Unmissable Music Festivals 2019

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Get the lowdown on the East of England’s biggest music festivals in 2019, including Latitude, Standon Calling, Newmarket Nights and more.

Is there anything better than live music on a hot summer’s day? Get your friends together and book your tickets to one of these great music festivals taking place this summer across the East of England. 

Into the Woods ‘A Pirate’s Ball’, 11 May

Thorington, Suffolk

Featuring live music, this fun and quirky festival offers a fabulous mix of live bands, DJs, interactive shows and cabaret. Join in the fun and dress up as a pirate! Alongside fantastic music are mesmerising circus acts. www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

Slam Dunk, 26 May

Hatfield House, Hatfield Park, Hatfield AL9 5NB

The Slam Dunk all-day festival has grown into a rite of passage for lovers of pop-punk and rock music with eight stages and over 40 bands. This year’s acts include New Found Glory, Silverstein, Bad Religion and many more. www.hatfield-house.co.uk


Leestock Music Festival, 25-26 May

Long Melford, Suffolk

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 there’s a star-studded line up with headliners such as Pixie Lott and Starsailor, and support acts Rebecca Ferguson, B*Witched, Feeder and more.  www.leestock.org

Red Rooster

Red Rooster, 30 May – 1 June

Euston Hall, Suffolk

If there’s one festival you should attend this summer, it’s Red Rooster! The festival celebrates the very best in Rock’n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country music. Located in the beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, it’s a feast for the senses. Visitors can immerse themselves in a truly Deep South weekend experience of music, food and culture.

A family-friendly festival, the weekend is laid back, with a free and easy atmosphere where adults can relax and tuck into great food while children can leap through the corn fields. Dance the day away, by night come together for food around the campfire under Suffolk’s shining stars, or continue the party at the jumpin’ hot dj selection at the Howlin’ Woods venue and bar down by the lake.

Returning this year with a new band for his first UK headliner is Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets. Saturday headliners are The Budos Band and there’s music from Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside, rock n’ rollers Low Cut Connie and many more. www.redrooster.org.uk

Aldeburgh Music Festival, 7-23 June

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Offering so much more than classical music, the festival curated by three Artists in Residence; composer Thomas Larcher, tenor Mark Padmore and performer Barbara Hannigan, features a fantastic line up of music and arts. Expect performances from talented artists and musicians, a week-long series of masterclasses and a visual arts programme of exhibitions. There’s also walks, film, talks and free music every lunchtime at the Bandstand on the Beach. www.snapemaltings.co.uk/season/aldeburgh-festival

Newmarket Nights, 8 June – 9 August

Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk

The line-up for this year’s 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 Nile Rodgers on 8 June, Madness on 21 June, Kaiser Chiefs on 28 June, Thriller on 19 July, Rudimental on 26 July, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics on 2 August and Bananarama on 9 August. Book your tickets at www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket-nights

Homegrown Music Festival, 7-8 June

Barrow, Suffolk

An affordable festival serving up, as the name might suggests, home grown talent. Enjoy a 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. www.homegrownfest.co.uk

Forest Live, 21-23 June

Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk

If you haven’t been to a Forest Live gig, make sure it’s on your to do list this summer! Taking place in Thetford Forest, the gigs host some of the biggest names in music and are a great opportunity to make the most of the light evenings and enjoy fantastic live music with the backdrop of the woodlands. This year Paul Weller takes to the stage on 21 June, followed by Jess Glynne on 22 June. Tickets are priced from £44.50, and money raised from ticket sales will help to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Tickets are now on sale. www.forestryengland.uk/music

Thaxted Festival, 21 June-14 July

Thaxted Church, Essex

A mix of classical orchestral concerts, piano soloists, choral works, jazz, blues, folk and klezmer, organ works, enjoy the relaxed Family Concert and Latin American fusion, in the superb surroundings of Thaxted’s historic Parish Church, featuring today’s leading performers. www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

The Wildwood Disco, 22 June

Horseheath Racecourse, Cambs

The Wildwood Disco brings together world renowned DJs and music producers among many other musical talents for a festival full of energy. Lose yourself under the canopy of the trees as you dance the day away. Lasers, entertainers, fire pits, bars and Cambridge’s best street food will mean this is a perfectly formed mini festival with something for everyone. Don’t miss out, tickets are selling fast! www.thewildwooddisco.com

