The best summer music festivals 2017
19th May 2017
Music festivals you won’t want to miss this summer!
Get ready to dance the day away at one of these summer music festivals 2017 taking place in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
27-28 May, Leestock Music Festival, Long Melford, Suffolk
This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a line-up you won’t want to miss! Held in the grounds of Melford Hall the festival raises money for national charity the Willow Foundation, which supports seriously ill young adults. This year’s headliners include Wheetus, Toploader and Goldie Lookin Chain
Highlights: Newton Faulkner and Tinchy Stryder
Music festivals in June
9-25 June, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Suffolk
This year the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings. There’s an amazing line up of performers and musicians, and special homage to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a new production of the Britten opera which opened Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1967. There’s also a free exhibition by Maggi Hambling, titled ‘Walls of Water’ and performances from La Voix Humaine and Laura Moody’s song-based drama, ‘Parallelist’.
Highlights: Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra and Film: Benjamin Britten and his Festival
1-3 June, Red Rooster, Euston Hall, Suffolk
The Suffolk Rhythm & Blues festival, returns for its fourth year this summer. Headliners include JD McPherson and Danny & The Champions of the World. Resident DJs will be spinning the finest RnB, Soul and Rock n Roll ‘til the early hours. Red Rooster aims to champion the very best in R’n’B, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country, the perfect destination for a ‘Deep South’ weekend of music, food and culture.
Highlights: Nick Lowe and JD McPherson
9-11 June, Homegrown Music Festival, Barrow, Suffolk
Homegrown Music Festival will return to Barrow for a long weekend of live music from the best of East Anglia’s signed and unsigned talent. Visitors can enjoy a showcase of the local bands. Unlike other festivals Homegrown is all about keeping it simple with realistically priced food and drink available. As well as great music there’s activities such as yoga and art workshops.
Highlight: Check out the silent disco
16-18 June, Whinburgh Music Festival
The Norfolk countryside will be alive with the sounds of the flute, jazz and classical. From its early days it has grown and now brings vibrant and top quality performances. Expect to hear jazz, themes of the opera and more. www.whinburghmusicfestival.co.uk
17 June, Culford’s Opera in the Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
This magical outdoor concert with internationally acclaimed London Festival Opera returns for a midsummer’s evening to remember. Operatic favourites and popular showstoppers will be performed in Culford Hall’s beautiful grounds. This year the company will take the audience on a journey of Opera through history: from the music of the court of Henry VIII right through to 20th-century showstoppers from Puccini and Gilbert and Sullivan. Adult tickets £35.
Highlights: Enjoy a picnic before the performance
17 June – 27 August, Newmarket Nights, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk
The line up for this year’s Newmarket Nights concerts is one of the best yet, but you’ll need to be quick, tickets are selling out fast. Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This year the line-up includes Little Mix on 23 June, The Jacksons on 30 June, James on 4 August, Chase and Status on 11 August, Olly Murs on 18 and Jess Glynne on 26 August.
Highlights: Olly Murs and Jess Glynne
22-25 June, Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea, Essex
A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide, expect a diverse mix of music and entertainment. The pastoral, village fete atmosphere of the Library Gardens and the bustling, waterfront location of Old Leigh are both fundamental to the spirit of the weekend, and offer a natural, unpretentious welcome to visitors.
Highlights: A high quality audio release specially created to commemorate 25 years of Leigh Folk Festival is available titled ‘‘Dog Days, Devil Fish & Darkest England: Songs & Tunes from 25 years of Leigh Folk Festival’
Music festivals in July 2017
1-16 July, Wymondham Music Festival, Norfolk
The Festival returns for its 22nd year with a packed programme of open air events, recitals and concerts. Festival fortnight begins with music in the Market Place, then Featherfest takes over, rocking The Feathers pub until 11pm.
The Festival’s largest event, the Jazz Picnic is at Becketswell on Monday 3 July with Simon Nelson’s DixieMix, and the popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic for the under 5s will be at King’s Head Meadow on Sunday 9 July (11am-1pm). The festival brings together a mix of music including classical, folk and indie rock. The annual Town Busking Day is also on the menu, taking place on Saturday 27 May, 11am-2pm, and there are a series of Market Place Music sessions on Saturdays 3, 10 and 24 June, from 11am-1pm.
