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Best UK music festivals 2023: The essential month-by-month guide

Whether you’re looking for big bands, big ideas, a family day out, tasty food or new music, the best UK music festivals have something for you

Best UK festivals 2023

UK festivals 2023 Illustration: Eleanor Shakespeare

This week’s Eurovision takeover of Liverpool kicks off a massive 2023 festival season in the UK. Whether you’re looking for big bands, big ideas, a wellness retreat, a family day out, tasty food or new music from the bleeding edge, this year’s offerings have something for you. In our guide to the best music festivals 2023, we’re taking you to all corners of the UK to make your summer a great one, whatever your budget. 

The best UK festivals, month-by-month:

The best UK festivals in May 2023

The Great Escape

May 10-13
Various venues, Brighton
£105

Are your playlists due for a refresh? Like a seaside South by Southwest, TGE doubles as a music industry conference, so it’s the best place to discover up-and-coming bands out to impress. Previous editions have seen the likes of Adele, Vampire Weekend and The 1975 grace Brighton’s smallest stages – this year, see Debby Friday and Enumclaw before they get big.
greatescapefestival.com

Get Together

May 20
Various venues, Sheffield
£35

This bargain all-dayer takes place across the bars, warehouses and studios of Sheffield’s trendy Kelham Island, with a line-up including Irish alt-country star CMAT, former Klaxons member James Righton and Friendly Fires. Sets from the likes of Queer House Party will keep the vibe going into the night, fuelled by craft beer from local Kelham Island Brewery.
welcometosheffield.co.uk

Knockengorroch

May 25-28
Galloway, Scotland
£159

Set in a beautiful riverside meadow, Knockengorroch is an old-school greenfield festival and the longest-running of its kind in Scotland. It celebrates celtic culture from Scotland to Chile, with families and late-night partiers equally catered for. We recommend indie folker Tennyson King, violin virtuoso Akram Abdulfattah and expert beat curator Sarra Wild.
knockengorroch.org.uk

Jazz Stroud

May 25-28
Various venues, Stroud
£68

The Gloucestershire market town once again plays host to the best in UK jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop, with highlights including Manchester-based polymath Alabaster dePlume, 10-piece collective TC & The Groove Family and all-female Afro Latin ensemble COLECTIVA. There’s a strong showing of acts from the south west, including Bristol piano trio Yetii, and three ensembles of young locals.
jazzstroud.org

Wide Awake 

May 27 
Brockwell Park, London 
From £69.50

There are tonnes of London park festivals to choose from, but Wide Awake may just be the best, catering to the most curious of electronic and underground music mavens. Boasting the only UK festival date for Caroline Polachek, the line-up also features Tirzah, Alex G, Gilla Band and Oneohtrix Point Never, with DJs from Rough Trade, Third Man Records, Hackney’s Moth Club and many more.
wideawakelondon.co.uk

Pink Pirate is just one artist you could discover at the best new music festivals
Pink Pirate will play at Dot to Dot. Photo: PR

Dot to Dot 

May 27-28 
Various venues, Bristol and Nottingham 
From £25

Discover your favourite new band over the May bank holiday at this pair of all-dayers. Mercury-nominated Leeds upstarts Yard Act and Toronto noise rockers Alvvays are the headliners, but we’d encourage you to embrace the Dot to Dot spirit and turn up early for some of the lesser-known acts.
dottodotfestival.co.uk

Slam Dunk North 

May 28 
Temple Newsam, Leeds 
£89

Taking place in the old Leeds Festival grounds, Slam Dunk admirably keeps its rock roots alive with a stacked line-up of rock, pop-punk and emo. Relive your teen angst with sets from The Offspring, Bowling for Soup, Flogging Molly and Underoath – if not for the presence of PVRIS and Creeper, you could be convinced it’s 2003 again.
slamdunkfestival.com 

Hidden Door 

May 31-June 4
The Complex, Edinburgh 
From £25

In a city not exactly lacking in festivals, Hidden Door does something genuinely different – bringing a new forgotten space back to life each year with a programme of music, visual art and spoken word. This year, a former office complex is transformed, playing host to a different line-up of performers each night. Highlights include Glasgow party-starters Free Love, Irish indie darlings Pillow Queens and London alt-pop collective Nine8.
hiddendoorarts.org

