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Top 7 British Summer Music Festivals

Date: 18 Jul 2016

The days get longer and hopefully sunnier.  Shorts, flip-flops and festival wellies replace jackets and scarves. The inner child replaces the inner hermit and is overcome with the insatiable desire to dance in fancy dress.

Yes.  The British Summer is upon us and with it, the festival season.

Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, enjoy a long weekend getaway with friends, have a foodie feast or just experience an eclectic mix of music, our festival season has arrived and here are our seven favourite festivals that you don’t want to miss.

Locke's Top 7

Glastonbury Festival


Eastern Electrics 

Secret Garden Party

V Festival


Standon Calling

1. Best Big Festival for Big Name Acts

Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset: 22-26 June


Glastonbury Festival, Pilton

Muddy fields, loud music and big name artists is what makes this festival one of a kind. And yes… we know this festival was just a couple of weeks ago but we didn’t want to leave it off the list.

Some of the biggest names in the industry performed across several stages to entertain the crowd.

Muse, Adele and Coldplay were amongst a few of the popular artists in charge of the 2016 “Glasto” experience, so if you missed it, make sure you sign up to our newsletter so we can keep you updated with dates and bookings for 2017.

And if you are one of the lucky ones who got to see Chris Martin and “A head full of dreams”, tag us @lockehotels in a picture of your Glasto experience and the pic with the person covered in the most mud wins a free night at Leman Locke.


2. Best Festival for Foodies

Wilderness, Oxfordshire: 4–7 August



Politely wild crowds, live music, wild swimming, contemporary arts / theatre and most importantly, culinary festival dining experiences for the foodies are what Wilderness Festival so unique.

The award-winning festival takes place in beautiful rolling hills of the Oxfordshire countryside.  in addition to the main stage hosting amazingly talented artists such Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Crystal Fighters and Glass Animals, the highlight at this festival is the food - foodies will be thrilled to pick from the following culinary experiences: Raymond Blanc, Hix, Moro, Robin Gill (The Dairy), Lee Westcott (Typing Room), Angela Hartnett, Duck & Waffle and many more.

Book your Banquet tickets as soon as possible – the big name chefs get sold out pretty quick.

Don’t forget to share your festival food with us @lockehotels - the person who hashtags us with the biggest number of tasty dishes gets a free night stay at your pick of Locke Hotels.  If you miss out on your favourite chef, don’t fret – there’s always Patty & Bun; somehow their burgers taste just as good at Wilderness as they do in London.


3. Best Festival for Underground Electric Music

Eastern Electrics, Hatfield: 6 August



The festival that once was a small warehouse party, now hosts over 12,000 British ravers. The one-day festival will be presenting some of our favourite DJs including Groove Armada, Seth Troxler, Idris Elba (yes, Idris Elba – didn’t realise he was a DJ) and Ibiza’s Best House award winner Darius Syrossian.

For those “jonesing” for a night out at Pacha and/or Amnesia, this is England’s closest substitute. If you love Idris Elba as much as we do and happen to finagle your way to taking the first selfie with the James Bond hopeful, tag us on Twitter or Instagram @lockehotels for a chance to win a night at your choice of Locke Hotels.

Note: For the ravers who don’t want the deep house sounds from Ibiza and the underground vibes from London to come to an end, there is an after party with the same energetic, unstoppable atmosphere at Egg London and The Forum Hertfordshire.

4.  Best British Alternative to Burning Man

Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton: 21-24 July 


Secret Garden Party

At Secret Garden, you won’t get to take selfies in a Mad Max-like desert or bump into Mark Zuckerberg while you are hallucinating.  But if you’re looking for the British version that aspires to be as aesthetically, musically and theatrically psychedelic as Burning Man, Secret Garden is your closest bet. This festival somehow manages to fuse a hedonistic fandango of indulgence and euphoria whilst still retaining its expressive sanity. The festival knows how to put on a spread of sound, in which you can catch the melodies of the moment together with an eclectic mix of past nostalgic tunes.

The line-up this year includes artists like Milky Chance, Shura, DJ Shadow and Izzy Bizu; but don’t miss the Boxing Ring Dance Off – one of our favourite Secret Garden events. If you are a winner, tweet us a pic of yourself at @lockehotels next to the ring as winner immediately and yes, we will give you a free night’s stay.

5.  Best Festival for Chart Toppers

V Festival, Hylands Park and Weston Park 20 – 21 August  



The NME nominee for best festival of 2016 is hosting an array of chart-topping acts year-in, year-out. Previous summers have seen the likes of Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake grace the stage, and this year it's continuing to celebrate with Rihanna, Sia, David Guetta, James Morrison and the man of the hour, Justin Bieber. Yes, we think that it’s about time to actually admit that you like his new tunes and you can’t stop your body from moving whenever you hear “is it too late now to say sorryyyyy?” – as painful as that sounds.  You have to confess that as Bieber the “Believer” has evolved, so have his muscles ;). So if you manage to pull off a selfie alongside the Canadian “rebel” flexing his muscles, hashtag us @lockehotels and get a free night at Locke.

6. Best London Festival

Lovebox, Victoria Park London 15-16 July


This urban festival with a beautiful mix of DJ's, Rock and Roll madness and artist performances is taking place in east London.  This year Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Jack Garratt, Diplo and Kano are just a few of the crowd-pleasers. 

Hackney's Victoria Park becomes a throbbing mass of ravers, fashion victims and hip hop karaokites.

Yes, you read it correctly: our two favourite London MCs Bobby Champagne Jr. are DJ Rob Pursey back on the stage (with their stylish attire) hosting the “get on the mic and act out the rap fantasies” experience.

So if you are amongst the few that have the talent and gut to get on that stage to make it rain, get it in video and hashtag us @lockehotels to get a free night on us at Leman Locke. The best video takes the room but if you happen to throw in the words “Locke” while you are on stage, you are definitely shoe in.


7. Best Small Festival

Standon Calling, Hertfordshire 29-31 July 



What started as a garden party has now grown to accommodate huge headliners, without losing its intimacy and house party feel. We don’t know if it’s the swimming pool, the tutu making or the cupcake decorating but this festival has become an event that has found its way into the hearts of many.

More than being just about music, it’s a place full of fun things to do for the whole family. If you like to dance carelessly in a field with others in fancy dress, Standon is the event. 

The theme of the year is “Legend of the Lost Seas' and we know how seriously you take fancy dress - so what about tagging us @lockehotels in a picture all dressed up? The funniest group fancy dress pic gets a night at Locke.