Leigh Folk Festival, 27-30 June

Leigh on Sea, Essex

A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide. The festival brings together over 200 artists in music, poetry and dance across 20 venues. The festival is now in its 28th year. www.leighfolkfestival.com

The Big Weekend, 5-7 July

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

A fantastic weekend of live music covering all genres. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Maverick Music Festival, 5-7 July

Easton Farm Park, Suffolk

Yee-haa! Join in the Americana Maverick Music Festival as it hosts a fantastic line up of American and English music acts all waiting to bring you a taste of the American dream. Visitors can see over 50 artists across six stages, both indoors and out. For a slice of American Pie book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Acts include Chance McCoy, Rosie Flores and The Crux to name a few! maverickfestival.co.uk/

Ampthill Festival Weekend, 5-7 July

Ampthill Park,  Bedfordshire

The three-day volunteer-run music festival, will see festival-goers enjoy a weekend of live music and entertainment. The festivities begin with AmpRocks on Friday 5 July, where The Vamps, Squeeze, The Cuban Brothers and Jo Whiley will entertain crowds. The event is hugely popular so be quick to purchase tickets.

The weekend continues with AmpProms on the Saturday with performances by Britain’s Got Talent winning musical theatre quartet Collabro, the Ampthill Choir and Ampthill Concert Orchestra. The event is finished with a spectacular firework display. The weekend closes with the AmpGala on Sunday 7 July. A free, no ticket required event, it’s a great family day filled with fun, a lively parade, local bands and stalls. www.ampthillfestival.com.

Battle of the Proms, 13 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House. A summer celebration, the event begins at 4.30pm, and offers an afternoon and evening of entertainment including Napoleonic re-enactors, WWI Cavalry Display, The Red Devils, singing duo The Vignettes and evening gun salute. The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along, flag-waving and grand firework display close the event. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Folk by the Oak, 14 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The intimate and open air festival has a great buzzing atmosphere with a day of award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent. The day also features crafts, workshops and a creative family area. This year’s artists on the main stage are Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Seth Lakeman. The smaller acorn stage will host headliners Elephant Sessions. www.folkbytheoak.com

Cambridge Rock Festival, 25-28 July

Barton, Cambs

Celebrating its 15thyear, over 50 bands will be appearing across two fully covered stages set outdoors in the grounds of Haggis Farm Polo Club. The festival includes real-ale, on-site camping with parking by your tent ( a rare treat!) and a variety of food stalls. www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

Latitude Festival, 18-21 July

Henham Park, Suffolk

Set in a beautiful location, Latitude Festival is a favourite among festival-goers. Firmly established as one of the best music and arts festivals in the UK, its  relaxed atmosphere makes it ideal for the whole family. In 2019 the Festival will once again host an impressive and diverse mix of comedy, music, theatre and poetry. There will performances from famous faces such as George Ezra, Lana Del Ray and Snow Patrol on the main stage, alongside other talented artists. Jason Manford and Russell Kane will be bringing the laughs in the comedy tent.

There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the lake and relax the mind, body and soul in the SOLAS area! The activities and sheer scale of this festival is what makes it so popular. www.latitudefestival.com

Standon Calling, 25-28 July

Standon, Herts

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! The festival brings big names in music to this small Hertfordshire village for a weekend of non-stop dancing. Acts include Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Nile Rodgers & Chic and many more. This year’s festival story is ‘Twister Creature’, which will influence activities. 

The festival has become a much more family orientated event in recent years with entertainment and daytime activities for babies, kids and teens – there’s even an on-site nanny service! Dogs are invited too, and can take part in the annual dog show. This year there’s a focus on wellbeing with an outdoor spa, yoga, meditation, bushcraft and woodland walks. See the full line up of acts and activities at http://standon-calling.com

Bedford Park Proms, 28 July


Enjoy an unforgettable summer’s evening in glorious Bedford Park as 120 performers take to the stage along with a 70-piece choir and the London Gala orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell.The musical celebration will culminate with rousing favourites for flag-waving and singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory, as thousands of lasers and fireworks light up the sky. www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/events/bedford-proms-2019/

