Festivals 2016

Festival Guide:
Best Day Festivals

Can't be arsed with camping? We feel you.

Tight with your holiday days and allergic to mud?

Step in the great British one dayer. Said to be ruining our night life with their all you can eat approach to DJs and producers, there's something about waking up on the morning of your annual one day festival to see the sun shining, knowing that you're getting back to your own bed intact and (probably) dry.

We've picked out a few of the ones that have had us licking our chops as the line up announcements trickle through. 


Bugged Out! in Dreamland

24th September, Margate

What is going on in Margate right now? The seaside town you’d have once associated with retirement and possibly a childhood holiday is rapidly being transformed into a seaside town with an edge to rival Brighton. So much so that party holiday pioneers Bugged Out! Are hosting their own one dayer there in September. Promising “garage in the games room, house on the Helter Skelter and rhymes on the roller coaster”, Bugged Out! Are taking over the seaside town’s beach theme park with acts including the Martinez Brothers, Jackmaster and Ben UFO. 

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Born & Bred

4th June, Haggerston Park

The chat around Born & Bred recently has been about the decision to remove Azealia Banks from its line-up after a violently racist Twitter spat, though what’s worth concentrating on is the rest of the exceptional line up. As grime heavy as you’d expect from a radio station that’s helped raise the genre from the tower blocks to the airwaves, look out for original dons Wiley and Slimzee, as well as garage favourites Spoony and Wookie.

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4th June, Belfast

Now in its second year, AVA in Belfast has got the backing of two big B’s behind it. Supported by the city’s second sons, Bicep, and by streaming stars Boiler Room, this year’s line up sports names that showcase the talent Belfast has to offer. Including two of our SoundOf DJs, Or:la and Jordan. You’ll also be able to see two of the biggest names from the emerald isle in Mano Le Tough and Bicep.

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Field Day

11th June, Victoria Park 

Big bad Field Day celebrates its tenth birthday this year. In a decade it has undeniably become the top trump of the London day festival, with a varied and consistent line up that pleases from its headliner right down to the warm up acts who see in the first hits of the day’s rays. This year, they’ve scooped the inimitable James Blake, who will no doubt play to an adoring crowd. Other electronic acts to keep an eye out for are Danny Harle, Four Tet and the masterful pairing of Gerd Janson and Jackmaster.

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More from our 2016 Festival Guide:

Camping Festivals 

Festivals You've Never Heard Of

Student Friendly Festivals

Written by Tamara Roper

27 May 2016