Summer is coming.
And whether you prefer donning a flower crown or a mohican, there’s a festival for you right here in Leicestershire.
From folk to funk, there’s a brilliant band booked to visit a field near you over the coming months.
Here’s some of the highlights, who’s playing, and where you can book tickets.
So dust off those tents and read on.
Thursday 2- Saturday 4 May
Coming to the city of Leicester on May bank holiday weekend, this is Handmade Festival’s sixth year and promises to be the biggest yet, appearing across ten stages in music venues around the city.
The festival boasts a range of different upcoming indie and electronic music outfits as well as popular veterans of the live music industry.
Headliners include: Metronomy, The Futureheads, The Sherlocks, Ibibio Sound Machine, MONO, and Black Honey.
For tickets and more information go to: http://handmadefestival.co.uk/
Friday 24- Sunday 26 May
No it may not be Glastonbury, but it is Glastonbudget. As you may have guessed it’s a much more affordable version that serves well as an alternative for those who failed to secure a notoriously elusive ticket to visit Worthy Farm.
Held at Turnpost Farm in Wymeswold, it had consistently attracted some of the best tribute acts in the country and also showcases some original bands.
Popular music acts with a tribute band this year include: Oasis, ABBA, the Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Simple Minds, Arctic Monkeys, Guns n Roses, The Cure, and many more!
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.glastonbudget.org/
Saturday 1 June
Returning after last year’s successful Leicester debut, Fake Festival is delivering some amazing tribute acts to Victoria Park. Regarded as professional ‘Fake Bands’ you’ll hardly be able to hear the difference between these fakers and your favourite musicians!
At a reasonable price of just £25 for an early-bird adult ticket and £17.50 for an early-bird child’s ticket, this day is ideal for lovers of modern music legends.
Tribute acts include music from: Queen, Pink, Kasabian, Oasis, Stereophonics, and the Jam.
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/2019/Leicester.html
UK Tribute Festival
Friday 7 – Monday 10 June
Located on Cattow’s Farm in the village of Heather, the UK Tribute Festival promises an intimate experience with beautiful surroundings and great music. There is a range of different tribute acts on offer making the festival ideal for families with a wide age-range, especially considering its luxury camping options.
Acts include: Duran Duran Experience, Kazabian, Bon Jovi UK, Kingz of Leon, Dan Budd as Robbie Williams, and Oasis Maybe.
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-uk-tribute-festival-2019-tickets-54193052880
Friday 14- Sunday 16 June
Download Festival is the self-professed ‘spiritual home of rock and metal’. It is located in Donington Park, and attracts rock fans from around the country.
As well as big music acts, there are a number of different activities on offer including comedy stages, the UK Air Guitar Championships, and a ‘Globe of Death’ (look it up)!
Headliners include: Slipknot, Def Leppard, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, and Die Antwoord.
For tickets and more information go to: https://downloadfestival.co.uk/
Saturday 22 June
This is Ashby’s response to Fake Festival, run by local people for local people. All profits made will be given to local charities so make sure not to miss this one!
Music includes a variety of original music and tribute acts. Some are: Talisman, The Inspired, Elba, W4, and Foo Fighters GB.
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.realfest.co.uk/
Thursday 11- Monday 15 July
With an emphasis on diversity, freedom, and self-expression, Noisily claims to offer an alternative to mainstream festival culture.
Their website states: ‘Whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul. It’s a celebration of psychedelic art and culture in a society which is increasingly looking within for happiness and fulfilment, and away from material goods and money as the definition of success.’
If that sounds like your cup of tea, head on down to Market Harborough this July.
Some of the sets include: James Monro, Beatnik, Headroom, Nikki S, Tron, Beth Lydi, Jorge Martins, and many more.
For tickets and more information go to: https://noisilyfestival.com/
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August
Showcasing the latest of breakthrough talent as well as a few more established musicians, 110 Above hopes to provide something fresh.
The festival is located in Gopsall, near Twycross, and claims to be ‘unpretentious and undeniably fun’. Its intimate atmosphere brings fans and musicians together and TMRW Magazine argues it is ‘indie’s best kept secret’.
This year’s acts include: Mystery Jets, Pale Waves, Clean Cut Kid, Little Comets, Easy Life, and more.
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.110above.com/line-up
Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Friday 16- Sunday 18 August
Moira Furnace Folk Festival is located in the heart of the National Forest, a perfect setting for traditional folk music and Morris dancing.
‘Most events take place on the green site of Moira Furnace, with a Ceilidh on Saturday Night at the Miners Welfare, just a few hundred metres from the main site. Singarounds and sessions also take place at local pubs, some 10 minutes’ walk from the Festival main site.’
This festival offers something a little different and gives people a chance to get involved with singing and dancing!
Artists include: Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Anthony John Clarke Band, ALAW, The Mile Roses, and more!
For tickets and more information go to: http://www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk/
Off the Tracks
Friday 30 August – Sunday 1 September
Off the Tracks is a laid-back, family-orientated experience: ‘Our family-friendly festivals are the perfect chance for you to flee to the countryside, let your hair down, chill out and escape the humdrum of everyday life.’ Expect a friendly crowd and an intimate atmosphere.
The line-up currently includes: Ferocious Dog, Elephant Sessions, Headsticks, Orchestra of Samples, and more to be announced.
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.offthetracks.co.uk/
Back to the 80s & 90s
Friday 30th August – Monday 2 September
Back to the 80s and 90s is the UK’s fastest growing nostalgic music festival. If today’s chart-toppers don’t float your boat, this festival is the best way to enjoy some of your favourite live performers of the 80s and 90s all in one place.
Some acts include: Tony Hadley (of Spandau Ballet), Vengaboys, Heather Small, Nik Kershaw, B*Witched, East 17, Katrina “From Katrina and the Waves”, and a special mystery guest!
For tickets and more information go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-to-the-80s-90s-festival-2019-tickets-49040243689?aff=erelexpmlt