Links to Music Festivals

Here are some links to some UK music festivals. If you can recommend any music festivals, please reply below, giving a link.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Music Festival Resources:

Tickets too expensive? “Work at Music Festivals UK” provides you with a constant stream of festival work opportunities, paid and volunteer. Posting work opportunities as they are released so that you don’t miss out!

This site has a good map of music festivals in the UK with links to each festival.

Comprehensive list of UK music festivals, listed under different music genres.

The Festival Calendar. Dates for UK festivals.

UK Festival Guides for all your festival and music needs. Festival Calendar, music videos, reviews, guides and galleries.

E Festivals. Quick links for Festivals around the world  Festivals and events are being added & updated all the time.  E-mail to get your festival added.

Ents24 – “dedicated to bringing you the easiest way to find events and buy tickets no matter where you live or what you’re into. Live music, stand-up comedy, festivals, clubbing, theatre, family days out, or cinema”.

List of Arts Festivals in the UK. Not all are music focused. Compiled by the British Arts Festivals Association. Some of the dates have not been updated. For current festival dates and information, click on the festival of interest and then click on their website address.

The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech work for amateur festivals everywhere. Most of their festivals are competitive and the performers receive verbal and written educational feedback from a professional adjudicator in each classification of music, dance or speech. They have almost 300 amateur festivals affiliated to the Federation and a similar number of professional adjudicators (in all classes) and accompanists, listed in their Yearbook and website. Each year their festivals attract around 1 million performers, especially involving children and young people, reaching an audience of around 5 million worldwide.

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.

The Association of Independent Festivals is a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals. They have a good Directory of Suppliers for those thinking of putting on large scale events.

UK Festival Awards. The annual Oscars of the contemporary music festival business. Twitter: @festival_awards

European Festival Awards. Sister of the UK Festival Awards, for Europe. Many categories voted on by the public. Twitter: @festival_awards

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.

Julie’s Bicycle is a site that is concerned with the performing arts and their impact on the environment. It has a section on music and environmental responsibility. “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

5 Common Festival Performer Mistakes from Ideas Tap.

Festival elves, pixies and the odd gnome ( trolls need not apply) This friendly Facebook page with over 2,000 members is primarily about joining up people for work at festivals – carpenters, transporters, stewards, bar work, promotion writers – anything that makes an event happen. Positions can be paid or voluntary. If you are putting on an event, it’s a good site to ask questions and find resources. The site has a Files Page that has UK contacts with CVs for everything you may need to make an event/festival happen.


LymeArtsFest. Mostly visual arts but includes the B Sharp Busking Festival, open to all performing artists and musicians. September.

Lyme Regis Jazz Festival A weekend (end of May) of Jazz , Blues and real ale.

Guitars on the Beach Lyme Regis. A one off event 7 Septemebr 2013. A record attempt to have Britain’s biggest band playing one song at the same time. At least 2,000 Guitarists expected on the beach at 5 p.m. to play Buddy Holly’s ‘Rave On’. Be part of it – register to take part online, or turn up and register on the day. Free to take part. Free to see.

Glastonbury Festival. The largest performing arts festival in Europe. Very popular – you must register with them before you can get tickets. Twitter: @GlastoFest

WOMAD World of Music Arts and Dance. Music from all continents. Several festivals per year in different countries, including Charlton Park, Wiltshire UK at the end of July.

Shindig Weekender A weekend of dancing, with great DJs and live performance based on GhettoFunk. A welcoming crowd. Last weekend of May.

Beautiful DaysGood local grass-roots festival. Mid August. Escot, Devon. Beautiful Days 2012 was shortlisted in the final 10 for Best Medium-Sized Festival, Best Family Festival, Grass Roots Festival Award and Best Toilets at the 2012 UK Festival Awards. Run by The Levellers. Twitter: bdsfestival

Latitude Festival is in July, set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast. Twitter: @LatitudeFest

Edinburgh International Festival – three weeks of the best music, theatre, dance and opera the world has to offer. August. Twitter: @edintfest #edintfest

Sonisphere – Europe’s first touring rock festival. Twitter: @Sonisphere

Secret Garden PartyA four-day party like no other… late July. Twitter: @SecretGardenHQ

CreamfieldsBest dance festival 2012, UK Festival Awards. Twitter: @Creamfields

Boomtown. ‘A raucous fun-filled weekend of ska, reggae, roots and rave in ‘The Maddest City”. Early/Mid August. Twitter: @BoomTownFair

London Micro Festivals – 5 small festivals close to London recommended by the London Evening Standard.

The Great Escape. Europe’s leading festival for new music. Brighton. Mid May.

Download Festival. Rock in Donnington Park. Twitter: @DownloadFest

Big Chill Festival. More than a music festival. Eastnor Castle Deer Park. Twitter: @BigChillFest

Bestival. September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight. Twitter: @Bestival Facebook:

Camp Bestival July at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. ‘Best Family Festival’ 2010 & 2009 (UK Festival Awards). Twitter: @CampBestival Facebook:

V Festival is an annual music festival held at two parks simultaneously which share the same line up during the penultimate weekend in August. Twitter: @vfestival

WildernessWinner of Best New Festival 2011, UK Festival Awards. Mid August. Twitter: @WildernessHQ

Y Not Festival. Winner of the Grass Roots Festival 2012, UK Festival Awards. Beginning of August. Twitter: @Y_Not_Festival

All Tomorrow’s Parties is an organisation based in London that has been promoting festivals, concerts and records throughout the world for over ten years. The festival line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unpredictable and exciting events which combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. Twitter: @atpfestival

Tramlines. Sheffield’s free for all music festival. Winner of Best Metropolitan Festival, UK Festival Awards 2012. Late July. Twitter: @tramlines

Manchester Jazz Fest. ‪Jazzing up Manchester’s summer since 1996. End of July. Twitter: @ManJazzFest

Wireless Festival is a phenomenal open-air live music experience in the heart of bustling London. Hyde Park, London. Twitter: @WirelessFest

Lyme Regis Jazz Festival. Traditional New Orleans style, with umbrella parade. End of May. Twitter: @lymejazzfest

Chase Park Music Festival. A Rock and Roll festival experience for people of all ages and abilities. Clients from Chase Park Neuro Centre help plan, promote and participate in the festival as part of their therapy and social programmes. Clients and staff worked along with professional bodies such UKs leading Music Development Agency Generator, the Art’s Council England and other 3rd sector partners to produce a high calibre event with a stellar line up of disabled artists and emerging north east talent. Twitter: @ChaseParkFest

Green Man Festival. August. Winner of the Best Medium Sized Festival 2010 and Winner of the Grass Roots Festival Award 2012 – UK Festival Awards. Black Mountains, Wales. Twitter: @GreenManFest

End of the Road Fest An intimate music festival at the Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset. Twitter: @EOTR

Isle of Wight Fest. June. Twitter: @IsleOfWightFest

RockNess Festival With a backdrop of Loch Ness, voted the UK’s best small festival. Inverness. Twitter: @RockNessFest

ATP Festival All Tomorrow’s Parties: Festivals/Gigs/ATP Recordings. London. Twitter: @atpfestival


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