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The Best Music Festivals in The Uk

The annual calender of music festivals is perhaps one of the highlights of the British Summer. Every year there are a large number of music festivals that take place, each one catering for different tastes in music. Most of these events attract some of the top acts and musicians from all over the world, and also feature a wide mix of activities for family and friends. We’ve selected some of the best events on UK shores and discussed why you should consider going to one.

Glastonbury – The Glastonbury Festival is the largest festival in the UK and is famous all over the world for it’s variety of entertainment and world class lineups. With around ten different music stages there is always something to suit everyone from dance music to world music, and pop music to rock music. It can all be found within the Glastonbury fields in rural Somerset. The headline acts are usually the best current bands or artists and have featured the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Coldplay and now U2. Glastonbury is also famous for the mud; but hey, isn’t that part of the fun?!

The Big Chill – The Big Chill festival is situated in the Malvern Hills is Herefordshire and the setting is absolutley stunning. It aims to be exactly what it says on the tin and be a nice relaxed festival for everyone. The lineup is weighted more towards the dance genre with lots of Dj’s and chill out acts. However, there is usually also a mixture of bands so there is usually a fairly good variety in the music. Party goers can keep going through to the small hours with plenty of music tents staying open nice and late!

Isle of Wight Festival – Perhaps most famous for Jimi Hendrix’s performance in 1970, this festival is steeped in history and has seen some legendary performances over the years. Sadly the 1970 weekend was to be it’s last festival until it made a successful return in 2002. The Isle of Wight festival has since regained it’s place on the festival map and bands such as Muse, REM and Coldplay have made it one of the must attend music events of the year.

Reading and Leeds – Boasting probably the best Rock lineup in the world, the Reading and Leeds festivals are a must attend event for anyone into their rock. Being at the end of the summer, the festivals are also very popular with school and college leavers seeing out the summer in style. The twin festivals share a three day lineup meaning that you have the choice of two sites to visit. If you want to go you’ll have to be quick as tickets often sell out within hours of going on sale.

The V Festival – Again, the V festival features two sites sharing the same lineup over the same weekend. It’s more focused on pop and usually features bands that are popular at the time. For this reason it’s another very popular event that tends to sell out within hours. The real trick is in deciding you want to go way in advance of the tickets going on sale!

There is so much choice when it comes to UK music festivals, simply take a look at the lineups to see what’s on and you’ll definitely find something that suits your tastes.

This article was written on behalf on PAAM, an event management softwarepackage designed to recruit and manage staff at UK festivals. To find out more, please visit the PAAM website.

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