Cambridge Folk Festival, 1-4 August

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs

One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, the festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. It’s renowned for its mix of music and great line-up of artists. This year Nick Mulvey has come on board as the Guest Curator. He will select five of his favourite artists to perform amazing sets as well as joining the line-up himself. Throughout the four days, visitors can enjoy music from the likes of Lucinda Williams, Fisherman’s Friends and Ralph McTell to name a few. Camping facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other entrainment will also be available. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

Brightlingsea Free Music Festival, 2-4 August

Various locations, Brightlingsea, Essex

A free festival with live music from talented bands. www.brightlingseafreefest.com

Rock at the Castle, 4 August

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire

A free music festival within the spectacular grounds of Hertford Castle. Live music will be performed across three music stages featuring acoustic, folk, indie, rock and pop genres. There will also be a bouncy castle, street food stands and bars at the event. www.hertford.gov.uk/events/rock-at-the-castle-423

Classic Ibiza, 9 August

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

The Urban Soul Orchestra conducted by Stephen Hussey return to perform classic Ibiza anthems under the stars, with a live DJ and vocalists. As dusk falls, the lasers will hit the Blickling skyline, as the Urban Soul Orchestra return to bring some of the best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life. www.classicibiza.co.uk

FolkEast, 16-18 August

Glenham Hall, Suffolk

The rural and quirky event hosts a great line up of local and international acts. This year’s headliners include Richard Thompson and Cara Dillon and Friends. The programme also features songwriter Karine Polwart, Sharon Shannon Band, English singer-songwriter/guitarist John Smith and Scots-Irish trio Ross Ainslie (Scottish bagpipes, whistles), Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes, whistles) and Perthshire’s Ali Hutton among many others. Those looking to enjoy a full weekend of performances can take advantage of the fabulous glamping facilities. www.folkeast.co.uk

Maui Waui Festival, 23-25 August

Peakhill Farm, Theberton,  Suffolk

The Maui Waui Festival gets bigger each year, with a three day programme of international music, performance and vibrant arts. The festival brings together accomplished and undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe. Check out this year’s ‘Crime Scene’ stage which will host electro swing to underground techno from talented DJs.

In addition to music there are full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. Highly regarded as one of the most family friendly festivals in the region, the festival has plenty of activities for children too such as circus acts, musical workshops, storytelling, crafts and a pirate ship disco! www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

Essex Back to the 90s Concert, 23 August

Barleylands Farm, Billericay, Essex

Calling all 90s kids! Relive your youth with a night of 90s hits. Confirmed artists include B*Witched, East 17, Baby D, Living Joy and of course there really is no party like an S Club Party! www.jamesdeanevents.com/festival/essex-back-to-the-90s-concert

Essex Sausage, Cider and Music Festival, 24-25 August

Barleylands Farm, Billericay

A fantastic Bank Holiday family event, the festival has a great line up of tribute bands including Noasis,  Kaiser Thiefs, Kopycat Killers, Guns 2 Roses, Cheatles, So Pink and one of the UK’s leading Michael Jackson impersonators Navi. Glamping facilities are available, and under 6s go free!  www.jamesdeanevents.com/festival/essex-s-and-c-2/

Cool Britannia Festival, 30 August – 1 September

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Back by popular demand, Cool Britannia will continue to tend to the needs of rock and dance music fans in 2019 with camping, glamping, street food, themed bars, street entertainers, funfairs, kid-zone, fireworks, trade stands, karaoke and much more! TV and radio presenter Jo Whiley will curate the Main Stage on Saturday 31 August. www.coolbritanniafest.com.

Classic Ibiza, 31 August

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Classic Ibiza is bringing its heady blend of Balearic beats back to Hatfield House this year, following the resounding success of last summer’s concert. Classic Ibiza starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists return to the stage to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the summer evening.

One classic dance track will follow another, as the delightful grounds of Hatfield House turn into a magical, alfresco celebration, with accompanying lasers. Tickets from £39.50. www.classicibiza.co.uk

HighTide Festival, 10-15 September

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Returning to the coastal town for another year, the festival brings together political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new and diverse artists. At the centre of the Aldeburgh event will be ‘LIT’; a coproduction between HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company. It explores the turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places. The performance joins ‘Rust’ as the headline productions for HighTide Festivals Aldeburgh and Walthamstow. The full festival programme will be announced in May when tickets go on sale. www.hightide.org.uk

If you need more inspiration check out our ultimate festival guide for summer 2019 

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