The Big Retreat Festival in Wales. Pic: supplied
The Big Retreat Festival in Wales. Pic: supplied

The best UK festivals in June 2023

The Big Retreat 

June 1-4 
Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire 
From £219

Nourishment for body and soul is the focus of this wellness-leaning long weekend, which promises to offer “whatever feel-good means to you” across a dozen festival areas. There are high-energy workouts, gong baths and wild swimming sessions, plus workshops in mental health, sleep therapy, puppet-making, juggling and whatever “energy orgasms” are. 
thebigretreatfestival.com 

Fire in the Mountain 

June 1-5 
Aberystwyth, west Wales 
From £160

This small-scale farm festival celebrates folk and roots music of all kinds, embedded in the local community, with a full day of Welsh acts on the main stage on the Friday. Offering sliding scale ticket prices, it also has a refreshing commitment to programming with gender parity, and with a strong LGBT+ representation.
fireinthemountain.co.uk

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The iconic venue for the Eden Sessions

The Great Estate

June 2-4
Scorrier House, Redruth, Cornwall
From £85

Branded as a “rambunctious garden fête”, this boutique family festival features motorcycle stunts, hip hop karaoke and an interactive treasure hunt alongside music from Primal Scream, The Selecter and club anthems as you’ve never heard them before from Symphonic Ibiza. The gardens themselves are pretty special too – Scorrier House is an exclusive country house set within four hundred acres of private parkland and historic gardens.

greatestatefestival.co.uk

Eden Sessions 

June 7-July 7 
Eden Project, Cornwall 
Ticket prices vary

The iconic sci-fi orbs of The Eden Project provide a unique backdrop for this month-long series of big summer gigs with a guaranteed party atmosphere. With individual tickets available for each show, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a soul sister (Lionel Richie), party animal (Pet Shop Boys) angsty teen (Yungblud) or former angsty teen (Incubus). 
edensessions.com 

Download 

June 8-11 
Donington Park, Derby 
£325

It’s only fitting that the UK’s most famous rock festival is going even bigger for its 20th edition. Now over a mammoth four days, Download boasts double headliners Metallica, who are promising two completely unique sets over two nights. Other huge names include Bring Me The Horizon, Placebo, Parkway Drive and Architects, with a headline set from Slipknot on the final night.
downloadfestival.co.uk 

Gottwood 

June 8-11 
Carreglwyd Estate, Anglesey
£190

Taking place in a stunning woodland location, this boutique electronic festival is every raver’s dream. Where some festival line-ups feel hastily thrown-together, Gottwood’s is as finely selected as a trusted DJ’s record bag. A mix of guest curators including Nottingham label Wigflex, Manchester party Ghosts of Garage and the self-explanatory A Night of North Wales Techno ensure variety and personality across the blissed-out weekend.
gottwood.co.uk

Long Division 

June 9-10 
Various venues, Wakefield 
From £1

After 12 years, Long Division is sadly coming to a close – but Yorkshire’s best city festival is going out on a high, with sets from Arab Strap, The Lovely Eggs, and local legends The Research. Tickets to the festival’s main day are priced on a sliding scale, with £1 tickets for under 18s, making this indie celebration genuinely financially accessible. 
longdivisionfestival.co.uk

Christine at the Queens at BBC 6 Music Festival
Christine at the Queens at BBC 6 Music Festival. Photo: PR

Meltdown 

June 9-18 
Southbank Centre, London 
Ticket prices vary

The 28th edition of this vibrant artist-curated festival presents a hand-picked line-up from Christine and the Queens, including two headline shows from the French avant-pop sensation himself. Let’s Eat Grandma, serpentwithfeet, Bat For Lashes and KOKOROKO are among the performers, with special events including an “afternoon of controversy and chaos” from drag queen Katya, Man Ray films live-scored by Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch, and an unmissable pop-up from queer club The Chateau.
southbankcentre.co.uk

Parklife 

June 10-11 
Heaton Park, Manchester 
£149.50

Handily located a short tram ride from the centre of Manchester, Parklife combines the sprawling size of a greenfield with the ease of a city festival. The line-up is always impressive and this year is no exception, from big pop names (The 1975) to dance mavens (The Blessed Madonna) and hip-hop legends (Nas).
parklife.uk.com

