Glastonbury is probably the biggest name on the Festival calendar so many festival goers will be bitterly disappointed that it won’t be taking place in 2012. The small matter of the London 2012 Olympics has meant that the festival has had to be cancelled in 2012 but do not fear, there is plenty going on in the festival world in 2012!

Music festivals have become big business in the UK in recent years and festival appearances are now a major source of income for many performers, so headlining acts at the major festivals will not disappoint.

T in the Park - The night before the big day by Gordon Fraser

T in the Park, Balado, Scotland

T in the Park is held in Balado, which is Kinross-shire in Scotland. In 2012, the festival takes place between the 6th and 8th July, with the Stone Roses headlining. Tickets range from £77.50 for a one day ticket to £195 for the entire festival, with camping. Car parking is £18.50 per day.

Last year saw performances from The Foo Fighters, The Arctic Monkeys, Plan B, Coldplay and Blondie, to name but a few. The event has been running and growing annually since 1994 and last year saw around 85,000 people attend. The Festival also won the prestigious Green Festival Award for keeping its environmental impact to a minimum.

There is always plenty going on throughout the festival, including Fancy Dress Friday. 2011 Fancy Dress Friday had a 1980s theme and saw some pretty incredible costumes including Danger Mouse, ET and My Little Pony.

RED LIGHT COMPANY  by chris friese
RED LIGHT COMPANY , a photo by chris friese on Flickr.

Reading Festival, Reading, England

Reading Festival is traditionally a rock festival but in recent years indie bands and dance music have made inroads. Taking place in the last Bank Holiday weekend in August, this is a loud, exciting event.

Last year saw performances from The Strokes, Pulp, Muse and The Offspring. At the time of writing, the 2012 line up has not been confirmed, although Green Day are rumoured to be up there.

A weekend ticket to this event will cost around £192.50, but more ticket details and prices will be announced in Spring 2012, when tickets are expected to sell out fast. Approximately 87,000 saw last year’s festival, which takes place on Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue and it will no doubt be just as popular an event this year.

Reading Festival is the oldest music festival in the UK and has been running in some form or another since the early 1960s. A slight hiccup in the mid 1980s saw the event banned for two years, but it came back fighting in 1986 and has been going strong ever since.

Leeds Festival, Leeds, England

Glasvegas - James Allan by Gavin Lynn
Glasvegas – James Allan, a photo by Gavin Lynn on Flickr.

The Leeds Festival is the Northern equivalent of the Reading event. They run simultaneously during the last weekend in August and share the same bill. Ticket fees are also the same as Reading which means that the prices for the event are yet to be confirmed.

The attendance at the event last year was around 75,000 and a similar number of people are expected to Bramham Park near Wetherby in 2012.

Rock Off, Rave On by Steve Hunt Photo
Rock Off, Rave On, a photo by Steve Hunt Photo on Flickr.

The V Festival, Chelmsford & Stafford (2 locations), England

The V Festival will take place on the 18th and 19th August 2012. The line up is yet to be confirmed, but the Stone Roses and Radiohead are the firm favourites to headline the event. This is a pretty diverse festival which last year sold 170,000 tickets to see acts such as Eminem, The Arctic Monkeys and Rihanna.

The festival runs in Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex as well as in Weston Park in Staffordshire and a weekend ticket will cost you around £215.00. The same artists headline at both venues, performing at one venue on the Saturday before swapping round for the Sunday.

They're getting closer... by Ed.ward
They’re getting closer…, a photo by Ed.ward on Flickr.

The Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place over 3 days starting on 22nd June 2012, with Bruce Springsteen headlining. The Festival takes place in Seaclose Park in Newport on the Isle of Wight, a small Island just off the coast of Southern England.

Tickets for the 2012 event have already gone on sale, starting at £160.00. Last year saw performances from The Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, Mike + The Mechanics and The Foo Fighters and with nig names expected at the event again in 2012 you’ll need to secure your ticket early as the event sells out quickly.

The festival originally first ran from 1968 – 1970 before being revived in 2002. It is mainly known for rock and indie music and last year saw around 65,000 people over the 3 days.

Camping is available at all of the above festivals, but it is advisable to check with the festival website for their list of do’s and don’ts and details of what they will allow in and what they won’t. It is also advisable, to only buy tickets from recognised and reputable vendors to avoid any issues with ticket validity.

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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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  1. Festival Kidz Reply

    Have been to and loved almost all of these in the past, but have now got children and I wouldn’t dream of taking my kids to any of the above! Thankfully there are loads of excellent festivals now that the whole family can enjoy

    Festival Kidz – for festival-going families

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