Now that’s officially summer (we’ve had a few days of sunshine at least), music lovers around the Midlands can look forward to a wealth of festivals – check out our guide of who’s on where, and when:
Bearded Theory: May 21-24
Taking place in the rather lovely surroundings of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire, this family-friendly festival’s line-up includes James, The Mission and New Model Army as headliners. Tickets: £87 for adults, £45 for kids aged 12-16 and £20 for kids aged 6-11.
Outbreak Festival: May 23-24
Taking place over the bank holiday weekend at Donington Park, Castle Donington, this all-electric extravaganza features some of the biggest names in EDM including Armand Van Helden, Gorgon City, Roger Sanchez, Danny Howard and more. Tickets: £85 for weekend tickets (£99 VIP), £49.50 for day tickets (£65 VIP).
Dot To Dot Nottingham: May 24
The multi-city festival is also taking place in Manchester and Bristol over the weekend, but on Sunday, May 24, it’s in Nottingham, headlined by local lad Saint Raymond (pictured below). The urban event also features Rae Morris, Swim Deep and stacks of uber-cool new acts playing at venues around the city. Tickets: £25.
Slam Dunk Festival: May 25
Like Dot To Dot, Slam Dunk, held around Wolverhampton Civic, is a multi-city site. Big names heading to the punk and rock event are You Me At Six, Taking Back Sunday, Architects and Don Broco. Tickets: £39.
No Tomorrow Festival: June 6-7
Taking place at Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire, this two-day event is headlined by John Newman and Jessie Ware, with DJ Fresh, James Bay, Nick Mulvey and many more playing over the weekend. Tickets: £65 for the weekend (£125 VIP).
Download: June 12-14
This is the festival for all you metalheads out there. The spiritual home of rock – Donington Park – welcomes Slipknot, Muse and Kiss to the three-day event, which also features classic rock acts Motley Crue, Judas Priest (who played the first-ever Monsters Of Rock in 1980) and Thunder, as well as new acts like Fearless Vampire Killers, Mallory Knox and more. Tickets: From £180 for a weekend ticket or £75 for a day ticket.
110 Above (Lainfest): June 19-22
This intimate, independent three-day live music festival held is at Gopsall Hall Farm, Leicestershire. Lucy Rose, Bipolar Sunshine, Amber Run and more will be playing, and the event boasts glamping for those who prefer their festival experience a little more sophisticated, and a separate family camping area. Tickets: £59 for adults, £54 for students, £38 for kids aged 12-15, under-12s are free.
Forest Live at Sherwood Pines: June 26-28
If you do down to the woods in June… you can enjoy three nights of great live music. Performing in Nottinghamshire are Tom Odell, Rae Morris and Alfie Connor (Friday, June 26), The Vamps, Union J, The Tide and Hometown (Saturday, June 27) and Paloma Faith and Liam Bailey (Sunday, June 28). Tickets: from £32.50.
Forest Live at Cannock Chase: July 10-12
The Forest Live concerts continue over in Cannock with Paloma Faith (pictured below) and Liam Bailey (Friday, July 10), Robert Plant And The Sensational Shape Shifters and Nugent & Belle (Saturday, July 11) and Tom Odell, Rae Morris and The Beach (Sunday, July 12). Tickets: from £32.50.
Stainsby Festival: July 17-19
This small rural folk festival is family-friendly and takes place in the heart of the small Derbyshire village of Stainsby. There’s live music, featuring Skinny Lister, Brass Monkey and more, as well as loads of events for children throughout the weekend. Tickets: £55 for adults, £30 for children.
Splendour: July 18
Wollaton Hall is once again the backdrop for a music festival as this one-day event welcomes The Special, James, Bananarama, Jess Glynne and Amber Run and many more to Nottinghamshire. Tickets: £48.40 (£37.40 with City Card) for adults, £37.40 (£22 with City Card) for children aged 11-17, under-10s go free.
Barefoot Festival: July 24-26
Another family-friendly festival which encourages attendees to embrace the great outdoors. Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, the event focuses more on performing arts and wellbeing workshops, and there will be everything from burlesque dancing to yoga. Weekend tickets: £85 for adults, £35 for kids aged 5-16, under-5s go free. Day tickets: £25 (Friday), £35 (Saturday), £30 (Sunday) for adults, £15 (Friday), £20 (Saturday), £15 (Sunday) for kids aged 5-16, under-5s go free.
Indietracks: July 24-26
Combining indie pop and steam trains, this quirky festival takes place at the Midland Railway Centre in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. Performing will be Cinerama, The Go! Team, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Euros The Childs and more over three days. Tickets: £75 (weekend)/£39 (day) for adults, £10 (weekend)/£6 (day) kids aged 5-14, under-5s go free.
Y Not Festival: July 31-Aug 2
Snoop Dogg, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx headline this three-day event in the heart of the Peak District. The line-up is pretty enviable, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary. Tickets: £89.50 for the weekend, under-12s go free (as long as they’re with an adult, obviously).
Bloodstock: August 7-9
Like a mini Download, this event is for metal fans only! Bands including Trivium, Within Temptation, Rob Zombie, Opeth, Napalm Death and more will descend upon Walton on Trent for three days of metal mayhem. Tickets: £142 for adults, £9 for kids aged 4-11, under-4s go free.
V Festival: August 22-23
One of the biggest festivals in the Midlands, V Festival offers plenty of pop and rock acts including Kasabian (pictured above), Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, The Stereophonics and many more over two days at Weston Park, Staffordshire. The comedy stage features Frankie Boyle, Russell Kane and Nick Helm. Tickets: £189 for the weekend, £89 for a day ticket.
Off The Tracks Festival: September 4-6
Finally, it seems a summer of music will draw to an end with a weekend of fun back at Donington Park – this time at the Farmhouse Hotel. The line-up features Dreadzone and The Dub Pistols and more. Tickets: £80 for adults, £45 for kids aged 12-16, under-12s go free.
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