Glasgow Jazz Festival 

June 14-18 
Various venues 
Ticket prices vary

Since its founding in 1987, this beloved city-wide festival has played host to icons including Gladys Knight and Miles Davis. This year, R&B singer Geno Washington and trombone pioneer Steve Turre are among the scene legends gracing Glasgow’s stages, alongside local favourites Andrew Wasylyk and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. There’s also late-night jam sessions, and a jazz ensemble reimagining the songs of Radiohead. 
jazzfest.co.uk

Camilla George - among the acts at Glasgow Jazz Festival, one of the best city festivals in the UK
Camilla George. Image: Glasgow Jazz Festival

Black Deer Festival 

June 16-18 
Eridge Park, Kent
From £194.75

Black Deer has quickly established itself as the UK home of Americana, country and roots music, and this year is a doozy – encompassing titans like Bonnie Raitt and The Pretenders, and cult favourites This is the Kit, CMAT and Kurt Vile. It also offers an immersion in American counterculture via motorcycle displays, food trucks and a stage curated by students from SupaJam, a music education programme for vulnerable young people.
blackdeerfestival.com

Glastonbury

June 21-25 
Worthy Farm, Somerset
£335

This one needs no introduction. Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John headline, with more acts including (deep breath) Lana Del Rey, Lizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Blondie, Kelis, The Chicks, our cover stars Måneskin and Yusuf aka Cat Stevens in the Sunday afternoon ‘legend’ slot. 
glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Glastonbury festival crowd
Glastonbury crowd. Image: Andrew Allcock

Bristol Sounds

June 21-25 
Bristol Harbourside 
From £36.40

This annual series of open-air concerts brings revellers to Bristol’s historic harbourside. Musical highlights of 2023 include Self Esteem (opposite), James, Levellers, The Selecter, Black Grape and jazz-pop star Jacob Collier.
crosstownconcerts.com 

Outbreak 

June 23-25 
Depot Mayfield, Manchester 
£135

Manchester’s city-centre Outbreak is consistently the best hardcore festival in the UK, and is especially good at platforming acts who traverse punk’s expansion into other genres. This year is no exception, with hip-hop leaning headliners Denzel Curry, Death Grips and Odd Future alum Earl Sweatshirt. We also recommend acclaimed three-piece Soul Glo and metal legends Converge.
outbreak-fest.co.uk

Love Supreme 

June 30-July 2 
Glynde Place, East Sussex 
From £160

This reliably excellent jazz and soul festival celebrates its 10th edition with a stellar line-up, including Mercury winner Little Simz, funk maximalist Thundercat, Grace Jones and Candi Staton. There’s also the Jazz Lounge for talks, and a record shop with signings, courtesy of Rough Trade.
lovesupremefestival.com

The best UK festivals in July 2023

2000trees

July 5-8
Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire
From £190.50

2000trees is heaven for rock fans of all persuasions. Punks Soft Play (formerly known as Slaves) and Frank Turner are on headline duty alongside Welsh metallers Bullet for My Valentine, with a strong showing from emo heroes (Rival Schools, American Football) and DIY punks (Joyce Manor, Martha).
2000trees.co.uk

Rochester Castle Concerts

July 6-9
Rochester Castle, Medway, Kent
From £50

Rochester’s striking 12th-century stone tower is the backdrop for a four-day extravaganza of big tunes and good vibes. Kicking off with sunshine sounds from Nile Rodgers and Chic – the hardest working man in music – the series of one-off shows also features dark pop from Soft Cell and pirate soul reggae from Fat Freddy’s Drop, before the reformed original Sugababes bring it round, round baby round, round for the final night.

rochestercastleconcerts.com

Best UK music festivals 2023 -TRNSMT main stage 2022. Image TRNSMT
TRNSMT main stage 2022. Image TRNSMT

TRNSMT

July 7-9
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
£182.50

This year Pulp, Sam Fender and The 1975 drop by the TRNSMT main stage, alongside former headliners Kasabian. Elsewhere there’s a somewhat odd mix of blokey rock (Royal Blood, The View) with peppy pop (Becky Hill, Niall Horan), but the city centre location lends itself to nipping in and out for your favourites.
trnsmtfest.com

