Summertime is upon us, which can only mean one thing… IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON!
We all know that Summer in the UK can be… winter? But that’s no reason to not pretend that the sun is shining, get those fringed skirts and floral shirts out (with at least 3 buttons undone of course boys 😉) and head out for some good vibes whilst seeing performances by your favourite Black Brit artists!
We’ve curated a list of festivals that are not to be missed in the UK this summer AND links to where you can purchase tickets for them! The heatwave may have passed, but these line-ups are sure to bring some fiya back into your lives.
What was that? BRAP is the best? Oh thanks boo, we know!
1. LOVEBOX – 13th & 14th July 2018
The line-up for Lovebox this year includes some of our all-time fave Black Brit artists as well as some newer faces that have joined the music scene with a bang. With performances from the likes of Skepta, Ms Banks, D Double E and Jacob Banks and Shy FX and Jamz Supanova on the decks all I can say is… book next week off work, your body will need some time to re-cooperate.
Location: Gunnersbury Park, London
P.S. Tickets are sold out in most outlets so… RUN!!
2. Tramlines – 20th – 22nd July 2018
Tramlines fest is probably one of the cheapest festivals you’ll find in the UK, with tickets at just £79 for the entire weekend. For their 10th year anniversary, this summer they’ve upped the ante with performances from our good friends Craig David, Mabel and Stefflon Don, plus they’ve included even more entertainment options with a comedy stage and a pop-up cinema. Wanna ‘ava laugh on a budget this summer? This is the place to be!
Location: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
3. Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) – 21st– 22nd July 2018
The line-up for this year’s LIMF is pretty much just a Black Brit talent linkup! Catch THE Trevor Nelson on the decks, alongside Seani B & Jazzie B and on the mic- Stefflon Don (she’s a busy lass this summer isn’t she!?), Not3s, Mahalia, Ray BLK… you know what, I’m running out of breath. Just read the flyer and swoon with me!
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool
4. MADE festival – 28th July 2018
They’ve only gone and got Dizzee, Not3s and Yxng Bane as headliners this year! We can only pray that Dizzee takes us all the way back to Boy in da Corner during his set. With 4 arenas and 2 stages in one park, you’ll be spoiled for choice for where to spend the day milly rocking. This one’s a one-day festival so if you’re not from Birmingham you can head back to your city on the same night and make it home with enough time to catch up on Love Island. Tickets are on final release so what are you still doing here?? GO, GO, GO, get 6 tickets for you and the squad in the basket!!
Location: Perry Park, Birmingham.
5. Y Not Festival – 27th– 29th July 2018
If you’re an indie music lover, the team at Y Not Festival have cooked up something special for you this summer. Catch some of the biggest Indie Rock bands in the game performing at this 3-day festival in Derbyshire. Oh, and be sure to shake a leg with our sisters Nadia Rose & Lady Leshurr on the Quarry stage on Friday!
Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire
6. Standon Calling – 26th-29th July 2018
The folks at Standon Calling pride themselves on being a diverse festival that celebrates home-grown talent as well as international, and it’s hard to argue with that when they’ve managed to get some of the biggest tech and electronic artists as well as the likes of Akala and Little Simz to perform under one roof… or on one field? You know what I mean. If you’re an all-rounder in your taste of music, this one’s for you shawty.
7. Bestival – 2nd– 5th August 2018
4 days. Jorja Smith. IAMDDB. Mabel. Lotto Boyz. Not3s. Kojo Funds. Ghetts. Donae’o. Stefflon Don. I could go on but I think I’ve over-done the full-stop for effect thing. And that’s not to mention the international talent- the likes of Chaka Khan & Grace Jones. How do they think any of us will make it when the line-up has given us all heart attacks? IT’S LIT!
Location: Lulworth Estate, Dorset.
8. Boardmasters – 8th-12th August 2018
A festival… by the beach, in the UK?? Dreams do come true. Plus, Kano, MNEK, Raye and Kele Okereke will all be taking the stage. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to explore the Cornish coast to me!
9. RiZE Festival – 18th-19th August
For Londoners this one’s just up the road in Essex and would make a great local weekender of hanging with Craig David, Dave, MNEK, Jacob Banks and Raye. A smaller festival so likely to have more chilled vibes- if you’re anything like me, you’re dribbling at the thought.
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
10. Reading & Leeds Festivals 2018 – 24th-26th August 2018
These guys have pulled out all the stops with the line-ups for these festivals this year. I could list the acts, or I could just tell you to think of all your favourite Black Brit artists- safe to say they’re all performing. Krept & Konan, Mist, IAMDDB, Kojo Funds, Fredo, Ms Banks, Wretch 32, Yungen, J Hus, Skepta, AJ Tracey, Nadia Rose… UK STAND UP!
Location: Reading & Leeds.
And there you have it, all of your excuses to stay indoors this summer right out the window. Until next summer folks!