The UK is home to a selection of the greatest music festivals in the world bringing in talent from the global stock of chart topping artists. To assist you organising your festival year The Shankly Hotel have prepared a list of the 6 favourite UK music festivals for 2016.
Which of these six events will have you reaching for your wellies?
Or are you aiming to attend as many as possible, collecting an armful of irremovable wristbands you can proudly display throughout the summer?
The combined offering of Leeds and Reading festivals
Always a promise of chart topping eclectic line-ups, spanning across 3 days and 8 stages, both Reading and Leeds festivals never fail to impress.
History has shown the likes of Gun n Roses, The Killers, Kings of Leon and the legendary Libertines taking to the stage entertaining the masses. This year’s main stage line up brings the likes of Fall out Boy, Disclosure. Even rock royalty The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be seen performing tracks from their latest album.
With weekend or day tickets on sale, revellers can enjoy as much or as little of this musical feast.
Starting this year on the 26th – 28th of August in Leeds’ Branham Park and Reading’s Richfield Avenue, Reading and Leed’s festival are a great mid-season gathering to be part of.
Download at Donington Park
Join a momentous amalgamation of international rock acts, from past and present. These acts shall be taking to the stages for a weekend of head banging, guitar strumming frivolity.
There are four stages that include one named for the late Lemmy of Motorhead, hosting J-pop/Metal sensations BABYMETAL.
Download festival is set to rock the socks off of all its estimated 111,000 attendees. Offering weekend or day access, they also have an RIP experience. A option for guests to pitch tents upon Metal Meadow or even use of canvas ridge tents pre-pitched in Metal Forrest.
The RIP package includes hot showers and posh facilities, even an Eco Day Spa for those in need of a mid-festival refresh.
So if you are happiest when head-banging, mad for metal or your Download Dog needs to be let out, join the masses, in celebration of the biggest names in rock today. Taking place at Donington Park from the 10th-12th of June.
The UK Equivalent to Woodstock at the Isle Of Wight festival
With guaranteed sunshine, if history is anything to go by, The Isle of Wight festival is a top hot spot for some summer fun.
The crowds from previous gatherings have enticed giants of music superstardom. Starts such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 2013, The Stone Roses in 2014 and last year’s epic headliners Fleetwood Mac, who graced no other UK stage in that year. These giants of the music industry have made the Isle of Wight festival a prestige point of interest for festival aficionados the world over.
As well as providing the best of musical offerings the festival also packs a punch with its venue and alternative entertainment. Revellers can enjoy fairground attractions, portrayals of poetry and comedy and even a spot of cabaret.
The Isle of Wight festival is taking place from the 9th-12th June and this year’s headliner is no other than the worship worthy Faithless…you shan’t get no sleep…
A Giant among Festivals at T in the Park
Host to this year’s greatest names in music, T In The Park is a colossal salute to big names from past, present and future generations.
Top names in rock, pop and electronica take to the stages over 3 days of pure music heaven. The festivals success has pushed organisers to expand the venue, Strathallan Castle, to accommodate the crowds of over 250,000, including upto 70,000 campers.
Sponsors of the festival, Tennants, boast sales of a massive 3 million pints of their larger since the festivals beginning in 1994. The company freshly brews the supply for the festival a mere 36 hours before it begins.
Headliners this year are those of legendary variety, including Stone Roses, Kaiser Cheifs, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more.
With the BBC in support you will find class DJ’s Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong on the BBC Radio 1 Summer of Dance Stage.
This year’s T in The Park is set to be bigger and better than those before. Taking place from 8th-10th of July, in Perthshire, Scotland
The field of Dreams at Creamfields
Fans of dance music from far and wide will flock together in a celebration. Coming to salute the greatest names of house, trance, drum and base, funk, techno music and all the sub categories in between.
A festival that began as an offshoot from the Liverpool nightclub Cream, and has since had variations pop up across the globe.
Never one to let down the crowds, this year sees organisers putting together a structure of enormous proportions. The first of its kind in Europe to house technology that will transform surroundings for revellers throughout the event.
Always providing visual experiences to take your breath away, this year will bring new meaning to the phrase mind blowing.
Held at Daresbury Park in Cheshire, a four-day event that will change the festival scene for generations to come. Shuttle buses run from Liverpool Lime street and central locations so book a stay with us at The Shankly Hotel and enjoy a little luxury during the festival downtime.
Taking place from the 25th – 28th August.
The number one UK festival of all time, Glastonbury
Steeped in the history pages of outdoor music events, Glastonbury takes centre stage. The festival grounds themselves have expanded over the years to city size proportions. Glastonbury is reported to need its very own infrastructure supplying water and electricity to the 5-day event.
Bringing in gargantuan crowds of partygoers, a mix of the Glasto regulars and fresh first timers. All looking to experience their own versions of the festival.
Still retaining the original hippy vibe of counterculture, the Green Futures and Healing fields spaces are very popular among those who attend every year.
Since 1970 the stages have seen the likes of the late David Bowie, Led Zeppelin the Chemical Brothers, Coldplay and Oasis headlining. In more recent years the main have played host to Queen Bee Beyoncé and, to many Glasto regulars upset, Kanye West. Controversially taking the main stage as headline act of 2015.
A true icon of the UK festival scene, worth a visit at least once in a lifetime.
Following the festivities, you will surely be in dire need of some TLC, to help return you to the land of the norm. The Shankly Hotel have put together a Post Festival Recovery Package, allowing you and your camp mates to reclaim yourselves from the festival gods.
Join us in complete luxury, no more mud, nice warm beds and hot showers, the things that you may have forgotten existed during your revelry. Call 0151 909 2730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to pre-empt your need for a recovery session.