Camp Good Life

July 7-31
Hawarden, north-east Wales
From £312.50

A unique proposition among this year’s festival offerings, Camp Good Life is a grown-up take on American summer camps, transferred to the stunning walled gardens of Hawarden Castle. Choose one of four long weekends in July and immerse yourself in a boutique experience of food, nature and culture, with activities ranging from foraging to blacksmithery.
thegoodlifesociety.co.uk

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul

July 7-9
Moseley Park, Birmingham 
£145

Head to Moseley Park just outside Birmingham city centre for a range of acts from super-cool UK jazz quintet Ezra Collective and eclectic New Zealanders Fat Freddy’s Drop to disco hitmaking veterans KC and the Sunshine Band. DJ sets from Craig Charles and Mancunian multi-hyphenate Mr Scruff guarantee a party.
mostlyjazz.co.uk 

Lady Nade plays Timber Festival 2023
Lady Nade plays Timber Festival 2023. Image: Alec Bowman Clarke

Timber Festival

July 7-9 
Feanedock, National Forest, Midlands
From £105

The woodland location leads the programming at Timber, a gathering in the midst of the Midlands’ National Forest that invites us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world. The weekend includes discussions, workshops and guided walks responding to the environment, alongside music by The Go! Team and spoken word from Simon Armitage and Raymond Antrobus. 
timberfestival.org.uk 

Kubix

July 15 and 22 
Herrington Park, Sunderland 
From £33

Across two Saturdays, Kubix provides a nostalgic party atmosphere at a reasonable price. The first day boasts pop and dance faves, including perennial chart botherers Sugababes, 90s pop icon Betty Boo, N-Trance and Blue. Squeeze, Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Madchester vets Inspiral Carpets lead the rock-leaning day two. 
kubixfestival.com 

Roisin Murphy plays Bluedot festival in 2023
Roisin Murphy plays Bluedot in 2023. Image: Bluedot

Bluedot 

July 20-23
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire 
£209

The home of the University of Manchester’s radio telescopes is the suitably cosmic setting for this festival of music, arts and science. It boasts the only UK show this year from indie legends Pavement, along with performances from Max Richter and Róisín Murphy.
discoverthebluedot.com 

Latitude 

July 20-23 
Henham Park, Suffolk 
£286.45
 

One of the first UK festivals to focus on comedy and spoken word, this year’s Latitude stars Sara Pascoe and Romesh Ranganathan, as well as an IRL listening party with Tim Burgess and James Acaster. Pulp headline on Friday, but otherwise the best music is lower down the bill – Gwenno, Young Fathers and goth icon Siouxsie Sioux.
latitudefestival.com

Rewind 

July 21-23 
Scone Palace, Perth 
From £118.80

Scotland’s premier nostalgia experience offers three days of partying with the best (and often cheesiest) of the ’80s and ’90s, from Andy Bell of Erasure, ABC and Squeeze to the Lighthouse Family.
rewindfestival.com

WOMAD

July 27-30 
Charlton Park, Wiltshire 
£260

Founded by Peter Gabriel, this long-running celebration of world music features artists from more than 50 countries. Headliners include jazz trio The Comet Is Coming, Afrobeat prince Femi Kuti and reggae legend Horace Andy – but the defining WOMAD experience is making genuine discoveries, in genres you may never have heard of before. 
womad.co.uk

Camp Bestival 

July 27-30 and August 17-20 
Dorset and Shropshire 
From £180

The ultimate family festival celebrates its 15th birthday with two distinct festivals at two different sites. Kids are kept entertained by circus shows, Horrible Histories live, dressing up tents, and the world’s biggest bouncy castle. The line-up is a party playlist come to life, with Grace Jones, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Groove Armada and loads more.
campbestival.net

Deer Shed 

July 28-31 
Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire 
From £190

Festival goers of all ages can take part in science workshops in synth-building and forensics, see solar-powered installations and dance performances, or even join a pop-up choir. Our music picks include dancehall-punk trailblazer Grove, buzzy Leeds quartet English Teacher, and a new project from James Yorkston and Cardigans singer Nina Persson. 
deershedfestival.com

The best UK festivals in August 2023

Rebellion 

August 3-6 
Winter Gardens, Blackpool 
£205 

Dig out your dog collar and head to the seaside for the largest independent punk festival in the UK. Boasting more than 300 acts over six stages, the line-up includes a mind-boggling number of scene legends, from Henry Rollins to The Damned. We’ll be down the front for all-female Ramones tribute act The Ramonas.
rebellionfestivals.com

