2018 Festival Focus: July – September

Here's where you need to be this summer...

Joe Walker

2 years ago

By Joe Walker

It’s that time of year again! Most festivals have announced at least their first wave of performers for this summer, and because we know it’s very hard to keep up with all the events across the UK and beyond we have assembled the best places to be to see the music you and us love between now and the autumn. With just weeks until some of these events take place, we suggest you get moving real quick to secure tickets (and in some cases flights, accommodation) for the festivals you want to visit.

You’ve had a look at the events for May and June 2018, now see what’s good during July, August and September this year…


5-8 July
Where: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Live Acts include (A-Z): AJ Tracey, Big Mikee & Tantskii, Bugzy Malone, Damian Marley, De La Soul, Devilman, Dizzee Rascal, Flava D, Flohio, Fumin, Izzie Gibbs, Jaykae, Kahn & Neek, Lady Leshurr, Mayhem NODB, Ocean Wisdom, Ozzie B, Rude Kid, Run DMC, SafOne, Stefflon Don, Sox, The Heatwave, The Heavytrackerz, Tiffany Calver, Trilla, Vic Mensa
Tickets and More Info: nassfestival.com

A few miles away from Bristol is NASS, a festival of extreme sports and great music. Alongside the international skate and BMX competitions is a strong lineup of hip-hop, grime, d’n’b and more. Dizzee, Bugzy, Stefflon Don and Vic Mensa headline, as do Damian Marley and old school rap legends Run DMC and De La Soul. Andy C, Sigma and Wilkinson complete the top billing.

6-8 July
Where: Finsbury Park, London
Live Acts include (A-Z): 6lack, 67, A Boogie, Bas, Belly, Belly Squad, Big Sean, Cardi B, Charlie Sloth, DJ Khaled, DJ Semtex, Donae’O, Fredo, French Montana, Giggs, Goldlink, Hardy Caprio, J.Cole, J Hus, Jaykae, Kojo Funds, Lil Pump, Lil Uzi Vert, Lisa Mercedez, Mabel, Majid Jordan, Manny Norte, Migos, MIST, MoStack, Ms Banks, Not3s, PartyNextDoor, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Rae Sremmurd, Ramz, Rick Ross, Russ, Ski Mask The Slump God, Smokepurpp, Sneakbo, Stormzy, Suspect, Tim Westwood, Trippie Redd, Wiley, Wretch 32
Tickets and More Infowirelessfestival.co.uk

As far as UK festivals for the music we love are concerned, Wireless is pretty much running tings right now and this summer’s ridiculous lineup (in its entirety above) is concrete evidence of that. It’s at this point that we should tell you that tickets for Wireless 2018 sold out in record time, including all VIP options, and while we usually don’t include sold out events in our annual festival guides we feel this lineup is so strong that you must find a way! By that we mean you should trawl through resellers and secondary ticketing sites, rather than hopping the fence. Good luck!

When: 10-12 July
Where: Pag, Croatia
Live Acts include (A-Z): Goldlink, J Hus, Lil Pump, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Statik Selektah, Stefflon Don, Tim Westwood, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Wiz Khalifa
Tickets and More Infofresh-island.org

Another of the big festivals at Croatia’s Zrce Beach on the island of Pag is Fresh Island. They’ve just announced their second group of names, with Vince Staples performing at their Rinse FM and return trips to Fresh Island for Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign, for what is another top list of hip-hop and rnb acts to enjoy by the Adriatic Sea.

Faded, Shorebitch and So Fresh So Clean are some of the club nights hosting pool and boat parties during the festival, and they will also all be involved with Fresh Island’s LDN Takeover, a series of parties at Junction Hosue in Dalston every Saturday this April featuring all their resident DJs and special guests including Westwood, who plays April 28.

