UK and World Music Festivals for your diary/calendar

At some point in your lives thoughts will have turned to holidays and events you’vebeen longing to go to. In the latter scenario, spending a few wild days of partying in some field/beach/some persons’ (overly large) back garden with
several hundred/thousand like-minded revellers ranks highly.

For this reason, we’ve started early and compiled a (not exhaustive) list to what we  think are pretty much the majority of the top music festivalsnin the UK and abroad.

It must be added we received lots of great entries for lesser known festivals (dedicated to instruments like Harmonica) so thank you to all. It’s unfortunate that we could not possibly include every entry, however we may well create an ‘alternative’ music festival list in the future if there’s demand and there are enough strange (and downright weird)
suggestions worthy of a mention.

Bluegrass Music

  • Cornish Bluegrass
    Festival

  • Didmarton Bluegrass
    Festival

  • Grassroots Festival
    Jersey

  • North Wales Bluegrass
    Festival

Classical Music & Opera

  • Adur Festival

  • Aldeburgh Festival

  • BBC Cardiff Singer of the
    World

  • Cheltenham Music Festival

  • Chichester Festival

  • Cymanfa Ganu

  • Edinburgh’s Ceilidh Culture

  • Edinburgh International
    Festival

  • English Music Festival

  • Fishguard International
    Music Festival

  • Garsington Opera

  • Glyndebourne Opera Festival

  • Grange Park Opera

  • Grimeborn Festival

  • Huddersfield Contemporary
    Music Festival

  • Jersey International Music
    Festival

  • Llangollen International
    Musical Eisteddfod

  • Lake District Summer
    Music

  • Leith Hill Music
    Festival

  • London Sangerstevne
    International Choral Festival

  • MasterWorks Festival

  • Nevill Holt Opera

  • Oxford Lieder Festival

  • The Proms

  • Proms at St. Jude’s

  • Prom on The Close

  • Ryedale Festival

  • Spitalfields Festival

  • Sound Scotland

  • St. Albans International
    Organ Festival

  • St. Magnus Festival

  • Swaledale Festival

  • Three Choirs Festival

  • The Two Moors Festival

  • York Early Music Festival

Dance & Electronic Music

  • Bang Face Weekender

  • Beat-Herder

  • Bestival

  • Boardmasters

  • Creamfields

  • Coloursfest

  • FutureEverything

  • Gatecrasher

  • The Glade festival

  • Global Gathering

  • Gottwood

  • Homelands

  • Infest UK

  • Live at Loch Lomond

  • Lovebox

  • Mood Indigo

  • PlanetLove

  • Play Fest

  • Glade Festival

  • South London Calling

  • Shambala

  • Glastonbury

  • Secret Garden Party

  • Brownstock

  • Re Arm Your Souls
    Festival

  • Underhill Festival

  • Waveform Festival

  • Y Not Festival

  • Nozstock Festival of
    Performing Arts

  • Manx Telecom Bay Festival

Ethnic Music

  • Africa Oyé

  • Bradford Mela

  • Cardiff Mela

  • Edinburgh Mela

  • Leeds Asian Festival

  • Music From A Foreign Land

Folk Music

  • Acoustic Gathering
    Festival

  • Adur festival

  • Arran Folk Festival

  • Bath Folk Festival

  • Bromyard Folk Festival

  • BunkFest

  • Burnham-on-Sea
    Folkfest

  • Cambridge Folk Festival

  • Celtic Connections

  • Chester Folk
    Festival

  • Crawley Folk
    Festival

  • Cropredy
    Festival

  • Fylde Folk
    Festival

  • Gŵyl Pontardawe Festival

  • Hull International Sea
    Shanty Festival

  • Hop Farm
    Festival

  • International Eisteddfod

