Verge’s Top 5 Festival Guide!

Okay yes we are fully aware that there are like a billion festivals every Summer, so because we like to look after you guys so much, we’ve broken down 5 of this years top festivals to make your ticket buying decisions that bit easier!

We’ve cut out all of the chatter, and unnecessary filler, and we’re giving you the information that you really need to know: What, When, Where, Why, How?


You ready? Okay let’s go…


Award-winning dance music event in Upminster, Greater London that features a staggering 14 stages across the electronic music spectrum and 5 exciting production concepts.

WHERE: Damyns Hall Aerdrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, RM14 2TN

WHEN: 28th – 29th May

WHY: Fatboy Slim, Craig David; Sigma; Kurupt FM; Danny Howard; MK; Hannah Wants; Loco Dice; Amine Edge & DANCE; Mistajam; Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath; Sam Divine, Jamie Jones + more.
Stage partners = Defected in the House, Glitterbox, Jamie Jones’ Paradise, MK Area 10, Cocoon

HOW: day tickets from £58, weekend tickets from £112.50



The second edition of Parklife’s sister festival that is curated by Disclosure and Rudimental.

WHERE: Brighton City Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FF

WHEN: 11th – 12th June

WHY: Disclosure, Rudimental, Ice Cube, James Bay, Skepta, Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Bastille, Busta Rhymes, Jack Garratt, DJ EZ, Andy C, Flume, Four Tet, Stormzy, Kaytranada, Pusha T, De La Soul, Kurupt FM

HOW: Saturday from £64.90 +BF, Sunday from £64.90 +BF, Weekend from £115.50 +BF


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WHAT: Parklife
The UK’s fastest growing festival from the team behind The Warehouse Project, which is now in its seventh year. Parklife offers an eclectic line-up that spans dance, indie, pop and hip-hop.

WHERE: Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, M25 2SW

WHEN: 11th – 12th June

WHY: The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, Jamie XX, Jess Glyne, Years & Years, Skepta, Bastille, Annie Mac, Diplo, Jamie Jones, Andy C, MK, DJ EZ, Wold Alice, Circa Waves, Busta Rhymes, Jack Garratt

HOW: Saturday from £59.95 +BF, Sunday from £59.95 +BF, Weekend from £104.50 +BF


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WHAT: MADE Birmingham
Set in the heart of Birmingham’s industrial quarter, MADE brings together a world class electronic music line-up and combines it with some of Birmingham’s best visual and street artists, designers, and food vendors.

WHERE: The Digbeth Triangle, Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, B12 0LD

WHEN: 30th July

WHY: Rudimental (DJ), Stormzy, Kano, Andy C, Dusky, Shy FX, Noisia, Mike Skinner & Murkage present Tonga, Lady Leshurr, Klose One, Rabbit, Redlight, Monki, S.P.Y., Fred V & Graffix

HOW: from £35 +BF



WHAT: South West Four
A two-day city festival that takes place over the August bank holiday, and is firmly established as one of the UK’s most important and influential electronic music festivals.

WHERE: Clapham Common, London

WHEN: 27-28th August

WHY: Dizzee Rascal, Rudimental, Chemical Brothers (live), Knife Party, Four Tet, DJ EX, Gorgon City (DJ), MK, Netsky (Live), Amine Edge & Dance, Bondax (Live), Flux Pavilion, Booka Shade (live), Friction, Kidnap Kid, Above & Beyond, Jamie Jones b2b Joseph Capriati, Carl Cox, Andy C, Claptone, Blonde (live)

HOW: Saturday from £57.50 +BF, Sunday from £62.50 +BF, Weekend from £115 +BF


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