Best UK music festivals for 2024: from Brick Lane Jazz Festival to Forwards

Reading Festival will have Lana Del Ray headline
Reading Festival will have Lana Del Ray headline - Joseph Okpako/WireImage

It’s difficult to look beyond the incessant grey that leaks from British winter into early spring, but to summon the summer spirit, we’ve rounded up the best festivals on offer across the country in 2024, featuring top names from rock, pop, jazz and hip hop.

Best UK music festivals for summer 2024

Brick Lane Jazz festival
Brick Lane Jazz festival

Brick Lane Jazz Festival, 26-28 April
Held at the bustling Truman Brewery site across three days, east London’s jam-packed ode to the best of jazz, neo-soul and reggae always promises to be a stellar start to the summer festivities. You can groove along to the likes of Ojerime, Melodiesinfonie & The Sugarpies, Oscar Jerome, Levitation Orchestra and Theo Croker. Try to stay out late to make it to the incredible official after parties, too (this year’s host venue will be Village Underground). Tickets are available here.

Sound City Liverpool, 4-5 May 
Set in multiple venues across Liverpool’s buzzing city centre, Sound City offers a great start point for Britain’s up-and-coming bands and artists. This year, Caity Baser (who was nominated for the 2024 Brits Rising Star award) and The Snuts lead proceedings, with the rest of the bill chock-full of exciting new talents, including Balancing Act, G!rlband, The Dream Machine and The Kairos. Tickets are available here.

FOCUS Wales, 9-11 May
A welcome chance to catch some of the hottest new bands and soloists, taking place in Wrexham (maybe Ryan Reynolds will even show up). Big names include Spiritualized and The Mysterines, while exciting up-and-comers include The Bug Club, Chalk, Mellt and Home Counties. Tickets are available here.

The Great Escape, 15-18 May
Long established as the biggest date in the musical calendar for new bands and artists, Brighton’s fun-filled, raucous three-day event (held across different venues) promises to bring another cohort of future stars to the seaside city. Catch sets from the likes of Automotion, Big Special, Cardinals, Flat Party, Kingfishr and Picture Parlour. Tickets are available here.

Highways, 17-18 May
You know the drill: country and Americana music has roared across the pond and taken over our charts, airwaves, fashion trends. Any fan of the genre would be wise to don their finest leather boots and head to the Royal Albert Hall to sing along to The Cadillac Three, Brett Young, Shane Smith & the Saints and much more. Tickets are available here.

Bearded Theory, 23-26 May
Held in the luscious grounds of Derbyshire’s Catton Hall, Bearded Theory must be in Britain’s top five family-friendly festivals. The music is always brilliant – this year will feature sets from Jane’s Addiction, Dexys, Bob Vylan, Dinosaur Jr. and Amyl and the Sniffers – but it’s the community spirit that makes it special. And if you’re taking little ones, don’t worry: there’s a fully Ofsted-regulated on-site school you can sign them up for, as well as lots of fun activities. Tickets are available here.

GALA, 24-26 May
This independent dance-music festival is a gem. Nestled in south London’s Peckham Rye park, its attendees are annoyingly well-dressed and beautiful, but never mind that – the music (and innovative staging) is so good you won’t even notice. This year’s bumper roster includes DJ EZ, Girls Don’t Sync, Interplanetary Criminal, Shy One and Nightmares on Wax b2b Bradley Zero. Tickets are available here.

Live at Leeds: In the Park, 25 May
Nestled amid the beautiful green gardens of Temple Newsam, Leeds’s one-day party is offering a whole raft of Noughties indie mainstays – prepare for mass singalongs to The Kooks, The Cribs and Mystery Jets, and be sure to make time for local lass Corinne Bailey Rae, performing her majestic Black Rainbows album in full. Tickets are available here.

Shoegaze band Slowdive will perform at Wide Awake in London
Shoegaze band Slowdive will perform at Wide Awake in London - Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori Portfolio Editorial

Love Saves the Day, 25-26 May
Year after year, Love Saves the Day brings joyous dance and electronic acts to Bristol, and has become a firm highlight of the festival calendar. This Bank Holiday, leave your worries behind and dance along to the beats of CamelPhat, The Streets and Rudimental. You can get tickets here.

Wide Awake, 25 May
South London’s new kid on the block has confidently secured its position as a highlight of the festival calendar, thanks to its exciting line-ups chock full of great new bands and its community-driven feel. Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard head up proceedings this time around, supported by shoegaze heroes Slowdive, Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers and gloriously chaotic rockers Lambrini Girls. You can get tickets here.

