Carnival performers at Boomtown Festival

Discover the best music festivals in England

From 24 hour parties to outdoor hot tubs, discover some of the best music festivals in England. From massive outdoor stages with the biggest headline acts to quirky niche events starring the next big thing, any one of these festivals is ideal to build a summer break around.

While many festivals are preparing to run in 2021 once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, please be aware that dates and lineups are subject to change. Please always check with the event's website for restrictions or alterations before purchasing tickets, booking accommodation or travelling.

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May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

Enjoy music and literature from around the world with an incredible programme of arts and events.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Live the glamour of 1930s cinema-going at this restored movie theatre, with free newsreel screenings, guided tours, a stylish bar and recent releases.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 

Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

 

Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Buzzing Liverpool is renowned for its music scene. Discover how its four most famous sons still set the beat for a fab visit to the city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
The crowd at British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

Warm up your vocal chords for British Summer Time

Thousands of music fans invade London’s largest Royal Park every summer for American Express presents British Summer Time.

Location: Hyde Park, London

 

Head out on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

Follow in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo with this immersive tour of where they lived, met and played throughout Liverpool.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Experience Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

If Mozart is music to your ears then don’t miss a spectacular celebration of the musical genius at the annual Bath Mozartfest this November.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music in Europe, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Aim for a strike at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails and perhaps a touch of karaoke - a simple combination of indoor activities that guarantee a memorable boutique experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September, the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco-styled Little Theatre - the perfect combination of indoor activities for when it's raining outside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Whether you’re looking for top notch restaurants or bohemian independent shopping, Brighton offers urban glamour by the bucket load.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Get the inside story on Manchester’s music scene

See the sights of the city that inspired Manchester’s legendary music scene and made it the envy of the world, with Manchester Music Tours.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Dance the weekend away at East London's Lovebox

See dance-music greats strut their stuff on stage at this hip East London festival.

Location: London

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