Music festivals 2010: Festivals timeline

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  • 28 May 2010
Music festivals 2010: Festivals timeline

From Rock Ness to Roskilde, Glastonbury to Glasgow Jazz Festival, we list the best of the many great fests happening throughout the summer. Which one(s) will you choose?

For information on Belladrum Tartan Heart, Wickerman, Wizard, Wee Chill, Big Tent, Coloursfest, This is not Le Weekend, Insider, Kelburn Garden Party, Southern Fried, MFest, Loopallu and Fringe by the Sea festivals, see our Festival Profiles article.

3 Harbours Arts Festival

29 May-6 Jun, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, East Lothian,
Music, art, food, performance and much more in this community-based all-purpose fest.

Evolution Weekender

30-31 May, Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, Newcastle,
Paulo Nutini, Calvin Harris, Enter Shikari, The Horrors, Delphic and Dananananaykroyd headline the two-day Newcastle festival weekender.

Rock Ness

11-13 Jun, Loch Ness, Inverness,
The best of the old and the new collide at Rock Ness as Blondie, Fatboy Slim, The Strokes, Doves, Ian Brown, Leftfield, Crystal Castles and Aphex Twin take to the loch-side stages.


11-13 Jun, Donnington Park, Derby,
AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones and Them Crooked Vultures descend upon Donnington Park for a weekend of non-stop rock’n’roll.

Isle of Wight Festival

11-13 Jun, Newport, Isle of Wight,
Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Blondie, Pink and Biffy Clyro are just a few of the big names appearing at Isle of Wight festival this year.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

16-27 Jun, various venues, Edinburgh,
Thriving away from the rest of the festival hubbub in its new June slot, this year’s EIFF will host screenings of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist and Toy Story 3, with announcements about plenty more star studded-films to follow.


17-19 Jun, Barcelona, Spain,
Barcelona’s electronic music festival features a beats and bleeps-lovers line-up with headliners including Fuck Buttons, 2manyDJs, Hot Chip, Joy Orbison, Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem.

Glasgow Jazz Festival

18-27 Jun, Glasgow
Neil Cowley Trio, Tim Kliphuis, Polar Bear and The Necks are just a few artists appearing at Glasgow’s annual jazz event.

Glastonbury Festival

23-27 Jun, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury,
It’s Glasto’s 40th anniversary and the festival is going all out, compiling a line-up of Stevie Wonder, Faithless, Shakira, Slash, Willie Nelson and Muse, plus pretty much every up-and-coming band you’ve ever heard of playing myriad stages across the site.

Hard Rock Calling

25-27 Jun, Hyde Park, London,
The headline acts’ music may not necessarily be ‘hard rock’, but Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai and James Morrison are sure to impress, and leave the hard rock up to Friday’s headliners Pearl Jam.

Roskilde Festival

1-4 Jul, Roskilde, Denmark,
The Scandinavian equivalent of Glastonbury, Roskilde is famed for its extension beyond the music. Festivalgoers are able to enjoy wall climbing, skating, cinema, book readings and poetry slams as well as music from Muse, Jack Johnson, Patti Smith and Them Crooked Vultures.

Wireless Festival

2-4 Jul, Hyde Park, London,
Hip hop meets rock and pop at this year’s Wireless festival, as Snoop Dogg, D12 and Jay-Z meet Lily Allen, Slash, LCD Soundsystem, 2manyDJs and Pink.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

7-11 Jul, Edinburgh,
No prizes for guessing what goes on here – John Archer, Paul Wilson, Drew McAdam and Lewis Barlow are just a few of the conjurors, mind-readers and illusionists at this festival’s debut outing.

Stonehaven Folk Festival

8-11 Jul, Stovehaven, Aberdeenshire,
Headliners Show of Hands will be joined by Kimbers Men, Lori Watson, Shooglenifty and Tyskie over three days of folk in the heart of Aberdeenshire.

