Universal Music's summer of festivals


Glastonbury kicks off the festival season but if you’re still planning your musical summer, here’s a guide to where to catch our acts playing.

Bastille, Jake Bugg, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, The Strypes and Jessie Ware are all doing Glastonbury and at least one other festival.  Virgin band Bastille are probably going to be one of the hardest working outfits with four big festival appearances in the diary after their trip to Worthy Farm.

The Rolling Stones of course are headliners in Somerset before heading off to Hyde Park next weekend. Elsewhere on the Glasto bill you’ll be able to catch Azealia Banks, Ben Howard, Chase & Status, Deap Valley, Elvis Costello, Haim, James Blake, Maverick Sabre, Noah and the Whale, Professor Green and Seasick Steve, either live in Pilton or via the BBC’s extensive coverage. 

Next up is T in the Park  and Wireless, both kicking off on July 12. 

Scotland’s big summer shindig features Bastille and another swathe of Universal Music acts - AlunaGeorge, Azealia Banks, Bo Bruce, Chase and Status, Deap Vally, Disclosure, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande, Frank Ocean, Frank Turner, The Fratellis, Haim, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Lawson, Lower Than Atlantis, The Lumineers, Modestep, Nina Nesbitt, Of Monsters and Men, The Strypes, Tribes, Willy Mason, Yeah Yeah Yeahs...  

A good chunk of the Universal team decamp to Glastonbury every year, but before they left we got them on the sofa to mooch over some memorable festival moments - musical...

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We’re also sending some of our finest to Wireless, including Angel, Charlie Brown, Devlin, Emeli Sande, Frank Ocean, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Jetta, Kendrick Lamar, Mikill Pane, Naughty Boy, Rascals, Rizzle Kicks, Sub Focus, Will.I.Am and Zedd.

And July hasn’t even got started yet.  Latitude gets going on July 18 and Lovebox in London’s Victoria Park a day later.  

Who’s Playing Latitude (and Lovebox) July 18-21

AlunaGeorge (LB)
Azealia Banks (LB)
Gabriel Bruce
James Blake
Jessie Ware
The Maccabees
Nick Mulvey
Willy Mason
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

For some guaranteed sun, and if you missed their astonishing Wembley Stadium show, The Killers will be kicking it at Spain’s Benicassim over July 18-21.  

Alongside Las Vegas’ finest, Valencia is also good for AlunaGeorge, Deap Vally, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, La Roux, Little Green Cars and Rizzle Kicks.

Oxegen in Ireland is the first festival of August.  It’s Irish, so it’s going to be mad dance from August 2 featuring our boys Chase and Status. 

Iggy Azalea, Nero and the lads from Rizzle Kicks will keep them company at the Punchestown Racecourse.

V Festival over August 17-18 in Chelmsford and Staffordshire has our crew of Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, The Fratellis, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J, Jessie Ware, John Newman, Kendrick Lamar, Maverick Sabre, Nina Nesbitt, Sam Smith, The Saturdays and Stereophonics.

We’re sending our tough skinny jean rockers (and Azealia Banks) to Reading and Leeds over the bank holiday. Alongside The Strypes, we’ve got nearly a score of artists playing the twin town fest. 

Who’s Playing Reading and Leeds August 23-25

AlunaGeorge
Azealia Banks
Bastille
Chase and Status
Deap Vally
Disclosure
Fall Out Boy
Frank Turner
Haim
Iggy Azalea
Jake Bugg
Lower Than Atlantis
The Lumineers
The Strypes
Sub Focus
White Lies
Willy Moon

Rob da Bank’s wonderfully eclectic Bestival on the Isle of Wight is probably the best way to see out the festival season.  Last year, da Bank booked one of his dream headliners when Stevie Wonder appeared.  

But, September 5-8 this year also promises to go with a bang.  We’ll be sending in the big guns. Elton, MIA,  James Blake, Jessie Ware, Sam Smith, The Strypes, Bombay Bicycle Club and Disclosure will also be there.  

Oh yeah, and those hard working boys Bastille.  Fresh in from playing the NME/Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds, the south London indie outfit will complete their festival summer at Bestival. 

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