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TOP-12 UK Music Festivals

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TOP-12 UK Music Festivals

Britain is a country that has given the world an incredible number of musicians loved by all mankind: The Beatles, Queen, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, The Searchers and others. Unsurprisingly, it hosts some of the most famous and popular music festivals on the planet. Each person will find an event to taste: b lovers of classic and pop puzyki, rock and heavy metal.

SMAPSE experts invite you to get acquainted with the 12 most popular musical events in Britain. Perhaps some of them will resonate in your soul.

Glyndebourne Opera Festival

  • Location: Lewis, Sussex, UK.

The first event took place in 1931, when John Christie, an avid opera lover, married singer Audrey Mildmay and decided to stage an opera concert at his mansion. Three years later - in 1934 - the event outgrew home performances and reached a wide audience, and became professional. Since 1964, the works have been played by the London Symphony Orchestra, and since 1968, the festival participants have been touring for two autumn months in the cities of England: Woking, Norwich, Wimbledon, Plymouth, Canterbury and others.


  • Location: Loch Ness, Scotland.

Every June, Loch Ness becomes not only a place to spy on the Loch Ness Monster, but also the main music venue in the country. Rock lovers from all over the world come here to come off live to the music of Mumford and sons, Noah and the Whale, DJ Annie Mac and others.


  • Date: June 15 - July 1
  • Location: Wales.

The first attempt to create such a classical music festival was made in 1933-1938 by Gwendoline and Margaret Davis. Due to the First World War, the festivals had to be stopped. It was decided to revive Gregynog on an annual basis in 1988. Each festival is dedicated to one theme: for example, in 2012 the creators were inspired by Venice, and in 2011 - by gold. On the stage of the festival at different times performed: Evelyn Barberolli, John Lille, Bryn Terfel, John Mark Ainsley, Gustav Holst, William Mathias and others.

Isle of Wight

  • Date: June 22-24
  • Location: Isle of Wight.

The festival, the first sessions of which were held in 1968-1970. Isle of Wight members included Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, ten years after, The Doors, The Who and other legendary musicians. In 2003, the film was released on which the festival was filmed in 1970. This incredible rock atmosphere further popularized the event and attracted new visitors.

Hop farm festival

  • Date: June 29 - July 1
  • Location: Paddock Wood, Kent.

The motto of the event: "No sponsors, no brands, no VIP." The whole atmosphere of the festival is permeated with classic rock, cider, freedom. Speakers include Bob Dylan, Suede, Patty Smith, Kool & The Gang and others.

BT River of Music

  • Date: July 21-22
  • Location: London sites.

An annual international festival for 2 days makes London the music capital of the world. The event is attended by groups and solo performers from Asia, Europe, America, Oceania and Africa: Matthew Herbert, Scissor Sisters, The Noisettes, Mariza and others.

Cambridge Folk Festivale

  • Date: July 26-29
  • Location: Cambridge.

Cambridge Folk Festivale is the main folk festival in the country. The venue is an old picturesque residence, which attracts folk music lovers every year to listen to Billy Bragg, June Tabor, Clannad, Woody Guthrie, The Proclaimers and others.


  • Date: August 10-12
  • Location: Oxfordshire.

The festival takes place in Cornbury Park - the oldest park in the province. This event is suitable for those for whom good music is not enough: debates, horse riding, theater miniatures and a spa await participants. Bonus - food from the world famous chef Yotam Ottolengi.

Green man

  • Date: August 16-19
  • Location: Glanusk Park in Wales.

A three-day festival that brings together rock, folk, indie and electro-rock fans. Anyone who wants to go beyond just music, but also enjoy good food, theater, socializing and alcohol from around the world, should visit this festival. The venue is a park, which is usually closed on weekends.


  • Date: August 18-19
  • Location: Hylands Park, Staffordshire.

The event that is the first on the list for loud music lovers. It simultaneously takes place on 2 stages for 2 days. Creators attract visitors by inviting famous people and popular stars.

End of the Road Festival

  • Date: August 31-September 2
  • Location: North Dorset.

An event for lovers of psychedelic rock, ethnic music, india and alternative rock, americana. Guest stars included Dirty Free, Grixxly Bear, Alabama Shakes, Grandaddy.


  • Date: September 6-9
  • Location: Isle of Wight.

Bestival is an annual festival that has been held since 2004. At various times, its members were: Emmy Winehouse, Bjork, The XX, Beastie Boys, Florence and the machine, The Cure, Scissor Sisters, Ellie Golding and others. Each year, the organizers are inspired by different themes that fit into the program and features of the festival.

Whichever festival you choose, any of them will become a vivid impression of your vacation. After all, musical meetings of such a scale as in Great Britain, giving indescribable emotions and impressions, are not held anywhere else!

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