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The Ultimate Festival Guide 2015

Festival season is upon us, folks! Not sure who’s playing where this year? We round-up the key summer dates from every genre. Wellies at the ready…

Field Day – 6 – 7 June, London
Who’s headlining: Caribou, Ride

Go if you like… to escape in the city. Nestled in East London’s Victoria Park, Field Day has continued to gain momentum since launching in 2007. Complete with an annual village fete (think sack races and tug of war), it’s the ultimate place to chill out with friends and family in summer.

Isle of Wight Festival – 11 – 14 June, Isle of Wight 
Who’s headlining: Billy Idol, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, The Black Keys

Go if you like… rock, pop and discovering new music. Isle of Wight brings together the biggest acts of right now, with the escapism of its island location. Factor in the ferry crossing and it’s got all the vibes of a well-earned holiday.

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Download – 12 – 14 June, Derby
Who’s headlining: Slipknot, Muse, Kiss,

Go if you like… metal, mosh pits and getting a good view even if you’re short (they’ve got a good hill for that). The mecca of heavy metal welcomes Slipknot back to the legendary site, alongside rock icons Kiss, and first-time headliners Muse. Devil horns at the ready.

T in The Park – 10 – 12 July, Scotland
Who’s headlining: The Libertines, more TBC

Go if you like… wearing rain macs, pop and indie. Bringing together the likes of Biffy Clyro, Pharrell Williams and Elbow in 2014 sets Scotland’s biggest festival up for even bigger things this year. With The Libertines heading up proceedings, indie magpies will want to flock to the famous fields this July.

Benicassim – 16 – 19 July, Spain 
Who’s headlining: The Prodigy, Florence and the Machine, Portishead

Go if you like… sunshine, big bands and being the envy of everyone you know. There comes a time in everyone’s festival-going lives when venturing outside the UK is a must. Don’t forget to pack your sun cream!

Latitude – 16 – 19 July, Henham Park
Who’s headlining: TBC

Go if you like… arts, comedy, theatre, dance and music. There’s corners of Henham Park, Southwold where you could easily forget you were at a music festival. Between the colourful sheep and children’s corner, there’s an entire Arts Arena to lose yourself in.

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Lovebox – 17 – 18 July, London
Who’s headlining: TBC

Go if you like… inner-city escapism, pop and urban. Lovebox is set to really embrace its creative side for 2015 (grab your face paints), while maintaining its fun Ibiza vibes and heavy dance offerings.

Somersault – 23 – 27 July, North Devon
Who’s headlining: TBC

Go if you like… outdoor living, music and adventure. This 5-day camping extravaganza is brought to you from the people behind Wilderness and is set in the picturesque surroundings of Castle Hill Estate, North Devon. You’ll need your swooshiest summer clothes for this one.

Ramblin’ Man Fair – 25 – 26 July, Kent
Who’s headlining: Scorpions, Dream Theater, Saxon, Gregg Allman, Camel, Marillion

Go if you like… classic rock, prog, country and blues, and great beer. Brought to you by The Rock Collective and TeamRock, this is a weekend of good music, good food and, er, did we mention the great beer?

V Festival – 22 – 23 August, London
Who’s headlining: TBC in March

Go if you like… pop, urban and dance. The folk behind V Festival are planning exciting things for their 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Spreading the fun across two sites, it’s set to be their biggest year yet.

Bloodstock – 6 – 9 August, Derbyshire
Who’s headlining: Trivium, Within Temptation, Rob Zombie

Go if you like… heavy metal and rock. You don’t need to have a wardrobe full of leathers to make it at Bloodstock, but you do need a serious penchant for all that’s brutal in the world of heavy metal.

Creamfields – 28 – 30 August, Cheshire 
Who’s headlining: TBC

Go if you like… dance, rave and partying. Creamfields has long been the go-to for ravers and 2015 is set to be no different. Dancing shoes at the ready!

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Reading and Leeds – 28 – 30 August, Reading & Leeds 
Who’s headlining: Metallica, Mumford and Sons, more TBC

Go if you like… Literally, everything. Rock and metal may still reign supreme across two sites, but with stages dedicated to dance, punk, indie, urban and unsigned acts, Reading and Leeds has become a go-to for diverse music tastes.

Wild Life – 6 – 7 June, Brighton City Airport
Who’s headlining: Disclosure, Rudimental, Sam Smith

Go if you like… urban, pop and dance. This June, Wildlife will bring together the likes of Mark Ronson and Years & Years, with Wu-Tang Clan and Annie Mac. Need we say more?

New Look Wireless – 3 – 5 July, London
Who’s headlining: David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Avicii, Kendrick Lamar

Go if you like… urban, pop and dance. Bringing the biggest names in mainstream music to the legendary grounds of Finsbury Park, New Look Wireless is a force to be reckoned with on the festival calendar.

Moscow State Circus – 10 February – 11 March, touring UK 

Go if you like… family fun, arts and culture. Away from the music, Moscow State Circus are rolling out their biggest show to date. Expect captivating stunts, unbelievable performances and award-winning circus acts.

Flickerama – 14 – 16 August, Cotswolds

Go if you like… films, the British countryside and Back To The Future. As well as the 1985 flick, the new film festival will see a live orchestra accompany screenings of John Williams’ movies and the original Blues Brothers’ band playing alongside the classic film.

Which festival will you be heading to this summer? Let us know @TicketmasterUK.

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