Are you dying to drench yourself in Dark Fruits and sit in a field all day? Itching to pretend that you’re having the time of your life sat on a broken camp chair in the pouring rain with a plastic bag that barely passes as a waterproof? Of course you are: festival season is nearly upon us. Joking aside, British festivals offer an exciting variety of atmospheres and acts to tickle your fancy. So before you spend wild amounts on your ticket, check our guide first to get your official Girls That Gig festival recommendations for summer 2018.
WOMAD Festival, Wiltshire, 26th-29th July
Standing for World of Music, Art and Dance, WOMAD dubs itself ‘the world’s festival’ and it’s easy to see why; with artist from 59 countries descending on Charlton Park, Wiltshire between the 26th and 29th of July, you can certainly call the festival diverse. And that’s just the music. Across four days and as many stages you can catch sets from mainstream acts Django Django, Mr Jukes and Leftfield to more obscure artists such as Afro Cluster, Pixvae and Ladama. You’re almost certain to find your new favourite band. Music aside, WOMAD also offers worshops in beatboxing, African drumming and even laughing yoga. There’s a Physics Pavilion for the science geeks, poetry and spoken words events, art exhibitions and even a spa for when the mud gets a bit too much or you just crave that little bit of luxury. Conveniently condensing the best of all the art world’s into one weekend there is quite literally something for everyone at WOMAD and everyone is welcome. If you’re having Worthy Farm withdrawal symptoms this Glastonbury-less festival season, WOMAD is the great alternative. Shauna Stapleton
Farr Festival, Hertfordshire, 5th-8th July
In a beautiful forest just an hour away from the bustling metropolis of London, Farr Festival offers a haven of escape and dreams. This year, the festival has expanded to a full four days, stretching across the whole weekend in early July, giving you even more of a chance to unwind and let loose. And this year’s line-up will provide the perfect soundtrack for that. Acts announced so far include: Mount Kimbie, Tom Misch, Daphni, Lena Willikens, Moodymann, Josey Rebelle, Veronica Vasicka and so many more. Working with big names and newcomers to create a characteristically intimate experience, Farr promises to be a varied and dizzying weekend: one you surely won’t forget any time soon. Jemima Skala
Fresh Island Festival, Croatia, 10th-12th July
Fresh Island festival has the reputation of being Europe’s #1 urban music beach festival. This festival hosts the hottest and freshest artists in the hip hop, grime, RnB game. Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Rae Sremmurd and Stormzy are just a few of the artists who have graced the stage of Fresh Island at the peak of their careers. This year the festivals line up include Lil Pump, Godlink, J Hus, Stefflon Don, Tim Westwood, Statik Selektah, with more acts to be confirmed. The main program will held on the 10th-12th of July at ZRCE BEACH CROATIA with pre-parties happening on the 07th-09th of July and the After party on the 13th July. Fresh Island Festival was founded in 2012 and has no doubt become the biggest festival in Europe focusing the Hip Hop and RnB culture. So, if you like sunny beach holidays and urban music, Fresh Island Festival is the place for you. Tickets are currently available on their website. Idele Imade
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Leeds Festival, 24th-26th August
With its capacity of 80,000 and reputation of having ever-impressive lineups of well-established bands, the iconic Leeds Festival is one of the UK’s biggest. The 2018 headliners so far include Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Kings Of Leon, Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy, and it’s safe to say that this year’s festival is going to be as epic as ever. The location in Bramham Park in Leeds offers a wide range of camping options, including campervan access, pre-pitched tents, tipis and convenient little wooden podpads for those of us who like our festival experience to be a little extra comfortable. Leeds Festival has several environmental initiatives designed to make the festival as green as possible; the Green Messenger initiative lets individuals volunteer to help with keeping the festival “green and clean” in return for a free ticket. The Big Green Coach company partner with Leeds Festival and festival goers are encouraged to travel with public transport in order to reduce festival’s carbon emission. Matilde Christensen
Houghton Festival, Norfolk, 9th-12th August
