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, www.3harbours.co.uk
Music, art, food, performance and much more in this community-based all-purpose fest.
30-31 May, Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, Newcastle, www.evolutionfestival.co.uk
Paulo Nutini, Calvin Harris, Enter Shikari, The Horrors, Delphic and Dananananaykroyd headline the two-day Newcastle festival weekender.
11-13 Jun, Loch Ness, Inverness, www.rockness.com
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, www.downloadfestival.co.uk
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, www.islefwightfestival.com
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, www.edfilmfest.org.uk
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, www.sonar.es
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 www.jazzfest.co.uk
Neil Cowley Trio, Tim Kliphuis, Polar Bear and The Necks are just a few artists appearing at Glasgow’s annual jazz event.
23-27 Jun, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, www.glastonburyfestivals.com
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, www.hardrockcalling.co.uk
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.
1-4 Jul, Roskilde, Denmark, www.roskilde-festival.dk/en
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.
2-4 Jul, Hyde Park, London, www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
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, www.magicfest.co.uk
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, www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
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, www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk
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.
9-11 Jul, Punchestown Racecourse, Ireland, www.oxegen.ie
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, www.tinthepark.com
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, www.mydancenation.com
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, www.hebceltfest.com
Runrig, Imelda May, Breabach and Treacherous Orchestra will head up to the Highlands for a weekend of Celtic delights.
15-18 Jul, Southwold, Suffolk, www.latitudefestival.co.uk
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, www.benicassim.org.uk
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.
16-18 Jul, Victoria Park, London, www.lovebox.net
Dizzee Rascal, Grace Jones and Roxy Music are just some of the names appearing at this year’s cushy central-London festival.
20-31 Jul, Anstruther, Fife, www.crailfestival.co.uk
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, www.uk.secretgardenparty.com
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, www.thisistruck.com
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, www.indietracks.co.uk
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, www.womad.org
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.
30-31 Jul, Stratford-Upon-Avon, www.globalgathering.com
Shakespeare’s birthplace will play host to Dizzee Rascal, Faithless, Carl Cox, 2manydjs and Chase & Status.
30 Jul-1 Aug, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, www.uk.sonispherefestivals.com
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, www.lomondfolkfestival.co.uk
Ceilidh, The Electrics and Skerryvore headline at this year’s folk festival.
31 Jul Dock Park, Dumfries www.youthbeatz.co.uk
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).
31 Jul, Victoria Park, London, www.fielddayfestivals.com
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, www.edinburghjazzfestival.co.uk
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, www.bigchill.net
Chill out at its finest. This year’s acts include Massive Attack, M.I.A., Spencer Truck, Kelis and Danny Byrd.
6-8 Aug, various venues, Edinburgh, www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk
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, www.edfringe.com
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 (www.theedgefestival.com) at various venues across the city.
Pittenweem Arts Festival
7-15 Aug, Pittenweem, Fife, www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk
Among the visual artists invited to attend this year’s festival are Cate Inglis, Ann Wegmuller, Kaneyuki Shimosaka and Keiko Mukaide.
9-15 Aug, various venues, Glasgow, www.pipingfestival.co.uk
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, www.eif.co.uk
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, www.mokfest.com
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, www.greenman.net
Doves, Flaming Lips, Joanna Newsom and Fuck Buttons are set to play their various ranges of music in the beautiful Brecon Beacons
21-22 Aug, Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Birmingham, www.vfestival.com
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.
27-29 Aug, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, www.readingfestival.co.uk and www.leedsfestival.com
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, www.creamfields.com
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, www.bestival.net
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, www.endoftheroadfestival.com
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, www.tarbertmusicfestival.com
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, www.myspace.com/festnfurious
Beside top concert acts, the festival runs ceilidhs, workshops and talks, and offers masterclasses and ‘come and try’ sessions for beginners.