The Best Music Festivals Of 2016

Thursday, 16 June 2016  |  Admin

It’s almost summer time and with lots of sun (if the British weather holds up!) there's nothing better than watching some live music festivals. There are so many festivals happening within such a short time frame you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to watch this summer. Don't worry though, we’ve highlighted all the best festivals for you to watch over the summer period.


Glastonbury Festival

 Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury is one of the oldest and largest music festivals in the UK. The festival first started in the 70’s with only a few hundred attendees and over the years has grown to a gigantic 150,000+. It is currently the largest greenfield music festival in the world and attracts big headline acts from all different genres. This year the festival will run from 22nd to 26th June and will feature many top headline acts such as rock band Muse, solo artist Adele and Coldplay. Glastonbury is the most popular festival due to its diverse range of acts as there is always something for everybody. Coverage of the event will be available on the BBC including a live stream of different stages online. If you can’t watch everything live then dont worry lots of the artists acts will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.




Tomorrowland is one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world taking place in Belgium. The festival has been held since 2005 but has since become one of the most notable global music festivals due to their headline acts and incredible stages. The festival takes place on 22nd to 24th of July this year and features headline acts such as Alesso, Armin van Buuren and David Guetta. In previous years the festival has attracted 180,000 visitors over the 3 days and this year is no exception. To watch Tomorrowland you will need to check the website during the festival as there will be several links to watch the event live. There will also be highlights on YouTube after the event with an epic official aftermovie.


T In the Park

 T in the park

T in the Park is a major Scottish music festival that has been held annually since 1994. It is named after its main sponsor the brewing company Tennents. The festival will take place on 8th to 10th July and will feature headline acts such as The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The event attracts over 70,000 campers and over 250,000 visitors over the length of the festival. Highlights of the event are available on BBC iPlayer while there is a also a convenient livestream you can watch on the BBC website.


V Festival

 v festival stage

Later on in the year near the end of summer is the V festival. The V represents the Virgin Group with the event itself being sponsored by Virgin Media. The festival takes place on 20th to 21st of August and will feature headline acts such as Justin Bieber, Faithless and Sia. The event is held simultaneously at two parks which share the same list of acts. One venue is in Hylands Park in Chelmsford and the other is in Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Originally launched as a rock music festival a wide range of musical genres have been accepted and in recent years pop acts have become more common. The festival will be broadcast live on Channel 5 and MTV UK which are available through the Virgin Media.


Reading and Leeds Festival

 reading and leeds festival

The Reading and Leeds festival is currently the UK’s oldest and longest running music festival. Originally founded back in 1961 under the National Jazz Festival the event has since been remained. The Reading and Leeds festival is famous for its blend on alternative, indie, punk and metal genres. The event takes place at two different locations simultaneously like the V festival. The capacity at the Reading site is around 87,000 and is the oldest site starting back in 1971. The Leeds festival has a slightly lower capacity of 75,000 and was introduced in 1999. The event takes place in late August from 26th to 28th and features headline acts such as Foals, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro. Due to the popularity of the event live coverage is available on BBC iPlayer although it's just the Reading festival that is televised.


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