UK music festival holidays

Ok, so the UK doesn’t boast the sun-soaked sands of Spain, and its atmosphere’s rather different to that of the Netherlands or Belgium. But give our home-led music festivals their due: we have some of the most anticipated, exciting and eclectic events in Europe. From festivals where the foundations of Rock and Roll were laid out, to newly-founded events catering to the Electronic fans amongst you, there’s a truly diverse range to choose from. So why jet off when you could stay at home this year? Simply start stocking up on wellies and denim shorts: enjoy the buzz of UK music festivals! Of course, most people think of camping when considering music festival holidays, but thanks to HomeAway’s extensive range of private accommodation, you can forgo the muddy conditions and opt for a little luxury instead! We have hundreds of properties offering the perfect location: you can travel out to the festival by day, and return to your comfortable lodgings by night. Of course, you can always opt to stay at the site of the festival for a few days, and extend your trip by booking a rental retreat where you can recuperate after! Read on for a rundown of our top 5 music festivals.

  1. UK music festival holidays: Reading Festival

    Held in the last days of August, Reading Festival is one of Britain’s leading Rock, Alternative and Indie music festivals. An annual event taking place on Little John’s Farm in Reading, its history goes right back to 1961, making it the world’s oldest, popular music event which continues to grow today. With five stages and two tents, there’s always something to keep you entertained: from Progressive Rock to Blues and Heavy Metal, everyone’s catered for at Reading Festival. For 2013, confirmed artists included Eminem - making his only UK performance of that year - as well as Deftones and Alt-J.

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  2. UK music festival holidays: Glastonbury

    Glastonbury is the grandfather of the UK music festival scene, but packs rather more partying than the name would suggest! Held in Somerset over the last days of June, it started up in 1970 and played host to a range of world-famous acts: Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Fairport Convention, to name but a few. Today, it still offers an unbeatable line-up of artists, with the most recent years showcasing everything from U2 and Coldplay to Beyonce and Paul Simon. This year the festival’s already sold out, but any cancelled tickets will be up for grabs. Keep fingers crossed!

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  3. UK music festival holidays: Download

    Situated in Donington Park, Download is not only one of England’s greatest music events, but one of Europe’s. Held annually during June, this Rock extravaganza was first introduced in 2003, with headliners including Limp Bizkit, Metallica and Iron Maiden. Almost a decade later, 2013 heralds no less: confirmed artists include Papa Roach, Bullet for My Valentine, Jimmy Eat World and Alice in Chains. Of course, with over 100 acts playing across five diverse stages, there’s sure to be something suited to your tastes! So join the 120,000 festival-goers this year, and get headbanging!

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  4. UK music festival holidays: T in the Park

    T in the Park is the pride of Scotland, held near Kinross every July. Renowned as one of the noisiest, wildest and biggest events in the UK, it certainly shows the rest of the UK how to hold a festival! As well as offering a diverse range of world-famous artists, the event showcases a huge number of up-and-coming acts, or “ones to watch out for”: confirmed acts for 2013 include The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Paloma Faith and Rhianna. Of course, if you’re not dancing away to well-known artists or finding new favourites, there’s also a fairground to keep you and your friends entertained!

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  5. UK music festival holidays: Isle of Wight Festival

    Since Bob Dylan performed here back in 1969, the Isle of Wight Music Festival has become one of Europe’s most anticipated events. Today, it’s held at Seaclose Park near Newport, and attracts a huge number of diverse festival-goers: with its claims to fame including The Doors, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, it’s not hard to understand why! For 2013, you can expect Bon Jovi, the Killers, Blondie and Newton Faulkner, so there are clearly no limitations as to the types of music on offer. Of course, the Isle of Wight’s also a great spot for a general break: why not browse our coastal cottages?

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