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Top 10: UK Festivals 2016

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Festival season is a matter of months away. Time to start saving, planning and scouring line-ups.

Last month we listed 10 killer European Festivals now it’s time to explore the local landscape. We can’t promise good weather but with each of these events the vibe is guaranteed. Glastonbury might be sold out but there are many more killer outdoor events for UK party people, here’s where we’ll be raving on home soil this summer…

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Bestival 

Where: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight
When: September 8-11
How much: £190
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Every September the humble island that is the Isle of Wight is invaded by costume-wearing party lovers of all natures. From straight-up ravers to families, Bestival welcomes them all with a well-thought range of activities and acts. There’s one proviso: get involved in the facy dress spirit. This year’s line-up is just as diverse than ever. As well as big names such as Eats Everything, Goldie, Camo & Krooked, Skream and Shy FX there’s a big emphasis on fresh and unsigned talent and, rather weirdly, Classic FM presenter Aled Jones making his MC debut over a classic jungle set with Rob Da Bank. Rewind?

Boomtown

Where: Hampshire
When: August 11-14
How much: £170
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Welcome to the unique world of Boomtown where an entire makeshift city with its own streets, shops and districts are created for you to explore over the weekend. Within these districts are 24 stages. Yes, 24. And many of them feature some incredible names, Calibre, AC Slater, Countersrike, DJ Die, DJ Zinc, Calyx & Teebee, Audio, Mefjus, Emperor, Billain, Foreign Concept, Machinecode, GotSome, Om Unit, Stanton Warriors and Culprate are just a tiny handful of the names on offer this year. Booming.

Creamfields

Where: Daresbury Park, Cheshire
When: August 25-28
How much: From £200
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One of the biggest, longest standing dance festivals in the UK, Creamfields has an esteemed reputation for vibes and widescreen line-ups. Covering all genres possible, bass fans should get ready for the likes of Chase & Status, Andy C, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Annix, High Contrast, Roni Size & Krust, Knife Party, Delta Heavy, Jack U, Marshmello and loads more.

Hospitality In The Park

Where: Finsbury Park, London
When: September 24
How much: Register for information
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Renowned D&B party hosts Hospitality are hosting their first outdoor all-dayer and they’re teasing us with information. Announced a few weeks back, they’re still trickling out titbits with no line-up or even ticket price confirmed. Here’s what we know: It’s in Finsbury Park, North London, there are five arenas – Hospitality and Rampage are confirmed as hosts but the remaining three are unknown – and they promise decent festival food. Even with this limited information we know this is going to be a good one… It’s Hospitality!

Lovebox

Where: Victoria Park, London
When: July 15-16
How much: Around £90 for both days
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Now in its 11th year, Lovebox is one of London’s most popular two day festivals. Taking residence in Victoria Park, it’s developed a reputation for eclectic line-ups that cover the broadest tastes.  From Major Lazer to LCD Soundsystem by way of ODESZA, Hannah Wants, Run The Jewels and the king of funk George Clinton, Lovebox will be repping styles in all directions. This year will also see Fabric make its festival debut with its own arena. Tickets are flying for this one.

NASS

Where: Near Bristol
When: July 8-10
How much: Around £120
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NASS: a unique fusion of sports and sounds that’s become a favourite among fans of all things extreme. As well as a thrilling line-up that boasts the likes of Andy C, Spor, Wilkinson, Modestep, Knife Party, My Nu Leng and Jurassic Five NASS is also home to an international skating competition and the World BMX Championships. Proof that festivals are much more than music alone, NASS is one of a kind on the UK festival landscape. 

Noisily

Where: Leicester
When: July 7-10
How much: Around £120
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Celebrating their fifth year in the Leicester rave wilderness, Noisily promise their capacity will never rise above 4000 in order to maintain its intimate, underground vibe. Refusing to play the big name game and investing a lot of attention to detail on their production and vibe, Noisily is one for the true ravers and this year’s line-up is one of their most interesting so far. Among the techno and psy trance talent you’ll find a whole stack of bass acts such as KOAN Sound, Culprate, Reso, Joe Ford, Disprove, Kursa and loads more.

Sundown Festival

Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich
When: September 2-4
How much: Around £110
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Putting Norfolk on the festival map with serious distinction, Sundown has been developing with every event since launching in 2011. This year we’re proud to be hosting an arena at Sundown alongside the likes of Defected, Ministry Of Sound and Drum&BassArena. The line-up includes Chase & Status, Kano, Jaguar Skills, My Nu Leng, David Rodigan, Wilkinson, Friciton, Goldie, Hazard, Dimension, DJ Zinc, Flava D and loads more. We’re amped for this one.

SW4

Where: Clapham Common, London
When: August 27-28
How much: Around £120 for weekend passes
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Leading London megaparty, SW4 is a dead cert for August bank holiday vibes and their line-ups are always stupendously big. This year is no exception… Nero, Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers, Netsky, Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Noisia, Knife Party, Andy C, Boys Noize, Roni Size, Krust, Sub Focus and LOADS more are all confirmed. Like the sound of that?

We Are FSTVL

Where: Upminster, London
When: May 28-29
How much: £112
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Multiple award winning bash We Are FSTVL hits its fourth session with its biggest, most diverse line-up to date. From techno titans such as Sven Vath to some of the most exciting up-and-coming names in electronic music, over two days We Are FSTVL represents everything that’s great about dance music. We’re proud to say we’ll be hosting an arena there too alongside Hospitality and more. Key acts to check include Camo & Krooked, Sub Focus, Shy FX, Dimension, Friction, Cause & Affect, Metrik, Plastician, DJ Fresh, Sigma, Tchami, Kurrupt FM and loads more.