2016 gave us some incredible festival moments, from Adele’s stunning headline set at Glastonbury to Foals finally making the step up to headline the main stage at Reading and Leeds. We saw the rise of Blossoms, Christine & The Queens, Slaves, The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Skepta across a plentitude of great festivals around the UK. 2017 has a lot to shape up to but the first line up announcements for the upcoming festival season have shown a lot of promise. Here’s the roundup of the Major UK Festival Calendar so far:
As ever, Glastonbury tend to keep their official announcements until closer to the festival. In October, it was announced that Radiohead would headline the Friday night of the festival for the third time. No other official announcements have been made yet but Australian electronic duo The Avalanches posted on Twitter that they would be playing in 2017. Both Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran are strongly linked to the other headliner slots after The Stone Roses and Daft Punk rumours were denied by Emily Eavis. Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Diana Ross have also been linked to the festival in Somerset.
Reading & Leeds
At the end of November we received the first wave of acts for the 2017 edition of the dual festival. Muse were announced as the first headliners in a European festival exclusive. Also on the line up are Major Lazer (UK exclusive), Bastille, Torey Lanez, Glass Animals and Andy C. Kasabian and The Stone Roses are strongly rumoured to be filling the other two headline spots.
T In The Park
Unfortunately, the chaos of the last two editions of the Scottish festival have led to organisers deciding not to run the festival in 2017, saying they need to work out how they will structure the festival in the future. It is sad news for the UK festival calendar and leaves Scotland without a major festival.
Isle of Wight
Following poor sales last year, the traditional opener to the festival season has announced an incredibly diverse line up so far for 2017. Friday sees rap legends Run-DMC co-headlining alongside French superstar DJ David Guetta, whereas Saturday is topped by Canadian outfit Arcade Fire and Sunday by legend Rod Stewart. Also announced so far are Bastille, George Ezra, Jack Savoretti and Rag ’n’ Bone Man.
The UK’s biggest metal and hard rock festival at Donington Park has announced a large proportion of their line up already. Biffy Clyro play one of their biggest shows ever by topping the main stage on the Saturday whereas festival favourites and metal giants System of a Down will headline for the third time on the Friday night. Sunday will be concluded with rock legends Aerosmith who bring their farewell tour to the UK. Other noticeable names on the lineup include supergroup Prophets of Rage, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Sum-41, Slayer and Simple Plan.
The family friendly festival set in the beautiful background of Suffolk traditionally has a very strong line up filled with exciting and upcoming alternative artists. So far no announcement has been given but Bon Iver and a reunited Fleet Foxes minus Josh Tilman are rumoured to headline the 2017 edition of the festival.
British Summer Time
More of a collection of enormous concerts than a traditional festival, BST takes over Hyde Park again in the summer with an incredible line up already announced. Phil Collins headlines the opening concert with Green Day headlining the second night. Canadian megastar Justin Bieber headlines the third night as a UK festival exclusive with support from Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Anne-Marie. Kings of Leon come to Hyde Park for the fourth concert of the series as another UK festival exclusive with support from Pixies and Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats. The legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers conclude the series with their only European performance of 2017 with special guests Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers in support.
The festival, traditionally popular with pop fans and celebrities, hasn’t yet announced anyone for the 2017 edition and doesn’t normally announce anything until Spring.
The one day festival at London’s Victoria Park will be headlined this year by electronic legend Aphex Twin. Death Grips, Flying Lotus, King Glizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Moderat, Mura Masa and Thee Oh Sees are other noticeable additions to the line up.
The annual series at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall has hosted some incredible names in the past from PJ Harvey to Elton John to Mumford & Sons. The 2017 edition sees Bryan Adams and Madness as the first two headliners.