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Festival Fever

The festival scene in the UK has boomed over the past ten years which means that there are events for all niches. However, if you are still struggling on where to go then we have comprised a list of some of the best festivals in the country for all types of tastes!
1. Unsigned London: Unsigned London showcases unsigned talent across Indie, Rock, Jazz, Folk, R&B, Reggae, Classical and Electronic genres. The festival takes place across four stages in Shoreditch Park on the 4th and 5th of July and is absolutely free!

2. Canterbury Folk Festival: If you are a fan of folk music then the Canterbury Folk Festival is the place to be on the 27th and 28th of June this summer. The festival promotes folk music such as that from Gentlemen of Few and Thomas Ashby, as well as Morris dancers. Best of all is that it is completely free which is good news for those who are near the end of their student loan.

3. Creamfields: Creamfields is a multi-award winning dance festival held on August Bank Holiday Weekend with the largest electronic line up available in the festival sphere. The headliners include Avicii, Tiesto and The Chemical Brothers as well as Annie Mac and Fatboy Slim. A weekend pass is £200 but there is a way to enjoy it for free. Applications to work at the festival are available on the website giving you a chance to attend the biggest dance festival on a student budget!

4. Wireless: For a more mainstream line up, check out Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park from Friday 3rd until Saturday 5th of July! The London festival features big name international headliners such as Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The festival also features carnival rides, artist signing booths, music workshops and chill out areas.

5. Reading and Leeds: If you are not sure where you want to go then Reading and Leeds festival is a safe choice. Packed with artists from Rock, alternative, Indie, punk and metal genres, the festival held on August bank holiday weekend has a stage for everyone. This year’s headliners include Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines as well as acts such as The Wombats, Django Django and Frank Turner.

6. Secret Garden Party: Fancy getting away from cities, timetables and everything sane? Then head down to the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire between the 23rd and 26th of July to explore your wildest fantasies in the garden-party-gone-crazy. The eclectic musical mix includes artists such as Jungle, Caravan Palace and Kate Tempest and from £185 there is activities for everyone with this year’s theme of ‘Childish Things’. If you are a fan of glitter then this is the festival for you this summer!