These iconic music festivals are worth visiting in the UK

The United Kingdom has no shortage of music festivals, but the most anticipated hold many surprises. Read on to find out more.

When it comes to music festivals, the UK obviously comes to mind. Just like there is Coachella in the US, in the UK there is a long list of some of the best music festivals that cannot be ignored. The highly anticipated music festivals mostly take place in the summer when the music is on and concert-goers are ready to swing. The UK has a long history of iconic music festivals, from classical to rock and hip hop, the list goes on. If you want to mingle with like-minded people and experience British culture, consider going to one of the UK’s most iconic music festivals. It’s time to set the schedule and get ready for the next music festival.

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Glastonbury Festival

The electrifying Glastonbury Festival is not only the most iconic festival in the UK, but also the one in the world attended by thousands of music and art lovers. This five-day music festival takes place in Somerset. What started in the 1970s, where a bunch of hippies mingled with cows and got free milk while watching psychedelic rock band T Rex on stage, has now become an iconic music festival for revelers. We can expect to swing on a varied musical genre, from techno to rock and pop, including drum ‘n’ bass at full throttle. The event featured a musical lineup including popular artists and bands such as Kylie Minogue, David Bowie, Stromzy and The Killers. This event is so huge that it is broadcast on television and covered by many radio stations. Only the lucky ones get the chance to witness it live while camping there, which is why it’s important to book a ticket in advance.

Along with amazing live music, there are a lot of cool things going on at the event. There are programs that are organized like comedy, circus, theater and cabaret. In addition to this, there are tarot card reading, yoga and meditation sessions. The park scene itself becomes lively with different vibrant backdrops, for example, the iconic Ribbon Tower is a great place to view the breathtaking view of the surroundings. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the love of music and art and mingle with like-minded people.

  • Ticket cost: $349.17
  • Tips: To avoid flooding (in case of wet weather) choose a place upstream. And bring a raincoat and wear rubber boots to tackle the rain and mud.

BBC Proms

Those who are fans of classical music or ‘serious music’ like Robert Newman, the brainchild of The Proms might call it a witness to the sheer beauty of this musical genre at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This classical music festival is usually held in the summer and lasts up to eight weeks in different venues. Prom, which is a short-lived “promenade concert”, was originally called outdoor concerts, where the public listened to music while strolling through London’s pleasure gardens. Today, Promming means standing in the Arena or Gallery areas of the Royal Albert Hall while listening to live music.

Founder Robert Newman was known for bringing classical music closer to British audiences. This concept was first introduced in France in the 1830s and was later introduced to the UK. In the 19th century, Sir Henry Wood, the conductor, performed for almost half a century. Today, one can experience true British culture by attending this iconic musical event. It is also broadcast on TV, radio and BBC iPlayer.

  • Ticket cost: $9
  • Main location: Royal Albert Hall in central London

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love box festival

Originally held in 2002, the Lovebox Festival has attracted many music lovers across the UK to enjoy the best hip hop, RnB and rap music. This highly anticipated music festival is co-founded by the famous Groove Armada and has been one of London’s top music festivals since its inception. It has so far featured many of the best performances from Loyle Carner, Four Tet and Solange. It is a three-day festival that includes many activities such as body painting, sale of vintage items, food and drink.

  • Day ticket: $90.45
  • To note: This is a 16+ music event

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