Cross the Tracks, 26 May
South-west London’s Brockwell Park is home to the pop extravaganza Mighty Hoopla (see below) and this beloved gem, which reliably showcases the finest acts from the world’s of jazz, funk and soul every year. This year’s lineup features Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, BADBADNOTGOOD and En Vogue. Tickets are available here.

Mighty Hoopla, 1-2 June
By far the most fun I had at a festival last year – and I somehow went to 12 – south-west London’s Mighty Hoopla feels like being trapped in a karaoke booth, decked out in sequins and glitter, with the friendliest people on Earth, the machine churning out nothing but nostalgic hits. Head to Brockwell Park and sing along to the likes of Nelly Furtado, Jessie Ware, Kim Petras and B*Witched. Tickets are available here.

Cambridge Club Festival, 7-9 June
This gorgeous boutique disco-tinged festival in Cambridgeshire always pulls in giant headliners. This year will host legend Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire Experience by Al McKay, and Jessie Ware, as well as a brilliant roster of acts across the smaller stages. Offering something for everyone, the festival also has a stellar line-up of comedy, talks and kids activities, as well as luxury food and drink options. Day and weekend tickets available here.

Parklife, 8-9 June
Founded by Sacha Lord, Manchester’s Night Time Economy Advisor, Parklife brings hundreds of thousands of revellers seeking out world-class DJs and good-times to the north-west city’s Heaton Park each year. Their line-up is always stellar, and 2024 is no different: there’s megastar rappers Doja Cat and J Hus, dance acts Fisher + Chris Lake, Peggy Gou and Four Tet, and even a set from pop group Sugababes for those feeling less tech-heavy. Tickets are available here.

Download promises to be another stellar year for metal-lovers
Download promises to be another stellar year for metal-lovers - Kevin Nixon /Future

Eden Sessions, 12 June-13 July
If you’ve never visited Cornwall’s wondrous Eden Project, here’s your chance to. Tickets to the Eden Sessions include two-day entry to the gardens and Biomes, and you can catch sets from DJ Fatboy Slim, Scottish crooner Paolo Nutini, Suede and Manic Street Preachers and US sad-rockers The National. You can get tickets here.

Black Deer, 14-16 June
Dig out your Stetson and practice your best line dance routine, because Britain’s top destination for country and Americana lovers is returning to Kent’s Eridge Park stronger than ever. The line-up includes industry legends like Joe Bonamassa, Sheryl Crow and Seasick Steve. Tickets are available here.

Download, 14-16 June
Every year, Download welcomes the biggest names in metal to Donington Park, and 2024 is no different – but, encouragingly, festival organisers have decided to swap the usual legacy headliners for (relatively) younger acts ready to take on the challenge. Catch crowning sets from Queens of the Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari and While She Sleeps. Tickets are available here.

Meltdown, 14-23 June
Over the years, the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival line-ups have been curated by the biggest names from rock and pop, from The Cure’s Robert Smith to David Bowie and Patti Smith. Disco icon Chaka Khan will spearhead this year’s event, performing hits such as Ain’t Nobody and I’m Every Woman, alongside the likes of Broadway star Todrick Hall, acid jazz group Incognito and hip hop duo Morcheeba. You can get tickets here.

On the Mount at Wasing, 17-29 June
A fabulous line-up remains the key to a festival’s success, of course, but a wonderful setting never hurts. The sophomore year of this Berkshire-based festival, set in a gorgeous natural amphitheatre, continues its focus on wellbeing and relaxation, supplemented by sets from the likes of Crowded House, Paolo Nutini, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Underworld. On 20 June, Wasing will host Solstice on the Mount, to celebrate the longest day of the year with performances by Mercury prize nominated Nick Mulvey, Rodrigo y Gabriela, AWARË, and Ajeet. You can get tickets here.

Isle of Wight, 20-23 June
One of Britain’s most naturally stunning – and gloriously old-school – festivals thanks to its home island and friendly punters, Isle of Wight’s organisers have delivered another stonking line-up packed with rock, indie and soul. Pop-punk pioneers Green Day will headline Sunday (a week before playing Wembley Stadium), with The Prodigy and Pet Shop Boys also topping the bill. Other acts include The Streets, Simple Minds and Suede. Don’t forget your SPF (fingers crossed). Tickets are available here.

