The hottest festival's hitting the country this summer!

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From the biggest pop and rock headliners to celebrations of food, theatre and everything in between – here are the festivals you need to head to this year.

Boardmasters | Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach | Cornwall
9 – 13 August 2017

Credit: Callum Morse

What’s it all about?

Boardmasters takes over Newquay’s best beaches for a weekend of surf, skate and of course – music! The line-up features a bit of everything, from Two Door Cinema Club to Stormzy, so there’s definitely something for everyone. With two sites to choose from, head down to The Beach Bar at Fistral Beach and chill out whilst watching some of the finest extreme sports in action or hang out at Watergate Bay and enjoy a range of amazing acts as the sun sets.

Ticket prices & info

Weekend Camping: £139
Day Tickets: £49
VIP Tickets: £209
boardmasters.co.uk

V Festival | Weston Park | Staffordshire
19 – 20 August 

Credit: Lauren Maccabee

What’s it all about?

Twenty-two years after it first came onto the festival scene, V has played host to some of the greatest bands and solo artists of all time. This year’s pop-filled line-up includes headline slots from Jay Z and P!nk, plus sets from George Ezra, Ellie Goulding, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Madness, Busted, Rudimental, Sean Paul and The Vamps. If you want to kick back and relax, head to the V Healthy area to chill out on the comfy sofas or make your way over to The Glee Comedy Tent for some belly laughs with Birmingham’s own Joe Lycett, Joel Dommett and Seann Walsh.

Ticket prices & info

Weekend Camping: £189
Weekend Only: £165
Day Tickets: £89
vfestival.com

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Latitude Festival | Henham Park | Suffolk
13 – 16 July

Credit: Lauren Maccabee

What’s it all about?

Held in the beautiful Henham Park, Latitude is one of the more laid-back festivals in our 2017 round-up. Alongside music from Mumford & Sons, The 1975 and Fleet Foxes, Latitude has plenty to explore; make your way to the comedy arena for sets from some of the biggest names in the industry, get your culture fix courtesy of the country’s leading theatre and dance companies, discover the unexpected at Pandora’s Playground or journey deep into the Faraway Forest.

Ticket prices & info

Weekend Tickets: £197.50
Day Tickets: £77.50
latitudefestival.com

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival | Moseley Park
7 – 9 July

What’s it all about?

Bringing some of the best jazz, funk and soul artists to the heart of Birmingham, this annual festival takes over Moseley Park for three days. And with sets from Chaka Khan, Craig Charles and Sugarhill Gang ft. Melle Mel & Scorpio, Mostly Jazz is bringing the party to the park this July. It’s not just music on offer, tuck into some seriously mouth-watering food and award-winning ale from Purity Brewery Company.

Ticket prices & info

Adult Weekend Tickets: £99
Day Tickets: £45
Two Day Tickets: £79
mostlyjazz.co.uk  

The Birmingham Rum Festival | The Cuban Embassy
July 1

What’s it all about?

Embrace your inner pirate at The Birmingham Rum Festival this summer. With 130 rums and live music, you can learn mixology and sample some delicious street food. After its incredibly popular first year, The Birmingham Rum Festival is returning with two rum bars, outdoor areas and a terrace. And if that wasn’t enough, The Drinks Emporium will have just what you need to continue the party at home.

Ticket prices & info

Tickets from £8!
birminghamrumfestival.com  

MADE Festival | The Digbeth Triangle
29 July

What’s it all about?

Standing for The Metropolitan, Arts and Dance Event, MADE serves as a meeting place for electronic music and local street artists, designers and creatives. Outdoor and indoor spaces throughout Digbeth become home to the urban celebration and display some world class entertainment and expertise in music. See a Chase & Status DJ set and acts such as Danny Byrd and Radio 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth, at the exciting summer event.

Ticket prices & info

Tickets from £44!
made-festival.co.uk  

Secret Garden Party | Mill Hill Field | Cambridgeshire
20 – 23 July

What’s it all about?

It’s the end of the era as this year will sadly be Secret Garden Party’s last. One of the more quirky festivals on our list, SGP invites festival-goers to embrace their inner tree-hugging hippy for one last hurrah as its 15-year run comes to an end. Dance the day away at numerous stages, head to The Games Arena for a bit of alternative festival fun, kick back and relax at The Sanctuary or get involved in a host of spectacles and ceremonies. Peace out, Secret Garden Party, we’ll miss you.

Ticket prices & info

Adult Weekend, £190. Make your stay at Secret Garden Party a little more luxurious with Pimp my Garden, offering eight boutique camping options from Bell & Lotus tents to Octopads and Sleep Huts.
secretgardenparty.com 

Green Man | Brecon Beacons
17 -20 August

Credit: Jenna Foxton

What’s it all about?

Bringing all things glorious to the festival season, Green Man is returning to the Brecon Beacons for its 15th year. Offering everything from music, comedy, literature and film Green Man is encased not only in beautiful surroundings, but also within a welcoming community. Get involved in the legendary Settlement Pub Quiz, cook out with meat sold daily from the local butcher, enjoy live entertainment in the Hurly Burly tent and enjoy live music with sets from PJ Harvey, Michael Kiwanuka, The Shins and more.

Stay longer

Want to make the most of what Green Man has to offer? With a Settler’s Pass, you can extend your stay to venture further into depths of the festival. Camp in style at Tangerine Fields or kick back in comfort at Hotel Bell Tent.

Ticket prices & info

Standard tickets: £180 & Settler’s Pass tickets: £225
greenman.net

Reading & Leeds Festival | Richfield Avenue & Bramham Park
25 – 27 August

Fall Out Boy at Reading Festival 2016. Credit: Jen O’Neill

What’s it all about?

There’s no festival quite like Reading and Leeds. Spread across three days, this year’s line-up includes headline sets from Muse, Kasabian, Eminem, Haim, You Me at Six and Fatboy Slim plus slots from Blossoms, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Migos, Major Lazer, Mura Masa, Wiley, Milkey Chance and Anne-Marie. A pure mix of indie, rock and dance music this festival has something for everyone.

Ticket prices & info

Book weekend tickets for Reading and Leeds Festival from £213!
readingandleedsfestival.com 

BE Festival | Birmingham REP
4 – 8 July

What’s it all about?

BE Festival’s programme is filled with theatre, dance, comedy, music, circus, visual and performing artists all held at Birmingham REP. Running across five days, festival-goers can expect a wide selection of impressive performances, from a diverse range of shows.

Ticket prices & info

Week passes start at £60
befestival.org