1) Glastonbury Festival 22nd – 26th June 2016
Glastonbury is a 5 day festival attended by around 175,000 people each year, making it the largest greenfield festival in the world. Now in its 34th year, its an absolute must at least once in your life time. It is regarded as one of the most famous music festivals on the planet. Set in the fantastic landscape of Somerset, this festival has something for everyone. Coldplay are set to headline the main stage in 2016, so why not use your university holiday to get this one out of the way whilst you’re a student!
2) Tramlines Festival 22nd – 24th July 2016
Tramlines Festival is an annual music festival held in Sheffield. Unlike other festivals, Tramlines takes place across 70 venues and 4 main stages across the center of Sheffield. First launched in 2009 attracting over 35,000 people from all over the country, Tramlines has grown in popularity and 2016 is set to be even better with the announcement of Dizzie Rascal as one of the main headline acts. Whether you want to stroll from venue to venue or if you are one of the lucky few whose Sheffield student accommodation looks over the main stage on Devonshire green, Tramlines is a festival not to be missed.
3) Leeds Festival 26th – 28th August 2016
Leeds Festival is held in Bramham Park with over 80,000 people attending each year over the August Bank holiday. Always attracting the biggest bands and artists year on year, 2016 is set to be huge with Red Hot Chili Peppers as the headline act. Set in glorious summer weather, students from The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and universities further afield descend to Bramham Park each year.
4) Isle of Wight Festival 9th – 12th June 2016
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Seaclose Park and is heading into its 15th festival. Since being revived in 2002 the festival has built up a reputation of bringing the best acts to stage. 2016 is shaping up to be awesome with headline acts such as Queen and Adam Lambert, Stereophonics and Faithless gracing the stage. With roughly 60,000 people attending each year and set in fantastic scenary, this festival is always one to sell out quickly. Unlike most festivals, you can get the ferry for as little as £10 return over to the isle of Wight….and guess what….it has a bar!
5) Download Festival 10th – 12th June 2016
Download Festival is a rock festival held at Donnington Park. Heading into its 14th Year, it has established itself as the most popular British summer rock festival. Over 90,000 people attend each year and 2016 is set to be another big year for download festival.
6) V-Festival 20th – 21st August 2016
V Festival is held across two locations. Artists perform at one location on the Saturday and then swap on Sunday. About 250,000 people are thought to have turned out to celebrate the 20th V Festival last year across both sites in Essex and Staffordshire. The headline acts for 2016 have been announced with Rihanna and Justin Bieber set to rock the stage for another big year at V Festival.
7) T in the Park Festival 8th – 10th July 2016
T in the Park which is held in Scotland attracts up to 255,000 people, making it one of the UK’s biggest festivals of the summer. With a great line up consistently each year, T in the Park has established itself as one of the most popular festivals to attend each year. The Stone Roses have been announced as the headline act for 2016 and its sure to sell out fast.
8) Wireless Festival 8th – 10th July 2016
Wireless Festival is attended by over 60,000 people each year and has been held in London, Leeds and Birmingham over the years. Wireless Festival 2016 is to be held in the heart of London in Finsbury Park. With a huge dash of the mainstream, you are unlikely to see any acts here that are not blasted through your speakers each day on the radio. With rumors of Drake headlining this year’s festival, keep an eye out for the full line up to be announced soon.
9) Parklife Festival 11th – 12th June 2016
Parklife located in Manchester has built up a legendary status amongst festival lovers which attracts a diverse lineup year after year. With over 70,000 people attending each year, 2016 is set to be huge with headline acts such as Chemical Brothers and Major Lazer recently being announced to light up the stage.
10) Secret Garden Party Festival 21st – 24th July 2016
The Secret Garden Party is an arts and music festival which has over 15 stages and attracts 30,000 people each year. Full of colour and set in fantastic grounds, The Secret Garden Party is a unique festival with a number of different areas to suit everybody’s interests. The highlight being a paint fight which certainly is not to be missed. 2016 is set to be another huge year so make sure this is booked early to avoid disappointment.
Whilst at university, you may find it is the perfect time to attend some of these festivals. Long summers away from your student accommodation mean that going to at least a couple of the festivals listed here may not be all that difficult to find time for.
With over 500 music festivals scheduled across the UK for 2016, we’ve picked 10 that should be at the top of any students’ hit list! Don’t forget, many festivals are throughout the summer meaning your long breaks from university will be timed just about right!