Donington Park, Leicestershire
10th - 12th June
Now in its fourteenth year, the nation’s undisputed, premier rock festival returns with another impressive line-up - a combination of legendary standard bearers and exciting new blood will attract more than 100,000 fans to ‘the spiritual home of rock’. German industrial-metallers Rammstein headline the Friday, while Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden headline Saturday and Sunday respectively. Considering Sabbath’s appearance is part of the band’s ‘The End’ farewell tour, there really isn’t going to be many more chances to witness Ozzy, Iommi and Butler in action. Unmissable.
T in the Park Strathallan, Perthshire
8th - 10th July Scotland’s biggest festival, anyone? Up to a quarter of a million people will descend upon Strathallan Castle for this year’s T in the Park. Since the iconic Manchester band’s reformation in 2011, this Friday headline slot will be one of The Stone Roses first shows since 2013. Calvin Harris will be returning to his native highlands with decks in tow for what is set to be an explosive finale on Saturday, as much-loved Californian funk-rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers close the festival on Sunday.
Creamfields Daresbury, Cheshire
25th - 28th August
If Reading & Leeds don’t do it for you, your destination on August Bank Holiday weekend has to be Creamfields: Cheshire’s huge dance festival. Having grown quite remarkably from a weekly club night in Liverpool to ‘the world’s leading electronic music festival’, Creamfields’ 2016 line-up boasts some of the planet’s most internationally renowned and successful dance acts, including: Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Tiësto and Calvin Harris.
Kendal Calling Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
28th - 31st July
A trip to the Cumbrian Lake District is well worth it for Kendal Calling in July. The independent festival has won several awards for ‘best small UK festival’, and is certainly one of the most eclectic in the country, having previously booked the likes of Snoop Dogg, Feeder, Public Enemy, Pendulum and James - despite its modest status. This year sees Rudimental, ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and ska legends Madness headline the weekend.
Isle of Wight Festival Seaclose Park, Newport
9th - 12th June
Perhaps best known for Jimi Hendrix’s incendiary performance in 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival - since its revival in 2002 - has continued to cement itself as one of the most popular UK festivals. And with a variety of home-grown headliners on offer, the festival’s heritage is in good hands. British rock royalty The Who and Queen (with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert on vocals) - flanked by Faithless and Welsh rockers Stereophonics - are the festival’s featured acts.
In terms of the UK leisure industry, the concert-festival market has enjoyed rapid growth and expansion like no other during the last five years; a fact often attributed to the emphasis artists place on performing live in favour of releasing new music, as a result of declining record sales. And while some might argue that the festival market is saturated - several popular festivals have already fallen victim to fierce competition - there is no doubt that, in 2016, music-lovers and festival-goers nationwide really are spoilt for choice!
Though when you factor in travel costs, inflated food & drink prices, along with the actual cost of admission, begrudgingly, we have to be extremely selective when it comes to deciding where to spend our money. At the same time, more festivals means more staffing; and even if you’re the least financially savvy of students, fear not - UniHomes has your back.
We’ve compiled a list of 5 top UK festivals who, in association with Festaff, are offering weekend wristbands in exchange for volunteer work (usually two 8 hour shifts over 5 days) this summer. The nature of the work is typically bar service, stewarding and other similar on-site roles. No strings attached, it really is this simple! Which festival will you apply for? See our top picks below...