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2020 UK Music Festival Guide - FIVE festivals to get tickets for
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2020 UK Music Festival Guide - FIVE festivals to get tickets for

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With 2019 being an excellent year for festivals in the UK, we look to the year ahead to see what it will bring. We're going to look at five festivals you should be getting tickets for, and what lineups are on offer. We're going to talk about some acts you might not have heard of as well, if you want some new artists to listen to. Let's dive on in!

The Great Escape

Based in Brighton, The Great Escape takes over the city with acts playing across multiples venues. The south coast festival is the place to be for new and upcoming bands and artists, so if you're all about discovering great new music, The Great Escape is the place to be. 500 artists play across 30 venues all over Brighton, with a festival site being put up on Brighton Beach.

When is The Great Escape?

13th May - 16th May 2020

Where can you get tickets?

https://greatescapefestival.com/buy-festival-tickets/

Who should you see? 

Aitch

UK rapper Aitch will be performing the legendary spotlight show in 2020. After playing a blinder of a set in 2019, Aitch will be performing at the Brighton Dome on Saturday 16th May. Releasing his debut L.P entitled 'AitcH20' resulted in his songs being charted in the UK top ten. The spotlight show can be watched by buying a standalone ticket, or you can register for a free ticket if you have bought a 3-day or single day festival ticket.

 

Girls in Synthesis

"Girls In Synthesis have forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London. In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers.
Experimentation sees them transgress the punk bracket while stage shows present a complete and controlled spectacle; the group moving from playing on stage to dragging equipment into the audience Their explosive shows have seen them hand picked for support slots with bands as disparate as Bad Breeding, Slaves, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Wolf Alice, Warmduscher and Damo Suzuki."

 

JAY1

Originally rapping as Young Jay, JAY1 started making music seriously after moving from North London to the historically student-based city of Coventry in 2016. Bold, self-assured vocals and candid lyrics gave the U.K. MC a fundamental versatility: despite often letting his lyrics speak for themselves on minimalist trap beats, he demonstrated his ability to adapt to everything from drill to dancehall. After delivering freestyles on two popular U.K. video series, Bl@ckbox and Hardest Out, JAY1 saw his first major success with “That’s My Bae,” which blew up through online video channels before inspiring its own freestyle challenge.

 

All Points East

Taking place in London over ten days, the multigenre festival brings some of the best music around to Victoria Park.

When is All Points East?

Friday 22nd May to Sunday 31st May 2020

Where can you get tickets?

https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/tickets/

Who should you see?

Tame Impala

"Kevin Parker has created his own colourful universe of psychedelia with his multi award-winning project Tame Impala. Step into their world for this headlining set with back catalogue favourites and cuts from their fourth album, The Slow Rush."

 

Grandmaster Flash

"Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 70s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of hip hop’s original innovators."

 

Anna Calvi

"In less than a decade Anna Calvi has been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize, received praise from the highest quarters and established herself as an artist fearless of examining identity and passion. The three Anna Calvi albums to date are dark-inked essays in turbulence and drama."

 

Latitude

Latitude is celebrating its 15th year as a festival - a huge achievement for any event! The festival takes place in Henham park, suffolk, and promises to be one of the biggest parties of the year. 

When is Latitude?

16th - 19th July 20202

Where can you get tickets?

https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets/

Who should you see?

The Chemical Brothers

The electronic duo have been killing it for years on end. Album after album, release after release, they seem to be unstoppable in their creative endeavours. If you've never seen The Chemical Brothers live before, be prepared to get blown away...

 

Michael Kiwanuka

One of the UK's leading talents when it comes to song writing, Michael Kiwanuka's voice will enchant you with his lyrics and melodic power. Live performances include a full band, so you can expect interesting instrumental combinations that work to compliment the set beautifully. 

 

Haim

Consisting of three sisters, Haim bring interesting melodies to well structured pop songs. They've been writing huge pop songs their whole career, so you can expect some bangers when they play live.

 

Glastonbury  

We couldn't do a festival guide without including Glastonbury. Arguably the best festival not just in the UK, but globally, Glastonbury has been leading the festival world for decades. Glastonbury is known not just for it's music, but for it's fantastic environmental policies as well. Tickets have already sold out, so it would be cruel of us to talk about the amazing lineup. Here's the link to Glastonbury's website if you are going. 

Download

Download is the UK's best festival for all things heavy. If you're into drop tuned guitars, circle pits and metal music, Download is the place to be. Set up in Donnington Park, Download pretty much have the best metal and hard rock lineup in the UK every year. 

When is Download?

12th - 14th June 2020

Where can you get tickets?

https://downloadfestival.co.uk/info/

Who should you see?

BABYMETAL

When we first heard BABYMETAL, we didn't know what was happening. After a few more listens, we fell in love with them. We're not really sure how to describe them, so we recommend you check them out yourselves. If you can think of a good description, please let us know in the comments. 

 

System of a Down

SOAD are the writers of some of the most potent, politically charged anthems ever written. With songs like B.Y.O.B, Toxicity and of course Chop Suey, they are known the world over, and for good reason. They are a force to be reckoned with, and not  a band to be missed.

 

Baroness

Creating some of the most interesting guitar music written in the modern era, Baroness are seriously underrated. Anyone who's heard them loves them, and so do we. Creative, innovative songwriting combined with intriguing dual guitar work make Baroness a truly awe inspiring act.

 

So there are five festivals we love the look of in 2020, are you going to any of them? If you fancy a bit more reading, take a look at these:

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https://lfhp.co.uk/blogs/hate-plastic/is-glitter-bad-for-the-environment

https://lfhp.co.uk/blogs/hate-plastic/music-festival-essentials-7-things-you-need-for-a-festival