Take us back to these six bashes
Festival season might feel like it barely ends these days, but that’s no bad thing. Why would you want to go back to real life after spending weekends in fields, watching tons of great bands with your mates? You voted these nominees for Best Festival supported by ID&C at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 as the six greatest big-hitters of last year, and now it’s time to whittle them down to one overall winner. Remind yourselves of those hazy days of summer ’17 below.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset.
When: June 21-25, 2017.
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran.
Other highlights: Phoenix, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Boy Better Know, Dua Lipa, The xx, and, of course, Jeremy Corbyn’s rousing speech on the Pyramid Stage.
Why you need to go: It’s a rite of passage for any music fan, and it just keeps getting better. Anyone who’s anyone will be on the line-up and when the music ends for the day there’s a ton of weird and wonderful after-hours areas to lose yourself in.
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds.
When: August 25-27, 2017.
Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse.
Other highlights: Bastille, Haim, Halsey, Major Lazer, Charli XCX, and a ton of new bands including Shame, Black Honey, Pale Waves, The Big Moon, and Idles.
Why you need to go: It’s a festival steeped in history, and barely a year goes by where something iconic doesn’t happen.
Where: Donington Park, Leicestershire.
When: June 9-11, 2017.
Headliners: System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith.
Other highlights: Prophets Of Rage, AFI, Creeper, Mastodon, and Slayer.
Why you need to go: It’s the UK’s – if not Europe’s – best rock festival, and they always draw the biggest names ensuring a consistently massive line-up. Plus, the atmosphere is one of the best you’ll experience.
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester.
When: June 10-11, 2017.
Headliners: The 1975, Frank Ocean.
Other highlights: Boy Better Know, Chaka Khan, Anderson .Paak, Danny Brown, Wiley, Sampha, and A Tribe Called Quest playing one of their final shows.
Why you need to go: It’s a two-day bash with the emphasis on throwing a great party. What would you expect from the people behind The Warehouse Project?
Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow.
When: July 7-9, 2017.
Headliners: Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro.
Other highlights: The 1975, Blossoms, Stormzy, Circa Waves, Belle & Sebastian, and rising Scottish acts like The Van T’s showing their mettle.
Why you need to go: Last year was the festival’s inaugural year so it should only get better with time, and everyone knows Scottish crowds are some of the liveliest around.
Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset.
When: September 7-10, 2017.
Headliners: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys.
Other highlights: Jamie T, Kurupt FM, Stefflon Don, and a very broad dressing up theme of colour that turned the festival site into the brightest we saw all summer, despite the rain and mud.
Why you need to go: Bestival’s line-ups are usually a bit more individual than other major festivals, and they’ll usually have some big legends playing who aren’t constantly doing the rounds.