Festivals

The UK has a thriving music festivals sector catering for all genres of music. Ranging in size, UK music festivals attract thousands of people throughout the year - no matter the weather!

Below is a selection of festivals, which we will continue to update over time.

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    East of England

  • Aldeburgh Festival

    A wide range of classical and contemporary music events, masterclasses and exhibitions make up the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

    Dates
    September
    Website
    https://snapemaltings.co.uk/season/aldeburgh-festival/
  • Cambridge Folk Festival

    Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965 it attracts around fourteen thousand people. The line-up has reflected the many changes in the music scene from the 60s to the present and is always a hotbed mix of the old and the new.

    Dates
    August
    Website
    https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival
  • Latitude

    The festival was the UK’s 2017 Winner of Best Major Festival and offers music, theatre, dance, film, cabaret and literature. Latitude has consistently hosted huge names from the world of rock ‘n’ roll, alongside comedians, authors and artists of every discipline.

    Dates
    July
    Website
    http://www.latitudefestival.com
  • Northern Ireland

  • AVA Festival

    AVA is an Audio Visual Arts Festival and Conference in Belfast that happens over two days. The festival celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts from Northern and Southern Ireland.

    Dates
    June
    Website
    http://avafestival.com/
  • Derry City of Culture 2013

    Across Genres | Indie | Folk | Rock | Electronica

    Dates
    January to December
    Website
    http://www.belfastmusic.org
  • Sonorities

    Electronic | Experimental

    Dates
    September
    Website
    http://www.sonorities.org.uk
  • London

  • BBC Proms

    The BBC Proms has a long and proud history. It remains predomninatly a classical music festival, but increasingly offers shows featuring jazz, pop and alternative genres, particularly in the popular Late Night Prom series.

    Dates
    July to September
    Website
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
  • Convergence

    Convergence is a festival held annually in March and facilitates an active dialogue around performance and technology. The festival provides a platform for bespoke projects and collaborations featuring emerging artists and established pioneers. The British Council has supported Convergence for the past three years.

    Dates
    March
    Website
    www.convergence-london.com/
  • Field Day

    Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s most popular music festivals, covering the world’s finest alternative acts. Originally started in Victoria Park, 2018 will take place in Brockwell Park.

    Dates
    June
    Website
    http://fielddayfestivals.com/
  • London Jazz Festival

    Events across the English capital celebrate some of the biggest names in the jazz world and also provide a platform for emerging stars.

    Dates
    November
    Website
    http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk
  • Meltdown Festival

    Curated by different artists each year (e.g. Yoko Ono 2013)

    Dates
    June
    Website
    http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/2013/events/siouxsie/
  • Spitalfields Festival

    Cross genre programming (choral)

    Dates
    June
    Website
    http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
  • South East

  • Bestival

    Bestival is an award winning four-day boutique music festival set on the Lulworth Estate. Popular for its hugely diverse line-ups, which includes comedy, theatre, circus and art.

    Dates
    August
    Website
    http://www.bestival.net
  • Brighton Festival

    Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place in venues across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. The festival has become one of the city's most enduring symbols of inventiveness and celebration over the past half century.

    Dates
    May
    Website
    https://brightonfestival.org/
  • The Great Escape

    Big UK music showcase with plenty of music industry panels and discussions too. The festival takes place in venues throughout Brighton, taking over the city for the long weekend. Sometimes referred to as the UK's answer to SXSW, for many years we have invited international delegates to The Great Escape to see UK music for themselves and this has resulted in many future collaborations.

    Dates
    May
    Website
    http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape/
  • North West

  • Bluedot Festival

    Bluedot is an award-winning festival of music, science, arts and culture set at the grounds of a deep space observatory.

    Dates
    July
    Website
    https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
  • English Folk Expo

    English Folk Expo welcomes the world’s music industry to experience the vibrant and rapidly expanding source of folk music talent. Based in Manchester the festival takes place across the stages of HOME and nearby venues including Bridgewater Hall, Gorilla, The Ritz and more, with capacities of between 80 and 2500, all found within a few minutes’ walk of the central venue. English Folk Expo provides an effective and previously unavailable route into the English folk, roots and acoustic market.

    Dates
    October
    Website
    https://www.englishfolkexpo.com/
  • Future Everything

    Established in Manchester in 1995, FutureEverything is a festival that explores the intersection of art, design, science and digital. It has been named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world and is seen by Arts Council England as “one of the key touch-point organisations” connecting creative communities with academic research, the business sector and policy makers.

    Dates
    March
    Website
    http://futureeverything.org
  • Manchester International Festival

    Cross disciplinary, includes ambitious new commissions

    Dates
    July
    Website
    http://www.mif.co.uk
  • Wales

  • Brecon Jazz

    The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held annually in Brecon and has played host to a range of jazz musicians from across the world.

    Dates
    August
    Website
    https://breconjazz.org/
  • Greenman Festival

    Green Man is an independent music and arts festival held annually in mid-August in the Brecon Beacons, Wales since 2003. The festival showcases literature, film, comedy, theatre and poetry and has won several awards over the years including “Best Festival” at the 2015 Live Music Business Awards.

    Dates
    August
    Website
    http://www.greenman.net
  • WOMEX

    World Music | Folk

    Dates
    October
    Website
    http://www.womex.com
  • South West

  • Bristol Proms

    Classical

    Dates
    July to August
    Website
    http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/bristolproms.html
  • Cheltenham Music Festival

    Classical

    Dates
    July
    Website
    http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music
  • End of the Road

    End of the Road Festival is an annual music festival in England which focuses on independent rock and folk music.

    Dates
    August to September
    Website
    http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com
  • Glastonbury

    World famous festival featuring big names in music, particularly British music, over an enormous site in Somerset. Away from the Pyramid Stage are many many smaller stages which feature less well known names - a great opportunity to catch emerging artists "on their way up" spanning many genres.

    Dates
    June
    Website
    http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/
  • International Bath Music Festival

    Orchestral | Contemporary Jazz | Folk | Electronica

    Dates
    May to June
    Website
    http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music
  • Womad

    WOMAD, the international arts festival, first took place in 1982 and is now located in Australia, Caceres, Chile, Las Palmas, New Zealand, and in Wiltshire. A festival of music, food, dance & art.

    Dates
    July
    Website
    http://womad.org/
  • Scotland

  • Celtic Connections

    Celtic Connections is a celebration of Celtic music located in Glasgow over a three week period across 20 venues. The British Council has supported the festival for many years.

    Dates
    January to February
  • Edinburgh International Festival

    Across genre, including cross-disciplinary

    Dates
    August to September
    Website
    http://www.eif.co.uk
  • Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

    Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. The Festival aims to present established jazz and blues lovers through a range of concerts.

    Dates
    July
    Website
    http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/
  • North East

  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - hcmf// - is the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music. The festival takes place over 10 days consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

    Dates
    November
    Website
    http://www.hcmf.co.uk

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