Highlights: The Vagaband and Wymondham Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert
7-9 July, Ely Folk Festival,Ely, Cambridgeshire
Sitting in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, famed for its spectacular sunsets and vast open sky, what better location is there for a folk music and dance festival? Set to be better than the last, the Ely Folk Festival returns with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, Morris displays and ceilidhs. The family friendly festival is based on a single site, which includes marquees, camping facilities, food stalls, trade stands, a real-ale bar and children’s entertainment.
Highlights: Friday Night Showcase , The Elephant Sessions and Seth Lakeman
8 July, Thorpefest
Thorpefest is back on the Suffolk Coast for the second year. The Live music festival features local artists, tribute acts, a variety of music genres, food and drink and a dedicated area to children’s entertainment. The grand finale to the day of entertainment will be an evening firework display. This summer’s outdoor music festival will be held at the Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh. Artists will be performing live from 12noon until 10pm. www.thorpefest.co.uk
14-16 July, Brentwood Festival, Essex
Each year the festival grows in popularity. Held at the Brentwood Centre, guests are treated to a weekend of live music, food, a festival market and fairground. This year’s headliners include Status Quo, Go West and Jocelyn Brown. Camping facilities are available.
Highlights: Status Quo and after parties with DJs
15 July, Battle of the Proms, Hatfield House, Herts
This year Battle Proms celebrates its 20th anniversary. Growing in popularity each year, The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the pretty parkland at Hatfield House. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon of entertainment starting with a picnic in the grounds from 4.30pm, followed by Napoleonic Cavalry Display, The Jazz Spivs and Evening Gun Salute. The music programme will feature a celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes. The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale close the event. Tickets from £38.
Highlights: An aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire.
13-16 July, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk
Set in a beautiful location, Latitude Festival is a favourite among festival-goers. With a relaxed atmosphere, it’s ideal for all family members. Now in its 12th edition, Latitude Festival once again sets the bar high for summer festivals with the largest comedy line up in the UK, offering festival goers an unrivalled opportunity to see the world’s most globally acclaimed comedians, alongside emerging talent and innovative newcomers.
This year talented Dara Ó Briain bring his astute observations to the Comedy Arena and Katherine Ryan will set out to entertain with her razor sharp pop culture critique. There’s a star-studded line-up of headliners including The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, on the Obelisk Arena is German folk-crossover duo Milky Chance. Adult day tickets £77.50.
Highlights: Seann Walsh, Dom Joly, The Cloak and Dagger Club and Mumford and Sons
16 July, Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, Herts
The one day festival offers award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent across two stages. The day also features crafts, workshops and a creative family area. Tickets from £39.50.
Highlights: Headliners include Levelling the Land, Kate Rusb, Eric Bibb and A Show of Hands
20-23 July, Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon, Cambs
After 15 years, the party like festival is coming to an end, but don’t worry, there’s one more weekend of fun to be had. This year the theme will be centred around the concept of ‘fame’ and include DJs such as Waze & Odyssey, East Everything and Jackmaster. The SGP, renowned for its unbilled stars and impromptu b2bs, will of course be keeping a lot of names under wraps until the ultimate party is underway but on past results expect a line-up that out-VIPs your biggest VIP dreams. Buy tickets to Secret Garden Party at www.secretgardenparty.com27-30 July, Standon Calling, Herts
Standon Calling is all about music and fun! Having quickly established itself as one of the most popular festivals of the summer, attracting visitors from across the country, this year is set to be even bigger as headliners Orbital, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones take to the stage. Let your imagination run wild with this year’s theme ‘Tales of the Enchanted Valley’, enjoy premium camping and let kids get in on the action with a jam-packed programme of activities. The festival has become a much more family orientated event in recent years with entertainment including yoga, hot tubs and dog show!
27-30 July, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs
One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, the festival attracts thousands each year. Its renowned for it mix of music and great line-up of artists. Over 40 acts will be taking to the stage, The Den will provide a platform for up-and-coming artists, while The Hub is a music-making area exclusively for young people aged 10-18. Camping facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other entrainment will also be available.
