With Glastonbury cancelled you could be forgiven for thinking this year is going to be a quiet one on the festival scene. However that’s definitely not the case as there are still going to be many a fun festival held this year, from the quirky small alternative festivals such as the campervan mad “Run to the Sun” as well as the more mainstream fests such as “T in the Park” and the “Leads & Reading Festivals”.
To give you the heads up on the all best festivals happening the SLB team have been busy doing some Festival Spying, here’s our list of the top 10 festivals for 2012 – just don’t forget you’re wellies!
Honeyfest : 14th April
Held at the world famous Barge Inn in Wiltshire, the first festival of the Year is going to be Magic this year, the Magic Numbers are headlining along with Dublin born singer songwriter Damian Rice. With Laura Marling also on the bill, this intimate little festival is one not to be missed and best of all it’s free!
Run To The Sun : 23rd-26th May
With the best atmosphere, the coolest dj’s and not to mention the VW campervan cruise to the beach, this three day festival in Cornwall is sure to be a fantastic start to the summer. Set over four arenas with Pendulum, Judge Jules and DJ Hype headlining the main arena, plenty of camping or of course a place to put your campervan you can choose whether to go for the full-on authentic festival experience or put something a bit tougher than waterproof canvas between you and the world.
Glastonbudget : 1st – 3rd June
There is no Glastonbury this year so why not head to Glastonbudget the self proclaimed world’s best tribute festival ever! The line up reads like a whose who of rock and roll from Pearl Jam, Oasis & The Sex Pistols to Michael Jackson and Nirvana. There will be over 130 tributes acts this year, spread over 5 stages.
Rock Am Ring : 1st – 3rd June
Staged at the fantastic Nürburgring racetrack, Rock am Ring is one of the largest European festivals and this year sees Metallica and Linkin Park headlining.
Rockness : 8th – 10th June
Awarded the NME winner of best small festival for the second year running, Rockness is not just about the rock music. Known as “the most beautiful festival in the world”, the idyllic setting around the banks of Loch Ness at Clune Farm in Scotland is unsurpassed by any other festival. With Mumford & Sons, Biffy Clyro, Zane Lowe & Special guest Tim Minchin all on the line-up Nessie herself is more than likely to make an appearance.
Isle of Wight Festival : 21st-24th June
One of the oldest surviving festivals having been held for the first time in 1968, isle of wight is still one of the best main festivals. With such notable artists as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Foo Fighters having played in previous years, this year’s headliners have got a lot to live up to and it may be a long shot but we think Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen & Noah and the Whale may just do that!
T in the Park : 6th-8th July
Held at a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire, T in the Park has seven main music stages and an 85,000 capacity. Kasabian, Snow Patrol and The Stone Roses headline and with some 200 artists performing across the three days, at some point over the weekend make sure you squeeze your way to the front!
Tramlines Festival : 20th-22nd July
An award winning free festival that takes place across Sheffield, the name is inspired by the city’s tram network. Last year saw over 155,000 attendances across the weekend, filling 70 venues including the main stage at Devonshire Green Tudor Square and the The Leadmill. Amongst many bands booked already for this year are We Are Scientists, Field Music and Beth Jeans Houghton, there will even be music on the free buses running between the venues.
Reading & Leeds : 24th-26th August
Set over two locations with the majority of the acts playing on alternate nights at each venue, the Reading and Leeds festivals is a fantastic way to party through the August Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s event sees The Foo Fighters, The Cure and Kasabian headlining.
Bestival : 6th-9th Sept
Winner of the best major UK Festival at the UK festival awards 2010, Bestival is held at the Robin Hill Country Park on the lovely Isle of Wight. Organised by Rob Da Bank it is considered to be more alternative and diverse than the Isle of Wight Festival. As well as the usual main stage there is a Bollywood field complete with full Indian coloured chill out bar, a Dressing Up tent and even a designated Yurt for mothers and their breast-feeding children. The line-up includes Stevie Wonder, Friendly Fires and The XX.
Whichever festival you chose to party at this season whatever you do don’t forget to take your wellies with you, knowing the English weather it will most likely pour it down at some point! We have a fabulous selection of women’s festival wellies available for you to Spy, Love and Buy today.