Best UK festivals for 2019 including Glastonbury, Bestival and more

The UK is home to a huge number of festivals , both big and small. The only problem, of course, is choosing which one to go to.

Whilst many mean camping, unpredictable weather and litres of cider, the chance to see your favourite acts, a weekend of great music, unique experiences and even great food means, for many, the pros outweigh these cons.

You just need to make sure you've packed your wellies!

You can take your pick from festivals all across the UK, with nearly every county playing host to a legendary festival. You're spoilt for choice from huge rock gigs in the Cotswolds, to pop parties in London and even bands by the sea.

So if you're stuck, let us take you through our top picks of the UK's festivals. Not all festivals have announced details yet but we've included what we know so far below.

Get booking or miss out, and don't tell us we didn't warn you – these are the hottest tickets in town.


The most iconic festival on the list, Glastonbury is the ultimate UK Festival. Started by Michael Eavis in 1970 it's still going strong. Tickets are already sold out, but there's always the resale if you're lucky.

Stormzy, Janelle Monae and Kylie have already been announced but we're awaiting more names.

Who's playing? Stormzy, Janelle Monae and Kylie

When is it? 26 – 30 June

Where is it? Somerset

Tickets: Get tickets here


One of London's most popular festivals, Lovebox boasts a consistently strong line up, and many are excited for what's in store for 2019. Last year Skepta, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, and Wu Tang Clan all descended on West London for one huge party.

Who's playing? Solange, Chance the Rapper, J Hus, Giggs, Four Tet

When is it? 12 -13 June

Where is it? London

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"The Godfather of the small festival scene", Truck is one of the UK's longest running and most popular small festivals. This year the line up is huge and features none other than Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and many more.

Who's playing? Foals, Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, You Me At Six

When is it? 26 – 28 July 

Where is it? Oxfordshire

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Latitude is about more than the music. It's one of the main festivals to also focus on an impressive comedy and theatre line up too. They also introduced a legendary new food area in collaboration with pop up gods, Street Feast.

Who's playing? George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del Ray, Underworld

When is it? 18 – 21 July

Where is it? Suffolk

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The ultimate festival for rock fans, Download has booked some huge names this year. Def Leppard and Slipknot are performing, as well as Slayer's final UK show. We'll see you in the mosh pit.

Who's playing? Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Slayer, Smashing Pumpkins, Slash.

When is it? 14 – 16 June

Where is it? Leicestershire

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2000 Trees

A smaller, but perfectly formed festival for rock fans, 2000 Trees takes place in Gloucestershire, and last year they even won the UK's Best Medium Sized Festival, so expect good things.  This year they've booked You Me At Six and While She Sleeps.

Who's playing? You Me at Six, While She Sleeps, Everytime I Die, Frank Turner

When is it? 11 – 13 July

Where is it? Cheltenham

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Wilderness is a feast for the senses in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside and is one of the most popular boutique festivals. A huge hit with art lovers, it also includes banquets, comedy, and even a boating lake.  

Last year the legendary Nile Rodgers and Chic played, but who will be on the books this year? 

Who's playing? Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Groove Armada, Tom Odell

When is it? 1 – 4 August

Where is it? Oxfordshire

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Mighty Hoopla

Mighty Hoopla is the ultimate pop party, and make sure you don't forget the glitter. We're still waiting to find out the headliner but they've already booked a number of acts.

If you're looking for a fun filled day out that won't break the bank, Mighty Hoopla is certainly it.

Who's playing? All Saints, Bananarama, Jamelia, Liberty X, Samantha Mumba, Tove Lo

When is it? 8 June

Where is it? TBA

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Boomtown was started by a small team of music enthusiasts ten years ago, who still run it today. They had one aim in mind – to put on a party 'outside the normal festival experience' – and they definitely succeded. We can't wait to see what will be announced for this year.

Who's playing? Little Dragon, Lauryn Hill, Slowthai, Skream

When is it? 7 – 11 August

Where is it? Hampshire

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Isle of Wight

Last year was the festival's 50th anniversary and boy, did they celebrate! There was even a golden theme to celebrate. This year they're carrying on the party with huge headliners Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro.

Who's playing? Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro

When is it? 13 – 16 June 

Where is it? Isle of Wight

Tickets: Get tickets here


Green Man

Green Man has an area for every type of festival goer. Whether it's 'laughs, literature, art, science, mischief or music', you're bound to find it here.

And let's not forget the beautiful Welsh scenery, where you'll be surrounded by forests, waterfalls, and rivers – you won't want to leave.

Who's playing? Four Tet, Faster John Misty, Idles

When is it? 15 – 18 August

Where is it? Brecon Beacons, Wales

Tickets: Sign up here

Reading and Leeds

Another huge UK festival, Reading and Leeds usually boasts a rockier line up but in recent years has moved into a more contemporary music space, with appearances from Post Malone, and Kendrick Lamar in 2018.

Who's playing? The 1975, Post Malone, Foo Fighters

When is it? 23 – 25 August

Where is it? Reading or Leeds

Tickets: Get tickets here


A relative newcomer on the festival scene, TRNSMT took the place of T in the Park and is the jewel in the crown of Scottish music festivals. Having booked Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Queen last year the bar has been set high for 2019.

Who's playing? Stormzy, Example, Years and Years, Gerry Cinnamon, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, George Ezra, Snow Patrol,

When is it? 12 – 14 July

Where is it? Glasgow

Tickets: More announced soon


Boardmasters takes place in Cornwall, so beach bums and surfers are bound to be in their element. They’ve released the first wave of their line up, and with plenty more to come, it's shaping up to be a stellar year. Expect to see Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Jorja Smith, Franz Ferdinand and more.

Who's playing?   Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Jorja Smith, Foals

When is it? 7 – 11 August 

Where is it? Cornwall

Tickets: Get tickets here


Parklife is always a party, and the Manchester based festival are pulling out all the stops this year. Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, The Streets, Migos and more will visit Manchester this summer.

Who's playing? Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, The Streets, Migos

When is it?  8 – 9 June

Where is it? Manchester

Tickets: More announced soon

BST Hyde Park

The legendary Hyde Park gigs line up is now legendary. Another brilliant London festival, the headline act is only just the start – this year they have a number of huge billings with Florence and the Machine and The National both performing on one day, and Neil Young and Bob Dylan on another – something you are unlikely to ever see again. Make sure you don't miss out.

Who's playing? Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, Neil Young and Bob Dylan

When is it? 12 – 14 July 

Where is it? Hyde Park, Central London 

Tickets: Get tickets here

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