7 Best UK Music Festivals With Tickets Still Available Now

May 10, 2017

As summer approaches and festival fever sets in, we take a look at 7 of the best festivals around the UK with tickets still up for grabs.

It's time to swap dark and dingy clubs for open-air festival bliss. We've picked out seven festivals from across the UK - from one of the biggest down in Dorset, right up to another huge one in Yorkshire - to ensure there's a top music festival near you wherever you're based in the UK. 

So without further ado, dust off those Ray Bans and dig out the short shorts; festival fever is here to stay.

1. Secret Garden Party

Paint fight at Secret Garden Party Festival in Cambridgeshire

When?: 20th - 23rd July 2017

Where?: Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire

Headliners: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals

Camping: Yes

Why go?: The Secret Garden Party has built an impressive reputation over the years and 2017 will see the last ever festival as we know it. SGP has always stayed true to its principles and attracts a free-spirited crowd that embraces the community vibe. It's not all about the music either; there's plenty of fun, random events too like the huge paint fight which has become synonymous with the festival. An impressive arts and performance line-up is also present and glampers are amazed by the quality of luxury camping facilities. Remember: if you're going to go, it has to be in 2017. 

Tickets: Still available £190

2. Creamfields

Creamfields festival stage and crowd

Photo credit: Creamfields

When?: 24th - 27th August 2017

Where?: Daresbury, Cheshire

Headliners: Above & Beyond, deadmau5, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix and more.

Camping: Yes

Why go?: One of the biggest dance music festivals in Europe, Creamfields attracts a long-list of international DJs and artists that this summer will include heavyweights like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Stormzy and many more, in what is possibly the festival's biggest line-up yet. Taking place in Daresbury (between Liverpool and Manchester), Creamfields will see tens of thousands through its gates yet again this summer for the 4-day festival marathon; will you be one of them? 

Tickets: Still available from £85

3. Lovebox

Lovebox festival stage and crowd

Photo credit: Sam Neill

When?: 14th - 15th July 2017

Where?: Victoria Park London

Headliners: Chase & Status, Frank Ocean, Jamie XX

Camping: No

Why go?: Lovebox is one of London's most anticipated festivals and takes place close to central London so it's easy to get to from wherever you are in the country. 2017's stellar line up includes renowned DJs like Annie Mac, plus the likes of international artists such as Rag'n'Bone Man and Kano. A crowd of young hipsters are usually present sporting stylish festival wear. There's no camping at Lovebox so if you get a ticket, book up some nearby London accommodation early doors. 

Tickets: Still available from £64.50

4. Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight festival crowd and stage in the day.

Photo credit: Isle of Wight Festival

When?: 8th - 11th June 2017

Where?: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Headliners: David Guetta, Run DMC, Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart

Camping: Yes

Why go?: With a great line-up that includes acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, George Ezra and Clean Bandit, in addition to the big-name headliners, Isle of Wight Festival will surely be a hit again this summer. At the beginning of June, this festival takes place a little earlier than most others in the UK so it's ideal for those who can't wait to embrace the festival season. And with Friday day tickets at just £60 each, you can get in for less than the cost of a night out on the town.  

Tickets: Still available from £60

5. Bestival

Bestival festival Lovebot with fireworks in the background

Photo credit: Ben Walsh

When?: 7th - 10th September 2017

Where?: Lulworth Estate, Dorset

Headliners: The XX, Pet Shop Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Jamie T

Camping: Yes

Why go?: Quirky. Entertaining. Award-winning. Bestival has propelled to stardom by becoming synonymous with the UK festival scene. Expect anything from bands, hip-hop, reggae, DJs and more as acts like Dizzee Rascal, Annie Mac and The XX confirm the diversity and contrasting music genres on show. And it's not all about the music either. There'll be plenty of absurd features present like the world's biggest bouncy castle, confetti cannon and disco ball, as well as the grand Castle Fireworks Finale. Taking place in September, Bestival is a great way to sign off the festival season (until you're ready to go again in 2018).

Tickets: Still available from £180

6. Green Man Festival

Green Man festival in Wales Brecon Beacons, crowd and stage

Photo credit Green Man

When?: 17th - 20th August 2017

Where?: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Headliners: Ryan Adams, Future Islands, PJ Harvey

Camping: Yes

Why go?: Very few festivals in the UK can compare to Green Man's emphatic location surrounded by mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers, making it one of the best camping festivals in the UK. Your festival ticket allows you to vacate the site to explore the Welsh countryside at will, and you can also take advantage of special discounts on local heritage sites, galleries and other attractions. Back on site, Green Man features plenty of top artists and bands, as well as a host of activities.  

Tickets: Still available from £180

7. Reading/Leeds Festival

Reading music festival crowd and stage at night

Photo credit: Marc de Groot

When?: 25th - 27th August 2017

Where?: Richfield Avenue/Bramham Park

Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse

Camping: Yes

Why go?: Featuring the same acts on alternative days over the same weekend, both the Reading and Leeds festivals allow the north and south of Britain to easily commute to one of Europe's biggest music festivals. The quality of artists speak volumes for the stature of this festival, with the variety of acts on show ranging from indie to rap to R&B (double check the line up of the festival you want to attend to make sure your favourite artists are in attendance). Featuring over the bank holiday weekend in August, Reading & Leeds will have to contend with other festival heavyweights around the country like V Festival, SW4 and Creamfields, but with Saturday day tickets already sold out for Reading, it looks like it could be another great year for this festival. 

Tickets: Still available from £65


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Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.