Behold, part one of our 2013 festival guide, helping you sort the wheat from the chaff by highlighting our favourite festivals of the year. Each festival comes complete with as much information as you’ll need plus one track from one of our artists to watch. You can also listen to all of these as one playlist over at our Soundcloud.
To help you out with the hefty financial commitment of festival season, our friends at Just Ticket are kindly providing tickets commission free for Stamp The Wax readers, making them significantly cheaper than you’ll find online once you factor in handling charges. This will be applicable to Bestival (£28 saving), Farr Festival (£7.70 saving) and then Outlook and Dimensions in our Europe guide. All you need to do is text “STW [insert festival name]” to 07722118869 to reserve yours, then JT will arrange payment and collection. Just Ticket are also giving the opportunity to earn a free ticket to a festival you sell eight tickets for, so if you’re interested get in touch at email@example.com.
Launching this year and offering “forward-thinking musicians and visual artists in 5 immersive environments”.
When: 27 April
Where: Eastville Park, Bristol
Tickets: £30 (+bf)
Headliners: Clark, Martyn, James Holden
Ones to Watch: Will Saul, Roman Flügel, Marco Bernardi, ALSO (Appleblim & Al Tourettes), Tom Demac, Eliphino, Typesun, Face & Heel, Behling & Simpson, Arkist
Other Attractions: Bristol is a fine place to have a wander.
A friendly festival nestled in a small pocket of farmland in the rolling greenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
When: 16 – 18 August
Where: Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Tickets: £84.50 (+bf)
Headliners: Bonobo, Django Django, Local Natives, Solange
Ones to Watch: Ben UFO, Bondax, Bicep, Eats Everything, John Talabot, David Rodigan, Oneman, Andres B2B, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Machinedrum
Other Attractions: Visit the pop-up fancy dress boutique, experimental sound garden and bespoke kids area.
Winner of Best Major Festival at two of the last three UK Festival Awards.
When: 5 – 8 September
Where: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Tickets: £180 (+bf) or £165 from Just Ticket (see above)
Headliners: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, The Knife, M.I.A.
Ones to Watch: Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Bombay Bicycle Club, Richie Hawtin, Angel Haze, Eats Everything, Lulu James, Dixon, Jackmaster, Cashmere Cat
Other Attractions: The ambient forest, Club Dada, Mazy’s Art Club, Roundhouse Poetry Collective, their final night firework display.
Considered more of a town than a festival, its population of 13,000 ‘lawless rebels’ celebrates the likes of ska, reggae, dub, swing and bass culture.
When: 8 – 11 August
Where: Matterly Estate, Winchester
Tickets: £149 (+bf)
Headliners: The Parov Stelar Band, Toots and the Maytals, Lee Scratch Perry
Ones to Watch: Redlight, Foreign Beggars, Ozomatli, Dub Inc., Buggsy, Iration Steppas vs Channel One, Gentleman’s Dub Club, LTJ Bukem, DJ Vadim
Other Attractions: Bump Roller Disco, their fancy dress frenzy, a booming banquet or drop in for a session of crafts and healing.
Presenting the finest house and techno sounds, combined with a game-changing line-up and event production of the highest order.
When: 2 – 4 August
Where: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire
Tickets: £115 (+bf)
Headliners: Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Miguel Campbell
Ones to Watch: Maya Jane Coles, Joy Orbison, Huxley, Theo Parrish, Claude VonSroke, Dixon, Justin Martin, Maurice Fulton, Âme, Shadow Child, Joy Orbison, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Kyle Hall
Other Attractions: (self-proclaimed) “mind blowing visual stimulation”
A boutique festival held in a deserted forest, stepping into its fourth year with critical acclaim.
When: 19 – 21 July
Where: Newnham, Hertfordshire
Tickets: £75 (+bf) or £73 from Just Ticket (see above)
Headliners: Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Andrew Weatherall
Ones To Watch: Bicep, Maxxi Soundsystem, Oneman, Ben Pearce, Alix Perez, Waifs & Strays, Ejeca, Sophie
Other Things To Do: Get lost in the woods and surrounding corn fields
One day to encounter new and established talent in what looks like one of the most cutting-edge line-ups of the UK festival calendar.
