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There is nothing like the unique atmosphere of a music festival, and a growing number of festival goers are heading to the South East to experience their favourite bands and artists at some of the top music festivals in the UK.

Whether you're camping for the weekend or just going for the day, you will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of rock, dance and pop music on offer throughout the year.

Top Music Festivals in the South East

Take a look at the event highlights below as we will guide you through the best music festivals 2024 in South East England.

All Music Festivals Guide across the South East

Isle of Wight Festival, (20 - 23 June 2024) returns in June in 2024.  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

If you're looking for something spiritual then Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is taking place at the start of August  (1 - 4 August 2024) 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.

Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival (23 - 25 August 2024) certainly wins the prize for best value for money with tickets from just £55 and for 2024 payment plan options are available making it easier to budget to attend. The summer festival offers off site camping 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.

Arguably one of the most popular festivals in the UK is Berkshire's Reading Festival (21 - 25 August 2024). 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. 

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.

Music Festivals near me

Many of the mainstream festivals are well known and a must do, for any regular festival goer.  However, there are a whole host of other smaller UK music festivals, concerts and events celebrating different styles and genre that are ideal for the general music lovers.  Here are some of our top pics from across the destination showcasing a mix of UK music including alternative rock, jazz, folk and classical.  You can find others on the events pages which you can explore by county.

  • 15th - 18th May 2024, The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, East Sussex,
    Showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ venues across the city and a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach
  • 12th - 16th June 2024, Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
    Nocturne Live turns The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into a grand arena with artists including Lionel Richie, Pete Tong and Gregory Porter.
  • 13th July 2024, Leeds Castle Concert, Leeds Castle, Leeds Village, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL
    This iconic event is a highlight of the summer season, set in the most spectacular location and natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle, said to be the loveliest castle in the world. 
  • 1st - 4th August 2024, Wickham Festival, Wickham, Fareham, Hants, PO17 5HD
    Set on outskirts of historic Wickham village provide a picturesque setting for one of the safest and most relaxed festivals of the summer

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  1. Wilderness Festival

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    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.

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    1 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  2. Smugglers Festival

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    Smugglers Festival returns – 2023 tickets on sale now!

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    29 Aug 2024to1 Sept 2024
  3. Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival

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    Rye

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

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    22 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024
  4. 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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    21 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024
  5. Carfest South 2024

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    Festivals

    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.

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    23 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024
  6. Beach Life Music Festival

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    Eastbourne

    Beach Life Music and Street Food Festival, the south coast's funkiest weekend is back and guaranteed to keep you entertained all weekend long!

    This packed two days features a Music Stage & Bar, street food to tantalize the taste-buds , Skate Park,…

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    13 July 2024to14 July 2024Open 11:00 - 18:00
  7. Winchester Foodies Festival 2024

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    Winchester

    Join us at North Walls Recreation Ground for Winchester Foodies Festival 2023 – our biggest celebration yet of top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music. 

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    19 July 2024to21 July 2024
  8. Wickham Festival 2024

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    Fareham

    Wickham Festival is a 4-day music & arts festival held every August in a stunningly beautiful rural location near the historic village of Wickham in Hampshire.

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    1 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  9. Victorious Festival

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    Portsmouth

    Victorious Festival returns for 2024 - bringing some of the biggest bands and artists to Southsea Common.

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    23 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 23:00
  10. Weyfest

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    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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    15 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024
  11. Maidenhead Festival

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    Maidenhead

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

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    20 July 2024to21 July 2024
  12. Concerts at Eastbourne Bandstand

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    Eastbourne

    With more than 140 concerts across the season, Eastbourne Bandstand has a packed line-up in 2024, including the return of the 1812 Proms & Firework Nights on Wednesday evenings from 1 May to 25 September, and Traditional Sunday Afternoon concerts…

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    3 May 2024to26 Oct 2024
  13. The Great Escape Festival

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    Brighton

    The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city and a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist…

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    15 May 2024to18 May 2024
  14. Margate Soul Festival

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    Margate

    Now in its 21st year, Margate Soul Festival is a massive date on the soul, funk and reggae music calendar.  The festival provides a combination of large-scale live shows, DJ-led carnival street parties, beachside programming and an eclectic mix of…

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    2 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  15. Love Supreme Festival

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    Lewes

    The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is a 3 day greenfield jazz festival held in the first weekend of July in the stunning surroundings of Glynde Place in the beautiful South Downs in East Sussex.

    It is the first full weekend camping jazz festival in the…

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    5 July 2024Open 15:00 -
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    6 July 2024Open 11:00 -
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    7 July 2024Open 11:00 -
  16. Deal Music and Arts Festival

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    Deal

    Enjoy this years annual Deal Music and Arts Festival which takes over the town of Deal in Kent for ten days.

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    4 July 2024to14 July 2024
  17. Land Beyond Festival

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    Brighton

    CHAPTER 4: LAND BEYOND FESTIVAL - UNCHARTED
    Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th May 2024
    Waterhall, Brighton

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    3 May 2024Open 12:00 -
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    4 May 2024Open 12:00 -
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    5 May 2024Open 12:00 -
  18. Boundary Brighton Festival 2024

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    Dance / Dancing

    Brighton

    Boundary is the biggest electronic dance music festival in Brighton with a capacity of 20000. After the biggest and best Boundary ever in 2023, Boundary Brighton returns in 2024 on Saturday 28th September. Headlining with Wilkinson and joined by…

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    28 Sept 2024Open 11:00 - 22:30
  19. Worthing Festival 2024

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    Festival

    Worthing

    Worthing’s multi arts festival – comprising music, theatre, dance, art, heritage, comedy, spoken word, workshops, film, outdoor and family events taking place in venues across Worthing.

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    8 June 2024to23 June 2024
  20. Mucky Weekender Music Festival at Vicarage Farm Winchester

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    Winchester

    Following last year’s triumphant sold-out event and a marriage proposal (she said yes), the small but mighty 2-day music & arts festival Mucky Weekender extends to 3 days from Thursday 5th to Sunday 7th September back at its spiritual home the…

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    5 Sept 2024to7 Sept 2024