Festivals I’m looking forward to this summer

The only thing that gets me through the wet and cold weather at this time of year is making plans for the summer! Croatia is booked and hopefully there will be a few more trips in between now and then. Summer also means FESTIVALS. Here are a few I’m looking forward to this year…

Unknown Festival, Rovinj

Unknown Pool

I went to Unknown Festival for the first time last year where I worked as a volunteer and I can’t wait to go back. There’s nothing better than seeing great bands, chilling on the beach and boat parties! Unknown is a relatively small festival but the location is stunning. As its set on an actual campsite the facilities are really good – hot showers and working toilets! There’s even the option to book an onsite apartment rather than camping.

Unknown is one of those festivals which is a little bit quirky; during the day there are tug of wars, boat parties, paint parties as well as an onsite pool, bar and restaurant. Unknown is held mid-September so you really can celebrate the last days of summer in style.

Parklife, Manchester


This is a weekend-long festival which is held in Heaton Park – and doesn’t involve camping! The festival used to be held close to the centre but was moved to Heaton Park which is a little further out. This means you either have to get a taxi there or buy a ticket for the special buses they put on for the festival.

This year sees the likes of Snoop Dogg, Disclosure, Rudimental and Bastille gracing the stage. When the music has finished there are usually lots of after-parties going on.

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling by fussy onion, on Flickr

This is a festival which I’ve never been to before but I have it on good authority that it’s worth a look! Kendal Calling is held in Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District. It’s a compact festival with ‘the homely charm of a local fair’. This year’s line up boasts Suede, The Happy Mondays, Razorlight and 2ManyDJs to name but a few.

The appeal of experiencing performances ‘up-close and personal’ seems to be one of the main attractions of this festival. Can’t wait!

Summer is all about the festivals and as long as you’ve got your wellies and poncho then you’re ready for anything. Keep an eye out on the blog for more festival posts, including the top festivals in Europe this year and your festival survival guide. Thinking of working at a festival while you travel? Have a read of my guide to working at a festival abroad.


Photo credit: fussy onion 

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