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Check Out The Top UK Festivals For 2016

Posted by Nicole West on 27/01/2016

2016 is gearing up to be an exciting year for events in the UK, with everyone’s favourite headliners, arts and cultural experiences exploding on to the festival scene. Get in quick to secure your tickets, dig out last year’s muddy gumboots, put your party hat on and take a look at some of the best.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival: 27th April – 2nd May

With a phenomenal mix of international jazz musicians, local talent and new artists, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival rocks the Montpellier Gardens. Check out the Big Top Stage, the Jazz Arena and the bustling food, drink and market area. 2016 acts include the Giovanni Guidi Trio, US trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil.

Skye Live: 29th – 30th April

The Skye Live Festival is back for a second time in Portree, Scotland. The boutique festival showcases contemporary Scottish music and genres such as electronica and dance acts. Among this year’s headliners are Simian Mobile Disco, Treacherous Orchestra, Rura, Niteworks and Jackmaster.

Great CityGames: 20th May

How would you like to see the world’s top athletes compete, in the heart of the city? Situated on the Great CityGames track on Deansgate in Manchester and the athletics arena in Albert Square, the event allows spectators to experience the excitement of sports – up-close and personal.

Isle of Wight Festival: 9th – 12th June

The iconic Isle of Wight Festival, in the town of Newport, comes alive this year with headliners Queen and Adam Lambert, Stereophonics, Sigma, The Corrs, Busted, Twin Atlantic, The Wonderstuff and more. When you’re not rocking out to the tunes, head to The Zebra Champagne Bar and Ace Casino, the Slide and Ride and the Kids Zone.

Download Festival: 10th – 12th June

Rock lovers head to Donignton Park for the UK’s premier rock festival, Download. This year’s star-studded line-up includes Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Korn and Nightwish, just to get you started. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out!

Sunderland International Air Show: Dates to be confirmed

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Glastonbury Festival: 22nd – 26th June

Glastonbury is the festival everyone waits for each year and 2016 won’t disappoint. Where else can you see acts like last year’s headliners, the Foo Fighters, Kanye West, The Who, Florence and The Machine, Pharrell Williams and Lionel Richie, all at the same venue? The festival of all festivals has something for everyone…and it’s definitely one for the gumboots.

Sunderland International Air Show: Dates to be confirmed

Located on the Rocker and Seaburn seafront, the Sunderland International Air Show is a free event, displaying the talent of incredible aerobatic pilots. Look forward to seeing the Twister Duo, the RAF Red Arrows and The Blades create aerial magic. On the ground, there’s entertainment, including a children’s programme with a zip wire and trampolines.

Lovebox: 15th – 16th July

Founded by DJs, Groove Armada, London’s Love Box packs in two days of fun and mayhem at Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. With electronic acts, live bands and quirky entertainment, festival lovers never want to leave. Who’s headlining this year? LCD SoundSystem and Major Lazor, so far.

Green Man Festival: 18th – 21st August

In the mystical land of the Brecon Beacons, Wales, Green Man Festival is all about living and breathing music, feasting, dancing and a friendly, family vibe. This year, look forward to dancing under the stars to James Blake, Wild Beast, Belle & Sebastian and White Denim.

Sunderland International Air Show: Dates to be confirmed

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Leeds Festival: 26th – 28th August

This year, Bramham Park will be throbbing to the tunes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, Courteeners and Twenty One Pilots, at the annual Leeds Festival. Put your most comfy dance shoes on for hours of punk, rock, metal, indie, dance and electronica.

Notting Hill Carnival: 28th – 29th August

Highlighting London’s multi-cultural past and present, the vibrant street party that is Notting Hill Carnival is back, bigger and better, for 2016. Take the whole family to watch the explosion of colour as parades, live reggae and salsa music celebrate Caribbean communities.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 5th – 29th August

The largest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe, takes place in Scotland for three, fantastic weeks. Watch as thousands of performers thrill audiences in a range of genres, including theatre, dance, comedy, circus, cabaret, opera and exhibitions.

Sunderland International Air Show: Dates to be confirmed

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