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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 2023 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 15 - 18 2023, Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EA
  • August 9 - 13 2022, Boomtown Fair, The Matterley Estate, Ovington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0HY
  • August 18 - 20 2023, Weyfest, Tilford, Surrey, GU10 2DL
  • August 25 - 27 2023, Reading Festival, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ 
  • August 25 - 27 2023, Victorious Festival, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 3AE

Guide to Music Festivals across the South East

Isle of Wight Festival, (15 - 18 June 2023) returns in June in 2023.  The event offers boutique camping, refreshing retreats with luxury toliets and loos, for those looking for a more upmarket festival experience. Headliners this year include Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian and Muse.  On a smaller scale Rhythmtree Festival returns to Cowes for its 11th year.

Arguably one of the most popular music festivals in the South East is Berkshire's Reading Festival (25 - 27 August 2023). 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. Headliners for this year include Dave, Arctic Monkeys and Rage Against The Machine.  

If you're looking for something spritual then Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is taking place at the start of August  (3rd - 6th August 2023) at Cornbury Park . 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. Five nights of music return again in Blenheim Palace at Nocturne Live (15th - 18th June 23)

Guildford's Weyfest (18 - 20th August 2023) 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.  Headliners to be confirmed.

Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

If you’re looking for something a bit more quirky then look no further than Boomtown Fair (9 - 13  August 2022), located near Winchester. This is the festival with a difference, mixing music with actors and characters that flood the streets, huge parades and pop up sound systems on every street corner.

Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival  (25 - 27 August 2023) certainly wins the prize for best value for money with tickets from just £55 and for 2023 payment plan options are available making it easier to budget to attend. Off site camping is available with a free shuttle bus to and from the site.  The Farlington campsite has different zooms including a family friendly area, with ties it the festivals large Kids arena - shortlist  in the UK Festival Awards for Best Family Festival in 2015, 2016 & 2018.

Sussex

The Boundary Festival is a one day electronic music festival inside Brighton's Stanmer Park (24th September 22), curating a diverse lineup of house and bass music's finest names. 

South East England is home to numerous other events throughout the year from fringe festivals to food and drinks events and pilot festivals as we move out of Government restrictions.  Take a look and search by the dates you require to find out whats going on in the area.

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  1. The Great Escape Festival

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    Music

    Brighton

    This Festival showcases over 500 up and coming artists from all over the world across 35 walk-able venues every May in Brighton.

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    10 May 2023Open 10:00 -
  2. Let's Rock The Moor

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    Festival

    Maidenhead

    With a fabulous line-up of artists 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:
    20 May 2023
  3. The Bexhill Festival of Music

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    Music

    Bexhill on Sea

    The Bexhill Festival of Music presents a programme full of events celebrating internationally renowned performers, live music and local talent. Country & Western, Jazz, Choral, Folk, Rock & Roll, Classical, pupils from local schools – a full and…

    Dates

    From:
    2 June 2023to9 July 2023
  4. Bexfest

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    Festival

    Bexhill On Sea

    After the hugely successful festival in 2022, Bexfest 2023 is set to BIG!

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    1 July 2023Open 14:00 - 22:30
  5. Maidenhead Festival

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    Festival

    Maidenhead

    ​The 2023 two-day Maidenhead Festival will take place over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd July.  

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    From:
    22 July 2023to23 July 2023
  6. Wickham Festival 2023

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    Festival

    Fareham

    The outskirts of historic Wickham village provide a picturesque setting for one of the safest and most relaxed festivals of the summer. Enjoy some great live music. Wickham is rated by many as one of the safest, most relaxed and family-friendly…

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    From:
    3 Aug 2023to6 Aug 2023
  7. Boomtown Festival 2023

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    Festival

    Ovington, Alresford

    A world of unity, creativity & freedom, Boomtown Fair is a four day festival set in the Matterley bowl in Hampshire, UK on the second weekend of August. Boomtown fuses a diverse line-up of underground and global music with boundary pushing immersive…

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    From:
    9 Aug 2023to13 Aug 2023
  8. Weyfest

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    Festivals

    Tilford, Farnham

    Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday than a music festival. It is a stress-free weekend in the country, with over 30 hours of the finest music, camping, posh loos, friendly staff and plenty to occupy the kids with music, drama and creative arts…

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    18 Aug 2023to20 Aug 2023
  9. Rye Jazz & Blues Festival

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    Festival

    Rye

    Exceptional artists hit the heart of Rye for the International Jazz and Blues Festival.

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    23 Aug 2023to28 Aug 2023
  10. Reading Festival

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    Festival

    Reading

    One of the biggest musical festivals in the world, every year over 90,000 people flock to the Richfield Avenue site to experience the iconic event.

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    25 Aug 2023to27 Aug 2023
  11. Carfest South 2023

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    Basingstoke

    Carfest South will be returning to Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire in August as One Big Carfest. The 2,500 acres farm, near Overton, is owned by ex-racing driver and 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2023to27 Aug 2023

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