Bristol Sounds, 22-30 June
Taking place on Bristol’s idyllic Harbour, a welcomingly diverse lineup: catch sets from Placebo, James Arthur, Skindred and Gentlemen’s Dub Club vs the Skints. Known for its hard-partying, fun-loving population, Bristol always means a good time. Tickets are available here.

Glastonbury, 26-30 June
Another year, another sold-out Glastonbury after a pre-Christmas scramble for tickets crashed the internet… For those lucky enough to have grabbed one, prepare for another instalment of starry musicians, all-night dancing (hopefully, not below the pouring rain) and innovative comedy and art. This year’s festival will be headlined by Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA, with country-pop icon Shania Twain taking on the Sunday teatime ‘legend slot’. Elsewhere, catch Olivia Dean, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Idles and Disclosure. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a resale in April.

US country megastar Morgan Wallen will headline BST Hyde Park
US country megastar Morgan Wallen will headline BST Hyde Park - George Walker IV/Invision

BST Hyde Park, 29 June-14 July
Now Glastonbury’s biggest competitor in terms of big names, 2024 will feature another stellar few weeks of music in central London. From smooth R&B anthems with SZA (29 June) to indie singalongs with Kings of Leon (30 June), sets from country megastars Morgan Wallen (4 July) or Shania Twain (7 July), classical delights from Andrea Boccelli (5 July) and pop-tastic fun with Robbie Williams (6 July) and Kylie (13 July) – plus K-pop courtesy of Stray Kids (14 July) – there’s something for everyone. But the hottest ticket is surely Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks (12 July). See you in the park. Tickets are available here.

Love Supreme, 5-7 July
A line-up filled with legends and promising up-and-comers spells another fabulous year for East Sussex’s Love Supreme, which always has a friendly crowd, fun-loving aura and activities ranging from meditation to stand-up comedy and film screenings. Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick top the bill alongside Brit Award-nominee (and future star) Olivia Dean. You can get tickets here.

Paradhis, 5-7 July
Held on Cornwall’s Boconnoc Estate, Paradhis promises to be a “magical space” where punters can enjoy wellbeing workshops and yoga classes, beautiful natural scenery and great music all at once. Tickets are available here.

Kew the Music, 8-14 July
One of London’s most beloved venues plays host to a raft of music’s biggest names this summer, from Mika and Richard Ashcroft to Beverly Knight. If gardening’s more your thing, there’s even An Evening with Monty Don on offer. Tickets are available here.

Henley Festival, 10-14 July
Ignore any festival purporting to be posher than Henley – for one, you won’t be let in wearing your wellies or face paint, as the dress code is strictly black tie. It’s a fabulous summer experience, though, and the festival’s unique floating stage is worth the trip alone – especially when acts like recent Olivier Award-nominee Nicole Scherzinger, Dave Stewart’s Eurythmics and Gladys Knight are performing. Tickets are available here.

TRNSMT, 12-14 July
The crowds at Glasgow’s flagship festival are always wild (I speak from experience…) and up for a great time – headline sets from hit-machines Liam Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon and Calvin Harris guarantee that this year will be another success. Tickets are available here.

A woman watches Fred Again at Glastonbury Festival in June 2023
A woman watches Fred Again at Glastonbury Festival in June 2023 - Ben Birchall/PA

Wireless, 12-14 July
Wireless never fails in bringing hip-hop’s biggest stars to Finsbury Park in North London – this year offers the chance to catch sets from Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, 21 Savage, J Hus and Doja Cat. You can get tickets here.

Nozstock The Hidden Valley, 18-21 July
Sadly, this year will be Nozstock’s – held in Bromyard, Herefordshire – last, due to the double pressures of Covid and the cost of living crisis. But with a line-up jam packed with dance powerhouses (Andy C, Groove Armada, Boney M and Dutty Moonshine) they’re set to go out with a bang. Tickets are available here.

Latitude, 25-28 July
Serene lakes, world-class street food, luxe tipis and morning yoga classes… Latitude was an early pioneer of the boutique festival trend, but it’s lost none of its family-friendly fun factor. Grab your fancy cocktail or sourdough pizza and sing along to hits from Kasabian, Duran Duran, London Grammar, Rick Astley and CMAT. Tickets are available here.

Tramlines, 26-28 July
Providing an annual injection of indie-fuelled hedonism to Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park, Tramlines returns with another-jam packed line-up featuring Paolo Nutini, Jamie T, Snow Patrol and Bombay Bicycle Club. You can get tickets here.

