    From:
    26 Aug 2017To26 Aug 2017

    Hastings Pier August Bank Holiday Weekend

  8. Add A New Day Festival to your Itinerary

    A New Day Festival

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    London

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2017To28 Aug 2017


    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.

  9. Add Dover Music Festival to your Itinerary

    Dover Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Admiralty Pier, Dover

    Dates

    From:
    26 Aug 2017To27 Aug 2017
  10. Add Swanbourne Music Festival to your Itinerary

    Swanbourne Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Milton Keynes

    Dates

    From:
    27 Aug 2017To27 Aug 2017

    Swanbourne Music Festival