When: 13-14 July
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London
Live Acts include (A-Z): Action Bronson, Amy Becker, Anderson .Paak, Belly, Big Boi, Big Zuu, CASisDEAD, Childish Gambino, D Double E, Dave, Diplo, DJ Q, Jamz Supernova & Stush, K Trap, Kali Uchis, Kenny Allstar, M Huncho, Mabel, MHD, Mike Skinner & Murkage, Ms Banks, Mura Masa, N.E.R.D., Preditah, Sian Anderson, Skepta, Skrapz, Star.One, Steel Banglez, Suspect, SZA, The Internet, Vince Staples, Wu-Tang Clan
Tickets and More Info: loveboxfestival.com

After years in Hackney’s Victoria Park, Lovebox has a new home in West London, – Gunnersbury Park, real West – and they’re bringing a stellar lineup with them. Just Jam have a takeover that includes Big Zuu, K Trap, M Huncho, Skrapz and Suspect, while Noisey and Mike Skinner’s Tonga brand also present stages. If you can only pick one day, it looks like Friday will be the one but there’s enough on Saturday to make a weekend ticket worthwhile.

When: 13-15 July
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Live Acts include (A-Z): 6lack, A Boogie, Anderson .Paak, Bas, Belly, Big Shaq, Cardi B, Diplo, Giggs, Ibeyi, J.Cole, J Hus, Joey Bada$$, Kali Uchis, Khalid, Lil Pump, Mabel, Migos, Post Malone, Princess Nokia, Sampha, Solange, The Internet, Travis Scott, Tyler, the Creator
Tickets and More Info: longitude.ie

If you can’t get hold of a Wireless ticket, or you want to make a small trip out of your festival experience, Longitude is an interesting even to consider. Falling on the same weekend as Lovebox, the Irish festival takes place over three days in Dublin’s Marlay Park. It’s not a camping festival, so you might as well see the city for a bit too on your way to and from your room or apartment.

When: 21-22 July
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Live Acts include (A-Z): Ace, Mahalia, Not3s, Ray BLK, Rude Kid, Seani B, Stefflon Don, Tim Westwood, Toddla T, Trevor Nelson, Wide Awake, Wiley
Tickets and More Infowww.limfestival.com

The two-day festival in Liverpool is more tailored for the likes of you and us on the Saturday date, which sees the majority of rappers and MCs perform alongside headliner Example. Incredibly, prices start at a fiver per person so this looks to be the best value festival on the list.

When: 28 July
Where: Perry Park, Birmingham
Live Acts include (A-Z): Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, DJ Q, Kurupt FM, Not3s, Preditah, Sir Spyro, Yxng Bane, Zinc
Tickets and More Infomade-festival.co.uk

The fifth anniversary of Birmingham’s MADE Festival has moved to from Digbeth to a new home in Perry Park, with big names and local heroes alike. The 02:31 stage is especially appetising with DJ Q, Preditah, Zinc and Sir Spyro bringing the big energy levels.


2-5 August
Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Live Acts include (A-Z):
CASisDEAD, David Rodigan, Donae’O, Ebenezer, Flava D, Ghetts, Hak Baker, IAMDDB, Jamz Supernova, Jaykae, Jorja Smith, Kelela, Kojey Radical, Kojo Funds, Lotto Boyzz, Mabel, Mike Skinner & Murkage, Mura Masa, Not3s, Radar Radio, Rudimental, So Solid Crew, Stefflon Don, Thundercat, Wookie
Tickets and More Info: 

Bestival enters a second year at its new home of Lulworth Estate in Dorset, where the family-friendly sister festival Camp Bestival also takes place. Headliners include M.I.A., Plan B and London Grammar, though we’ve got our eyes on the Big Top tent, which hosts many of our favourites, while the Temple plays host to the essential sets that week for you ravers.

Radar Radio take over the Bollywood Tent on night one of Bestival, with sets from Kenny Allstar, Snnochie Shy, DJ Argue (with Mob Set’s Master Peace), Conducta, Amy Becker, Martha and Jossy Mitsu.

When: 4-5 August
Where: Morden Park, London
Live Acts include (A-Z): 67, A.G, CASisDEAD, Champion, Conducta, D Double E, David Rodigan, Elijah & Skilliam, Ghetts, Murlo b2b Conducta, Oxide & Neutrino, P Money, Skream, Spooky b2b Grandmixxer, Shortee Blitz, Suspect, Tiffany Calver, TQD, Wookie, Young T & Bugsey
Tickets and More Info: www.easternelectrics.com

House, garage, reggae, dnb and more is in store across the two days of Eastern Electrics in Morden, South West London (right at the end of the Northern line). The Sunday lineup has recently been announced, with Rinse hosting the main stage and bringing a big rap and grime contingent with them. Murlo b2b Conducta and Spooky b2b Grandmixxer sound promising.

