Must-see Festival Performances for 2017

This summer offers up an amazing array of festival performances. Here are 8 must-see festival performances happening in 2017 that will make you want to pack your wellies and hit the fields….

[highlight color=#e90f0f ]PIXIES @ BLUEDOT.[/highlight]

Veteran alt-rockers Pixies need no introduction. In an incredible career spanning more than three decades, the Pixies offer a unique blend of surf, punk and psychedelia and with a reputation for devastating live shows and a penchant for ufology a top slot and northern festival exclusive at bluedot is the perfect fit.

bluedot. is a three-day festival exploring the realms of music, science, technology and the arts, taking place the iconic observatory Jodrell Bank July 2017.

Headliners: Orbital, Pixies & Alt-J

When: 7- 9 July 2017

Where: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Other highlights: Soulwax, Moonlandingz and Warpaint

Tickets: weekend pass £149

[highlight color=#e90f0f ]STEREOPHONICS @ Y NOT?[/highlight]

Welsh rockers Stereophonics have an incredible back catalogue to delve into and with the promise of some brand new material and a reputation for jaw-dropping live performances their headline set at Y Not Festival is going to be a highlight.

If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a number of established artists thrown in for good measure at an intimate and friendly event then Y Not should be the festival on the top of your list.

Headliners: Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines

When: 27-30 July 2017

Where: Derbyshire

Other highlights: Clean Bandit, Slaves, Jake Bugg & Maximo Park

Tickets: weekend pass £104.50

Y Not Festival manages to showcase the big guns of the music industry, right down to the local heroes, up and coming talent and everything in between. A few teething problems with the increased capacity, but overall a superb festival.
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[highlight color=#e90f0f ]FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS @ ONBLACKHEATH[/highlight]

OnBlackheath prepares for Fun LovinCriminalsblock-rocking fusion of hip-hop, funk, blues-jazz and latino soul vibes. Bringing something different from an era dominated by Britpop.

As well as the music this is a festival for food lovers and families with plenty on offer.

Headliners: Travis & The Libertines

When: 9-10 September 2017

Where: London’s Blackheath Common

Other highlights: Seasick Steve, Jake Bugg, Metronomy, De La Soul.

[highlight color=#e90f0f ]THE LIBERTINES @ TRAMLINES[/highlight]

The likely lads are one of the most influential and chaotic indie rock bands of the past 20 years.  The Libertines are guaranteed to deliver a memorable set of classics their performance is sure to be a highlight of the festival season and Tramlines.

A jewel on the Northern calendar for local music fans. Returning to Sheffield with a new-look festival site. The ninth edition of Tramlines will be an exclusively outdoor event, spanning three of Sheffield’s best park spaces and allowing the festival to bring its biggest lineup to date.

Headliners: The Libertines, Metronomy, & Primal Scream

When: 21 – 23 July 2017

Where: Various outdoor spaces and venues in Sheffield city centre

Other highlights: The Coral, The Pharcyde, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists

Tickets: Weekend wristband – £46.20

If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a few established artists thrown in for good measure at venues as diverse as the artists then you can't go wrong with Tramlines.
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[highlight color=#e90f0f ]MUMFORD & SONS @ LATITUDE[/highlight]

Latitude sees British folk rock band, Mumford & Sons take their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover to the festival. Not only performing as a UK Festival Exclusive but presenting their personally curated line up of some of today’s biggest new bands across 4 stages.

Headliners: Mumford & Sons, The 1975 & Fleet Foxes.

When: 13-16 July 2017

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

Other highlights: Two Door Cinema Club, Placebo, Grandaddy

Tickets: Weekend – £205.50, Day – £84.50


[highlight color=#e90f0f ]THE SPECIALS @ BOOMTOWN FAIR[/highlight]

2tone ska legends The Specials have hits that have soundtracked over four decades including; Ghost Town, Message to you Rudy, Too Much Too Young and many more…

Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at the festival, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, bluegrass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. A huge amount of music with over 25 stages. A city-like layout with each “district” having a unique feel, atmosphere and image, that is also reflected in the acts that play the district. This festival is madness, if you have never been before it should be on your bucket list.

Headliners: The Specials, M.I.A. & Cypress Hill

When: 10 – 13 August 2017

Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire

Other highlights: Arrested Development, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Ziggy Marley, Frank Turner, Toots & The Maytals

Tickets: Adult Tier 3 – £202

Boomtown Fair manages to re-capture the spirit of festivals. Edgy and chaotic yet extremely well organised!
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[highlight color=#e90f0f ]MADNESS @ VICTORIOUS[/highlight]

Friday night will feature a huge headline show from Madness at Victorious Festival. The band never fail to get the party started, they have anthems that seem to last forever. 

The festival is held in the spectacular seaside location of Southsea, Portsmouth, overlooking the Solent. Victorious is an amazing family friendly experience with live acts, a free kid’s arena, bustling markets, real ale, real food and an atmosphere not to be missed.

Headliners: Stereophonics, Elbow & Madness

When: 25-27 August 2017

Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth

Other highlights: Jake Bugg, Feeder and Franz Ferdinand

Tickets: prices from £37

[highlight color=#e90f0f ]JAMES @ HOPE & GLORY[/highlight]

Known for their unique and diverse style over their 14 studio releases, James are sure to put one of the performances of the summer in at Liverpool’s Hope & Glory

The new boutique festival is taking over Liverpool’s city centre, hosting an array of live music and entertainment. The festival is set behind St. George’s Hall, in St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street where 12,500 fans can enjoy the festival while indulging in the stunning Victorian backdrop of the World Museum and City Library in a specially created arena.

Headliners: James, Haçienda Classiçal with special Guests Shaun Ryder & Bez (Happy Mondays) & Tim Booth (James)

When: 5 – 6 August 2017

Where: St John’s Gardens, Liverpool

Other highlights: Razorlight, Ocean Colour Scene, The View, Embrace.

Tickets: Weekend Tickets – £89