8 New UK Music Festivals to Experience This Year

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 3 April 2018
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The UK has a longstanding love affair with a good, old fashioned music festival; there’s just something about trudging through mud across a British field in the summer isn’t there? Away from the big hitters like Glastonbury, here are some brilliantly new UK music festivals you should definitely experience this year, with headliners including Arctic Monkeys, LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala.

All Points East

More than just your bog-standard music festival, All Points East is a ten day event in East London between May 25 and June 1 with the community at its heart. Set in the sprawling Victoria Park, All Points East (APE) features a three day festival headlined by The XX, LCD Soundsystem and Bjork, while other one-day events include headline performances by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The National. APE also expands across four further days with a series of free-to-enter activities. Expect live music and pop up bars as well as theatre, sports and wellbeing events, an outdoor cinema and children’s activities.

The Great Estate

Not to be confused with The Great Escape in Brighton, this three-day, family friendly festival takes place in the grounds of the prestigious and picturesque Scorrier House in Redruth, Cornwall. The Great Estate is the region’s newest festival and this year welcomes The Charlatans as headliners, but it’s about more than just the bands here. If it’s variety you’re after, this is your festival: there’s a circus and comedy tent, a secret garden and children’s playground, while they also attempt to break the record for the world’s biggest cream tea party. Yep, really! Billed as ‘Cornwall’s most rambunctious garden fete’, you might want to head down that way this June.

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Taking place between August 2 and 5, Neverworld is brand new for 2018 and brought to you by the team behind the DIY-ethos LeeFest. Set in Kent with a capacity of just 5,000, Neverworld is an immersive experience across different sounds and realms, with headliners of their debut event including Clean Bandit and Bastille, with a whole host of some of the best bands and DJs making up the rest of the bill. Expect the unexpected at what is shaping up to be one of the best new UK music festivals.


Taking place across two weekends in late June and early July, TRNSMT welcomes some of the biggest names in rock and pop to Glasgow. Held at the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green, TRNSMT returns for its second event in 2018 following a debut year which saw performances from the likes of Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. Headliners for the five one-day events this year include Queen + Adam Lambert, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers.


Situated in Tanworth-in-Arden, just a short drive away from Birmingham, is the wonderfully weird Lunar Festival. Organised by the team behind the second city’s popular Moseley Folk and Mostly Jazz festivals, Lunar takes place in the spiritual home of Nick Drake and offers live music, with seven areas of creativity and celebration on offer for 2018 attendees. Returning after a year off in 2017, this year’s festival takes place between July 26-28 and features headliners Goldfrapp, Amadou & Mariam, The Stranglers and a DJ set from Basement Jaxx.

Lunar Festival main stage

Cool Britannia

Put simply: iconic acts at an iconic venue. Cool Britannia, new for 2018, brings some of the most heralded names in indie, rock and britpop to one of the most synonymous venues in Britain; Knebworth Park. Famous for that August 1996 gig Oasis played to 250,000 fans, Cool Britannia brings the likes of Happy Mondays, Ocean Colour Scene, Feeder, Razorlight and Cast to the famous park on the last weekend in August.

110 Above

Definitely the smallest festival on this list, 110 Above is an intimate indie-pop affair in the heart of the Midlands’ countryside. With a modest capacity of just 1,000, this festival aims to bring some of the best up-and-coming acts at the affordable price of just £85 for three days of music, including camping. This year 110 Above takes place between August 3-5 and is headlined by Birmingham band Peace.


Another of London’s coolest metropolitan festivals, Citadel is now in its fourth year and brings a sense of energy to what once was a standard summer Sunday. Headlined by Aussie psych band Tame Impala, Citadel is held in Gunnersbury Park on Sunday July 15 and also welcomes the likes of CHVRCHES, Goat, and The Horrors. Aside from the music, there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck in to: street food, markets and even live newspaper debates.

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