2018 top 10 UK Music Festivals

1. Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Where: Seaclose Park (Isle of Wight)
When: June 21-24, 2018
Lineup highlights: Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, The Script, Van Morrison, James Bay, Blossoms. Camila Cabello, Manic Street Preachers, Chase and Status (DJ set), Rita Ora...
Isle of Wight Festival is likely to get a lot of attention this year, not simply because Glastonbury is off the calendar but also because the music festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The festival has a long history of awesome headliners, gaining popularity in the 60s and 70s when it played host to the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
Isle of Wight Festival has been named Family Festival of the Year twice. As many as 65,000 music fans will descend on the small UK island from June 21, 2018 - two weeks later than usual - and organisers are already counting down the days on their Facebook page.

 

2. Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018

Where: Little John's Farm (Reading) and Bramham Park (Leeds)
When: August 24-26, 2018
Lineup highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, Sum 41, Wolf Alice, Courteeners, Skepta...

If it’s big acts across a mix of genres you’re looking for, then you can’t go wrong with Readingor Leeds Festivals. Both UK festivals have identical lineups, meaning you only need to go to the one closest to you. The 2018 festival is likely to be in high demand as one of the biggest lineups in the absence of Glastonbury.

A statement from headline act Fall Out Boy said, "There are very few places that can illustrate the growth of our band from its beginning.

“However, Reading and Leeds is one of them. It is an honour to be able to headline a festival that we grew up playing and dreaming of that top spot.”

Tickets are already on sale.

3. V Festival 2018 (name change pending) 

Where: Hylands Park (Chelmsford) and Weston Park (Staffordshire)
When: Unconfirmed, but likely August 18 & 19, 2018
Lineup highlights: No announcements so far. V Festival 2017 saw performances from Pink, Jay-Z, Stormzy, Jason Derulo and Pete Tong.

The music festival formerly known as "V" is another of the top choices to replace Glastonbury as the biggest and best UK festival of 2018. Virgin has ended it's long-running sponsorship of the event, and a report in Music Week suggests it may not go ahead at its long-time Weston Park (Staffordshire) location in 2018. According to the website's sources, organisers plan to proceed with the festival at Hylands Park (Chelmsford) under an as yet unrevealed name.

Tickets for the pop and rock festival are likely to go on sale before any big acts are announced, but considering Pink and Jay-Z headlined in 2017 (it was Jay-Z’s only European performance of the year), you can be sure you won’t be disappointed if you take advantage of early bird offers.

4. British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival 2018

Where: Hyde Park (London)
When: Currently only July 6 (Roger Waters) and July 14 (Bruno Mars) have been confirmed
Lineup highlights: Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble, Khalid, Goldfrapp, Editors, Santana, James Taylor, Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve, Squeeze...

British Summer Time Hyde Park has become such a big deal on the UK festival calendar, it has even attracted royal guests. In 2017, none other than Prince Harry was spotted having a beer and rocking out to The Killers at the London festival. 

Held over two weekends, BST 2018 could attract the cream of the world’s performers without Glastonbury to snatch up the UK festival audience. And they're off to an amazing start by securing former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, 'Uptown Funk' hitmaker Bruno Mars and Paul Simon for his last ever UK show.

Alun Mainwaring, head of events, filming and commercial development at The Royal Parks said of the first headline announcement, "What a great way to kick off BST 2018, by welcoming the legendary Roger Waters to Hyde Park!

Bruno Mars will perform with special guest Khalid.

5. TRNSMT Festival 2018

Where: Glasgow Green (Glasgow)
When:  June 29, 30 & July 1, 6 & 8, 2018
Lineup highlights: The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, The Script, Courteeners, CVURCHES, Franz Ferdinand...

It’s looking likely that TRNSMT will be a permanent fixture in Scotland’s festival calendar after it was set up to replace the struggling T in the Park, which is unlikely to take place in 2018.

Early bird tickets are already sold out. Upon the ticket release, festival director Geoff Ellis told Scotland’s Daily Record, “To show our commitment to TRNSMT being firmly at the heart of the Scottish music calendar, we’re delighted to announce that tickets are on sale this week, so that music fans can put TRNSMT firmly in their summer music plans for 2018.

“We look forward to delivering another incredible weekend of outstanding music to music lovers next year."

More than 120,000 revellers attended the 2017 event.

6. BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend festival 2018

Where: Titanic Slipways (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Scone Palace (Perth, Scotland), Singleton Park (Swansea, Wales) and War Memorial Park (Coventry, England)
When: May 25-26 (Perth and Belfast), May 26-27 (Swansea), May 27-28 (Coventry) 
Lineup highlights: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Niall Horan, Craig David, Wolf Alice, Ash, Franz Ferdinand, Jamie Cullum...    

Previously known as One Weekend, then Radio 1's Big Weekend, now the travelling UK festival goes by BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend and is set to showcase some of the biggest names in pop and rock.

The lineup is immense - and it just keeps on growing... An impressive 27 acts were recently added to the lineup, including Craig David, Niall Horan and Wolf Alice.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said, "It's probably the biggest undertaking the BBC has ever done regarding live pop music."

Tickets for The Biggest Weekend will be only £18 for a day ticket (tickets were free in previous years) so are likely to disappear in minutes. The UK music festival plans to offer VIP packages and exclusive meet and greets with the stars in 2018.

7. Wireless Festival 2018

Where: Finsbury Park (London)
When: July 6-8, 2018
Lineup highlights: Stormzy, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, J.Cole, Migos, Post Malone, Party Next Door, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Rick Ross

The biggest names in urban music (above) will fill the lineup of Wireless Festival over three days in June 2018 - and tickets are already on sale!

VIP packages are also available for the urban music festival, which tends to attract a lot of celebrity attention. In fact, Chance the Rapper once said Wireless Festival had the “coolest crowd I’ve played to”.

8. Bestival 2018

Where: Lulworth Castle (Dorset)
When: August 2-5
Lineup highlights: M.I.A., London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Plan B, Grace Jones, Mura Masa, Chaka Khan, Django Django, Mike Skinner...

It’s fair to say that aside from top music and comedy acts, the biggest draw of Bestival is that it’s positively bonkers. Fancy dress is a massive deal at Bestival, with each colourful event centering on a different theme (this year's will be 'circus' and will apparently feature a human cannonball act). The festival strives to celebrate creativity, diversity and general lunacy.

Bestival recently moved from its long-term home on the Isle of Wight to join its little sister Camp Bestival (a family-friendly festival which has grown in popularity to also host big names) at Lulworth Castle, where it will once again take place in 2018.

9. Download Festival 2018

Where: Donnington Park (Derby)
When: June 8-10, 2018
Lineup highlights: Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Rise Against, The Hives... 

If you like your music to blow your eardrums, Download Festival 2018 may be the music event for you. Taking place in Donnington Park (“the spiritual home of rock”), Download is the best UK festival to catch the biggest names in rock and metal in 2018. Oh, and there’s also a WWE wrestling ring!

Tickets for the three-day rock music festival are already on sale with a number of VIP packages on offer.

10. Creamfields 2018

Where: Daresbury (Warrington)
When: August 23-26, 2018
Lineup highlights: Carl Cox is the Friday headliner, while Eric Prydz brings things to a close on the Sunday with his awesome hologram show HOLO. Full lineup released February 23.

Grab your glowstick and reach for the lasers! Creamfields has long been the UK’s best dance festival, promising the biggest acts in EDM, house, trance, grime and D&B. Organisers promise an incredible lineup for 2018, with ticket registration now underway.

Tens of thousands attend the UK dance music festival every year expecting the best dance music, spectacular light shows and pyrotechnics.