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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

  • 20th - 23rd June  2024, Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EA
  • 23rd - 25th August 2024, Victorious Festival, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 3AE
  • 21st - 25th August  2024, Reading Festival, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ
  • 7th - 11th August , Boomtown 'Revolution of Imagination', Matterley Estate, Near Winchester, 

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 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 - this year welcoming The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys and Green Day.

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.  Head along this year to see artists such as Fat Boy Slim and Snow Patrol.

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.  This year artists include Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Raye and more...

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 Sugababes, Chaka Khan & Crowded House.
  • 13th - 30th June 2024, Southampton Summer Seasons, Guildhall Square, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7DU
    A great lineup for this year's series of music sessions in the cultural quarter of Southampton including Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Madness and more.
  • 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. 
  • 13th - 14th July 2024, Beach Life Music Festival, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7LH 
    Beach Life Music and Street Food Festival, the south coast's funkiest weekend is back and guaranteed to keep you entertained all weekend long!
  • 19th - 21st July 2024, Christchurch Music Festival, Christchurch, Dorset,  BH23 1BY
    Over three stages, welcoming over 50+ artist, this family friendly event takes place on Christchurch Quay.
  • 20th July 2024, Margate Country Music Festival, Margate, Kent, CT9 2HL
    The first ever country festival comes to Margate with artists including the Smokin Mavericks, Taynee Lord, and First Time Flyers.
  • 20th - 21st July 2024, Maidenhead Festival, Miadenhead, Berkshire,  SL6 7ED 
    The family-focused event will feature music, fairground, stalls and side shows
  • 19th - 21st July 2024, Maid of Stone Festival, Mote Park, Maidstone, ME15 7SU  
    Maid of Stone is a 3 day hard rocking music festival in Mote Park, Maidstone featuring three stages and 37 of the best internationally reowned bands combined with the best of up and coming British rock artists.
  • 1st - 4th August 2024, Wickham Festival, Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire, 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.
  • 16th - 18th August 2024, Rewind South 24, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3DB
    Two day music festival on the banks of the river Thames, with multiple venues, silent disco and live sing alongs.
  • 30th Aug - 1st September 2024, Gosport Sunset Festival, Walpole Park, Gosport, PO12 IND   
    Free three day music festival with two stages and over 30 acts, well being area, street food and host of tribute acts.
  • 29th - 1st September 2024, Smugglers Festival, secret woodland location, Deal 
    Smugglers Festival is a gathering on the last weekend of summer each year, on a beautiful woodland in East-Kent. It’s a small, intimate festival, rooted in community from the outset.

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  1. Summer in Lee

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    Lee-on-the-Solent

    Summer in Lee returns for its 8th year to Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport this summer.  The event will involve Summer Sounds, Summer Emporium, Summer Fun Fair and Summer Pirates all on the Lee-on-Solent promenade over 2 days with different genres of…

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    17 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 22:00
  2. Wilderness Festival

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    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.

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    1 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  3. Boomtown Festival 2024

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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:
    7 Aug 2024to11 Aug 2024
  4. 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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    15 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024
  5. Ramsgate Festival of Sound

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    Arts

    Ramsgate

    Celebrate Ramsgate's town's unique architecture and landscape via a Sonic Trail and a variety of entertainment for all the family to enjoy

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    22 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024Open 00:00 - 00:00
  6. Christchurch Music Festival 2024

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    Music

    Christchurch

    The ultimate summer party comes to Christchurch, Dorset, this July 19th-21st. The X Church Music Festival will be welcoming a host of local talent from across Dorset and beyond, with 50+ acts over the weekend including The Audio Allstars,…

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    19 July 2024to21 July 2024
  7. Concerts at Eastbourne Bandstand

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    Music

    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
  8. Maidenhead Festival

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    Festival

    Maidenhead

    Welcome to the Maidenhead Festival 2024 - the event of the year that promises to make your summer unforgettable! Join us on the 20th and 21st of July in the heart of Kidwells Park for two days of pure, unadulterated fun and excitement.

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    20 July 2024to21 July 2024
  9. 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
  10. Rewind South 2024

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    Music

    Henley-on-Thames

    Rewind South comes to Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire this August, with headliners including Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Gabrielle and more. This two day music festival runs from the 16th - 18th and includes camping, glamping, funfair,…

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    16 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024
  11. Woodland in the Winery at Balfour Winery

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    Participatory Event

    Tonbridge

    A celebration of Rosé with tours, tastings, art and live music.

    Visit the Woodland art installation by RHS Gold award-winning floral designer Louise Roots.

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    23 July 2024to4 Aug 2024
  12. Maid of Stone Festival

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    Festival

    Maidstone

    Maid of Stone is a 3 day hard rocking music festival in Mote Park, Maidstone featuring three stages and 37 of the best internationally reowned bands combined with the best of up and coming British rock artists.

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    19 July 2024to21 July 2024Open 17:00 - 22:30
  13. Summer Concert Series

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    Music

    Sherwood Drive, Bletchley

    Every Saturday in August, visitors to Bletchley Park will be treated to live vintage music with our Summer Concert Series.

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    3 Aug 2024Open 12:00 - 14:15
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    10 Aug 2024Open 12:00 - 14:15
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    17 Aug 2024Open 12:00 - 14:15
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    24 Aug 2024Open 12:00 - 14:15
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    31 Aug 2024Open 12:00 - 14:15
  14. Battle Folk and Fable Festival

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    Special Events

    Battle

    A delightful celebration of stories, music, and art.

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    23 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024Open 17:00 - 23:30
  15. Battle Festival

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    Festival

    Battle

    BATTLE FESTIVAL is a firm fixture on South East England's cultural calendar, winning public and critical acclaim. The festival stages performances in iconic settings and attracts world-class performances and audiences to 1066 Country.

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    From:
    15 July 2024to30 July 2024
  16. Waterperry Opera Festival

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    Music

    Oxford

    The Waterperry Opera Festival takes place over 10 days in the Oxfordshire countryside.  

    Waterperry Gardens provides the perfect environment for all ages to enjoy opera, theatre and classical music in the most beautiful of settings and offers…

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    From:
    9 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024
  17. Wickham Festival 2024

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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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    1 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  18. Margate Country Music Festival

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    Music

    Margate

    The first country festival comes to Margate in Kent on the 20th July 24, delivering nine hours of musical performances from artists including Smokin Mavericks, Taynee Lord and First Time Flyers to name but a few. 

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    20 July 2024
  19. Mucky Weekender Music Festival at Vicarage Farm Winchester

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    Festivals

    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
  20. Margate Soul Festival

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    Festival

    Margate

    Margate's longest running and biggest music festival, Margate Soul Festival, returns with a stellar line up of international and homegrown headliners including:

    Harold Melvin's Blue Notes / Dexter Wansel / Heatwave / House Gospel Choir and Izo…

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    From:
    2 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024Open 16:00 - 22:00