Lounge On The Farm Festival

9-11 Jul, Canterbury, Kent,
This gem of a festival will feature awesome up-and-coming bands Slow Club, Gold Panda, Hot Club de Paris and Elephants as well as a guaranteed visually-stunning set from DJ Yoda.

Oxegen Festival

9-11 Jul, Punchestown Racecourse, Ireland,
Ireland’s Oxegen festival is a must for any hip hop fan, with not only one, but two rapping legends Jay-Z and Eminem headlining the festival. Other acts include Muse, Arcade Fire, The Prodigy, Florence & The Machine and The Black Eyed Peas.

T in the Park

9-11 Jul, Balado, Kinross-shire,
Every year the world’s musical giants head to Scotland’s biggest musical festival. This year is no exception with Muse, Kasabian, Jay-Z, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and The Prodigy headlining various stages over the three nights. See The List’s definitive guide to TiTP, out 23 Jun, for further details.

Dance Nation Live

13 Jul, 02 Academy, Glasgow,
The Dance Nation Live festival tour comes to Glasgow, bringing Basshunter, Sash! and Fragma with it.

Hebridean Celtic Festival

14-17 Jul, Lews Castle, Stornoway,
Runrig, Imelda May, Breabach and Treacherous Orchestra will head up to the Highlands for a weekend of Celtic delights.

Latitude Festival

15-18 Jul, Southwold, Suffolk,
Festival favourites Florence & The Machine, Belle & Sebastian, Empire of the Sun, The Maccabees and Vampire Weekend head to Suffolk for a weekend of chilled out fun at this, the most middle class of fests.


15-18 Jul, Barcelona, Spain,
Headlining the four-day festival in Spain will be Dizzee Rascal, The Specials, The Prodigy and Foals. Fingers crossed that this year the windy weather won’t mar proceedings as it did last year.

Lovebox Weekender

16-18 Jul, Victoria Park, London,
Dizzee Rascal, Grace Jones and Roxy Music are just some of the names appearing at this year’s cushy central-London festival.

Crail Festival

20-31 Jul, Anstruther, Fife,
The fact that an Eddie Reader set is on the bill beneath open-air theatre troupe Illyria and the ByreRhythm Taiko Drummers tells you everything you need to know – this eclectic fest is very equal opportunities.

The Secret Garden Party

22-25 Jul, Huntingdon, East Anglia,
Perhaps the worst-kept secret when it comes to miniature festivals, The Secret Garden Party returns this summer with acts such as Gorrilaz Sound System, Marina & The Diamonds and Mercury Rev.


23-25 Jul, Hill Farm, Steventon,
Another hidden gem, Truck festival has proved so incredible that it has just launched its US version of the festival. The UK equivalent boasts a mighty line-up including Esben & The Witch, This Town Needs Guns, Egyptian Hip Hop, Good Shoes, Future of the Left, Los Campesinos! and Islet.


23-25 Jul, The Midland Railway Centre, Ripley,
Not only are you transported to the festival on a vintage steam train, but the bands are also excellent. Allo Darlin’, Love Is All, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Pooh Sticks (who have reformed especially for this event) are all playing this summer.


23-25 Jul, Charlton Park, Wiltshire,
festivals The World of Music, Art and Dance festival brings together many acts from around the world. Some of this year’s more notable performers include Imelda May, Rolf Harris and Nouvelle Vague.

Global Gathering

30-31 Jul, Stratford-Upon-Avon,
Shakespeare’s birthplace will play host to Dizzee Rascal, Faithless, Carl Cox, 2manydjs and Chase & Status.


30 Jul-1 Aug, Knebworth, Hertfordshire,
As merely one stop off on a long European rock tour, Sonisphere will invade Knebworth in July, with Mötley Crüe, Pendulum and Placebo in tow, and UK exclusive festival appearances from both Iron Maiden and Rammstein.

Lomond Folk Festival

30 Jul-1 Aug, Loch Lomond, Balloch,
Ceilidh, The Electrics and Skerryvore headline at this year’s folk festival.

Youth Beatz

31 Jul Dock Park, Dumfries
A free music event appealing to – who else? – young folks. After a teasing campaign on the website the headliner has now been announced as
N-Dubz (bless those scamps).

