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Summer 2019 will once again see the UK welcome some of the biggest and best artists to stunning locations across festival season. Providing an opportunity to experience live music and entertainment with friends and family in the great outdoors, homegrown festivals continue to offer a truly unique live experience.
VIP options, from luxury camping to add-ons, can help to further elevate that experience. Designed for those looking for that little extra, or for those who want to be close to the action but with their own little getaway, VIP packages come in various shape and sizes.
To help those looking to make sense of the world of VIP come festival season, here’s an overview by festival of the available options for a long weekend of luxury.
When: 25 – 28 July 2019
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Bringing together the full family festival experience and the best bits from an action-packed camping holiday, Camp Bestival has won the coveted Best Family Festival award five times at the Festival Awards.
This year’s line-up includes headline performances by Nile Rodgers & Chic and Jess Glynne, plus appearances by The Human League, Sister Sledge, Big Shaq and more. The family focussed bill will also welcome appearances by children’s favourites Mr Tumble, Mister Maker & The Shapes, Mr Bloom & His Band, and more.
Boutique Camping at Camp Bestival
VIP options at Camp Bestival range from basic family belle tents to luxury yurts and Gypsy Caravans.
The boutique campsite includes proper toilets, warm showers, a 24-hour reception, food and drink options, campsite security and free parking.
Prices start from £190 per person for the weekend (excluding festival ticket).
When: 22 – 25 August 2019
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
Creamfields has long established itself as one of the biggest events in the global electronic music calendar, once again set to bring the biggest and brightest names to Cheshire in 2019.
This year’s line-up welcomes the likes of Above & Beyond, Andy C, The Chemical Brothers, Chase & Status, deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Wilkinson, and many more.
Dreamfields at Creamfields
Fans looking for the VIP experience at Creamfields need look no further than Dreamfields, offering luxury accommodation from cabins to tipis, and from bell tents to crew huts.
Dreamfields includes a 24 hour reception, free parking, proper showers and toilets, a pamper tent (including mirrors, hairdryers and straighteners) and a phone charging hub (at no extra cost).
Prices start from £222.50 per person for the weekend (excluding festival ticket).
Fans can also select a Pre-Pitch & Party option offering simpler tents at a lower price.
When: 12 – 16 June 2019
Where: Donington Park, Leicestershire
Since the early ’00s, Download Festival has fast become the home of rock, pop-punk, hardcore and metal, taking to Donington Park – the previous site for the equally iconic Monsters of Rock.
This year’s festival will welcome headline appearances by classic rock legends Def Leppard, technical metal collective Slipknot, and the return of atypical progressive heroes Tool.
RIP at Download Festival
Download Festival offers a huge range of VIP camping options, taking to RIP Metal Meadow, the shade of RIP Metal Forest, or the top of the range RIP Hotel packages with shuttle buses to and from site.
VIP camping and hotel options also include access to the RIP Village, with convenience store, food stalls and bars, coffee, seating areas, lockers, spa treatments, and a full entertainment programme including live performances and DJs.
RIP packages include weekend tickets to the festival, a private campsite with 24 hour reception, proper toilets and warm showers, car parking, a pamper area, a designated entrance to the festival, a RIP ‘Doggie’ bag, a festival programme, and an exclusive T-shirt.
Accommodation starts from £602.50 per person including a weekend festival ticket and access to the RIP Village. There are also Ready To Rock packages available, offering simpler tents at a lower price.
When: 18 – 21 July 2019
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
Winner of the Best Family Festival award at last year’s UK Festival Awards, as well as Best Major Festival the year before, Latitude Festival offers a true escape in the heart of Suffolk.
Hosting a huge music and arts line-up, and boasting incredible food and drink across the site, this year’s event will welcome the likes of headliners George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey, as well as a comedy line up that sees Jason Manford and Michelle Wolf top the bill.
There’s also a crisp lake to swim in, roaming pink sheep, magical woods to explore, and more.
Latitude Luxury at Latitude Festival
VIP camping options at Latitude Festival include an array of boutique accommodation options. Options include a range of luxury cabins, tipis, bell houses and bedouin tents.
As well as a concierge services on arrival, Latitude Luxury also provides free parking, a 24 hour reception, a complimentary arrival drink, a restaurant and bar, complimentary breakfast, a chill out area with acoustic live lounge, proper toilets and warm showers, a spa and salon, a self-service pamper tent, a kids cinema tent, and access to a secret bar in the main arena.
