UK Festivals 2014: The Lovestruck Guide

We declare festival season officially OPEN!

But which one? Where? When? Who’s on?

There are more than 300 events in England and Ireland every year for us to get dancing, dirty (literally) and have a blast. Whether you’re dating or single, they can be brilliant fun. So decide which artists you want to see and get buying those tickets!

Here is a rundown of some of the best of 2014 in ‘diary date’ order:

Field Day Festival  Field Day copy
When it is? June 7-8
Where is it? Victoria Park, London
Who is headlining? Metronomy, Pixies
Who else is performing? SBTRKT, All We Are, Drenge, Blood Orange, Future Islands, Bake, Pond, Telegram, Ghostpoet
Other highlights: Village green team games, a brass band and a competitive eating contest.
Tickets: Day £38.50-£54.50

Isle of Wight Festival   IsleOfWight
When is it? June 12-15
Where is it? Isle of Wight
Who is headlining? Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Calvin Harris, Kings Of Leon
Who else is performing? Katy B, Tom Odell, Boy George, Alison Moyet, Rudimental
Other highlights: A Butlins Ballroom with silent disco, the Bohemian Woods with hammocks and eclectic performances and the open-air hot tubs.
Tickets: Weekend £190; Day £75

Download Festival      DownloadFest
When is it? June 13-15
Where is it? Donington Park, Derby
Who is headlining? Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold
Who else is performing? Fall Out Boy, Offspring, Status Quo, Rob Zombie, Alter Bridge
Other highlights: Daily air guitar contest and free face painting at the Zippo Encore stage.
Tickets: Weekend £180

Glastonbury   Glastonbury
When is it? June 25-29
Where is it? Worthy Farm, Pilton
Who is headlining? Kasabian, Arcade Fire, more tbc
Who else is performing? Dolly Parton. Elbow, Lily Allen, Lana Del Ray, Blondie, The Black Keys, Disclosure
Other highlights: Where to start? There are the Theatre and Circus fields, the Kidz Field with castles, aliens and clowns and the Pilton Palais, the festival’s cinema tent.
Tickets: Weekend £210

Hop Farm   HopFarm
When it is? July 4-6
Where is it? Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent
Who is headlining? Brian Wilson, Ray Davies
Who else is performing? Billy Ocean, James Blunt, Echo and the Bunnymen, Caro Emerald
Other highlights: The “Ultimate Indie Disco”, a funfair and special children’s area for families.
Tickets: Weekend £135; Day £68-£78

Wireless Festival    Wireless
When is it? July 4-6
Where is it? Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham
Who is headlining? Bruno Mars, Kanye West, Drake
Who else is performing? Azealia Banks, Basement Jaxx, Iggy Azalea, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, J Cole, John Newman, Rudimental
Other highlights: TBC
Tickets: Weekend (London) £210; Weekend (Birmingham) £172

T In The Park     TinThePark
When is it? July 11-13
Where is it? Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland
Who is headlining? Biffy Clyro, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris
Who else is performing? Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Disclosure, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, Pixies, Bastille, Katy B
Other highlights: Fancy Dress Friday, a fairground and a cabaret club.
Tickets: Weekend £194; Day £82.50

Latitude Festival   Latitude
When is it? July 17-20
Where is it? Henham Park, Suffolk
Who is headlining? Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys
Who else is performing? Editors, Kelis, Billy Bragg, James, First Aid Kit
Other highlights: Family yoga, theatre and outdoor performances and DJing for dads.
Tickets: Weekend £195.50; Day £84.50

Lovebox    LoveBox
When it is? July 18-19
Where is it? Victoria Park, London
Who is headlining? MIA, Chase & Status
Who else is performing? Katy B, Annie Mac, Bonobo Live, Crystal Fighters, Moderat Live, The Horrors, Soul II Soul, Route 94, Norman Jay, Theo Parrish, The Martinez Brothers
Other highlights: A VIP treatment with East London hair salon, hypnotists and magicians and gourmet dining.
Tickets: Day from £35

Secret Garden Party   SecretGardenParty
When it is? July 24-27
Where is it? Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon
Who is headlining? Little Dragon, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Clean Bandit, Foxes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Morcheeba, The Correspondents
Who else is performing? 7 Suns, Bat and Ball, Denai Moore, Eagles for Hands, Ezra Vine, Hot Feet, Jon Batiste, Public Enemy, Wolf Music
Other highlights: A paint fight, dance off and a special games area.
Tickets: Weekend £180.50

V Festival     V
When is it? August 16-17
Where is it? Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire
Who is headlining? Justin Timberlake, The Killers
Who else is performing? Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Elbow, Example, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Kaiser Chiefs
Other highlights: V-style luxury camping with luxury tents, tipis and beachhut-style pods.
Tickets: Weekend £189; Day £89

SW4   SW4
When it is? 23-24 August
Where is it? Clapham Common, London
Who is headlining? Above and Beyond, Alesso, deadmau5, Eric Prydz
Who else is performing? Kings of the Underground, Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Heidi, Catz and Dogz, Kim Ann Foxman, Claude Vonstroke
Other highlights: SW4 is all about the music but you can expect exclusive DJ sets and enough top dance music to last you until next year.
Tickets: Weekend £110; Day £55

Reading and Leeds Festival   Reading
When is it? August 22-24
Where is it? Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Who is headlining? Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Queens of Stone Age
Who else is playing: Disclosure, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jake Bugg, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend
Other highlights: Late night entertainment, a cinema tent, and the NME Signing Tent.
Tickets: Weekend £213; Day £99.50

Bestival   Bestival
When it is? September 4-7
Where is it? Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Who is headlining? Outkast, Foals, Beck, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Who else is performing? Basement Jaxx, Buster Rhymes, Disclosure, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Laura Mvula, London Grammar
Other highlights: A boutique campsite complete with luxury tipis and yurts, a carnival parade and the Grand Palace of Entertainment, featuring everything from comedy and cabaret to musical bingo.
Tickets: Weekend £180.50

So who’s getting their ‘Fest’ on then?  Tell us @lovestruck

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