Our pick of this summer’s top festivals (and how to get to them!)
It’s festival season
If you didn’t attend a festival, was it really summer? Well no, not really. Nothing says British summer more than donning your wellies, pitching up a tent, cracking open a cider and spending 20 minutes queuing for a port-a-loo. And listening to some amazing music… obviously.
It’s that time of year again and whether you had dates booked in months ago or are scrabbling for last minute tickets, chances are you’ll be starting to think of how to get to your favourite music festivals. Take a look at these top festivals on our summer calendar and how we plan on getting there. Spoiler alert, it’s by train.
Think back. Was there an evening late last year when everyone stayed at your office a little bit later than normal and spent half an hour frantically clicking on their mouse. Yeah? It’s was probably for Glasto – the mother of all British musical festivals, the biggest weekend on our summer calendar and the most cruelly illusive tickets to get your hands on.
2017 is a big year for the festival, as it’ll be taking a fallow year in 2018. This is 100% reflected in this year’s stellar line-up that with headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, along with other big names such as Stormzy, London Grammar and Biffy Clyro.
When: 21st – 25th June
Get there: Great Western Railway will whisk you to Castle Cary Station where a free shuttle service will run to and from the festival bus station throughout the festival. On Sunday and Monday there will also be a bus service to Bristol Temple Meads Station for £15 and you can jump on a train home from there.
Isle of Wight
One of the UK’s longest running festivals, Isle of Wight Festival sees the island’s population increase six-fold, as festival goers descend for four days of music of all genres. This year’s eclectic line-up includes Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire and David Guetta.
It’s a festival that draws a lot of families too, with acts such as The Vamps making an appearance for younger attendees and stages such as the Hard Rock Stage and Electro Love 80s stage catering for all genre preferences.
When: 8th – 11th June
Get there: Catch the train to Isle of Wight with ease. “But… but… the water” we hear you cry, but do not fear. With Trainline, you can also buy your hovercraft ticket to Ryde Pier Head combined with your train ticket.
Latitude has garnered a reputation as being an incredibly laidback festival. Set in quintessential English countryside, walking through to the main stage you’ll pass tree-lined paths drenched in fairy lights and cotton candy coloured sheep (seriously, they are pink).
Along with music, there are poetry readings, comedians and opera, as well as a swimming area in their lake. Easy-listening will be provided by headliners The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes.
When: 13th – 16th July
Get there: Travel by train to Diss Station, where you can catch the Latitude festival bus to the venue.
Secret Garden Party
This hedonist extravaganza is the ultimate alternative festival. Acts such as Crystal Fighters, Metronomy and Let’s Eat Grandma will play to festival goers, dressed in this year’s theme – an exaggerated look at celebrity.
It’s got all the makings of an Instagrammer’s paradise – yurts, treehouse and twinkling fairy lights – set against Cambridgeshire’s picturesque countryside.
When: 20th – 23rd July
Get there: Take the train to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and then hop on The Big Red Bus that travels every 30 minutes to and from the site.
The last ever Secret Garden Party is on the horizon, and we're adding even more to the biggest show we've ever hosted. We're very pleased to unveil this year's huge LABYRINTH programme in full featuring George FitzGerald, Maribou State DJ, Waze & Odyssey, Soul Clap, Jonas Rathsman, Craig Richards, Man Power, Honey Soundsystem, Maxxi Soundsystem, Luke Solomon, Pedestrian plus MORE ready to don the wheels of steel. We're going big, then going home! We're pulling out all the stops to go out on a BANG. So grab one of the remaining tickets and we'll see you there.