Fresh off the back of its wildly successful debut last year, Houghton is back and raring to go. Curated by Craig Richards and produced by Gottwood festival, Houghton is certainly something to behold. Speaking last year about his decision to start the festival, Richards said, ‘I made it clear that the people invited would be chosen on merit. All will be chefs not waiters. All are artists whose talen I value immensely. It is my intention that the festival represents the very best in electronic music and those performing are closest to my heart and record box.’ 2018’s line-up has some returning DJs, including Joy Orbison, Seth Troxler, Leeds’ own Ben UFO, Sonja Moonear and Optimo. Among those making their Houghton debut are Pearson Sound, Jane Fitz, Objekt and The Mole. Rest assured there is surely something for everyone here, ranging from all the four corners of weird, but all of it wonderful. Jemima Skala
Bluedot Festival, Cheshire, 19th-22nd of July
Set at the foot of the deep space telescope at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire, Bluedot Festival is likely to be the most extraordinary festival you can visit this summer. Named ‘the best geeky festival ever’ by Lonely Planet, Bluedot is going to be a four day celebration of science, art, culture and technology with a musical lineup featuring artists such as The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips, and Little Dragon, as well as Blue Planet in concert with the Hallé Orchestra. With a festival programme bursting with science talks, film screenings, live experiments, and gaming events this family-friendly festival is going to be an adventure for people of all ages. The grounds feature great camping facilities and devoted to protect the world we live in Bluedot aims to minimise its carbon footprint via several sustainability initiatives; for instance, the festival initiates a car pooling programme for festival goers, and the use of plastic cutlery, cups, and containers has been removed from all food traders. Bluedot 2018 is bound to be an experience full of geeky, artistic wonderment and is no doubt unmissable for any music-loving, adventurous citizen of the earth. Matilde Christensen
Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 12th-15th July
Hosting an expansive selection of art, music, literacy, comedy and culture from around the globe, Latitude Festival returns for its 13th year with headlining acts The Killers, Solange and Alt –J. Previous headliners include the Maccabees and Noel Ghalaghers High Flying Birds. Taking place in Henham Park, Suffolk from the 12th – 15th of July, the festival will also see stand up shows by comedians such as Dylan Moran, Bridget Christie and Alan Davies. Live podcasts, talks and panels will be taking place with Stacey Dooley and Sandi Toksvig and many others whilst there will also be dance and theatre shows for all ages. Jess Brown
Kendal Calling, 26th-29th July
Kendal Calling is so much more than a music festival, with performance art, yearly festival-wide fancy-dress themes, an immersive arts and culture arena, food trucks for days and of course, awesome bands, comedians, DJs and performers.
The headliners this year consist of: illustrious musicians The Libertines, welsh rockers Catfish and The Bottlemen and New York hip-hop legends Run DMC. The line-up is a mixture of 90s giants such as Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven and indie lovelies James mixed with hot new musicians like, Lady Leshurr, Declan Mckenna and Manchester’s own Bugsy Malone.
Kendal Calling is supporting the Keychange initiative has pledged to work towards a 50/50 gender balance across the line up by 2020. Currently, the 2018 line-up contains 145 female bands and DJs that makes up 24% of the line-up. This is a great start and shows far more representation then a lot of the bigger festivals. If you are interested in hearing some of the kickass women who are playing at the festival you can check out their “The Future is Female” playlist on Spotify.
Kendal is calling – but you better be ready at the end of the June for the resale because the tickets have sold out! Megan Jones
Gottwood, Anglesey, 7th-10th June
If you go down to the woods this June, you’re sure for a big surprise… Set in picturesque Anglesey, Wales, Gottwood’s line-up is looking to bring a diverse range of weird and wonderful sounds alongside stunning visuals and art pieces to treat your eyes as well as your ears. Bringing in returning artists such as Sonja Moonear, Banoffe Pies and Bradley Zero, as well as rising stars like Avalon Emerson and established DJs such as Craig Richards, Gottwood is set to present a weekend of transcendental sounds. 808 resident Willow is returning to the festival, well-known for her immersive and trance-like house sets, and the line-up even presents Leeds’ very own Hessle Audio co-founder, Ben UFO, whose eclectic and experimental sets vow to take you on a cosmic adventure. With an emphasis on live sets through artists such as DMX Krew and Romare, it’s clear Gottwood is focusing on raw music and talent to present one of the most electrifying festivals of the year. Gottwood 2018 is sure to be one not to miss. Joanna Kamal