Make no mistake; music festivals are big business. Each year millions of people descend on sites all over the world to take in live music in its purest form – bringing with them billions in revenue.
With popularity comes demand and with demand more events. As the number of festivals on offer grows exponentially, organisers seek new ways to get an edge on the competition. One of the most popular ways of doing this is to release details of confirmed acts months in advance.
It may only be January but we’re already salivating at some of the festival line-ups the UK has to offer in 2017…
Reading & Leeds Festival
When? : 25th – 27th August
Where? : Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, West Yorkshire
Even though it doesn’t take place until the end of August, Reading & Leeds is always ahead of the pack when it comes to leaking details of its formidable line-up.
This year’s event looks set to be as eclectic (and jaw dropping) as ever; featuring Devonshire rock epicists Muse as the first confirmed mainstage headliner - alongside the likes of Major Lazer, At The Drive-In, Bastille, Danny Brown & Torey Lanez.
With about 4% of the line-up announced, they already have us locked in. Bravo Festival Republic.
View the full line-up by clicking here.
Isle of Wight Festival
When? : 8th – 10th June
Where? : Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Falling a little earlier in the summer, the Isle of Wight festival is an event tailored towards a wider clientele. Popular with all age groups and steeped in an impressive history, this festival never fails to offer a bill worth making the trek for.
This year the festival will be headlined by Canadian indie rock legends-in-waiting Arcade Fire, crooner Rod Stewart, French EDM maestro David Guetta and inimitable New York hip hop group Run DMC. How’s that for a mixed bag?
Check out the full line-up so far right here.
When? : 25th – 27th August
Where? : Daresbury, Cheshire
For those of you who are more electronically inclined, Creamfields is surely the way to go. Unfolding in a glorious rural location equidistant between Manchester and Liverpool, the festival has been the top contender for all things dance since it’s inauguration in 1998.
This year’s event will witness the unification of two of the industry’s most formidable producer-DJ’s condensed into a single headline slot. For the first time in the UK, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz will take to the stage, together!
Visit Creamfields online here.
When? : 9th – 11th June
Where? : Donnington Park, Leicestershire
Onto the rock and roll heartlands of middle England now for arguably the most iconic heavy music festival the UK has to offer – Download.
Each year thousands of rockers descend on Castle Donnington for a weekend of beer and bands like to other. 2017 will be no different; and with the likes of Mastodon, Alter Bridge, Sum 41 and Slayer set to appear alongside headliners Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith and System of a Down, there’s no question it’s going to be a good one!
Soak in the abundance of acts already announced for Download 2017 here.