19 of the biggest UK festival exclusives in 2017

There’s only one chance to see The Killers, Arcade Fire & Foals in the UK this summer

Festival season is heating up, so choose wisely: some of the world’s biggest bands are making just one stop to the UK this summer. They’re being picky, instead of jetting from festival to another. With that in mind, it’s best you find out exactly when and where your favourite act is headed, instead of thinking, “Nah, I’m sure they’ll play a few other places.” Below is an essential guide.



Expect flying saucers, bonkers riffs and enough drone references to make Amazon's next venture void. Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Joining Muse's European exclusive will be Bastille, Danny Brown and Major Lazer, with loads more to be announced.

2The Killers

With a new album on the way, Brandon Flowers and co. are ditching the bright lights of Las Vegas for just one UK stop this summer. Where: BST Hyde Park When: Saturday 8 July Who else is playing? They’re joined by Elbow, Tears For Fears and White Lies. Other confirmed BST headliners include Justin Bieber, Phil Collins, Green Day, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

3Mumford & Sons

It’s a Gentlemen of the Road takeover for Latitude’s second day, with Mumford & Sons curating a day’s worth of festival action. Their only UK festival show of 2017 will see them joined by Baaba Maal. Where: Latitude When: Saturday 15 July Who else is playing? Mumford & Sons curate Latitude on Saturday 15 July – they’re joined by Glass Animals, The Very Best, Jack Garratt and Maggie Rogers.

4Frank Ocean

The reclusive R&B star is bringing ‘Blonde’ to a handful of festivals, including a London exclusive at Victoria Park. Where: Lovebox When: Friday 14 July Who else is playing? More acts will be announced soon for Lovebox’s 15th anniversary.


Readying a new album, this is Kasabian’s second time at the top of the Reading & Leeds bill. According to guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno, they’ll be playing “one of the best tunes” they’ve ever written, called ‘Bless This Acid House’. A new festival anthem in waiting? Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves and Wiley are also on the bill.


Winding down from the almighty ‘What Went Down’ tour, Oxford’s finest are fuelling the fire for just one UK festival in 2017. Where: London Citadel When: Sunday 16 July Who else is playing? Other acts performing at Citadel 2017 will be announced at a later date.

7Major Lazer

Diplo and co. could play parties 24/7, five days a week. But they’re keeping things limited this summer. Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Muse, Bastille, Danny Brown and loads more to be announced.

8Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire’s new album – the follow-up to ‘Reflektor’ – is imminent, coupled with a gigantic world tour that promises to last for years. They’re kicking things off with just one summer show in the UK. Where: Isle of Wight When: Thursday-Sunday, June 08-11 Who else is playing? Kaiser Chiefs and Nothing But Thieves are confirmed, alongside UK exclusive slots from Rod Stewart, David Guetta and Run DMC.

9Aphex Twin

Let’s face it, Richard D. James’ music isn’t purpose-built for soggy fields. But the enigmatic producer is so in demand, the only UK festival to have booked him in 2017 have built a unique indoor stage for the occasion – The Barn. Where: Field Day London When: Saturday June 03 Who else is playing? Run the Jewels, Death Grips and Mura Masa are also confirmed for the Victoria Park weekender.

10At the Drive-In

17 years since ‘Relationship of Command’, At the Drive-In are finally readying a new album. Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey, it promises to be a special return, and they’re reserving the comeback to just one UK festival. Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday- Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Muse, Against the Current, While She Sleeps, Tory Lanez and many more to be announced.

11Fleet Foxes

Six years after their last performance in the UK, folk heroes Fleet Foxes are bringing their long awaited third album to the closing day of Latitude. Where: Latitude When: Sunday 16 July Who else is playing? Fleet Foxes close Latitude’s final day – they’re joined by Loyle Carner, Fatboy Slim and Grandaddy.

12Jimmy Eat World

Reading & Leeds royalty, the legendary Arizona band are making just one UK visit, where they’ll showcase 2016 album ‘Integrity Blues’. Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Alongside several more UK exclusives, While She Sleeps, Against the Current and The Amity Affliction are also on the bill.

13Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Their only European show of 2017 – and their first on these shores since 2012 – expect classics to arrive in spades as they look back on the past 40 years. Where: BST Hyde Park When: Sunday July 09 Who else is playing? Support comes from Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers, with more to be announced.




Harley Streten has risen through the Reading & Leeds ranks – now the Aussie producer is reserving his only UK stop for the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Where: Reading & Leeds When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 Who else is playing? Dance-heads can also enjoy Major Lazer and Fatboy Slim.

16John Cale & guests: The Velvet Underground and Nico

Clarence Dock, Liverpool plays host to one of the most unique performances this festival season. Where: Sound City, Liverpool When: Friday 26 May Who else is playing? Metronomy, Human League, The Kooks, Slaves and Cabbage play the 10th Anniversary of Sound City, running May 25-29.


Legendary hip-hop artist Nas makes a rare UK appearance this summer, blessing Finsbury Park five years on from his most recent album, 2012’s ‘Life is Good’. Where: Wireless When: Sunday 9 July Who else is playing? The Weeknd and Desiigner also play the Sunday, while Skepta and Chance the Rapper appear on Saturday 8 and Friday 7 respectively.


One year on from their 20th anniversary, Placebo show no signs of stopping – they’ll be showcasing 2016’s ‘A Place For Us To Dream’ album, plus highlights from their esteemed career. Where: Latitude When: Friday 14 July Who else is playing? The 1975 headline Latitude on Friday 14 July, joined by The Japanese House, Ride, Goldfrapp and The Horrors.

19Young Thug

Hip-hop’s new breed is led by the wild, unpredictable antics of Young Thug – whether that’s designing iconic art for his ‘JEFFERY’ album or forgetting to turn up to his own ‘Wyclef Jean’ video. He’s an unmissable talent. Where: Wireless When: Saturday 8 July Who else is playing? Young Thug is joined by Sean Paul, Rae Sremmurd, Wiley and Dave on the Saturday leg of Wireless.

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