The LFX Guide to Festivals

If you’re heading off to a summer festival this year, make sure you read our handy survival guide first.

Let’s start off with the best festivals around and what you need to know about them…

The Festivals

Glastonbury

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.55.40Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England.

When: 24th-28th June.

Who: Florence and the Machine, James Bay, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, The Who, Hozier, Lionel Richie and Rudimental – to name but a few.

Top Tip: Don’t forget your wellies…

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Benicàssim

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.56.31Where: Benicàssim, Costa Azahar, Spain.

When: 18th-21st July. 

Who: Florence and the Machine, Clean Bandit, The Prodigy, Blur, Portishead, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs and Mark Ronson.

Top Tip: Benicàssim is just a stone’s throw from Barcelona – so why not extend your trip with a day or two in the Catalonian capital?

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Bestival

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.57.57Where: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight, England.

When: 10th-13th September.

Who: The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Rudimental, Annie Mac, Wiley and more.

Top Tip: Bestival is famous for its boutique campsite and innovative extras – make sure you check out the Bollywood cocktail bar…

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Lollapaloozza

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.58.34Where: Grant Park, Chicago, USA.

When: 31st July-2nd August.

Who: Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Paul McCartney and Metallica are the headliners in a line-up of over 100 music acts.

Top Tip: Got little ones in tow? Lollapalooza has its own mini-festival: Kidzapalooza.

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Reading Festival

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.59.09Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, England.

When: 28th-30th August.

Who: Mumford & Sons, Metallica, The Libertines, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco, Bastille on the main stage – and many more on the NME and BBC Radio One stages.

Top Tip: Don’t forget to scour the internet in the lead-up so you don’t miss Reading’s legendary secret sets.

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TomorrowWorld

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.48.44Where: Atlanta, USA.

When: 25th-27th September.

Who: David Guetta, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer and Steve Angello – full list and additional headliners are still to be announced.

Top Tip: TomorrowWorld is basically the Disneyland of festivals – think eclectic design and animation and uniquely designed stages. If the US is a bit too much of a travel for you, check out TomorrowWorld’s big brother Tomorrowland in Belgium.

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Don’t Forget…

Okay, so you know the basics- toilet roll, wet wipes, and don’t forget the suncream (even if you’re off to a festival in Blighty- we live in hope). And you can’t beat wellies, flowers and a spot of neon face paint if you really want to look the part. But if you’re after some really useful festival essentials, look no further…

To keep your phone safe (and charged)

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 14.50.00Okay, okay, so a festival probably isn’t the best place to take your phone. But we know you need to keep an eye on those all-important charts. So if you really must have your smartphone with you, keep it safe and fully charged with this ingenious Mophie Juice Pack Air phone case that protects your phone while doubling its battery life.

Will set you back: $99.95 
Get it from: 
mophie.com

To keep your beer cool

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 14.51.22Even the most hardened festival goer will admit that nothing spoils the mood quite like cracking open a can of warm, flat beer after a set. So be the envy of the field with a Fatboy Keg– it’ll keep your beer cool for up to 12 hours while you’re off enjoying the festival. And it holds an impressive 11.4 litres, so it should keep you going for a while…

Will set you back: £40.63
Get it from: amazon.co.uk

If you just can’t go that long without a shower

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 14.58.20Then make sure you pack this Hi Gear solar shower– it takes around three hours for the water to heat up, so it’ll be ready when you get back from the headline act just in time to freshen up before you head out for round two.

Will set you back: £6
Get it from: hi gear.com

The umbrella that’s also a chair

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 14.54.12Somebody has finally found a solution to two of the most common festival complaints- aching feet and getting caught in a downpour. Take a load off your feet and get out of the rain with a Napier Deluxe Seat Stick Umbrella. We’re not sure the people standing behind you will appreciate the umbrella, though…

Will set you back: £74.95
Get it from: amazon.co.uk

There’s an app for that!

If you’re smartphone savvy, you’ll load your phone with useful apps before you go. Most festivals these days have their own official apps. The Glastonbury one is particularly impressive, allowing you to build your own personal line-up, find your mates through the interactive map and watch any acts you’ve missed on catch-up. The V Festival app has a nifty little tool called Clashfinder, that tells you when acts are playing and who they clash with, so you don’t miss any of your faves.

Also worth downloading are Find My iPhone, a useful app that’ll help you track down any of your friend’s mislaid smartphones and Shazam, which recognises music playing around you and will tell you the name of that song you just can’t think of (it’s also useful for your car radio post-festival).

Ssssh!

Read on for a few of our favourite little-known festival secrets, from where to find real flushing toilets and Glastonbury to the best place to camp if you want a good night’s sleep (well, a reasonably good one- festivals aren’t known for promoting sleep, to be honest).

-You can find actual porcelain, flushing toilets at Glasto between the farm and Pedestrian Gate B, and free hot showers in the Green Fields. You’ll also find loos, hot showers and other treats (for a small fee) at The Powder Room.

-The go-to hotspot at the end of a day at Lollapalooza is Pops for Champagne. It’s walking distance from the festival stage and offers a choice of over 200 different champagnes.

-Whatever festival you’re heading to, make sure you set up text alerts for your favourite bands’ Twitter accounts so you don’t miss out on any secret sets.

-If you want (relative) peace and quiet when you retreat to your tent at V Fest, go for the Golden campsite. The campsites nearer the arena are busier and therefore noisier.

-And last but not least, if it’s forecast for rain, pack your clothes in black bin bags to keep them dry and don’t pitch your tent at the bottom of an incline, unless you want to end up sleeping in a puddle.

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