There’s nothing glamorous about Day 3 of a festival. You’ve run out of wet wipes, everything is covered in mud, you’ve lost at least one valued possession (or person), and the toilets are basically a no-go area… So it’s no surprise that the past few years have seen a whole host of one-day festivals emerging. You just turn up, have a great time, and stumble off to the comfort of your own accommodation afterwards.
Just because you don’t want to test the depths of your personal hygiene, doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy the very best of the festival experience. There are one-day festivals all over the UK to suit every musical taste – from rock music to swing dance. Take your pick from these great one-day music festivals in the UK for 2015…
Electric Daisy Carnival
Location: Milton Keynes
Date: 11 July
The uber-glamorous Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC to its mates) is going global with a string of appearances in exotic locations: Orlando; Brazil; and of course, Milton Keynes.
Yes, Milton Keynes will play host to some of the biggest names in dance music (headliners include Hardwell, Tiësto and Steve Aoki), as well as EDC’s signature art installations, funfairs, and a truly epic firework display at the end of the night. There are no plans for the festival to return to the UK in the next couple of years, so catch it while you can!
Date: 25 July and 26 July
For its second anniversary, MADE is taking things up a notch by offering not one but two one-day festivals in Birmingham’s trendy Digbeth Triangle. Day one sees acts such as MK, Wilkinson and Norman Jay performing from midday until midnight, followed by the official ‘MADE…My Night’ after party which goes on until 6am. On day two, cure your hangover with the newly-created MADE Food and Drink festival, where you can feast on locally sourced street food, craft beers and real ale.
Location: Hatfield House
Date: 1 August
Hatfield House is best known for its historical links to the British monarchy (Queen Elizabeth 1 once lived there), but on 1 August, it will play host to a very modern festival of underground and house music. Three stages will host electronica stars such as Boddika, Jamie Jones, DJ EZ and Floorplan, while the huge estate grounds will be treated as one non-stop party. Keep your ears open for details on the infamous Eastern Electrics Pillow Fight.
Location: Clapham Common, South London
Date: 4 July 2015
Calling Festival scored another coup this year when it signed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as its headline act, and the rest of the lineup reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the 2015 festival circuit: Echo & the Bunnymen; The Hives; Modest Mouse; Wolf Alice and Ryan Adams.
The only downside is the location. Clapham Common is a busy area at the best of times, even without several thousand festival goers stumbling out into the dark. Having said that, you can beat the crowds by booking accommodation to the south of London and checking train times in advance.
The Social Festival
Location: Maidstone, Kent
Date: 12 September
This boutique festival is achingly hip. The one-day ‘Summer Social’ festival (there is also a winter edition) boasts great food (all locally sourced); great fun (check out the carnival rides); and great music. This year’s top names include house and techno legends Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler, as well as emerging talent such as Richy Ahmed and DJ Tennis.
Extravaganza at Glastonbury Abbey
Date: 9 August
The ‘other’ Glastonbury festival – except this one is decidedly low key. Held in the historical surroundings of Glastonbury Abbey, the Extravaganza has limited tickets and always sells out early. Organizer Michael Eavis has a knack for attracting the biggest names in the industry, and previous headliners have included Robert Plant and George Ezra. This year, soul legend Ray Davies is headlining, along with Joan Armatrading and The Shires.
Lounge on the Farm
Location: Merton Farm, Canterbury
Date: 2 August
For its ninth anniversary, Lounge on the Farm is sticking to what it does best: chilled out music in a chilled out setting. Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Courtney Pine are headlining this year, but veteran Loungers will know that the best thing about this festival is the laid back atmosphere and the amazing array of locally sourced, organic food which is on offer all over the farm.
Location: New House Farm, near Gatwick Airport
Date: 9 August
If you like UV lights, this is the festival for you. The aptly-named UV Festival is all about the glow sticks, the neon face paint and the dramatic Ultra-Violet light rig which illuminates the farm at night.
By day, guests can just chill out on a farm by Gatwick Airport listening to ambient electronica while getting gently drunk at the cheap festival bar. By night, let go of your inhibitions and party until sunrise, as international jet liners fly low over your head.
Location: Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Date: 16 August
Fans of nostalgia will love Flashback Festival – the only place on earth where the 80s are still alive….for one day, at least.
Held in the National Trust’s stunning Clumber Park, it is a tribute to all things retro, with headliners such as Jason Donovan, Marx Almond, Soul II Soul and The Human League. The massive success of previous years has convinced organisers to put on a second day this year dedicated to the 70s– Flashback Friday features performances by Sister Sledge, Boney M and Hot Chocolate.
Freshen up your perm, dust off your shoulder pads and BYO-Black Forest Gateau.
Location: Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead
Date: 3 August
Swing music is one of those ‘love it or hate it’ things. But if you love it, then this festival is for you. Summertime Swing is all about jive and swing music, and on its tenth anniversary it’s only getting more popular! Jive Aces (of Britain’s Got Talent fame) are curating this year’s event, and as well as the usual live performances, dance-offs and ukuleles, there is also a vintage fair and plenty of food and drink options.