Howlin' Fling
Howlin’ Fling. Image: Jassy Earl

Howlin’ Fling 

August 4-5 
Ceilidh Hall, Isle of Eigg
£155

Taking place on the remote Scottish island of Eigg – population c.100 – Howling Fling is the brainchild of Lost Map Records founder and Eigg resident Pictish Trail. This year’s line-up is currently under wraps, but what’s guaranteed is a community party in a stunning setting, powered entirely by the island’s own renewable energy. 
howlinfling.com

Boardmasters 

August 9-13 
Newquay, Cornwall
£249

Held at two seafront locations in Newquay, Boardmasters combines live music with surfing – from pro competitions to lessons for newbies. The line-up is seriously impressive too: Lorde, Florence + the Machine, Little Simz and Liam Gallagher are just the tip of the iceberg. Gnarly, dude! 
boardmasters.com

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 

August 10-12 
Cropredy, Oxfordshire 
£175

This Oxfordshire gathering is the annual reunion of folk giants Fairpoint Convention, who share the bill with the likes of 10cc, Nile Rodgers and beloved husband and wife duo Toyah and Robert Fripp. 
fairportconvention.com

We Out Here 

August 10-14 
Wimborne St Giles, Dorset 
From £210

We Out Here is founded and curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, with a line-up reflecting his eclectic tastes across jazz, hip-hop, dub, techno and electronic music – from black midi to the Sun Ra Arkestra. The festival also offers loads of activities for kids, and a wellness programme. 
weoutherefestival.com

Green Man 

August 17-20 
Bannau Brycheiniog, South Wales 
From £235

Located within the stunning Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, Green Man showcases the very best in indie and alternative, with a tidy line-up featuring Spiritualized, clipping., Confidence Man, First Aid Kit, Devo and The Walkmen. It’s another festival where the music is just part of the fun, with a vibrant programme of talks, visual arts, comedy, a vintage bazaar and even a festival pub.
greenman.net 

Core.

August 18-20 
Various venues, Glasgow 
From £105

Brand new for 2023, Core. is a city festival of heavy music, headlined by two of the buzziest US bands on the scene right now: post-metallers Deafheaven, and sludgy noise rockers Chat Pile, in their Scottish live debut. The line-up is bolstered by local bands like death metal Fifers Party Cannon and Glasgow hardcore two-piece Moni Jitchell.
corethefestival.com

Just So 

August 18-20 
Rode Hall, Cheshire 
£175

Arguably the most family-focused festival in this guide, Just So models itself on dream-like childhood adventures – think Where the Wild Things Are relocated to Cheshire. Families are invited to dress up for an animal carnival, take part in a campfire singalong, and even bring a cake to compete in a festival bake-off.
justsofestival.org.uk

Stormzy
Stormzy plays All Points East. Photo: PR

All Points East 

August 18-28 
Victoria Park, London 
Ticket prices vary

An enviable international line-up graces Victoria Park for six all-day shows over two weekends. There’s a carefully curated day for everyone, be it Stormzy, Kehlani and Sampha, or Haim, Tove Lo and Snail Mail. We recommend Aphex Twin, Arca, Fever Ray and Kelela at the festival-within-a-festival Field Day.  
allpointseastfestival.com

Greenbelt

August 24-27 
Boughton House, Kettering
From £150

Now in its 50th year, Greenbelt models itself as a utopian community where musicians and activists come together to envision a better world. Where else could Laura Mvula and Indigo Girls share a line-up with queer spiritual practitioner Beloved Sara Zaltash? The festival puts its values into practice by offering tickets on a sliding price scale.
greenbelt.org.uk

Gone Wild 

August 24-27 
Powderham Castle, Devon 
£200

Put the kids through their paces at this activity-packed adventure festival, hosted by – who else? – Bear Grylls. All members of the family are encouraged to try out a multitude of survival skills, from foraging and trap setting to wild swimming and climbing. More civilised activities include interactive science talks, DJ workshops and live music.
gonewildfestival.com 