Prices start from £423 per person for the weekend (excluding festival tickets).
When: 12 – 13 July 2019
Where: Gunnersbury Park
Taking place in London’s Gunnersbury Park across two days in July, Lovebox Festival will this year welcome headline appearances by Chance The Rapper and Solange, as well as performances by Giggs, 2 Chainz, BROCKHAMPTON, and Lizzo.
Cypress Hill will also perform Black Sunday for a UK exclusive, performing on the same bill as Four Tet, Loyle Carner, Action Brnson and more.
Highsnobiety Presents VIP at Lovebox Festival
This year’s VIP experience will be presented by streetwear icons Highsnobiety. The special ticket will offer fast track entry to the festival, and access to an exclusive VIP area.
VIP ticket holders will enjoy special DJ sets and performances, curated by Lovebox and Highsnobiety.
1Xtra DJ Tiffany Calver will take to the area on the Friday, as well as Pxssy Palace founder Nadine Artois, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf and East London’s queer Bollywood hip-hop night HUNGAMA. Live performances will come courtesy of Touching Bass, KAZIM KAZIM KAZIM, Bossy LDN, and Presige Pak.
The Saturday will welcome Prosumer, Tristan de Cunha, Wayne Holland, and DAR DISKU, plus live performances by Anna Wall, Itchy Rich and Frenchy.
VIP tickets are priced at £125 per day, or £175 for both. Hospitality packages are also available for the Saturday, priced at £238.50.
When: 23 – 25 August 2019
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds
One of the UK’s most iconic music and arts festivals, Reading and Leeds will welcome headline performances by Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Post Malone in 2019.
The huge line-up will also welcome performances by Dave, Billie Eilish, Bastille, Chvrches, Enter Shikari, Juice Wrld and so many more.
Camping Plus at Reading and Leeds Festival
VIP camping options are available at both Reading and Leeds sites, ranging from a Bring Your Own Tent package to luxury huts, bell tents, emperor tents, and bedouin tents.
All experiences included access to the private Camping Plus campsite, a 24 hour reception and security, flushing toilets and warm showers, plus a pamper area with blow dryers, straighteners and mirrors.
Bring You Own Tent packages, which include access to the above, cost £100 for Reading Festival and £80 for Leeds Festival. Other accommodation prices start from £182 per person excluding festival tickets, and also include all of the above.
When: 12 – 14 July 2019
Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow
Returning to the heart of Glasgow for its third outing, TRNSMT Festival will this year welcome headline performances by Stormzy, Catfish & The Bottlemen and George Ezra.
The non-camping festival will also welcome hometown hero Gerry Cinnamon, British indie-superstars Bastille, and festival veterans Snow Patrol among many others.
VIP at TRNSMT Festival
Arriving on site through a designated VIP entrance, ticket holders will have access to a designated chill out zone with easy access to the main festival arena.
The area will host VIP food stalls, its own bar, seating, flushing toilets and a glass of bubbly on arrival for those over the age of 18 (ID may be required).
When: 1 – 4 August 2019
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Wilderness Festival brings together arts, food and relaxation in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Fans will witness a range of live performances from music to dance, and from talks to debates.
This year’s event will welcome headline performances by Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club and Groove Armada, as well as an arts and literature programme topped by Letters Live.
Food is also at the heart of Wilderness, hosting Yossi Elad, James Knappett and more.
Boutique Camping at Wilderness Festival
There are a number of boutique options at Wilderness Festival, including a selection of accommodation options. These range from classic and luxury tipis to a state of the art en-suite Airstream.
The boutique campsite also includes a 24 hour concierge and reception, luxury showers and toilets, a dedicated restaurant and bar, a free grooming parlour, free parking and a free trolley service from the carpark to the accommodation.
With general tickets sold out for London’s Wireless Festival, this year boasting headline performances by heavyweights Cardi B, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, the only way to access the event is through a handful of remaining Hospitality packages.
Hospitality at Wireless Festival
Arriving through a designated VIP entry lane, ticket holders at Wireless Festival will enjoy a private hospitality tent and garden complete with table service, a complimentary meal and an unlimited complementary bar.
The tent also boasts a TV screen with a live feed to the main stage.
Hospitality ticket holders will have access to all the VIP provision, including exclusive DJ sets, a chill out area, and luxury toilets.
For all VIP experiences, including meet and greets across the UK and Europe, visit VIP Nation.