A Festival Guide: The Folk Way

Festival season is nearly upon us but it’s often a decision deciding which to go to. Here’s my guide of some of the best festivals this year!

Glastonbury- 23rd-27th June- Somerset

People are always trying to find ways to criticise Glastonbury, but truth is, you can’t beat it. The line-up is so extensive their is easily something for everyone. The atmosphere and size too cannot be beaten. This year is its 40th anniversary so I’d expect surprises around every corner!

Best of the Line-up: Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Vampire Weekend, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Ellen and the Escapades, Local Natives, Midlake, Lissie, The Middle East, could literally go on and on.

Tickets: SOLD OUT but some rumours of another re-sale

Hop Farm- 2-3rd July- Kent

Hop Farm is only a 2-day festival but is totally sponsorship free, and this year has without a doubt one of the most incredible line-ups. Saturday is the folky day, with Bob Dylan as the headliner. Their is also no VIP zone so all the acts mix with the festival-goers.

Best of the Line-up: Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Ray Davies, Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn

Tickets: Friday- £45, Saturday £65, 2 days- £110, Camping- £25

Green Man- 20-22nd August- South Wales

I am in love with this festival line-up! It’s also set in one of the most beautiful places in the UK, sounds pretty perfect! If you are an unsigned band they are also running a competition, giving you the chance to play. Their have been some pretty good entries so far, i’ll do a feature on that at some point.

Best of the Line-up: Joanna Newsom, Beirut, Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, First Aid Kit, Matthew and the Atlas, and Johnny Kearney and Lucy Farrell.

Tickets: Weekend Camping £120, NUS £104, Teen £50

Summer Sundae- 13-15th August- Leicester

Quite uniquely set in a park in the middle of Leicester city, this boutique festival includes a rather folk filled line-up this year!

Best of the Line-up: Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Fanfarlo, Ellen and the Escapades, Lissie, The Low Anthem, Local Natives and Slow Club

Latitude-15-18th July- Suffolk

Last year the line-up was pretty poor, so this year they look to have gone all out, and its incredible! The whole place seems lovely too!

Best of the Line-up: Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian, Vampire Weekend, Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, The XX, Noah and the Whale, The Middle East, First Aid Kit and Midlake.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

End of the Road- 10-12th September- Dorset

The alternative ender for the festival season, rivalled only by Bestival, which also boasts a pretty good line-up this year. End of the Road is a tiny festival in gardens covered in fairy lights and a lovely selection of folk from every angle.

Best of the Line-up: Iron & Wine, The Low Anthem, The Antlers, Diane Cluck, Johnny Kearney and Lucy Farrell and Freelance Whales

Tickets: £130 for a weekend, £120 for youth

Isle of Wight- 11-13th June- Newport, Isle of Wight

The proper hippie deal from a big and friendly festival. I think this is possibly the best headliners from any major festival as it includes the Strokes and Paul McCartney.

Best of the Line-up: Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, Noah and the Whale and Marina and the Diamonds

Tickets: Weekend with camping £150

If anyone has any more lovely folky festivals that they think should be added to the guide, let me know and I’ll add it! Hope everyone is as excited about summer as me!

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3 responses to “A Festival Guide: The Folk Way

  1. Natalie

    you have any idea if johnny flynn is playing glastonbury? i can’t see anywhere that he is, but he’s played for the last 2 years.. he’s getting bigger and i expected to see him again :[[

    • flyingwithanna

      I expect he will be just maybe on a smaller stage that’s not been announced yet. If the Greenpeace stage is running again he may be headlining that, last year they had Marling/Mumford but they’re on bigger stages this year so maybe Johnny Flynn will take their place there this year. I will keep you posted if I find anything out!

  2. Cambridge Folk Festival is a great one too, i’ve been going there since I was little. Lissie is there this year and Mumford And Sons, Laura Marling and Noah In The Whale have made appearences in the past. Wish I was going to one of those festivals above though! x

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