The Best UK Music Festivals 2019

 In Inspiration

Spring has truly sprung and with the longer days and warmer weather, thousands of us are dreaming of summer days and planning which festivals we’ll be heading to this summer in the UK.

We love a great British music festival here at Independent Oxford. They offer us a slice of escapism and are brilliant for giving a platform to creative, innovative indie talent. As well as new music, festivals are increasingly promoting and creating a whole world within in a field, offering much more than just music, with everything from gin tasting and yoga to roaming performances and artisan markets.

We have put together a list of our top tips for the festival season ahead to give you some inspiration for awesome gatherings this summer.

Truck Festival 2018


This festival has to be the most theatrical and immersive on the UK circuit at the moment, and the organisers pride themselves on being one of the largest independent festivals around. They are also working on their environmental mission, by trying to reduce the impact of the festival on the environment in 2019. This includes making campsite waste a thing of the past, reducing festival fuel consumption by 50% and encouraging 40% of festival goers to arrive by public transport. This year’s festival, ‘A Radical City’ will be held at Matterley Estate nr Winchester from 7th – 11th August ties together interactive theatre with an overarching story line, and a eclectic line up of music covering diverse genres. You can read my 2018 Boomtown review to get a feel for this festival adventure.

This year, acts include Lauryn Hill, The Streets, and Carl Cox.

Visit the Boomtown website for further info.

Boomtown Festival 2018

Glastonbury Festival

A mix of stellar stars and quirky alternative entertainment, Glastonbury has something for everyone.

The festival is sold out but you may still be able to get a ticket through resales.

Acts include Stormzy, Kylie Minogue and Janelle Monáe.

Glastonbury Festival is on 26th – 30th June at Worthy Farm, Somerset.

Green Man

Green Man is a Welsh independent festival creating opportunities – from supporting emerging artists and offering real-world training –  to getting people engaged with science and inspiring positive change.

Acts include Four Tet, Eels, and Father John Misty.

Green Man takes place on 15th to 18th August near Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons.

Check out the website for more information and to book your tickets.

Truck Festival

This year’s headline acts for Truck feature local heroes Foals. The festival, which formed two decades ago in 1998, will this year take place from 26th – 28th July at Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire. 80% of tickets have already gone so grab your ticket soon if you’d like to be part of this super local festival in 2019.

As well as Foals, acts this year include Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, and The Japanese House.

Check out my review from Truck 2018 to find out more about this Oxfordshire festival.

For more info and to get your ticket, visit the Truck Festival website.

Truck Festival 2018


Wilderness is known for gathering a world-class constellation of musical acts, globally renowned chefs, late-night parties, provocative talks and groundbreaking theatre. Held in the beautiful Cornbury Park, Wilderness offers more than a festival, its a boutique retreat. Find wellbeing in The Sanctuary, relax in the Lakeside Spa and dine at Angela Hartnett’s pop up Cafe Murano.

Acts this year include Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club and Groove Armada.

Wilderness is held at Cornbury Park from 1st-4th August.

Find out more and book your tickets on the Wilderness website.

Wilderness Festival Oxford
Ottolenghi photographed by Justine Trickett at Wilderness

I’m really looking forward to getting out into the fields again this year! Which festivals are you making a beeline for in 2019?

Love, Rosie

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