Festival guide for summer 2023 – From Glastonbury and Creamfields to Parklife

As the summer months creep ever closer, prepare to gather your pals, partners and loved ones to make it a year to remember.

Brits up and down the country are getting ready to empty their pockets for what will be the biggest, best summer yet – but only if they can get their hands on those all-important tickets.

Don't be left out and use Daily Star's ultimate festival guide to help you through the summer of 2023.

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Whether you like dance music, food festivals, unique days out or just simply love having a good time, there's something for everyone this summer.

Buckle up, get your savings at the ready, and take a look at what's coming up in the UK throughout the warmer months…

Terminal V

When: 8 April – 9 April

Where: Edinburgh

What: A haven for techno lovers.

Terminal V's 2023 lineup is bound to please any tech-head looking to kick off the festival season with one of the best.

Come up to Scotland and join the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick, Celeste and Kairogen for two days of non-stop partying at the iconic venue at The Royal Highland Centre and Showground.

Guaranteed to be an event to remember, you don't want to miss this!

Teddy Rocks

When: 28 – 30 April

Where: Charisworth Farm Cottage, Blandford Forum

What: "A 3 day family-friendly music event."

Join headliners Feeder, Jake Bugg and The Amazons for a three day music event with a difference.

100% of the profits made from Teddy Rocks are generously donated to charities that help support children with cancer and the ongoing fight for cancer research.

It's not just a festival with a heart, it's a complete experience – enjoy the tunes alongside amazing food options, while enjoying a Badger Beer on the side while the kids play on the rides and laugh in the comedy tents.

Creamfields South and North

When: South 26 May – 28 May, North 24 – 28 August

Where: Chelmsford, Essex

What: A vibrant line-up from both Creamfields' younger sister in the south and the legendary northern festival itself.

Southerners were first given the Creamfields treatment when Creamfields South debuted back in 2022 for the franchise's 25th anniversary.

Any seasoned raver has been to Creamfields and if you haven't? Well, what are you waiting for?

Tiesto, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Chase and Status, Sonny Fodera and Swedish House Mafia – anyone who is anyone will be at Creamfields South, so don't miss out.

North also boasts Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Four Tet, Fatboy Slim and many more.

Grab some tickets from the official website here and make sure you've got your dancing boots because this is one banger you will not want to miss.

Live At Leeds in the Park

When: 27 May

Where: Leeds

What: A festival with a "staggering reputation as one of the leading tastemakers in new music".

Two Door Cinema Club and Kate Nash will be taking the reins at this year's Live At Leeds in the Park instalment.

The epic event has been going for 15 years and is a great chance for festival goers to discover their new favourite band.

Among the lineup are Everything Everything, Black Honey and Crawlers.

Throughout the festival, visitors can also enjoy a VIP area and street food to curb their appetite and feed their endorphins.

Forbidden Forest

When: 2 June – 4 June

Where: Belvoir Castle, Nottinghamshire

What: A hippy hideout for colourful characters.

Full of stages just as wacky as it's partygoers, Glitterbox and Defected play host to some of the biggest names of the weekend.

Think iconic acts such as Groove Armada, Low Steppa and The Shapeshifters, while over on the main stage Andy C, Camelphat, Hybrid Minds, Bru-C and Horse Meat Disco will be playing.

Always a fun time and a chance to slap on your waviest garms, make sure to get on down to Nottinghamshire for your new favourite forest festival.


When: 8 June – 11 June

Where: Donington Park Circuit, Leicestershire

What: "A mammoth five-day rock event, based at the spiritual home of rock."

Dust off your Doc Martens and get your moves ready for Download festival, the annual retreat for any budding rockstar or metalhead.

Some huge names are headlining this year, so make sure you get down to Leicestershire for your yearly dose of live rock music.

Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence and Placebo are all waiting to rock your world this summer.

Festival People

When: 17 June

Where: Barking Park

What: "A fresh new day event hitting East London, celebrating youth culture and community in the Capital."

Rising stars and big names are opening Festival People's doors and inviting anyone and everyone to come on down and party.

Kurupt FM, Holy Goof, Jonas Blue and Ms Banks will also be performing for a day of fun in the sun.

Grab your tickets and get raving as some of the best talent the UK has to offer.


When: 21 June – 25 June

Where: Worthy Farm

What: An eclectic amalgamation of sights and sounds to satisfy the senses.

Prepare to turn to the famous Worthy Farm for the best five days of your life.

An obvious option for partygoers for well over five decades, Glastonbury is a bucket list choice for many seasoned ravers.

Elton John, Gabrielle Aplin and Papaphone are the only confirmed artists so far, but doesn't that add to the fun?

Fans and famous faces alike flock to Worthy Farm to perform, party and peace out so it's always worthwhile – you never know who you'll bump into.

Hampton Court Festival

When: Various dates throughout the summer

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Richmond

What: Two weeks of top artists guaranteed to suit young and old.

The historic Hampton Court Palace needs to be seen to be believed, so it's no wonder that the site plays host to some of the biggest names in the music industry today.

Rick Astley, Grace Jones and Kaiser Chiefs will all be performing across a two-week period.

Come and party in a castle – this is one location you need to visit!


When: 10 June – 11 June

Where: Manchester

What: "The largest metropolitan music festival in the UK."

