31 January 2015

A month on from the festivities, we take a look at festivals

For many of us, the Christmas and New Year holiday was a time when we started thinking about the year ahead, from serious things like moving home, hospital operations and career changes to more fun things like buying new cars, getting married, booking holidays and organising a weekend away with friends. We thought we’d have a quick look at some of the music festivals coming up in the UK during 2015.

London international ska festival

Not much is happening festival-wise in the first few months of 2015 so the earliest one which really grabs our attention is this one, partly thanks to its mint location in Camden, one of the coolest parts of London. Multiple venues are involved, including some in swanky Kensington, too. It’s all happening over the Easter weekend, from the 2nd to the 5th of April and plays host to some great ska bands old and new, from Steel Pulse, Rhoda Dakar and The Toasters, to Japanese band Beat Bahnhof and DJs like The Tighten Up Crew and Axis Sound System. Tickets cost from £141 for all four days.

Isle of Wight festival

Firmly part of the calendar, 2015 will be the fourteenth year of the festival, which runs from the 11th to the 14th of June. Tickets are priced from £195 with camping or £180 if you’re a student, and the lineup will see none other than the sensational Pharrell Williams take to the stage. Other acts include Paolo Nutini, The Black Keys and The Prodigy, so it should yet again be another good one!


Not all festivals are put on down south, thank goodness, and especially if you’re into heavy rock, this one’s for you. A whopping total of 150 acts will be on the stage at various points from the 12th to 14th of June and it’s really easy to get to, situated right next to the M1 in Derbyshire. Slipknot, Muse and Marilyn Manson are the headliners and tickets cost from £195 for 3 nights including camping.


If you’re a petrolhead and love your music too, what better way to combine the two things than head to Chris Evans’ respected festival, where you can also tuck into some fantastic food and meet new friends? The northern one featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Texas and The Feeling is from the 31st of July to 2nd of August at Oulton Park in Cheshire. If the southern one’s better for you, it’s on from the 28th til the 30th of August at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire. Early birds have snapped up the first round of tickets already but more should be available around Easter time, so stay tuned for prices.


Dance music fans have always rated this iconic festival, which will this year see 60,000 clubbers once again party the August bank holiday weekend away under the Cheshire sunshine (hopefully!) Early bird tickets are still available as of late December, from £80 for one day to £270 for 3-day hospitality camping. The lineup is still TBA, so stay tuned.

London jazz festival

If you want something a little quieter to light up your autumn, this is always a good one, BBC DJ Jez Nelson calling it “the best jazz festival on the planet”. There will be plenty of opportunities to see some great jazz acts, as it runs from the 13th to the 22nd of November at various venues across London.

If you know of any brilliant music festivals happening in your local area, we’re all ears. Tell us about them and we’ll try to give them a mention via Twitter or Facebook.

Oliver Hammond

Written by Oliver Hammond

Oliver is an established freelance motoring writer, published journalist and automotive copywriter based in Manchester. He regularly reviews cars and covers events and launches as editor of petroleumvitae.com and his articles appear in various magazines each month. No relation to Richard from Top Gear, he’s got a weakness for luxo-barges, proper 4x4s and oddball cars.