For many overseas travellers that enjoy the social life of a working holiday in the UK, one thing that really stands out is the British music scene. In most major cities, you’ll find an eclectic mix of gigs to attend, whatever your music taste; however one of the best ways to experience the culture is to attend one of the many music festivals that occur throughout the year.
Some festivals are globally renowned – Glastonbury, V, T in the Park, Reading Festival, Bestival to name but a few are stalwarts of the festival scene and you should experience at least one of them in your lifetime. There are festivals to suit all musical interests and tastes – the annual Creamfields event is the place to be for dance hedonists while Download is the Metal Mecca for Rock enthusiasts.
As well as the major players you’ll find plenty of smaller music festivals popping up all over the UK, the Secret Garden Party, just one of the hedonistic highlights in the 2016 calendar. Some of the smaller, alternative festivals cater towards certain musical niches such as jazz and folk, and other more family-friendly festivals, with plenty of leisure activities to keep all generations entertained.
Most music festivals take place over a 2/3 day weekend and offer the choice of day tickets or full weekend tickets with camping accommodation. You’ll find that many of the more popular festivals – Glastonbury, in particularly – will sell tickets before even announcing their line-up – so confident are they in their history and legacy that you’ll have an amazing time whoever the main acts are.
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