Truck Festival, 26-28 July
Nestled amongst Oxfordshire’s luscious green countryside, Truck is always a guaranteed good time for indie-lovers – and this year’s line-up, featuring Jamie T, Wet Leg, The Streets, Idles and Yard Act, is nailed on to be another unforgettable weekend. Tickets are available here.

Wilderness, 1-4 August
Don’t be deterred by the jokey stereotype that Wilderness is ‘Britain’s poshest festival’. It’s a joyous weekend packed with great music, even better food and you can even kick back in a hot tub if the champagne and cocktails give you a sore head – what a dream! Michael Kiwanuka, Faithless and Bicep, plus many more, will be providing the tunes this year. You can get tickets here.

Kendal Calling, 2-4 August
With its Lake District location and array of activities – from vintage fairground rides to a cinema, face-painting and Tim Burgess’s “Tim Peaks Diner” venue (which always plays host to fantastic secret sets) – Kendal Calling is a perfect choice for groups of pals or families. Paolo Nutini, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Streets top the bill this year, but there’s plenty on offer elsewhere, from pop glory with Sugababes and CMAT to nostalgic singalongs with Paul Heaton. Tickets are available here.

Boardmasters takes place on Cornwall's Fistral Beach
Boardmasters takes place on Cornwall's Fistral Beach - Jonny Weeks/Getty Images Europe

Y Not, 2-4 August 
Easy to reach from London, Manchester or Leeds by train (via Sheffield and Derby), the Peak District’s premier indie-fest returns to the Derbyshire village of Pikehall for another year of tunes and (hopefully) terrific times in the sun with your pals. Snow Patrol, Jamie T, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Kaiser Chiefs head up the bill. You can get tickets here.

Boardmasters, 7-11 August
And once again, the prize for most beautiful festival setting goes to… Set on Newquay’s idyllic beaches and cliffs, overlooking the ocean, Boardmasters is a rite of passage for every teenager from the south of England and an ideal destination for a holiday-slash-musical voyage for the rest of us. Geordie hero Sam Fender, grime king Stormzy and drum ‘n’ bass DJs Chase and Status will headline, but there’s plenty more on offer alongside the tunes – morning surf, anyone? Tickets are available here.

Boomtown, 7-11 August
Kind of like Disneyland for hedonistic music-lovers, Boomtown’s staging and production values go from strength to strength every year, and 2024’s ‘Revolution of Imagination’ theme promises to be another cracker. Get lost in the lights and don’t fret about the line-up – it’s released close to the event for maximum impact – because it’s sure to be brilliant. You can get tickets here.

Bloodstock Open Air, 8-11 August
Metalheads, rejoice: it’s another bumper year at Derbyshire’s Catton Park. Prepare for a raucous dose of headbashing to the likes of Opeth, Architects, Amon Amarth and Evergrey.  You can get tickets here.

Houghton, 8-11 August
Billed as a “hedonistic playground” for fun-loving adults held in the grand grounds of the eponymous Norfolk hall, Houghton has quickly established itself as one of the hottest events on the calendar – even the Princess of Wales made an appearance at the ‘24/7 festival’ last year. Alongside the luscious lakes and roaming deer, catch sets from Ben UFO, Aba Shanti-I, Ricardo Villalobos and Parris. Tickets are available here.

Green Man, 15-18 August
Nestled within the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, Green Man has delivered another stellar line-up consisting of legacy acts and exciting new bands, from The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Country, New Road and Ezra Collective to Lambrini Girls, Personal Trainer and Lime Garden. Tickets are sold out.

We Out Here, 15-18 August
Curated by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, this Dorset-set ode to soul, hip hop, afro, electronica and jazz is a consistent delight. Now in its fifth year, a stacked line-up includes Outkast’s Andre 3000, Sampha, Floating Points and Kae Tempest – but it’s the joyfully laid-back, loving atmosphere you’ll remember most. Tickets are available here.

All Points East, 16-25 August
Having carved out a USP as the summer highlight of any media or creative type residing in East London, All Points East returns to Victoria Park with a line-up that seems to have veered from straight indie to rap and R&B. Headliners include rappers Kaytranada (16 August) and Loyle Carner (17), New York electro-indie pioneers LCD Soundsystem (23), Parisian electro-duo Justice (Field Day, 24) and US sad-indie powerhouses The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie (25). Tickets are available here.

