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It's the 1st of May and the sleeping giant that is the UK festival season is stirring. In just a few weeks, you and your crew will be donning unnecessary sunglasses, swigging tins and dancing in the mud to the best music in the world.

These are the festivals we'll be losing mates at this summer.

24th - 26th May | Upminster

We Are FSTVL

We Are FSTVL is always the perfect way to kick off the festival season - that extra recovery day on the bank holiday always helps! This year they've sorted a huge lineup which includes Apollonia, Armand Van Helden, Andy C, Basement Jaxx, The Black Madonna and Chase & Status.

3rd - 4th August | Morden

Eastern Electrics

We're back at our beloved Eastern Electrics this year, holding down the VIP stage with Paul Woolford, Infinity Ink, Ejeca, Pax and The Menendez Brothers. Elsewhere you can catch MK, Claptone, Orbital, Skream, Hannah Wants, Elvin Zedo (DJ EZ's new house & techno project), Sam Divine, and many more.

3rd August | Trent Park

51st State

London's biggest house music festival returns to Trent Park bigger and better than ever. Vibes will be provided by Barbara Tucker, Crazy P, Dimitri From Paris, Dennis Ferrer, Kevin Saunderson, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Terry Hunter, Todd Terry and more. We'll be hosting the official after party at the club too! Get tickets for that here.

8th - 11th August | Norfolk

Houghton

It's rare for such a young festival to become so well respected, but Houghton - now in its 3rd year - is already one of the most capable pair of hands in the UK festival scene. The 24-hour music license goes a long way to capturing our hearts, but the thoughtful programming, beautiful location and impressive art installations make it truly unmissable. The lineup for 2019 is still under wraps, but expect extended sets from some underground favourites.

27th July | Edinburgh & 17th August | London

elrow Town

The UK gets a double-dose of elrow Town this year, with big shows in London and Edinburgh. elrow Town is always the most visually ambitious event from the most visually ambitious brand in the scene so expect to be wowed. With Jamie Jones heading up proceedings, the music won't be too bad either.

24th - 25th August | Clapham Common

South West Four

A rite of passage for London clubbers. South West Four have been bringing big bass and bigger beats to the final bank holiday of the summer for almost two decades. The festival goes out of its way to cater to all tastes within electronic music, with stages focusing on house, techno, drum & bass, trance, garage, grime and dubstep. The lineup for 2019 is as monstrous as ever but headliners include Martin Garrix, Craig David, Sigala, Pendulum, Chase & Status, Wiley, Wretch 32 and Noisia.

Don't forget to jump on the Northern Line to keep the party going at Ministry once the final track has dropped.

22nd - 25th August | Lincolnshire

Lost Village

A lot of festivals claim to be immersive these days, but none of them come close to realising a world as vivid as Lost Village. The actors, sets, storyline and weird woodland rituals really make it like no event you've been to before. This year Bicep, Maribou State, Richie Hawtin, Little Dragon and Modeselektor are amongst those soundtracking the weirdest weekend of your life.

30th August - 1st September | Knebworth

Cool Britannia

The UK may be the sick man of Europe once again, but there was a period when being Brittish was very fashionable. Cool Britannia relives the heady days of Brit Pop, superstar DJs and Oasis haircuts. This year we'll be holding down the dance tent with an era-appropriate lineup of dance's heavy hitters including Danny Rampling, Seb Fontaine, Norman Jay MBE, Baby D and Maxi Jazz of Faithless fame.

7th - 8th September | Kent

Wheels & Fins

Like skating? Like surfing? Like raving? Then you need to join us at Kent's stunning Jos Bay this September for Wheels & Fins festival. We're bringing a seriously heavy lineup along for the ride with Noisia, Redlight, DJ Zinc, Killer Hertz and Barely Legal. Catch us in The Bunker on Sunday night, while Hospitality will be holding court on Saturday.

14th September | London

Defected London

Our pals over at Defected are launching their first London festival this year with 5 stages of music taking in Defected, Glitterbox, 4 to the Floor, Classic Music Company and Divine Sounds. The lineup is chock-full of your house and disco favourites including Masters at Work, Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter, Todd Edwards, Todd Terry and Horse Meat Disco.

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Matthew Francey

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