Summer in the UK is a music lover’s dream. Many of the best UK festivals are still to come, and the UK festivals 2012 circuit boasts some impressive lineups. The following offers an overview of some of the largest and most anticipated music festivals of the season.
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The Download Festival in Donington Park in June is likely to be a big hit amidst all of the UK festivals 2012 offerings. It’s a particularly great option if you like to camp out for a whole festival weekend. You can bring a tent and camp out for a modest fee in addition to the £75 per day ticket cost. That may sound a but expensive, but this year ticket prices will get you in to see Black Sabbath, Prodigy, Metallica, Soundgarden, Megadeth, and a variety of other metal and hard rock bands.
Isle of Wight
Another of the best UK festivals scheduled for the summer is the Isle of Wight music festival in Seaclose Park. Tickets cost less than £200, which turns out to be a good deal when you consider that the price includes camping and a wide variety of bands and artists from a range of genres. This year, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jessie J, Pearl Gam, and Band of Skulls—to name only a few—are all on the line up. The festival runs from June 22nd through June 24th.
The Reading Festival, which lasts from August 24th to August 26th, is one of the best UK festivals 2012 offerings. The festival this year is scheduled to feature well-known acts like Foo Fighters, Florence & the Machine, The Black Keys, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Cure, as well as a number of new bands like Foster the People. In addition, smaller (and often underrated) acts like Bullet For My Valentine and Pulled Apart by Horses are also on the docket. Weekend tickets are less than £200 and day tickets are £85.
If you can’t make it to the Reading Festival, don’t fret: you can catch many of the same acts at the Leeds Festival in Bramham Park. Tickets to the Leeds Festival are the same price as the Reading Festival, and you’ll also still get to see major acts like the Foo Fighters and The Cure, in addition to Passion Pit, The Hives, Santigold, and many others. (If you feel like doing a bit of traveling to see your favorite band two days in a row, you can also opt to get tickets to festivals in both Reading and Leeds).
In addition to these events on the UK festivals 2012 circuit, there is also the Rock Ness Festival in Loch Ness, scheduled for early June and featuring a number of indie bands. T in the Park, a Scotland-based festival that runs from July 6th-8th, also promises to be a great time, with Florence and the Machine, Snow Patrol, and Nicki Minaj (to name only a few) scheduled to perform.