Pick the best possible date for your own event this year by making sure you avoid the major UK festivals - here is our rundown of the 2016 Festival Calendar.

The Best of the Summer Festivals

As Summer approaches, we start to see a hive of activity, one pale leg at a time. Summer festivals gain in popularity year after year and with an ever increasing amount of emerging artists and musical legends performing all over the UK, our draw to live music has never been stronger, or ticket sales greater.

Within the annual event calendar it's the busiest season; long before the official start of summer in June, diaries are filled to the brim with scrawled party invites, festivals, craft fairs…not to mention weddings. 

When it comes to organising your own event, it would be worth taking a peek at the increasingly crowded summer festival calendar before choosing your own event date. Keeping up to date with when the larger festivals are happening could mean the different between a sell-out or a wash-out for your own event.

Of course, there are a huge amount of factors to consider when planning your event, and making sure you know who your core target market is should be high on your priority list. If you’re targeting your event to the same demographic as The Green Man Festival, and you are considering the same August dates, its unlikely you will get the turnout that you are hoping for.

As a little helping hand, here is a quick run down of the major UK festivals and their 2016 event dates.

Glastonbury Festival

22nd June - 26th June 2016

The legendary Glastonbury Festival maintains it's status as the largest Greenfield Festival in the world, with around 175,000 people in attendance over the course of the event.

For 5 days in June, Worthy farm in between the villages of Pilton & Pylle in Somerset is filled to capacity with revellers from across the globe,  of all ages and backgrounds, ready to enjoy music from some of their favourite musicians, both old and new.

The festival, which began in 1970, under the name of 'Pilton Festival' was inspired originally by hippie ethics and the free festival movement, following the popularity of The Isle of White festival. Although the festival has taken on a more commercial & conventional direction in recent years, it still offers areas known as Green Futures & The Healing Fields, evidence of early counterculture.

The festival has been running consecutively since 1981, with the exception of once every five years when they allow for ground regeneration.

The five day festival is famous for playing hosts to some of the biggest bands & DJs in the world, with this years line up including Muse, PJ Harvey & Coldplay.

Isle of Wight

7th - 12th June

The Isle of Wight festival was the largest and most famous of all the early festivals, with bands such as Jimi Hendrix and the Door performing. In 1970 it was said, at the time, to be the largest human gathering in the world with a record amount of 600,000 people in attendance - surpassing even Woodstock.

This success was to be short lived, as in 1971 parliament passed the 'Isle of Wight Act' preventing gatherings of more than 5,000 people without a special license.  It wasn't until June 2002 that the festival was revived.

Isle of Wight is still one of the largest and most popular of the UK festivals, with approximately 58,000 people in attendance.  This year will be no exception with The Who, Queen, The Stereophonics & Faithless as headliners.


8th - 11th September

While Bestival is also held on the Isle of Wight, it is noticeably different to 'The Isle of Wight' festival, offering a more diverse & alternative experience.  Famously known for it's fancy dress, in 2010 the event won the Guinness world record for the most amount of fancy dress within one event, with 55,000 people dressing for the occasion. 

The event, which has been running since 2004 and is organised by DJ Rob Da Bank, is involved in supporting many social & environmental causes.  Encouraging schemes such as bike to festival, swim to festival & lift share, reducing the amount of carbon emissions and getting creative in the process puts this event at the forefront of Social Responsibility. Bestival is also a founding member of the Greener Alliance Association, and actively strives to reduce waste by monitoring power use, limiting water supply with push button taps and encouraging recycling by exchanging for cups of tea!

Headline acts for 2016 include The Cure, Major Lazor and Hot Chip.

Leeds & Reading

 26th - 28th August

Leeds & Reading festival runs simultaneously over the August bank holiday sharing the same lineup. The Reading festival in particular boasts longevity as one of the oldest music festivals which still exists in the current age, bringing rock fans together in a melting pot of musical talent. It wasn't until 1999 that Leeds was added to the bill with Reading proving too popular to be able to facilitate the demand.


While the Reading leg retained its popularity & success, Leeds had to fight to keep it's licence due to riots & violence. In current times with added security at both sites, the problems have reduced.  This year 90,000 people will be expected through the gate to watch headliners The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Foals, Disclosure, Biffy Clyro & Fall out boy.

Green Man Festival

18th - 21st August

It may be small in comparison to other festivals but the Green Man Festival is by no means a shrinking violet. 

Known for its non-corporate and ethical approach, in 2010 it was awarded for being the best medium sized festival in 2010, and more recently in 2015 won Best Festival at the Live Music Awards.  It is the largest contemporary arts and music festival in Wales, being given major status by the Welsh government due to it's positive impact.

With a growing capacity of 20,000, the 4 day festival boosts its individuality by it's division over 10 areas,  offering a culture induced experience to all festival goers. This includes hosting areas for live music as well as literature, film, comedy, theatre and poetry.  This years headliners include Belle and Sebastian, James Blake & Wild Beasts.

Other festivals you might not want your event to clash with:

•Latitude Festival - 14th-17th July

           •End of the Road Festival - 2nd - 4th September

•Wireless Festival - 8th-10th July

•Wilderness Festival - 6th - 9th August

•V Festival - 20th - 21st August

Once you have settled on a date for your event, and you start to work down your huge to-do list, an Event Insurance policy might not seem like a top priority, but as you know, when it comes to events, anything could happen. From Public Liability to Cancellation cover, Adverse Weather or Employers Liability, our Event Insurance policies can give you total peace of mind that you are covered in the event of something unforeseen happening. 


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