It might still feel like winter but as the clocks spring forward there is only one thing on our minds; festivals! Follow Semple’s round up of the best festivals and start working on your new boho chic wardrobe now.
The Big Ones
Glastonbury may be the king of festivals but if you missed out on tickets this year, don’t think that you have to miss out altogether. The big festivals like Reading, Bestival on the Isle of White and T in the Park in Perthshire draw plenty of big names and cater for a wide variety of music tastes. This year sees Annie Mac and Duke Dumont hitting the decks at Bestival, whilst Reading features headliners such as Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.
The Die Hard Ones
If you are a hardcore music fan then there is a festival for you whatever your preferred style. If you are the kind of girl who is more rock than pop, then Download Festival in June is where you want to be. They may have a variety of stages but all eyes will be on the main stage on the Saturday when Muse is headlining.
If dance music is more your style then head along to the biggest UK dance festival, Creamfields. Held across the August bank holiday the line-up features Avicii, The Chemical Brothers and legendary DJ Pete Tong.
The Boutique Ones
Want the buzz of a festival but can’t stand the thought of the crowds? Try a smaller boutique festival. Blissfields Festival in Winchester only caters for 2,500 people so you can forgo the crowds and have the added bonus of being one of the exclusive few to make it to the intimate event. If you like supporting new upcoming bands then Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury is the place to be this July. It’s great for spotting new indie bands on the cusp of hitting it big.
Foodies should try The Big Feastival in August in the Cotswolds. Backed by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, this festival brings together food markets, cooking clubs and music from Paloma Faith and Ella Eyre. Or why not try The How the Light Gets In Festival, in May, which brings together philosophy and music to create an entirely different and thought-provoking experience.
The Long Distance ones
The unreliable British weather means that our festival season always has the potential to end up as a mud bath. Avoid the mud altogether by going abroad to get your festival fix this year. Europe has a hefty festival schedule but if you really want to see and be seen then Coachella is the only way to go. A favourite of celebrities thanks to its location just outside Palm Springs, this festival runs across two weekends and you are almost guaranteed gorgeous weather.
One thing is clear this festival season, gone are the days of roughing it in a two man tent. The best way to do festivals this year is with a side of glamping so start booking your yurts and pop up tents now!