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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

  • July 20 - 21 2018, Pen Fest, The Big Park, Penn, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0PS
  • August 9 - 12 2018 Boomtown Fair, The Matterley Estate, Ovington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0HY
  • 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

Guide to Music Festivals across the South East

The picturesque village of Penn in Buckinghamshire will once again be home to a 2-day family friendly music festival called Pen Fest with camping (20 - 21 July) With some of the biggest acts of the 80's,90's and even the noughties taking to the stage, acts include the likes of Feeder, Kaiser Chiefs, Lethal Bizzle and many more!

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.

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. 

CarFest South will take place at Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton and is set to be their best line up yet (24 - 26 August 2018). Paloma Faith and Texas are among the acts lined up for this year as the festival looks to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need!

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. Penn Fest

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    Festival

    Penn

    Penn Festival 2018

    Dates

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

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    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
  3. Albury Music Festival

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    Type:

    Festival

    Albury, Guildford

    Dates

    From:
    22 July 2018Open 14:00 - 20:00
  4. 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
  5. Wilderness Festival

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    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
  6. A New Day Festival

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    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
  7. Margate Soul Weekend 2018

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    Antiques

    Margate

    Margate Soul Weekend 2018

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2018to5 Aug 2018
  8. Boomtown Fair 2018

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    Type:

    Festival

    Ovington, Alresford

    The UK’s most exciting independent festival, BoomTown celebrates every musical genre, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Aug 2018to12 Aug 2018
  9. Weyfest 2018

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    Type:

    Festival

    Tilford

    Weyfest is a premium boutique-style festival which has been held in Tilford, Surrey in August each year since 2007. At Weyfest you will experience fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars - all at reasonable prices. 

    Dates

    From:
    17 Aug 2018to19 Aug 2018
  10. Victorious Festival 2018

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    Festival

    Portsmouth

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

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018to26 Aug 2018
  11. Towersey Village Festival

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    Type:

    Festival

    Thame

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

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018to27 Aug 2018Open 10:00 - 18:00
  12. The Big Feastival

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    Type:

    Festival

    Chipping Norton

    There’s something for everyone at The Big Feastival – between eating, drinking and dancing, drop in on a celebrity cook-off, shop ’til you drop or take a spin around the vintage funfair!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018to26 Aug 2018Various Opening Times
  13. Reading Festival

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    Type:

    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, that has played host to acts such as Eminem, MUSE, Kendrick Lamar, Kasabian, Green Day, Biffy Clyro,...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018to26 Aug 2018
  14. Carfest South for BBC Children in Need

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    Type:

    Festival

    Overton, Basingstoke

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

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018to26 Aug 2018
  15. Wheels and Fins Festival

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    Type:

    Exhibition

    Broadstairs

    Wheels and Fins festival is an eclectic, boutique, music and action sports festival, located just an hour and a half from central London, with stunning ocean views. Now in its 6th year, the festival has gone from strength-to-strength since its...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sept 2018to9 Sept 2018Various Opening Times