Great big music festival round-up 2013

Grab your wellies and your sun-cream - festival season is lurking just around the corner with a big silly summertime grin on its face.

But where should you spend your quality moshing/camping/fermented-apple-juice-drinking time this year? It's a tough call, there are officially more than a million festivals (give or take) happening this season.

That's why we're kicking off this uber-list of the best festies happening in the UK and beyond in 2013. To get things started, here are some top picks from the TSR team. But what do we know? We want to hear what festivals you're going to. Hit the 'edit this article' button at the top of this page to add your own and help us come up with the definitive list of music events in 2013.


Big Budget

Guaranteed no mud
What? Benicassim 
When? 18-21 July 2013
Where? Benicassim, Spain
Who? Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Dizzee Rascal and The Killers are the headliners.
How much? £150 for weekend and camping. Day tickets available for £70

How many festivals can you think of that take place in almost-guaranteed 28-degree sunshine, with a waterpark just across the road from the main stage? Probably just the one - and Benicassim has the line-up to match its sunny weather charms. Now you just need to work out how you're going to get there.


Big Headliners
What? Reading & Leeds
When? 23-25 August 2013
Where? Little John's Farm, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds
Who? Green Day, Eminem, Biffy Clyro, Fall out boy, Alt J, among many others!
How much? £202.50 for a weekend ticket

R&L is a must for any avid festival goer to experience! For those who love rock, you wont be disappointed as the biggest acts regularly attend this amazing festival. There are also various stages for different styles, such as dance music, indie rock, and an alternative stage for those who like something a bit different. Don't forget the amazing silent disco which CANNOT be missed! During the bank holiday weekend at the end of august, this festival is perfectly timed at the end of summer! (so maybe it wont rain...)


For old school acts
What? Isle of Wight Festival 
When? 13th-16th June 2013
Where? Seaclose Park, Newport 
Who? Bon Jovi, The Killers, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, among many others!
How much? £185 for a weekend ticket

For those who like to reminisce about what music use to be, but still like some of the best acts around now, then IOW is the festival for you! With the likes of Paul Weller, Bon Jovi, Stone Roses and Blondie among the line up it really is a great list of nostalgia acts. In addition to this you get some of the top current acts like The killers, Bloc Party and Imagine Dragons. This festival is a bit more relaxed than certain other festivals but there's still plenty of mosh pits going around! Transport to the island is regular and cheap, then buses to the site are easy and convenient! The timing is just at the end of exam season so check your time table, but it should be fine, and is a great way to celebrate and go mental.


What? Download Festival
When? 14-16 June 2013
Where? Donington Park
Who? Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein are headlining.
How much? £195 for the weekend and three nights camping. £82.50 for day tickets.

You know a rock festival has got pretty big when it can book Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead and Korn and not one of them is a top headliner. Download's line-up has become a 'Who's Who' of metal, along with the odd nostalgia-packed booking (Europe will be belting out The Final Countdown on the Friday). The only downside? The whole thing is bang in the middle of exam season.


A break from the norm
What? The Secret Garden Party
When? 25-28 July 2013
Where? Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton 
Who? Soulwax, Django Django and, er, David Icke are among the initial line-up
How much? £191 for a weekend ticket

Any festival that features lizard-obsessed former goalkeeper David Icke among its lineup is obviously keen on doing things a little differently. The Secret Garden Party kicked off in 2004 as an alternative to mainstream music festivals and, now in its 10th year, it's been quietly growing ever since. The theme to this year's bash is 'superstition' - no word yet on whether Stevie Wonder will be putting in an appearance...

Medium Budget

Sun, Sea and Surfing!
What? Boardmasters
When? 7-10th August 2013
Where? Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Who? The Vaccines, Ben Howard, Miles kane, Everything Everything, among many others!
How much? £116 for a weekend ticket

A unique festival that boast a beach amongst its attractions! This medium budget option enables the festival to book some big acts like the vaccines or Miles Kane, but also allows it to stay small and prevent overcrowding. For those who love the beach, and even fancy themselves as being a great surfer, then this is the place for you! With early entry tickets you can get up to 5 days of music! sounds like a bargain to me and there's no mud on the beach!


Low Budget

What? The Parklife Weekender
When? 8/9 June 2013
Where? Heaton Park, Manchester
Who? Plan B and Example headlining, The Maccabees, Rita Ora and Jessie Ware also on the bill
How much: £69.50 two-day weekend ticket (£45 day tickets)

With many of the big-name festivals now charging north of £200 for a weekend ticket, any event that offers two days of live music for under £70 is bound to get some attention. The downside? There's no camping, so you'll have to fork out for a hotel if you're not local.


Great student deals
What? Beach Break Live
When? 20-24 June 2013
Where? Newquay
Who? Jake Bugg headlining, High Contrast, Alunageorge and Lucy Rose also on the bill
How much? Weekend ticket with camping is £84 (includes student discount)

Beach Break Live shifts to a new home this summer, with the event taking over Newquay for four days of gigs and performance art around the town's streets and venues. Centrepiece of the whole thing will be the festival's main stage, which is going to be built on Newquay's Fistral Beach. No muddy moshpits here... All weekend tickets come with a student discount - and if you want to avoid staying in a tent some tickets come with caravan accommodation.


Brand new
What? The Isle of Man Festival
When? 6 July 2013
Where? Douglas, Isle of Man
Who? Primal Scream and Paloma Faith are headlining
How much? £55 for the festival and one night's camping

This summer the curtain raises on a brand-new festival on the Isle of Man as the imaginatively titled Isle of Man festival makes its debut. Who knows, this could turn into the next Glastonbury, and if you're minded to say "I was there," you'll get to enjoy a line-up that includes Primal Scream and Paloma Faith.




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