Student life: Guide to summer festivals

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UK festivals

Written by Catalina Constantin (2022 DMU Alumni)

Summer is here! Music festivals are ready to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There are several festivals around the country where you can enjoy the music, ambience, food, activities, and scenery.

With so many festivals to select from, it might be difficult to decide which one to attend. Typically, the obvious options are based on the line-up and pricing.

Consider the other expenditures associated with the tickets, such as camping or hotel rates, booking fees, and transport.

If you don’t like camping you could buy a day ticket for when your favourite artists are playing.

Check out these ten festivals from throughout the region and country.

The free Riverside Festival returns to Leicester on the first weekend in June over Bede Park, Western Boulevard, and Castle Gardens.

Harborough Summerfest will be on June 3 at Market Harborough Showground.

Enjoy a weekend at Summer Bash between June 24 and 25 at Courtyard Bar and Venue in Leicester.

FormFest will be on between July 1 and 2 at 2Funky Music Cafe in Leicester.

Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot will headline Download Festival at Donington Park motorsport circuit in Leicestershire, between June 8 and 11.

Between June 23 and 25, Earl Sweatshirt, Denzel Curry, Death Grips, Turnover, Converge, Defeater, Code Orange, and more will be part of the line-up at Outbreak festival located in the heart of Manchester at Depot Mayfield.

Parklife festival at Heaton Park, Manchester, is set to take place between June 10 and 11 with headliners such as The 1975 and Skrillex.

Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and 50 Cent will be the headliners at Wireless at Finsbury Park, London, from July 7 to 9.

Running the same line-up and alternating between Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds, the Reading and Leeds festivals are set to take place between August 25 and 27, with Sam Fender, the Killers, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, and Foals as headliners.

Lorde will join Liam Gallagher and Florence and the Machine as headliners for the Boardmasters festival at Newquay, Cornwall, from August 9 to 13.

Avoid overpacking! A decent-quality tent, sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries, wet wipes, portable chargers, earplugs, raincoats, tissues, and food are all required. Remember to bring a refillable water bottle.

If you would like to get in touch about any advice, you can call us at 0116 467 0315, send us an email at, or pop into our lettings office on the DMU campus. Start your student accommodation search here.

Check out other tips on how to improve your student life here.

Support is also available from Leicester Student Union Advice and De Montfort Student Union Advice.

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