10 of the biggest summer music festivals you NEED to know about in 2016!

Published Thursday, Mar 24 2016, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
It's nearly summer (woohoo!) which means time to start getting excited about all those delicious music festivals being held over the next few months.

Musicians from the UK and further afield will be swapping their glam hotel rooms for muddy fields and massive stages as the 2016 music festival season kicks off. And we cannot wait! Let's all keep our fingers crossed for sunny weather, right?

Whether you love your pop, dance, rock or other, there's something out there for you. Here's our pick of ten festivals you NEED to know about in 2016!

Rihanna performs on day 2 of the V Festival at Hylands Park on August 21, 2011 in Chelmsford, England.

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Rihanna headlines this year's V Festival. She last performed at the event back in 2011.

1. Virgin Media V Festival
20 and 21 August
Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire

Rihanna and Justin Bieber are heading the mega lineup for the festival's 21st birthday (amazing, right?), with David Guetta, Sia, Little Mix, Rita Ora and Faithless also on the bill, and others still to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs popping out of the uber exclusive VIP Virgin Media Louder Lounge. And pray for sunny August weather!

Tickets and info: vfestival.com

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2. Isle Of Wight
9 to 12 June
Isle of Wight

The Who return as headliners for the first time since 1969, joined by Queen + Adam Lambert in a UK festival exclusive, and Stereophonics & Faithless. Other acts at the festival's 15th anniversary since its revival include Busted, Sigma, The Corrs and Jess Glynne. Organisers have promised a tribute to David Bowie, whose last UK performance was at the festival in 2004.

Tickets and info: isleofwightfestival.com

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3. Glastonbury
22 to 26 June
Worthy Farm, Somerset

After years of rumours over whether she will or won't, Adele is taking on her fear of large crowds to headline Saturday night at the Pyramid Stage this year, so prepare for powerhouse vocals, ballads and plenty of glamour. Other headliners are Muse and Coldplay, with the full bill to be announced at a later date.

Info: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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4. Wireless
8 to 10 July
Finsbury Park, London

The festival for those people who don't like camping and would rather a comfy bed each night. This year's headliners include Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and J. Cole, while other confirmed acts include The 1975, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and Future.

Tickets and info: wirelessfestival.co.uk

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5. BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
28 and 29 May
Powderham Castle, Exeter

The festival that tours the country comes to Exeter this year, with 50,000 free tickets up for grabs. Confirmed acts so far include Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Chase & Status, Bring Me The Horizon and Craig David, with more to be announced.

Tickets and info: Radio 1's Big Weekend – Exeter 2016

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6. T In The Park
8 to 10 July
Strathallan Castle, Perthshire

Calvin Harris returns to his native Scotland to headline the festival (will he bring Taylor?!), with other major acts including Stone Roses, Disclosure, Bastille, Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Bay. Tinie Tempah, James Morrison, Jess Glynne and Kaiser Chiefs will also appear.

Tickets and info: tinthepark.com

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7. barclaycard presents British Summer Time
1 to 10 July
Hyde Park, London

As always, there's a varied lineup at the central London festival this year, with Massive Attack, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Take That, Olly Murs and Ella Eyre all scheduled to appear.

Tickets and info: bst-hydepark.com

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8. Reading and Leeds
27 to 29 August
Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

If you like your music a bit edgier, head over to this double behemoth of a festival, where headliners include Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also on the bill are Foals, Disclosure, The 1975 and A$AP Rocky.

Tickets and info: readingfestival.com

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9. Fusion Festival
3 and 4 September
Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool

Moving from Birmingham to a new home in Liverpool, no acts have been announced yet but previous stars have included Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and The Vamps. Justin Bieber had been slated to perform last year but had to pull out.

Tickets and more info: thefustionfestival.co.uk

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10. Download
10 to 12 June
Donnington Park, Leicestershire

There's a banging lineup this year at the UK's premiere rock festival, with major names including Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Korn and Deftones all booked to appear. The main stage has been renamed the Lemmy Stage this year, in tribute to the late Motorhead star who passed away just after Christmas.

Tickets and info: downloadfestival.co.uk


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