UK's 2024 Music Festivals: May's Full Guide

UK's 2024 Music Festivals: May's Full Guide

As spring blooms across the United Kingdom, music enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the arrival of festival season, marking the beginning of unforgettable weekends filled with electrifying performances, vibrant atmospheres, and unforgettable memories. With an array of festivals showcasing diverse genres and top-tier talents, there's something for every music lover to experience. Let's delve into the line-ups of some of the most anticipated music festivals happening across the UK in 2024, from May through September.

MAY 2024

Liverpool Sound City

When: May 4-5

Where: Multiple venues, Liverpool

Kicking off the festival season is Liverpool Sound City, known for its eclectic mix of emerging and established artists across various venues in the vibrant city of Liverpool. This year's line-up features an exciting array of talents including Caity Baser, The Snuts, Antony Szmierek, and many more. With tickets starting from £39, music enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the pulsating beats and dynamic performances.

The Great Escape

When: May 15-18

Where: Brighton Beach, Brighton and Hove

The Great Escape promises a thrilling musical journey along Brighton's scenic beachfront, showcasing an impressive line-up of both rising stars and established acts. Attendees can groove to the tunes of BabyMorocco, Cardinals, and Eaves Wilder among others. Tickets start from £100 for the full festival experience, offering a weekend of discovery and excitement.

Shindig Festival

When: May 23-26

Where: Dillington Estate, Somerset

For those craving a fusion of music and escapism, Shindig Festival beckons with its immersive experience set amidst the picturesque Dillington Estate. Groove Armada (DJ set), Brand New Heavies, and Kurupt FM are just a few highlights from this year's line-up. Weekend tickets start from £200, promising a celebration of music and community under the open skies.


When: May 24-26

Where: Upminster, London

We Are FSTVL transforms Upminster into a playground for electronic music aficionados, boasting an impressive line-up of world-renowned DJs and performers. From Eric Prydz to Gorgon City and Jamie Jones, the festival promises an unforgettable weekend of pulsating beats and electrifying performances. Tickets start from £85, offering access to an immersive dance music experience.

Bearded Theory

When: May 23-26

Where: Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Catton Hall, Bearded Theory offers a unique blend of music, arts, and community spirit. This year's line-up features diverse acts such as Jane’s Addiction, Amyl and the Sniffers, and Future Islands, promising a weekend of eclectic sounds and unforgettable moments. Tickets start from £220, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the festival's vibrant atmosphere.


When: May 24-26

Where: Peckham Rye Park, London

GALA brings the vibrant spirit of Peckham to life with its eclectic mix of music, art, and culture. From Sherelle to Midland and Octo Octa, the festival showcases a diverse line-up of DJs and live performers. With tickets starting from £39.50, attendees can groove to the sounds of electronic music against the backdrop of Peckham's lush greenery.

Wide Awake Festival

When: May 25

Where: Brockwell Park, London

Wide Awake Festival offers a day of musical exploration amidst the tranquil surroundings of Brockwell Park. With an eclectic line-up featuring Slowdive, Young Fathers, and Ben UFO, attendees can expect an immersive journey through alternative and experimental sounds. Tickets start from £64.50, promising a day of sonic discovery and artistic expression.

Live At Leeds: In The Park

When: May 25

Where: Temple Newsam Park, Leeds

Live At Leeds: In The Park invites music enthusiasts to bask in the sunshine while enjoying a diverse line-up of acclaimed artists. From The Kooks to Declan McKenna and The Cribs, the festival promises a day of energetic performances and infectious melodies. Tickets start from £62.50, offering a perfect way to celebrate the vibrant music scene of Leeds.

Love Saves The Day

When: May 25-26

Where: Ashton Court, Bristol

Love Saves The Day transforms Ashton Court into a vibrant playground for music lovers, showcasing an eclectic mix of genres and talents. With acts like CamelPhat, The Streets, and Rudimental on the line-up, attendees can dance the weekend away to their favourite beats. Tickets start from £67.64, inviting festival-goers to experience the magic of Love Saves The Day.

Cross The Tracks

When: May 26

Where: Brockwell Park, London

Cross The Tracks celebrates the rich tapestry of black music and culture with a line-up featuring iconic artists such as Erykah Badu and BADBADNOTGOOD. From soulful melodies to infectious rhythms, the festival promises a day of celebration and unity. Tickets start from £54.50, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the vibrant sounds of Cross The Tracks.

Forbidden Forest

When: May 31-June 2

Where: Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Forbidden Forest invites adventurers to delve into a world of electronic music set amidst the enchanting surroundings of Belvoir Castle. With a line-up boasting the likes of Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, and Green Velvet, the festival promises an unforgettable journey through pulsating beats and immersive soundscapes. Tickets start from £75 for day tickets and £160 for weekend camping, offering a weekend of musical exploration and adventure.

Wychwood Festival

When: May 31-June 2

Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

Wychwood Festival offers a family-friendly celebration of music, arts, and culture amidst the scenic surroundings of Cheltenham Racecourse. With a line-up featuring Texas, Ocean Colour Scene, and Sister Sledge, the festival promises a weekend of infectious rhythms and unforgettable performances. Tickets start from £159.50 for adult weekend with camping and £44.50 for day tickets, inviting families and music lovers of all ages to come together and create lasting memories.

Stay tuned for Part 2 covering the music festivals happening in June, July, August, and September!

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