Reading and Leeds 

August 25-27 
Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park
£265

These twin bank holiday weekenders remain admirably down and dirty – although the line-ups have diversified from the original focus on rock and metal, you still know you’re going for cider and mud, not yoga and yurts. The Killers, Billie Eilish and Sam Fender headline, with Wet Leg, Rina Sawayama, Steve Lacy, Foals and Lewis Capaldi among the other highlights.
readingfestival.com / leedsfestival.com 

Connect

August 25-27 
Royal Highland Showgrounds, Edinburgh 
£169

Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this great value weekend is packed with the best Scottish and international acts. Big names include Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers, Future Islands, MUNA and Primal Scream. Optimo (Espacio) and TAAHLIAH lead a cohort of Scottish club talent. Sunday’s headliners boygenius are arguably the biggest coup – it’s the only Scottish stop for the supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker.
connectmusicfestival.com

Between the Trees 

August 25-27 
Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve, South Wales 
£135 

Founded in 2014 with a focus on nature and science, Between the Trees aims to reconnect people with the natural world via art, spoken word, music and an idyllic woodland environment. Indie folksters including Seth Lakeman and Firewoodisland provide the tunes, alongside a performance from Ballet Cymru, a packed programme of talks, and loads of opportunities to get involved – from open mic sessions to permaculture workshops.
betweenthetrees.co.uk

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 

August 25-28
West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury
From £176 

This family-friendly festival prioritises comfort, inclusion and fun, welcoming both newbies and experienced folkies to watch greats like Billy Bragg and N’Faly Kouyaté alongside up-and-coming acts, ceilidh bands and morris dancing troupes. Visitors can choose to camp or stay in more robust accommodation in the town, and there’s dedicated areas for both young kids and older teenagers, making it ideal for all kinds of families. 
shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk 

The Proclaimers play Towersey Festival 
The Proclaimers play Towersey Festival 2023. Image: © Murdo Macleod

Towersey Festival 

August 25-28
Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire
£180 

A mainstay of the August bank holiday weekend since the mid-1960s, Towersey is a folk festival for those who prefer an expansive interpretation of the genre. Big hitters include Sunshine on Leith legends The Proclaimers, bluegrass mainstays Nickel Creek and punk troubadour Frank Turner, but there are intriguing acts all the way down the line-up – don’t miss exceptional Welsh guitarist Gwenifer Raymond. 
towerseyfestival.com 

End of the Road 

August 31-September 3 
Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset 
£235 

This seasonal stalwart offers the best alternative music of all stripes, alongside a thoughtful line-up of comedy, film, literature and workshops. Catch indie rock favourites Ezra Furman, Angel Olsen and Wilco, hip-hop innovators MC Yallah and They Hate Change, experimental metallers BIG|BRAVE and tonnes more.
endoftheroadfestival.com

The best UK festivals in September 2023

Forwards 

September 1-2 
Clifton Downs, Bristol 
From £114.34 

In its second year, Forwards already has the clout to deliver an enviable line-up, reflecting Bristol’s reputation as a ground-breaking music city. Headlined by neo-soul legend Erykah Badu, influential beatmaker Bonobo and idiosyncratic producer Aphex Twin, they also welcome upcoming acts including Amyl and the Sniffers, Jockstrap and Arlo Parks. 
forwardsbristol.co.uk 

TiffCuff 

September 2 
Roundhouse, London 
£38.50 – £42.50

TiffCuff is a brand-new one-day music festival that’s sure to appeal to all you indie rockers. This inaugural year will feature The Cribs, Spector, The Pale White, Wings Of Desire and more.
tiffcuff.com

Down at the Abbey 

September 8-9 
Reading Abbey Ruins, Berkshire 
£45.15 

As far as we know, this bargain two-day festival is the only one in the UK to be held in the ruins of a 12th century abbey – correct us if we’re wrong. The line-up includes American songwriter BC Camplight, London rock grrls Los Bitchos and electronic jazz trio The Comet Is Coming, with more to be announced. Expect an eclectic weekend.
downattheabbey.co.uk

Hidden Notes 

September 23-24
Various venues, Stroud
£70
 

Founded by Stroud-based culture magazine Good On Paper, Hidden Notes platforms cutting-edge work from contemporary classical and avant-garde musicians, including Japanese composer Midori Takada, drone choir NYX and pianist Sarah Nicolls. Plus film screenings, talks, installations, and a Manchester Collective performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains.
hiddennotes.co.uk 

Read our full 2023 festivals guide here.

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