Festivals 2016

Best Camping Festivals

The camping festival feels like a particularly British experience, here are some of the best.

The cream of the camping crop

Lets face it: absolutely nothing beats day two of a camping festival. Waking up to the sound of NoS canisters, laugher and aggressive vomiting. Stumbling out of your tent, mud caked to your knee, squinting into the light, to find four of your mates sat around in fisherman seats having warm Kronenbourg for breakfast. Bliss.

With that in mind here are a few of our favourite places to drink out weight in tinnies.


8th - 11th September

A constant feature in best of British festival lists from publications as diverse as Resident Advisor and The Sunday Times, Bestival creates a unique, fun-loving, carnival environment. This year they're hosting the world's biggest bouncy castle along with a rare MC appearance from none other than The Chuckle Brothers.

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The Hidden Woods at Boomtown Fair 2015

11th - 14th August

Boomtown is consistently one of our highlights of the summer. If you like your music a little left of centre, this is the place for you. Just look at all the fun we had at last year's Boomtown.

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25th - 28th August

If a who's who of dance music is what you're after, then Creamfields is the festival for you. Last year we sent two festival virgins along for the entire weekend and they had a cracking time.

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14th - 16th July

Giles Peterson, Ben UFO, Move D, Joy Orbison and John Talabot all in the Hertfordshire countryside? Sounds pretty good to us.

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9th - 12th June

The Welsh weekender sells out faster and faster each year, but as demand has grown the organisers have risen to the challenge, somehow managing to keep that small festival vibe with a larger audience. Mix that with some amazing countryside and always on-point bookings and you can see why it's risen so quickly.

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Isle of White

9th - 12th June

The Isle of White festival is famous in rock circles for being the setting of some of the most iconic performances in rock history. It's not just the moshers that'll have fun at IOW though, this year features a heavyweight lineup of dance acts including Faithless, Pendulum and Sigma.

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Lost Village

27th - 29th May

Hidden away in the Lincolnshire countryside, Jaymo And Andy George's Lost Village festival is now in its second year. With an emphasis on vibe, production and exploration, the festival asks to be judged on more than just the strength of it's music lineup. But even if you were to rate it solely on music, it'd make anyone's top chart as this year's booking is a masterclass in house techno and everything in between.

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Secret Garden

21st - 24th July

What was once the UK festival circuit's best kept secret is now a marquee name. But just because the cat is out of the bag doesn't make it any less vital. Where else can you walk through fields of sunflowers, swim in a lake and dance all night to the very cutting edge of dance music.

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Written by Matthew Francey

26 May 2016