10 biggest and best UK festivals 2018 - latest lineup news & info
Staff writer - June 20, 2018

10 biggest and best UK festivals 2018 - latest lineup news & info

UPDATE: Creamfields 2018 teases fans with 'surprise sets'
Summer festival UK 2018

With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, UK festival goers are looking elsewhere to fill the huge gap in their calendars.

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Here are the 10 biggest and best UK festivals 2018...


1. Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Where: Seaclose Park (Isle of Wight)
When: June 21-24, 2018
Festival lineup highlights: Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, The Script, Van Morrison, James Bay, Blossoms. Camila Cabello, Travis, 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 UK 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.

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2. Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018

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

If it’s big acts across a mix of genres you’re looking for, then you can’t go wrong with Reading or 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.”

Fans were initially upset at the lack of rock and indie bands on the festival lineup, but opinions have been more positive since the recent additions were made.

Since the initial Reading and Leeds Festival lineup announcement, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has joined the roster, while comedian Harry Hill, Big Shaq (of 'Man's Not Hot' fame) will be taking to the Alternative Stage.

MORE: Reading and Leeds Festival 2018: lineup and complete guide

3. RiZE Festival 2018 (V Festival replacement)


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Where: Hylands Park (Chelmsford) and Weston Park (Staffordshire)
When: August 17 & 18
Festival lineup highlights: Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, James Bay, Craig David, Bastille, Plan B, Miles Kane (NEW), Manic Street Preachers, Sean Paul, Rag 'N' Bone Man, Rita Ora...

The summer 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 suggested it may not go ahead at its long-time Weston Park (Staffordshire) location in 2018. The report appears to have been accurate, as organisers have gone ahead with plans to proceed with the festival at Hylands Park (Chelmsford) under the new name RiZE Festival.

Social media posts for RiZE Festival began to appear before the event was officially confirmed. The event promises four stages, street food and craft beer.

Considering Pink and Jay-Z headlined V Festival in 2017 (it was Jay-Z’s only European performance of the year), you can be sure you won’t be disappointed as new acts are announced.

4. British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival 2018


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Where: Hyde Park (London)
When: Currently only July 6 (Roger Waters) and July 14 (Bruno Mars) have been confirmed
Festival 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 in 2018. 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


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Where: Glasgow Green (Glasgow)
When:  June 29, 30 & July 1, 6 & 8, 2018
Festival lineup highlights: Arctic Monkeys, Queen + Adam Lambert, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, The Script, Courteeners, CVURCHES, Franz Ferdinand, Texas, The Darkness, Jessie Ware...

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.

MORE: TRNSMT Festival 2018: everything you need to know

6. BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend festival 2018


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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) 
Festival lineup highlights: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Liam Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, Demi Lovato, Thirty Seconds To Mars, 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 in 2018 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.

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7. Wireless Festival 2018


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

NOTE: Cardi B was forced to pull out of the Wireless lineup when she found out she was having a baby

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


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Where: Lulworth Castle (Dorset)
When: August 2-5
Festival lineup highlights: Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), M.I.A., London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Plan B, Grace Jones, Rae Morris, 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). This summer 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


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Where: Donnington Park (Derby)
When: June 8-10, 2018
Festival lineup highlights: Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Rise Against, Andrew W.K., Bad Religion, 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 tent!

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

The hard-rocking UK festival recently announced which days each headliner is performing (flick through them in the Instagram post above).

10. Creamfields 2018

Where: Daresbury (Warrington)
When: August 23-26, 2018
Festival lineup highlights: Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers, Fatboy Slim, Major Lazaer, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Idris Elba, Above and Beyond, Diplo...

Grab your glowstick and reach for the lasers! Creamfields has long been the UK’s best summer 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.

And this year, fans have been promised three "surprise sets"! In an Instagram post, the festival organisers revealed that on top of the stellar lineup there'll be unannounced acts performing on every day of the event.

It read, "We’ll be celebrating #Creamfields21 - a milestone in Creamfields history, with 3 surprise sets. Expect one on Friday, one Saturday and one on Sunday!"


MORE: Creamfields 2018 lineup, dates, how to get there and tickets

Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on the best UK festivals 2018.