When: 9-12 August
Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester
Live Acts include (A-Z): 808INK, Big Zuu, Champion & MC Serious, DJ Q, Elijah & Skilliam, Ghetts, Gorillaz, Kojey Radical, Lady Leshurr, LEVELZ, Madam X, Nadia Rose, Plastician, Redlight, Rocks FOE, Royal T, Shy FX, Swindle, Wookie b2b Matt Jam Lamont
Tickets and More Infowww.boomtownfair.co.uk

Boomtown is a vast pop-up town that provides music discovery around every corner. We cannot overstate just how many DJs and live performers are booked for this year, but we reckon you’re most likely to take interest in the Barrio Loco district of the town, which will bring a weighty lineup of grime, garage and hip-hop over the week of fun. The Jamz Presents… showcase brings the best of the Butterz family and friends in a stand-out feature here.

When: 24-26 August
Where: Get this…Reading…AND also Leeds
Live Acts include (A-Z): 23, A2, A Boogie, AJ Tracey, A-Trak, Belly, Big Shaq & Friends, Charlie Sloth, DJ Semtex, DJ Target, Ebenezer, Fekky, Fredo, Ghetts, Hak Baker, Hardy Caprio, Headie One, IAMDDB, Izzie Gibbs, J Hus, Kendrick Lamar, Kojo Funds, Krept & Konan, Lady Leshurr, Last Night In Paris, Lil Pump, MIST, Mr Eazi, Ms Banks, Nadia Rose, Nines, Ocean Wisdom, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Rex Orange County, Skengdo & AM, Ski Mask The Slump God, Steel Banglez, Sneakbo, Suspect, Travis Scott, Wretch 32, Yungen, Yxng Bane
Tickets and More Inforeadingfestival.com and leedsfestival.com

The two-city weekender is back and as strong as ever. Kendrick, J Hus and Krept & Konan are among the main stage headliners, as is an intriguing Big Shaq & friends set. You already know the BBC Radio 1Xtra stage will hold you down all weekend, though there are select acts on the Radio 1 stage too that you’ll have to see, including MIST, IAMDDB and a very rare Nines performance.

When: 25-26 August
Where: Clapham Common, London
Live Acts include (A-Z): Big Narstie, Big Tobz, Bugzy Malone, Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, Kojo Funds, Lethal Bizzle, Madam X, Nadia Rose, Ocean Wisdom, Rude Kid, Steel Banglez b2b P Montana, Stefflon Don, The Manor, Toddla T b2b Redlight, Yungen
Tickets and More Infosouthwestfour.com

If the capital is closer or more enticing to you than Reading or Leeds on this weekend, then SW4 is the clear alternative. Largely a house music festival with massive DJs from its various strands of sound, there is also a stage on the Sunday packed with rap, grime and surrounding sounds that should be lively. Steel Banglez b2b P Montana sounds huge, as always does the prospect of The Manor performing in South London.


When: 5-9 September
Where: Pula, Croatia
Live Acts include (A-Z): AJ Tracey, As If Kid, Chimpo, David Rodigan, Devilman, Flowdan, Grandmixxer, J Hus, Jamakabi, Jaykae, Kahn & Neek, Kamakaze, Killa P, Kojey Radical, Madam X, Manga Saint Hilare, MIST, Lady Leshurr, LEVELZ, Nadia Rose, Neffa T, Ocean Wisdom, President T, Shy FX, Shy One, Slimzee, Spooky, Stefflon Don, The Heatwave, Trends & Boylan, YGG
Tickets and More Infowww.outlookfestival.com

The greatest festival of soundsystem culture on the planet is essential yet again. Hip-hop, grime, garage, dubstep, d’n’b, reggae and anything else that has been in any way inspired by the little island is here at strength in a beautiful pocket of Croatia. There are boat parties with your favourite labels and event brands, while the festival itself opens with a colosseum concert including Wiley and David Rodigan’s Outlook Orchestra, for which tickets are sold separately. Find a way to this one. Just…find a way.