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Reading Festival

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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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Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

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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 Canterbury Festival to your Itinerary

    Canterbury Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Canterbury

    Dates

    From:
    14 Oct 2017To4 Nov 2017

    Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

  3. Add Cheese & Chilli Festival to your Itinerary

    Cheese & Chilli Festival

    Type

    Event Venue

    Location

    Guildford

    If having a great time in the sun with the family enjoying Cheese & Chilli, live music, stunt shows, craft shows, cooking demonstrations, cheese & chilli tastings, wine masterclass form A’Becketts Vineyard, Chilli growing presentations, falconry displays, magic shows, balloon modelling,...

  4. Add One Live Festival to your Itinerary

    One Live Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Guildford

    Dates


    In its third year, ONE LIVE will be at Stoke Park, Guildford on 8 July 2017.

  5. Add LeeFest 2017 to your Itinerary

    LeeFest 2017

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Dates

    An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance will be held from Thursday, August 10 to Saturday, August 12.

  6. Add Investec International Music Festival to your Itinerary

    Investec International Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Dorking

    Dates

    Investec International Music Festival

  7. Add Horsham Garden Music Festival to your Itinerary

    Horsham Garden Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Horsham

    Dates

    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.

  8. Add Albury Music Festival to your Itinerary

    Albury Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Albury, Guildford

    Dates

  9. Add Victorious Festival 2017 to your Itinerary

    Victorious Festival 2017

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Dates

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

  10. Add Towersey Village Festival to your Itinerary

    Towersey Village Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Thame

    Dates

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