Reading and Leeds, 21-25 August
Perhaps this advice is better utilised by your teenage offspring, raring to celebrate the end of exams, but never mind: stuff your rucksack with cider, glitter and SPF, and prepare for a typically jam-packed weekend of indie, rap and dance acts. This year is Reading and Leeds’ strongest in years: Blink-182, Fred Again…, Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Gerry Cinnamon top the bill, while support comes from Raye, Fontaines D.C., The Prodigy and The Last Dinner Party. Tickets are available here.

Lana Del Rey will headline Reading and Leeds
Lana Del Rey will headline Reading and Leeds - Matthew Baker/Getty Images Europe

Creamfields, 22-25 August
Still the ultimate destination for dance music lovers, world-class DJs such as Calvin Harris, Barry Can’t Swim, Chase and Status and Michael Bibi will descend on the beautiful Cheshire countryside (just a short train from Manchester and Liverpool) ready to rock the world of thousands of revellers decked out in neon and glitter. Tickets are available here.

Lost Village, 22-25 August
World-class DJs, a stunning Lincolnshire woodland setting, striking staging and a crowd who abide by the ‘sleep is for the weak’ mantra make Lost Village a perennial gem. This year’s line-up includes sets from Ben UFO, the Blessed Madonna, Floating Points and Horse Meat Disco. You can get tickets here.

Shambala, 22-25 August
This Northamptonshire festival prides itself on sustainability and a free-loving atmosphere, so leave your inhibitions behind at the train station, don your sparkliest outfit and prepare to dance the night away. You can get tickets here.

Centenary Square, 23-26 August
Following the devastating news about Birmingham City Council’s upcoming 100 per cent cuts to its arts and culture budget, a welcome slice of good news for the city: taking place in the eponymous square, this new festival will feature sets from The Streets, recent Brit-winners Jungle and Ocean Colour Scene, and is sure to be a summer highlight. Tickets are available here.

Victorious, 23-25 August
The UK’s biggest city-based family-friendly festival returns to the banks of Southampton’s Solent, offering everything from fabulous singalong indie music (Jamie T and Biffy Clyro) to megastar DJs (Fatboy Slim) and comedians like Russell Howard and Frankie Boyle. You can get tickets here.

End of the Road, 29 August-1 September
Never mind Glastonbury: scoring tickets to Dorset’s premier festival has become a mammoth task. No wonder they’re in such high demand – the line-up is always fantastic (this year’s includes Idles, Slowdive, Fever Ray, Yo La Tengo, Lankum, Sleater-Kinney and Jockstrap), the crowds are among the kindest you’ll find anywhere and there’s a genuine sense of mutual respect and adoration. You can get tickets here.

Moseley Folk Festival, 30 August-1 September
It may be local bias, but Moseley Folk is always a highlight of the festival calendar. Wonderfully family-friendly, with an array of activities and delicious food and drink on offer alongside the music, it’s just a short ride from Birmingham city centre but feels like you’ve been transported to the countryside. Sway along to the sounds of Glaswegian indie-pop darlings Belle & Sebastian, homegrown heroes Dexys and classic folk-rockers Levellers. Tickets are available here.

Manchester Psych Festival, 31 August
Held across multiple venues in the city, including the historic Albert Hall, 02 Ritz and YES, this promises to be an excellent way to bid farewell to the summer season. The line-up is jam-packed with psych and rock gems, from The Horrors and Goat Girl to Baxter Dury, Temples and Heartworms. Tickets are available here.

Forwards Festival, 31 August-1 September
Bristol’s newest music festival returns to Clifton Downs with a stellar line-up, ready to provide the perfect goodbye to the summer season. Headliners include rapper Loyle Carner and New Yorkers LCD Soundsystem. You can get tickets here.

Mucky Weekender, 5-7 September
This pleasingly intimate Winchester affair – with a capacity of just 4,000 – promises boutique amenities and a Mad Hatters Tea Party-themed dress code (top hats, clock necklaces and Alice-style gingham dresses, anyone?) The bass-heavy line-up features The Dualers, Dub Pistols and Dreadzone. Tickets are available here.

Jazz Cafe Festival, 15 September
The inaugural festival from London’s world-famous venue, dedicated to all things jazz and soul (among other genres), brings some of the brightest names in music to Camden. Set across four stages, with a grand arena-style stage housing the headliners (Nils Frahm, Earl Sweatshirt, Eliza and Buena Vista All Stars), the event also promises sizzling secret sets, party-ready DJs and a “tropical plant room”. Tickets are available here.