The month of August sees festival season reach its peak. Across the U.K we will see various festivals catering to all musical tastes; we help you choose which ones you MUST attend in our Top 5 U.K festivals in August:

5. SW4


SW4 has become one of the landmark festivals in London. The August bank holidays sees tens of thousands of Londoners flock to Clapham Junction to see the very best names in house, techno, garage & bass Music.

This year sees two contrasting headliners with Rudimental the main attraction on Saturday and The Chemical Brothers on Sunday.

Tip – Due to council restrictions, there is a sound limit. Make sure you get to the front for the best sound quality.

4. 51st State

6th August sees 51st State Festival return to London at Trent Park. The festival prides itself in “connecting the dots between U.K, U.S and Caribbean culture”.

It’s one of the few festivals where you can hear a diverse range of music, from dancehall to techno, house to grime, garage to afrobeats.

Tip: This is a festival which is all about roots and tradition. If you are attending, do your research on some of the DJs on show…and don’t call them ‘Old Skool’ !!!

3. Eastern Electrics


If 51st State Festival is not your thing then you can head over to Hatfield House for the 3rd edition of Eastern Electrics. One of the newer festivals in the U.K, the Eastern Electrics team have done a fantastic job in curating a world class festival with the biggest names in house and techno.

Headlined by Seth Troxler, Eastern Electrics is guaranteed  to marvel with such a star-studded line up. With the likes of Steve Lawler, Skream, Darius Syrossian, Shy FX, Monki, Eats Everything , Groove Armada and more, your biggest challenge will be making sure you see all your favourite DJs.

Tip: If you live in the Hertfordshire area take advantage of the afterparty featuring Skream, Richy Ahmed, Doorly & more.


Surely the biggest dance festival in the U.K, the legend that is Creamfields will be THE place to see the biggest DJs in the world across four days.

A U.K festival staple across the Bank Holiday weekend, Creamfields in 2016 boasts the premiere of the Steel Yard Tent. Creamfields have been rather coy in detailing what to expect from the Steel Yard other than its “Mind blowing production” ; however, with Jack U, Four Tet and Sasha booked to play at the tent, expect something big!

Tip: Even though it’s line up is less star-studded, try and get there for the Thursday to get first pick on camping space.

1.Notting Hill Carnival

Okay, so we’ve cheated a little bit here. Notting Hill Carnival is not so much a ‘festival’; nonetheless, it has all the traits of one (bar the camping bit). World class music, various stages, food, activities… it’s brilliant!

And quite frankly, it is THE event of the summer with hundreds of thousdands of Londoners and non Londoners heading to West London for the 2 day carnival.

Tip: If you are heading to carnival for the first time, go on the Sunday. It’s less busy, more spacious and the perfect introduction to the festivities.


Written by David Akosim