When: 25 May
Where: Victoria Park, London
Tickets: £54.50 (+bf)
Headliners: Animal Collective, Four Tet, Bat For Lashes
Ones to Watch: Disclosure, Django Django, Four Tet, Hessle Audio DJs, Jacques Greene, Julio Bashmore, Mount Kimbie, How To Dress Well, Daphni, Karenn, King Krule, Koreless, TNGHT
Other Attractions: Visit Village Mentality, an annual village fête, including the likes of sack races, egg and spoon races, and tug of war.
A day of sunshine fuelled electronic sounds in central Shoreditch
When: 15 June
Where: Shoreditch, London
Tickets: £35 (+bf)
Headliners: Maya Jane Coles, Henrick Schwarz,
Ones to Watch: Lee Foss b2b MK, Floating Points, Wolf & Lamb, Huxley, Shadow Child, Voyeur, Cyril Hahn, Dark Sky, Tim Sweeney, Midland, Waifs + Strays, Tom Demac
Other Attractions: Brick Lane is a short walk away, and Shoreditch ain’t short of things to do either
THE GREAT ESCAPE
30 venues, 350+ artists, 1 wristband. Britain’s rival to SouthBy Southwest.
When: 16 – 18 May
Tickets: £45 (+bf)
Headliners: Bastille, King Krule, Dinosaur Pile-up
Ones to Watch: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, David Rodigan MBE, Scrufizzer, CHVRCHES, Tom Odell, AlunaGeorge, Rainy Milo, How To Dress Well, Marika Hackman, London Grammar, Joe Banfi
Other Attractions: Brighton beach or see the Brighton Dome Shows (£7 extra)
Taking over a wood in Wales for its fourth year.
When: 20 – 23 June
Where: Anglesey, Wales
Tickets: £95 (+bf)
Headliners: Extrawelt (Live), Ben UFO, Crazy P (Live)
Ones to Watch: Move D, Maribou State, Bicep, Waze & Odyssey, Marcus Intalex, Detroit Swindle, Chimpo, Futureboogie DJs, Eton Messy DJs, Toyboy & Robin, Transmission Collective, TCTS
Other Attractions: Get lost in the woods and discover some of the much-hyped art installations
LOVE SAVES THE DAY
When: 25 – 26 May
Where: Castle Park, Bristol
Tickets: £39.50 (Saturday), and add Sunday for only £15 (in March only)
Ones to Watch: Âme, Crazy P, Bondax, AlunaGeorge, Jackmaster, Maxxi Soundsystem, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler, Ghostpoet, Jacques Greene, Clean Bandit, Rainy Milo, Trojan Soundsystem, Ben UFO, My Nu Leng
Other Attractions: Love Saves The Day Sunday. For the first time there will be music across the whole weekend
After several critically successful years, Manchester’s best festival is back with a new location – the 600 acre Heaton Park, home of memorable concerts by the likes of Oasis and The Stone Roses.
When: 8 – 9 June
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Tickets: £69.50 (+bf)
Headliners: Plan B, Jamie Jones, Jurassic 5
Ones to Watch: Disclosure (Live), Jessie Ware, Four Tet (Live), Maya Jane Coles, Johnny Marr, Dusky, Maribou State, Julio Bashmore, TEED, Max Cooper, TNGHT, Todd Terje & Lindstrom, Toro Y Moi, Lapalux, King Krule, George Fitzgerald, Eats Everything, Jackmaster
Other Attractions: Manchester’s after-parties, some put on by Parklife
THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY
A music festival less about the music and more about the strange happenings elsewhere.
When: 25 – 28 July
Where: Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire
Tickets: £170 (+bf)
Headliners: Django Django, Soulwax
Ones to Watch: Bastille, Wolf Alice, David Rodigan MBE, Josh Butler, London Grammar, The Correspondents, The Other Tribe (DJ), The Strypes, Big Youth, Eliza and the Bear, Annie Eve, Dan Croll
Other Attractions: Encounter SGP’s spectacles and ceremonies, parades, action camps, theatre and performance, art installations and fancy dress.
After a successful second year, YO1 moves up in the festival ranks, putting York firmly on the map as a festival destination.
When: 5 May
Where: Knavesmire, York
Tickets: £20 (+bf)
Headliners: Rudimental, DJ Yoda
Ones to Watch: Channel One Soundsystem, Dub Barn Collective, AlunaGeorge, Hookworms, Jackmaster, Oneman, Medlar
Other Attractions: Look out for their vintage fair, street food and micro ale festival.