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The UK’s Best Music Festivals To Book Now For 2023

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The C&TH pick of the festivals to book this summer

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The UK’s music festival scene is unmatched, with an eclectic mix of events meaning there’s something for everyone. We have big names and boutiques, party-focused and family-friendly, town and countryside, long-standing and new. Whether you’re into pop, jazz, house or a bit of everything, our music line-ups span all genres – with a whole host of other activities on offer too, from food to comedy and wellness. Struggling to find your perfect match? Read on for the C&TH pick of the top UK music festivals to visit in 2023.

Best Music Festivals in the UK 2023

Your 2023 Music Festival Calendar

  • June: Glastonbury
  • July: Henley Festival, Latitude
  • August: Wilderness, Boomtown, Boardmasters, Houghton, We Out Here, All Points East

Glastonbury

Glastonbury

Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset

When? 21–25 June 2023

One of the world’s most famous festivals, Glastonbury is notoriously hard to secure tickets to. It’s returning to Somerset’s Worthy Farm this June. The line-up is still TBC (other than Elton John headlining on Sunday), but last year’s was certainly worth waiting for, with Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross all performing. But it’s not only about the music: Glastonbury is often described as lots of festivals rolled into one, with countless stages and venues offering everything from art to comedy. We couldn’t begin to reel off everything that’s on offer, but here’s a snapshot: a mini-film festival, a healing field hosting yoga classes, a theatre, a Latin American dance tent and endless food and drink spots.

BOOK IT: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Henley Festival

Henley Festival

Where? Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

When? 5–9 July 2023

We’re always first in line for tickets to the country’s only black-tie music festival. The music line-up is always stellar, but if it’s festival food that gets you excited, you won’t find a better culinary line-up than this one on the banks of the river Thames. This year’s details are yet to be announced, but 2022 saw Craig David, Sir Tom Jones and The Script all perform.

BOOK IT: henley-festival.co.uk

Latitude Festival

Photo: Sarah Koury

Latitude Festival

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

When? 20–23 July 2023

The award-winning family-friendly Latitude festival has activities for kids, teens and families spread across three areas. Think pond dipping, star gazing, pizza making, a dedicated In Betweeners area for teens and a magical Enchanted Garden with a family-friendly programme for under-13s. The line-up is looking stellar, too, with Pulp headlining alongside Paolo Nutini, George Ezra, The Kooks and Metronomy.

BOOK IT: Tickets from £90.75 for a day ticket. latitudefestival.com

Wilderness Festival

Wilderness

Where? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

When? 3–6 August 2023

Expect big names in music and culture plus great food served banquet-style to accommodate chats with like-minded festival-goers; this Oxfordshire (relative) stalwart is always a favourite. With wellbeing workshops and boutique camping, there’s no need to feel wild as you reacquaint yourself with nature at Wilderness. This year’s line-up includes The Chemical Brothers, Christine And The Queens, Fatboy Slim and Sugarbabes on the music side, plus chefs including Adam Handling and Anthony Demetre. Elsewhere, you’ll find a lake for wild swimming, supper clubs, live theatre shows, foraging works and much more.

BOOK IT: wildernessfestival.com

Boomtown Fair 2018, photo by Lucas Sinclair

Boomtown Fair 2018, photo by Lucas Sinclair

Boomtown

Where? Matterley Estate, Hampshire

When? 9–13 August 2023

As boutique festivals go, Boomtown is certainly one most highly anticipated. This multifaceted music and theatrical event is hosted at the Matterley Estate, Winchester, and previous years have featured the likes of Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage and The Streets. Boomtown puts equal importance on stage design and theatrical storylines, with the ‘city’ split into nine unique districts.

BOOK IT: boomtownfair.co.uk

Cornwall, United Kingdom – August 05, 2016: Boardmasters music festival and surf competition featuring the best surfers and musicians on stage.

Boardmasters Festival 2016

Boardmasters

Where? Newquay, Cornwall

When? 9–13 August 2023

The UK can do beach festivals too, as proven by Boardmasters: a five-day surfing and music extravaganza held on the west coast of Cornwall. Live music takes place on both Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, alongside a range of outdoor activities – from surfing lessons to kayaking. There are ten music stages, with headliners for 2023 including Liam Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, Little Sims and Example, alongside local acoustic artists and visual performers. It’s a family-friendly option too, with plenty of creative activities on offer for little ones such as acrobatics and craft workshops.

BOOK IT: boardmasters.com

Houghton

Where? Norfolk

When? 10–13 August 2023

This Norfolk fest has a licence that permits music from dusk to dawn, with ‘spontaneous’ back-to-back sets, award-winning DJs and a stellar music line-up. Set amongst dense woodland with a picturesque lake, and curated by DJ Craig Richards, it’s becoming one of the most exciting prospects on the festival calendar. This year’s line-up is yet to be revealed.

BOOK IT: houghtonfestival.co.uk

We Out Here

Where? Wimborne St Giles, Dorset

When? 10–14 August 2023

Moving to a new home for 2023, from Abbots Ripton, Cambridge to Dorset, We Out Here is billed as a jazz festival ‘for everyone’, the brainchild of British DJ Giles Peterson. The inaugural 2019 festival was an instant success, with a stellar line-up spanning not just jazz but house, disco, soul, drum ‘n’ bass and more. Elsewhere you’ll find ‘The Escape’, which hosts mindfulness workshops, yoga and art therapy, a wild swimming lake, plenty of cultural offerings and excellent food.

BOOK: weoutherefestival.com

All Points East

Tom Hancock

All Points East

Where? Victoria Park, London

When? 18–20 & 25–27 August 2023

If you’re after the festival experience but don’t fancy the tent life, London hosts a number of non-camping day options. One of the best is All Points East, which takes place in Victoria Park across two weekends in August. Music traditionally leans towards the alternative genre, though there’s a bit of everything: the 2022 line-up included Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure and Tame Impala. 2023’s first announced headliner is none other than Stormzy.

BOOK: allpointseastfestival.com

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