The 5 Best UK Festivals Every Student Needs To Experience

Music festivals are one of the best ways to explore and indulge your curiosity – from exploring new genres or artists you never knew existed, to seeing an artist play a large concert-style event in a smaller venue setting.

The UK is home to some of the world-famous music festivals. These include Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Wireless, Latitude and Creamfields. We have put together a list of 5 British Music Festivals that you have to visit!


Reading/Leeds, Multi-Genre

If you’re in the UK for summer, make sure to visit the Reading/Leeds Festival! This festival is a great opportunity to experience multiple genres of music. The event has been held annually since 1972 and attracts over 150,000 people each year.

Reading/Leeds Festival features several stages with different types of music. There’s a rock stage, a soul stage, a pop stage, and more. You can also find alt-country and metal bands playing at this festival. Students can also see a range of UK rap artists at the BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage.

If you’re looking for something unique, take a look at the lineup for the Leeds Sonic Switch Stage. This stage is dedicated to electronic music. You’ll be able to hear some of the latest tracks from artists like Flume and Gorgon City.

So whether you’re looking for something traditional or something new, make sure to check out the Reading/Leeds Festival! It’s one of the best British Music Festivals you’ll find.

Reading festival is a short journey away from students studying at the University of Reading. Students that are studying at a London Universities can also easily access the festival via the Elizabeth Line.

Leeds festival is easily accessible for students attending the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.


Glastonbury, Contemporary Music

If you’re looking for a music festival that offers a diverse mix of genres, look no further than Glastonbury. This festival is dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary music and it has something for everyone. Glastonbury takes place in the last week of June.

During the festival, you can expect to hear from artists like Radiohead, Muse, and Ed Sheeran. If you’re looking for a more rock oriented festival, Glastonbury offers several options. You can attend the Pyramid Stage to watch headliners like Metallica and Foo Fighters or check out the smaller tents for acts like The Vaccines and Caribou.

Whatever genre you’re into, Glastonbury has something for you. So whether you’re a fan of hip hop or alternative rock, don’t miss out on this amazing music festival.

Glastonbury Festival is located close to the University of Bristol and the University of Bath.


Wireless, Hip-Hop & Urban

If you’re looking for a summer festival to check off your list, look no further than Wireless Festival. This takes place in the first two weeks of July and is a perfect way to get the summer started.

Wireless Festival is a two-day music event that takes place in Crystal Palace and Finsbury Park in London. The lineup for this year’s festival included A$AP Rocky, Chris Brown, J Cole, Tyler the Creator and Cardi B.

As the festival is located in London, it’s easily accessible from all London universities.

Wireless is a great way to spend the start of summer in the UK especially after all your exams are finished.


Latitude, Multi-Genre

There are many amazing British music festivals to be found this summer, and one that should definitely not be missed is Latitude Festival. This festival takes place towards the end of July and definitely shouldn’t be missed.

This festival is a celebration of all things music, with performances from both established and up-and-coming artists. There’s something for everyone at Latitude, with genres like rock, blues, soul, reggae, and electronica represented.

This music festival is located close to the University of East Anglia.


Creamfields, Electronic Dance

Creamfields is one of the biggest and most famous British music festivals. It takes place over the bank holiday weekend in August at a different location each year and features some of the biggest names in electronic dance music. Creamfields features an impressive selection of world-class acts.

Named after a neighborhood in Liverpool, Britain, where the first edition took place, Creamfields is one of a few festivals to have only been staged in several locations around Great Britain and Ireland – previous editions have taken place at Preston Park in Lancashire, Pimlico Road Racecourse in London and Ireland’s Phoenix Park in Dublin.7.

Overall, the UK has plenty of music festivals that you should visit during the summer. If you’re looking for a mixture of alternative and indie then check out Reading/Leeds Festival. If you are looking for contemporary music, be sure to check out Glastonbury. If you love hip-hop, make sure you visit the wide range of talent at Wireless. There are plenty of more UK festivals that aren’t included in this list.


Come and see what the UK music festivals have to offer and begin your journey of studying in the UK today!


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