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….
PIXIES @ BLUEDOT.
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
STEREOPHONICS @ Y NOT?
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
Other highlights: Clean Bandit, Slaves, Jake Bugg & Maximo Park
Tickets: weekend pass £104.50
FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS @ ONBLACKHEATH
OnBlackheath prepares for Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ block-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.
THE LIBERTINES @ TRAMLINES
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
MUMFORD & SONS @ LATITUDE
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
THE SPECIALS @ BOOMTOWN FAIR
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
MADNESS @ VICTORIOUS
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
JAMES @ HOPE & GLORY
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.