  • IVFDF

  • Middlewich Folk And Boat
    Festival

  • Moseley Folk Festival

  • Royal National
    Mod

  • Scots Fiddle Festival

  • Shrewsbury Folk
    Festival

  • Sidmouth Folk
    Week

  • Shetland Folk
    Festival

  • Tenby Folk Festival

  • Towersey Village
    Festival

  • Trowbridge Village Pump
    Festival

  • Two Rivers Folk Festival

  • Warwick Folk
    Festival

  • Glasgow West End
    Festival

  • The Big Chill

  • Whitby Folk
    Week

  • Woburn Sands Folk
    Festival

Jazz Music

  • Adur
    Festival

  • Birmingham International
    Jazz Festival

  • Brecon Jazz
    Festival

  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival

  • Glasgow Jazz
    Festival

  • Glenn Miller
    Festival

  • Hull Jazz
    Festival

  • Isle of Wight Midsummer Jazz
    Festival

  • London Jazz
    Festival

  • Manchester Jazz
    Festival

  • Mostly Jazz
    Festival

  • Scarborough Jazz
    Festival

  • Wigan International Jazz
    Festival

Metal Music

  • 13th Day

  • Blastonbury

  • Bloodstock

  • Bloodstock Open
    Air

  • Chaosfest

  • Damnation Festival

  • Deathfest

  • Dominion
    Festival

  • Download
    Festival

  • Endless
    Festival

  • Full Throttle Festival

  • Ghostfest

  • Hammerfest

  • Hard Rock
    Hell

  • Hellfire
    Festival

  • High Voltage
    Festival

  • Hull
    Metalfest

  • In-Fest

  • Metievals East

  • Ozzfest

  • ProgPower
    UK

  • Sonisphere
    Festival

  • Summer’s
    End

  • Total
    Carnage

  • TekFestival

  • Wackoff
    Festival

Pop Music

  • Guernsey Festival Of
    Performing Arts

  • Jersey
    Live

  • Jingle Bell Ball

  • Manx Telecom Bay
    Festival

  • Midlands Music
    Festival

  • Osfest

  • Party in the
    Park

  • Summertime
    Ball

  • T4 On The
    Beach

Punk Music

  • City Invasion
    Festival

  • Concrete Jungle
    Festival

  • Durham Punk
    Festival

  • F3GC Music & Art
    Festival

  • Give it a Name
    Festival

  • Nice n Sleazy Festival

  • Rebellion
    Festival

  • Slam Dunk
    Festival

  • The Pie Race
    Festival

Rock Music

  • Beached Festival
    Scarborough

  • BlastOff! Festival

  • Boardmasters

  • Bolton Music Showcase

  • Boring By The Sea Festival

  • Bourne
    Festival

  • Collision Course
    Festival

  • Damnation
    Festival

  • Download
    Festival

  • Endless Summer
    Festival

  • Forfey
    Festival

  • Hevy Music
    Festival

  • High Voltage
    Festival

  • Isle of Wight Festival

  • Jersey Live

  • Lillith Fair

  • Marvellous
    festivals

  • PigStock

  • Play Fest

  • Projekt
    Revolution

  • Reading and Leeds
    Festivals

  • Sonisphere Festival

  • Stamford Riverside Festival

  • Summer Sundae

  • T in the Park

  • The Garden Party Festival

  • Tennents ViTal

  • Uxfest

  • Y Not
    Festival

  • Walk the Line
    Festival

Tribute Act Festivals

  • Fake Festivals

  • Glastonbudget

  • Marvellous
    Festivals

  • Bootleg Festival 30–31 March
    2013 Manchester

Cross-Genre

  • 2000 Trees
    Festival

  • Acoustic Gathering
    Festival

  • Adur
    Festival

  • All Tomorrow’s
    Parties

  • Alchemy
    Festival

  • ArtsFest

  • Balstock Free Music Festival

  • Basingstoke Live Festival

  • Bearded Theory
    Festival

  • Beautiful Days

  • Beggars Fair

  • Bestival

  • Brownstock
    Festival

  • The Bollington Festival

  • Big in Falkirk

  • Bimble
    Bandada!

