Thinking about festival season 2016 now might feel a little bit like shops playing Christmas songs in September, but it pays to be clued up and prepared when it comes to getting the best deals on tickets for the line-ups best suited to you. With the first line-up announcements starting to flood in, we’ve rounded up everything we know about next year’s summer bashes here.
WHICH LINE-UPS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ANNOUNCED?
Names have been confirmed for Isle of Wight, Download, Field Day, The Great Escape, ATP, British Summer Time in Hyde Park and T In The Park.
T In The Park has The Stone Roses, The 1975, The Courteeners and Disclosure.
Isle Of Wight has confirmed Queen & Adam Lambert, Stereophonics and Faithless.
Download has Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Korn, Nightwish, Disturbed, Deftones and Megadeth.
WHEN ARE LINE-UPS BEING ANNOUNCED?
Reading & Leeds announce their first headliner tomorrow (December 3), and tend to release information in drips as anticipation builds. Glastonbury normally announce their full line-up until a couple of months before the event. Latitude is normally announced around March, as is V Festival. Look out for announcements around Bestival around February.
WHEN DO TICKETS FOR THE BIG ONES GO ON SALE?
T In The Park tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9am, while Glastonbury’s already sold out. Most of the other major festivals have already put tickets for their events on sale – V, Latitude, Reading & Leeds and Bestival included – and many offer early bird deals that you may be able to take advantage of if you get in quick.
WHAT EARLY BIRD OFFERS ARE STILL AVAILABLE?
Bestival’s is still ongoing, offering adult weekend tickets for £190.
WHICH FESTIVALS ARE OFFERING DEPOSIT SCHEMES?
Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, Bestival and Latitude let you pay a deposit for your ticket and then pay it off in one or more further instalments spread out across the year, making rising ticket prices more manageable. If you don’t pay off the total amount for a set deadline, then your ticket will be cancelled and the money refunded.
HAVE ANY FESTIVALS SOLD OUT ALREADY?
WHICH BANDS WILL BE DOING THE CIRCUIT NEXT SUMMER?
To get a good idea of who else could be making up next summer’s festival season, take a look at European bashes, many of which have already announced a healthy chunk of their line-ups.
Foals, New Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wiz Khalifa are among those you can catch at Denmark’s Roskilde, while the Chilis and Wiz are also confirmed for Poland’s Open’er, alongside Florence + The Machine.
Many acts booked for European festivals make the trip over to the UK too, so expect to see many of these names on our bills next summer too.
WHICH BANDS ARE LIKELY TO FILL THE HEADLINER SLOTS?
Again, Europe’s a good indicator of who’ll be topping bills over on these shores. The Chili Peppers and Foals are likely, and there are lots of established bands who’ll be promoting recent albums, such as Coldplay.
WILL ADELE PLAY ANY FESTIVALS?
She famously hates playing festivals and seemed to rule herself out of headlining Glastonbury by saying the crowds were “too big” in a recent interview. Despite that, rumours of her taking one of the top spots on the Pyramid stage have been growing stronger and her recent announcement of an arena tour suggest she’s more willing to play live than she has been in the past.
WHO’S GONNA HEADLINE GLASTONBURY?
Emily Eavis has confirmed that all three headliners confirmed. We’ve rounded up ten of the contenders for the top slots on the Pyramid Stage here, but, with the announcement of their Wembley shows a couple of weeks before, Coldplay look a dead cert to be at Worthy Farm this year. Foo Fighters are also expected to headline at some point, although the Eavises had said they’d already booked 2016’s headliners before Dave Grohl’s broken leg forced the band to pull out at the last minute. If they don’t top the bill next year, expect to see them in 2017 instead.
ARE THERE ANY NEW FESTIVALS?
Scarborough Fair is one of the first newbies to be announced, bringing art and music to the Yorkshire town between May 27-29. There’s no line-up as yet, but it’s run by Joel Levack, who’s previously overseen The Park area of Glastonbury and overseen Port Eliot festival, so it’s got plenty of promise.
Outlines Festival in Sheffield takes place in February with loads of buzzy new acts already confirmed, from The Big Moon to Kagoule and Oscar to Georgia.
IS THERE ANY WAY OF GETTING IN TO GLASTONBURY?
If you haven’t got a ticket, there is slim hope offered by the resale, at which tickets held by those who paid the deposit but missed the deadline to pay the full amount are released to the public.
If you don’t want to chance the resale, then why not work for your ticket? We’ve got all the info you’ll need right here.
WHEN’S THE GLASTONBURY TICKET RESALE?
The deadline to pay for your tickets in full is in April 2016, so expect the resale to happen before the end of May. Keep an eye on Glastonbury’s Twitter feed for news.
WILL T IN THE PARK RETURN TO ITS NEW SITE AT STRATHALLAN?
As it stands, yes. Last year the festival put in place environmental measures to protect nesting ospreys nearby, and were given approval by Perth and Kinross council to hold the event at their new home of Strathallan Castle.
Many fans weren’t impressed with the new site, with some commenting on severe delays leaving the site and saying the arena was “either too small or badly laid out” with “bottle-necks between stages”. Festival organisers apologised for the problems attendees faced, tweeting: “We’re working hard to fix the things that went wrong & we’ll issue more info asap to try & minimise any delays going forward.”