It’s only the start of February and I’m already aboard the Festival hype train. Choo choo! There’s been a shit load of brilliant announcements already and whether you’re a festival veteran or a complete n00b; it’s going to be a hard decision to finalise which one you’re going to invest your money in.
When it comes to UK Festivals you’re covered for pretty much any genre – from Punk Rock to Folk and a sprinkling of Jazz.
Leeds and Reading Festival 2017
But what if you’re not in to the family or indie vibes and want something a bit more gritty? There’s also a ton of rock, metal and punk festivals in the UK this year and here’s a few to get you started…
UK Rock, Metal and Punk Festivals 2017
Download Festival 2017
Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017
Where: Maidstone, Kent
When: 28 – 30th July
What: One for the more mature rockers amongst us, Ramblin’ Man Fair features ZZ Top, Saxon and load more classic and prog rock bands. If you’re looking for a festival which doesn’t have the traditional camp sites, and opt for a more ‘glamping’ style, then Ramblin’ Man might be the one for you. As it’s based in a metropolitan town centre there isn’t camping available on site, but there’s a range of alternatives available.
Slam Dunk 2017
Where: Birmingham, Leeds and Herfordshire
When: 27th – 29th May
What: If camping festivals just aren’t your thing full stop, but you still want your fill of punk rock music, then Slam Dunk is the one to go and get Slam drrrrunk at. Dodging the mud, you can head to Slam Dunk at multiple locations throughout the UK and so far Don Broco, Reel Big Fish and Neckdeep are on the bill. If you like a good skank, over the traditional mosh, then this is a good one to get your ska punk on to fo’ sho’.
If none of the above are for you and you’re feeling a bit daunted by the larger festivals, then there are some more relaxed, smaller, festivals, which are perfect for first timers…
Y Not Festival 2017
Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
When: 27th – 30th July
What: One of the smaller festivals, Y Not is the PERFECT festival for anyone who’s never experienced one before. The weather tends to be nicer, so less mud, and the campsite and arenas are small enough not to get too lost in! This year we have Maximo Park, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines to look forward too. It’s also incredibly affordable and set in the more picturesque location you’ll find in Derbyshire.
Where: Withington, Cheltenham
When: 6th – 8th July
What: SLAVES and Pulled Apart by Horses are high on the bill for 2000 Trees 2017, but I do doubt they will come anywhere near to the experience of seeing Refused last year! However, 2000 Trees is definitely still totally worth going to. With the campsite literally a stone throw away from the stages, you can enjoy a nice swift can of lager whilst you relax watching the bands. Established in 2007, this year marks the 10th anniversary of 2000 Trees, so it’s certainly going to be a party atmosphere for all involved.
Kendall Calling Festival 2017
Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
When: 27th – 30th July
What: Already a sell out(!) Kendall Calling is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Manic Street Preachers, Editors, Jake Bugg and Tinie Tempah are all making an appearance, Kendall Calling also features a ‘Tim Peaks’ area – which is the creative brain child of former Charlatans’ front man Tim Burgess (fun fact; he also makes coffee and the name Tim Peaks is totally a take on Twin Peaks). Keep a look out for any further ticket releases closer to the date as this one appears to be a festival that’s not to be missed!