Field Day

31 Jul, Victoria Park, London,
This one-day event features an array of bands including Chapel Club, These New Puritans, Is Tropical, The Fall and Memory Tapes. The inevitable rain will make the festival field experience seem authentically muddy and you’ll completely forget that you’re actually in the centre of London.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

31 Jul-9 Aug, various venues, Edinburgh,
This ten-day event of jazz and blues is hosted in the wonderful surroundings of Edinburgh. Highlights include Atomic, Courtney Pine and Batchelors of Jazz.

The Big Chill

5-8 Aug, Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire,
Chill out at its finest. This year’s acts include Massive Attack, M.I.A., Spencer Truck, Kelis and Danny Byrd.

Edinburgh Mela

6-8 Aug, various venues, Edinburgh,
This multi-arts festival based in the heart of Scotland’s capital grows in popularity every single year. Expect shows, dance, music and wonderful food.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

6-30 Aug, various venues, Edinburgh,
Let the chaos ensue as some of the best performers from the UK and rest of the world head to Edinburgh to split the sides and expand the minds of the thousands who flock to the Fringe every year. Accompanying it will be the big gigs of the Edge festival ( at various venues across the city.

Pittenweem Arts Festival

7-15 Aug, Pittenweem, Fife,
Among the visual artists invited to attend this year’s festival are Cate Inglis, Ann Wegmuller, Kaneyuki Shimosaka and Keiko Mukaide.

Piping Live

9-15 Aug, various venues, Glasgow,
The very best in piping entertainment. Highlights include the Oran Mor Pipe Band, The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and the wonderfully monikered Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Edinburgh International Festival

15 Aug-5 Sep, various venues, Edinburgh,
Porgy & Bess, Bliss and The Blind Boys of Alabama in The Gospel at Colonus are all vivid, colourful productions. Those shows will feature at this year’s EIF, along with many other dance, music, theatre and visual art acts.

Mull of Kintyre Festival

19-22 Aug, Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre,
Paul McKenna Band and Scooter Muse will play alongside the reappearing Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the festival’s 22nd annual outing.

Green Man Festival

20-22 Aug, Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons,
Doves, Flaming Lips, Joanna Newsom and Fuck Buttons are set to play their various ranges of music in the beautiful Brecon Beacons

V Festival

21-22 Aug, Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Birmingham,
2009 festival favourites Kings of Leon make a rare 2010 festival appearance at V this year, along with Kasabian, Stereophonics, Faithless, Cheryl Cole, The Prodigy, Paul Weller and White Lies.

Carling Festival

27-29 Aug, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, and
Guns N’ Roses, Blink 182, The Libertines, Paramore, Arcade Fire, Weezer and Queens Of The Stone Age all headline at this year’s Carling festivals. Fingers crossed that serial show-dodger Axl Rose will actually bother to turn up.


28-29 Aug, Daresbury, Cheshire,
The UK’s biggest dance festival returns with clubbing favourites David Guetta, Deadmau5, Tiësto and Calvin Harris.


9-12 Sep, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight,
Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, this year’s fancy dress theme of ‘Fantasy’ will be combined with music from The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, The xx, Hot Chip, Roxy Music and The Flaming Lips.

End Of The Road Festival

10-12 Sep, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset,
Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Iron & Wine, Three Trapped Tigers, Errors, The Antlers and Caribou will play this much-hyped festival. With a line-up like this, it is easy to see why the festival grows in popularity every year.

Tarbert Music Festival

17-19 Sep, Tarbert, Lock Fyne,
Acts have still to be announced for this year’s West Coast music fest, but last year’s acts Skerryvore, The Anyways and The Keelies should give you a fair idea of what to expect.

Fest N’ Furious

1-3 Oct, various venues, Dundee,
Beside top concert acts, the festival runs ceilidhs, workshops and talks, and offers masterclasses and ‘come and try’ sessions for beginners.


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