In line with our Guest Editor Ayman Zakaria Jomaa
, serial entrepreneur in the mobile and technology sector, investor in Shazam
, the world's leading music identification app, and now also founder of Muzeit
, a new music sharing and discovery app, this week we focused on music and rounded up the best sites for music festival in the U.K.
From Glastonbury to the BBC Radio One's, there's something for everyone - and since Spring's finally here, what's better than a good old festival open-air?
A British Institution, the Glastonbury Festival was held for the first time in 1970, on the day after Jimi Hendrix died, over a two day period. Associated worldwide with rock'n'roll, mud and wellies, the festival takes place in June. The website provides not only the essential information about this year's show, but also info about charity initiatives surrounding the event and a detailed timeline listing all the editions with plenty of historical facts.
If you don't want to forego luxury at Glastonbury, we recommend you take a look at Camp Kerala. As Vogue says, this luxe accommodation has become 'unquestionably one of the most glamorous places to be in the UK.' It's a boutique hotel, a no-holds-barred party, a place to relax and enjoy gourmet food, exquisite cocktails and the laughter of friends. In fact, the team will cater to your every whim, all beautifully described on its funky website.
British Summer Time is not exactly a festival - more like a series of giants concerts featuring super popstars that take place during Spring and Summer in Hyde Park. Line up this year features artists like Phil Collins, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon and more. The website offers plenty of useful information and a gallery with the past editions.
THE FESTIVAL CALENDAR
The Festival Calendar is the place to go if you're still unsure and want to explore what's on this year. They define themselves "the web's definitive guide for UK Summer Music Festivals in 2017" and they aren't wrong. On this website, you can find festival lineups and detailed tickets information. It also provides some Food Festivals, Art Festivals and Religious Festivals sections.
The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is a three day greenfield jazz festival held in the first weekend of July in the stunning surroundings of Glynde Place in the beautiful South Downs in East Sussex. The festival launched in a sun drenched weekend in July 2013 and has hosted artists such as Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Chic ft Nile Rogers, Jamie Cullum, Hugh Masekela, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Melody Gardot, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, Jools Holland, Earth, Wind and Fire, Courtney Pine and many others.
DJs and club nights, talks and lectures, panels, classic album playbacks, films, dance classes, kids areas, VIP experiences, camping, and fairground... it’s an immersive musical weekend which has quickly built a loyal and dedicated following. Head over this website for more info and a bits of history.
BBC RADIO ONE'S
Held at the end of May, the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is a two-day festival, with free admission and has featured stars like Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, Craig David, among others. The website offers plenty of useful information about how to get there, how to access, what to expect and a long list of FAQs.
Updated May 2017