Highlights: Shirley Colins, Indigo Girls and Olivia Newton-John
Music festivals in August 2017
3-6 August, Cambridge Rock Festival, Barton, Cambs
Across four days bands will take to the stage to play some of the best Rock and Blues, Folk Rock and NWBHM around. There’ll be a great selection of food and over 70 real beer and ales. For those wanting to make the most of the weekend camping facilities are available.
4-6 August, Bedford Park Concerts, Beds
This year it’s a party as there’s a whole evening dedicated to the 80s into the 90s. Followed by The Kaiser Chiefs on 5 August and the Bedford Proms on Sunday 6 August.
Highlights: A grand finale firework and laser show
11 August, Classic Ibiza, Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Classic Ibiza will be returning to one of Norfolk’s best-known beauty spots with a playlist of White Island party anthems with the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) and DJ Goldierocks bringing some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years to life! It will start with a chilled set and, as the sun goes down, the vocalists and USO’s dynamic musicians will ramp things up as the evening breaks into festive-club mode with accompanying lasers – the biggest classical dance party of the year! Tickets £35
12 August, Great British Proms, Blickling Hall, Norfolk
The Great British Proms at Blickling, is now a firm favourite in the Norfolk calendar. This year’s event promises to be the best yet, with a British feast of music from across the home nations being performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. The music in the first half will also feature Welsh Male vocal group ‘Only Men Aloud’ and the City of Norwich Pipe Band with tunes including ‘The Dam Busters March’, ‘Bread of Heaven’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’.
Highlights: Proms favourites including ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Land of Hope & Glory’ and British anthem ‘Jerusalem’. Tickets £35 at www.greatbritishprom.co.uk
18-20 August, FolkEast, Glenham Hall, Suffolk
A wonderful rural event with local and international acts. Headliners include Jon Boden, Lau and Hay Field. There’s also a great selection of food and drink from local producers, dance workshops, displays and arts and crafts. The Young’uns podcast returns for another year as does John Spiers who will yet again bring his green fingers to the panel of Gardeners Cornered.
Highlights: Look out for the new look BroadRoots Club
19-20 August, V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex
Renowned for it star-studded line up this year’s V Festival doesn’t disappoint. The two-day event will see the world’s chart toppers take to the stage with like of Jay-Z, PINK, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande and Craig David to name a few! The festival experience is made even better by V’s luxury camping options.
25-27 August, Maui Waui Festival, Theberton, Suffolk.
Now in its 5th year the festival is quickly becoming one of the most talked about in East Anglia. With a huge range of live music that includes electro swing, gypsy jazz, reggae, folk and world music plus comedy, cabaret acts, circus and street performers, the Maui Waui Festival is a fabulous family events.
Highlights: Full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts
27 August, UB40 to perform at Holkham Hall
LHG Live and Live Promotions have announces that Holkham Hall in north Norfolk will host UB40 on Sunday 27 August 2017 as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour. UB40 – featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with a fantastic eight-piece band, will be bringing their inimitable blend of reggae and pop greatest hits to the forefront of the summer calendar at one of England’s grandest stately homes.
The UB40 Grandslam Tour will run from Friday 19 May throughout the summer in diverse venues all over the UK, finishing with the newly announced concert at Holkham Hall on Sunday 27 August. Each of these shows promises concertgoers a first-hand experience of an outdoor event, with the addition of a real festival vibe; the result of the unique Grandslam format of the tour.
23 September, Subterranean Festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange
This is a brand new indie and rock festival in the heart of Cambridge. The all-day event is aimed at music fans of all ages. The venue will be used in a new creative way with three stages (The Inferno Stage, The Labyrinth Stage and The Underworld Stage) placed inside the venue’s main auditorium rotating to provide the very best local talent alongside some national bands from the worlds of rock and indie. The upstairs bar of the venue will become The Lair, featuring the very best in acoustic rock and indie. The event will also have festival shopping area and food. Tickets £15.
Highlights: Headliners include The Amorettes, indie band PINS and Stone Broken