Top music festivals to visit in Yorkshire this summer

If you plan on spending time in the North of England this summer then it’s great opportunity to check out some of the music festivals on offer. Many of the major cities have vibrant music scenes and festivals to match, but you’ll also find a few smaller, more intimate festivals as well.

Leeds Festival is probably one of the biggest festivals you’ll find in Yorkshire this summer. Located in Bramham Park, the festival runs from the 23rd-25th August 2013 and this year features a range of bands from Green Day, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down to Chase & Status, Skrillex and Jake Bugg. Although it’s a fairly massive festival, there is a good mix of music to suit most tastes. At night you can head to one the festivals silent discos, the fairground or visit one of the camp DJ sets.


For something a little smaller, indie music-lovers should check out Bingley Music Live hosted in Myrtle Park in West Yorkshire from 30th August – 1st September 2013. At £45, its good value for money considering the bands on offer – The Cribs, The Fratellis and The Wonder Stuff to name but a few.

If that appeals then you might also want to take a look at Beacons Festival set in the Yorkshire Dales. Although perhaps not the most glamorous of festivals, Beacons features a number of up-and-coming bands and local talent as well as more popular acts. The music is often described as ‘eclectic’ and ‘edgy’ – this year you’ll find bands such as Django Django, Local Natives and Eats Everything.  If you’ve never visited the Yorkshire Dales before it’s worth spending some time before or after the festival to explore all that the Dales has to offer.

But perhaps you want to check out something even more below the radar. With no camping involved, LS21 Live is located in a little market town called Otley on the 26th May 2013. The bands include Reverend and the Makers, The Sunshine Underground and Little Comets. If you like good food and good beer this could be a fun day out.

This post was written by my sister Sarah Carey, an acoustic guitar player, singer and songwriter. You can find out more about her music on her Youtube channel or her Facebook page.
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