  • Blissfields

  • Boardmasters

  • Brick Lane
    Festival

  • BrisFest

  • Butserfest

  • Camp
    Bestival

  • Castle Calling Music
    Festival

  • Celtic Blue Rock Community
    Arts Festival

  • Cardiff Big Weekend

  • City of London
    Festival

  • Clarence Park
    Festival

  • Cornbury Music
    Festival

  • Croissant Neuf Summer
    Party

  • Cross Fest

  • Eastern Haze
    Festival

  • Eden Festival

  • Edinburgh Jazz and Blues
    Festival

  • End of the Road
    Festival

  • Endless Festival

  • F3GC-music and art Festival

  • Farmer Phil’s Festival

  • Farm festival

  • Fairport’s Cropredy
    Convention

  • Field Day

  • Folklore Festival

  • Forest Tour

  • Get Loaded in The
    Park

  • Glastonbury
    Festival

  • Glastonferret

  • Good Weekend Music Festival

  • GoldCoast
    Oceanfest

  • Godiva
    Festival

  • Greenbelt
    festival

  • Green Man
    Festival

  • Guilfest

  • Hachfest

  • Hastings Musical
    Festival

  • Harvest at Jimmy’s

  • How The Light Gets
    In

  • Hungry Pigeon
    Festival

  • Hydro Connect Music
    Festival

  • Indian
    Summer

  • Jersey Live
    Festival

  • Kendal
    Calling

  • Knockengorroch
    Festival

  • Larmer Tree
    Festival

  • Latitude
    Festival

  • LeeStock Music Festival

  • Let’s Rock The
    Moor!

  • Limetree
    Festival

  • Liverpool Mathew Street
    Music Festival

  • Mathew Street Fringe
    Festival

  • Llangollen Fringe
    Festival

  • Lounge On The Farm

  • The Magic
    Loungeabout

  • Manx Telecom Bay
    Festival

  • Marvellous Festivals

  • Meltdown festival

  • Midge Death Free
    Festival

  • Mill Hill Music
    Festival

  • Montrose Music
    Festival

  • Monmouth Music
    Festival

  • Musicport World Music
    Festival

  • Norbury Fields
    Forever

  • Norfolk and Norwich
    Festival

  • Nozstock Festival of
    Performing Arts

  • Northern Lights
    Festival

  • Nozstock Festival of
    Performing Arts

  • The Northwich Music Festival

  • Orchestra in a
    Field

  • Offset
    Festival

  • The Outsider Festival

  • Penn
    Festival

  • Pigpen Music
    Festival

  • Pilton Equinox
    Party

  • Play
    Fest

  • Pulse Festival

  • Rainbow Spirit Enlightenment
    Fayre Music and Arts Festival

  • Redfest

  • Rewind
    Festival

  • Rhythm
    Festival

  • Richmond Live

  • Rise Festival

  • RockNess

  • Stamford Riverside
    Festival

  • SCIPMYLO
    Festival

  • St. Magnus International
    Festival

  • Seahouses
    Festival

  • Secret Garden
    Party

  • Sellindge Music Festival

  • Sesiwn Fawr
    Dolgellau

  • Sheep
    Music

  • Shehennaghys Jiu Celtic
    Youth Festival

  • Shifnal
    Festival

  • Skye Music
    Festival

  • Splendour in
    Nottingham

  • Standon
    Calling

  • Sunrise
    Celebration

  • Supersonic Festival

  • Sŵn
    Festival

  • T in the
    Park

  • Truck Festival

  • Tartan Heart
    Festival

  • Underage
    Festival

  • V Festival

  • Vale
    Festival

  • Wakestock

  • Walk the Line
    Festival

  • Weyfest

  • Wickerman Festival

  • Wireless
    Festival

  • Worcester Music Festival

  • WOMAD

  • Woolfire Festival

  • Wychwood Music
    Festival

  • Y Not
    Festival

  • Young London into Music

  • Youth For Youth: The Main
    Event