2014 UK Festival Round-up

Festival season is upon us, so without further ado here at Savoo we present you with our ultimate guide to UK festivals… all you need to do is pick your favourite!

Isle of Wight Festival
  • When: 12-15 June
  • Where: Newport, Isle of Wight
  • Tickets: £190 for a weekend camping/ under 12s go free
  • Headline Acts: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon
  • Perfect for: Families and younger teenagers
Everyone from teenagers to older revellers can enjoy the relaxed and family friendly atmosphere of the Isle of Wight Festival. With just two stages and a relatively small site the festival still boasts an impressive line-up, mixing headliners like Calvin Harris with classics like Boy George. Alongside the music you will find a dedicated kid’s zone, tea rooms serving cocktails and a manmade beach.

Glastonbury Festival

  • When: 25-29 June
  • Where: Pilton, Somerset
  • Tickets: £210 Headline Acts: Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Elbow, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Dolly Parton
  • Perfect for: Everyone, particularly festival veterans
As the largest Greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, Glastonbury is like travelling to another country: you could be listening to Dolly Parton and Kasabian one minute, sitting in a tranquil healing area the next, then raving to a silent disco later that night. Plus, with a dedicated kid’s festival inside the area, there’s no shortage of things to do as a family. And with rumours that Oasis are getting back together and playing at Glastonbury this year, you might get a few surprises too!
If you haven’t already booked your Glastonbury tickets for 2014 you only have one last chance to get your hands on them- Sunday 27 April.

Download Festival
  • When: 13-15 June
  • Where: Donington Park, East Midlands
  • Tickets: £205 for three nights camping
  • Headline Acts: Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith, and Fall out Boy
  • Perfect for: Heavy metal fans
Dubbed one of the more mainstream choices in the heavy metal festival market, Download is renowned for snaring legendary headliners. With five music stages- Main stage, Second Stage, Pepsi Max Stage, Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage and the Jagermeister Acoustic stage- Download has plenty to offer metal fans (including comedy and a silent disco). But considering the loud music and the faint outline of green smoke hovering above the audience, Download recommends against bringing children to the event!

Wireless Festival 
  • When: 4-6 July
  • Where: London/ Birmingham
  • Tickets: three day ticket £210 London, £172 Birmingham
  • Headline Acts: Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Tinie Tempah, Drake, Bruno Mars, Outkast
  • Perfect for: Mainstream music fans 
The city setting and lack of camping gives Wireless a completely different vibe to Glastonbury, but if you like your music more mainstream and don’t fancy getting muddy then Wireless could be perfect. Children under the age of five are not permitted so don’t expect any family entertainment. Instead, enjoy international superstars, onsite tattoo parlours (!) and enough DJs and dance acts to keep you partying till the early hours.

WOMAD Festival
  • When: 24-27 July
  • Where: Charlton Park, Wiltshire
  • Tickets: £160
  • Headline Acts: Alice Russell, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba
  • Perfect for: Families and world music fans
WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) is a rapidly growing festival for performers from across the globe. Celebrating music, dance and arts from countries including Brazil, Italy, the US and Africa, WOMAD is not the place to go armed with a detailed itinerary: chances are you won’t have heard of many of the artists on offer! But with endless opportunities to be enlightened and surprised- as well as a range of kids activities including face painting and storytelling- this festival is only going to get bigger.

Latitude Festival
  • When: 17-20 July
  • Where: Southwold, Suffolk
  • Tickets: £195.50
  • Headline Acts: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kelis, Haim, Editors
  • Perfect for: People looking for something different
Latitude is more than just a music festival: it has carved itself out a niche as an eclectic mixture of music, art, theatre, poetry, dance and politics… all set in an idyllic park location! With over 15 different arenas and performances from artists across every genre, Latitude really does have something for everyone- including the accolade of ‘Best Family Festival in 2012’. If you want all night parties and loud music then look elsewhere, but Latitude can’t be beaten on originality.

Reading and Leeds Festival
  • When: 22-24 August
  • Where: Reading and Leeds
  • Tickets: £213
  • Headline Acts: Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Blink-182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend, and Jimmy Eat World
  • Perfect for: Teens, students and young adults
Considered one of the biggest rock festivals in the UK, the Reading and Leeds Festival is renowned for rock, alternative, metal, punk and indie music. Not suitable for kids, Reading and Leeds Festival is popular with teens and students who have a reputation for holding after-parties at the campsites that continue until early morning. But with much critical acclaim, including the NME Festival Award, the Reading and Leeds Festival is ideal for people looking for an upbeat and lively atmosphere.

  • When: 22-24 August
  • Where: Cheshire
  • Tickets: £180 for 3 days camping
  • Headline Acts: Calvin Harris, Avicii and Deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Tiesto and Annie Mac
  • Perfect for: Ravers and clubbers
Holding the unofficial title of the UK’s number one dance festival, Creamfields is heaven for fans of the rave scene. With 12 different stages, a vanity van where you can get your hair washed and styled, silent discos and all night parties, people don’t come to Creamfields to get a good night’s sleep! As well as in the UK, Creamfields has previously been held across the globe in locations such as Abu Dhabi, Malta, Moscow, Mexico and Prague, making it hugely popular worldwide. Note: not one to take the kids to- you have to be over 18 to attend Creamfields.

We hope you’ve found a festival to take your fancy here, but please note that prices are accurate as of 25/04.

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