Parklife is always a good time and during the height of summer, this festival will certainly provide you with that dopamine hit you need.

Get your glad rags on and mosey on down for two days of DJs and dancing with some huge chart-topping names.

This year's lineup includes The 1975, Aitch, Fred Again and Skrillex – it will be huge!


When: 7 July – 9 July

Where: Finsbury Park, London

What: "It's London's ultimate summer music festival."

Wireless is an iconic London festival, meaning it's easily accessible from most parts of the country, so come and join in the fun!

It's always a good time and the vibes will be immaculate – promise.

Travis Scott, 50 Cent and Headie One all grace the lineup this year so make to be there, or be square.

90s Baby

When: 16 July

Where: Manchester City Airport

What: "A huge festival of 90s music is heading to the Manchester City Airport at Barton this summer."

If you've been yearning for the nineties and are desperate for a bit of throwback magic, head on up to Manchester for the ultimate mashup of the year.

Prepare to celebrate arguably the best decade in British pop music with your favourite icons, including heart throb Gareth Gates.

B*Witched, Five, Liberty X, Ultrabeat and Sonique will all be joining the Pop Idol star this year and are hoping to see everyone dressed to the nines in their throwback 90s clobber!


When: 20 July – 23 July

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

What: Glastonbury's younger sister.

Latitude is known for its whimsical setting in the heart of Suffolk, surrounded by trees and lush wildlife.

Party between the forest at nighttime and relax in the heat during the day – this family-friendly festival has it all.

Let Paolo Nutini, George Ezra and Pulp soothe your head while you prepare for a wild night with their resident DJs until the early hours.


When: 4 – 5 August

Where: Town Moor, Newcastle

What: "The North East's largest and most ambitious music festival."

LooseFest is located in "one of the largest inner-city greenspaces in Europe", which spans over a whopping 1000 acres.

It is estimated that a huge 30,000 people will be making their way up to attend each day of the LooseFest weekender, so make sure you are one of them!

The likes of Sean Paul, Chase & Status, Craig David, Patrick Topping and Tinie Tempah will be performing for the excited crowds.


When: 4 – 7 August

Where: Cornbury Park, Charlbury

What: "A four-day boutique festival spanning music, the arts, food and wellbeing."

Set in the idyllic countryside, Wilderness festival is sure to be one festival that will stick with you for life and leave you wanting more.

The lineup includes The Chemical Brothers, Christine and the Queens, Fatboy Slim and the Sugababes, so there will be something for everyone – no matter your tastes.

Camp in style with their luxury accommodation options, including wooden huts that look out onto the sprawling landscape beyond.

WE ARE Fstvl

When: 25 August – 27 August

Where: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster

What: "A huge emphasis on production to create an incredible festival experience."

We Are Festival will play host to some huge names this summer, including Carl Cox, Example, Andy C and Green Velvet among many more.

Get ready for some fun in the sun with your pals at the huge Upminster location.

Top tip – dress your best, as this festival is a hot spot for anyone who is anyone in the influencer world so you might just spot a celeb!

Reading and Leeds

When: 25 – 27 August

Where: Reading and Leeds

What: A simultaneous music event that erupts the UK.

Reading and Leeds will host vocal powerhouse Billie Eilish, Foals, The Killers and Lewis Capaldi across the weekend as campers and day ticket holders join together.

Partygoers up and down the country can enjoy their favourite artists at the same weekend at the iconic festivals that have earned legendary status.

If you've never been to either, make 2023 the year you change that forever.

Big Feastival

When: 25 – 27 August

Where: Cotswolds

What: "The ultimate feel good, family friendly, food and music festival."

Get yourself down to Alex James Farm for a mega weekend of good vibes, good music and good food with some of the biggest names in the business.

Tom Grennan will be headlining along with Example and a DJ set from Faithless.

Michelin star chefs are ready to cook up a storm for festivalgoers and family entertainment is at the ready to keep the little ones occupied in the sun.

All Points East

When: 18 August – 27 August

Where: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

What: An eclectic mash-up of brilliant artists from every genre.

All Points East is a unique type of festival – each day provides partygoers with genres to suit any and all tastes.

Grab your tickets for one or multiple days to have your world well and truly rocked by the revolutionary idea.

Among the lineup for 2023 are Stormzy, The Strokes, Aphex Twin and Girl in Red.


When: 1 – 3 August

Where: Norwich, Norfolk

What: "UK bass and pop music festival, bringing some of the best artists in the scene to its home at the Norfolk Showground."

Norfolk is known for its idyllic beaches and quaint seaside towns, but those East Anglians sure know how to party.

Once a year Sundown festival sets up in the heart of Norfolk for a mad weekender of tunes, sunshine and dancing with your pals.

This year's lineup includes huge names such as Chase and Status, Tion Wayne, Hybrid Minds, Dimension and Nia Archives, so Sundown is definitely one to add to your roster in 2023!

Hospitality in the Woods

When: 18 September – 19 September

Where: Beckenham Place Park, London

What: "Hospitality in The Woods is a one-day Drum & Bass summer spectacular."

For something completely unique, Hospitality in the Woods is the place to be.

End your summer with a bang and extend out those summer vibes as Camo and Krooked take to the stage with pals Netsky, High Contrast and Flava D.

DnB heads, you will not want to miss out – get down here any way you can.

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