Summer is not too far away now and with that in mind then it’s about time you started thinking about which festivals you’d like to go to. So we’ve gathered some information about the headliners at the biggest festivals and also looked into their disabled access! Let us know if you have any further information on the access at this years festivals whether they are on our list or not, all information is good!
Isle of Wight – 13-16th June
Line Up: The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, You, Me At 6, Jessica Ware, The Struts.
It’s a big year at the Isle of Wight this year with Fleetwood Mac playing. One of the nice things about the Isle of Wight festival is the diverse music that they have and this means there are usually people of all ages there – festivals aren’t just for the youth! Pharrell and The Prodigy will definitely be some of the highlights of the weekend! A good eclectic mix of musicians playing.
Accessibility: The website says that you should call Ticketmaster to order a Disabled Access ticket and book one for a carer (if needed). There is a designated campsite that has parking nearby, accessible loos and showers. The site is generally flat and easy to get around but during bad weather this can become complicated.
Download – 12-14th June
Line Up: Slipknot, Muse, Kiss, Faith No More, Billy Idol, Marylin Manson, Thunder, Black Stone Cherry.
Download festival is always for the rock lovers! If you’re into noisy/rock/screamo music then this is no doubt the festival for you. Slipknot and Muse should be brilliant (I’ve heard good things about Muse in particular).
Accessibility: Download takes place in Donnington Park (where Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet). It is a Greenfield site with ‘steep stony hilly sections’ meaning that access to the site isn’t very easy and is harder during bad weather conditions. There is a disabled customer campsite for those who are unable to camp on the standard campsites; laid down tracks to make getting around easier and you can park next to your tent, there are also lockers for storing small valuables or/and medication. More information on the website.
Glastonbury – 24- 28th June
Line Up: Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Lionel Richie
So far that’s all the information available on the the official Glastonbury page… There is currently a petition to stop Kanye West playing at Glastonbury (we’ll update this when we know more).
Accessibility: Around the site they do have metal tracks laid down making getting around easier however there are still a lot of grassy areas and this can make it difficult especially in bad weather. They have a disabled access campsite that has stewards on hand 24/7 if you need assistance. The campsite has wheelchair accessible showers and there are accessible toilets throughout the arena. Also in the arena they have a viewing platform but to use it you need a ticket.
Calling Festival – 4th July
Line Up: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Ryan Adams and The Shining, The Hives, Echo and The Bunnymen.
A one day affair at the Calling Festival… I just hope it doesn’t rain! Because it looks like it’s going to be a fabulous day, this is a great choice of festival if you can’t face three days in a tent – I do often wonder why festivals are so loved… Anyway, no need to camp for this one! just turn up and leave when you’re ready. Noel Gallagher… should be great!
Accessibility: The festival is taking place in an outside space, although the ground is generally flat and there are tarmac paths to help get you around. There are some disabled parking spaces available, you should book these in advance, there are also various buses and trains you can get to and from Clapham Common. For more information about facilities of the hearing impaired and the availability for charging wheelchairs, click here.
LoveBox – 17-18th July
Line-up: Rudimental, Snoop Dog, Cypress Hill, Acid Mondays, Annie Man, Little Dragon, Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Groove Armada (DJ Set)
Looks lively, sounds upbeat and it’s only two days! This festival is going to be fresh and fun with some classic music and more modern stuff which could potentially be called classic in 20 years time! Definitely worth the trip (Rudimental are brilliant lively, really engaging).
Accessibility: Lovebox is at an open-air site even if some of the area is covered by marquees it is dominantly an open space. There are some tarmac paths to help you get around the area. These paths will help you to and from the disabled car parking area. they do strongly advise giving a lot of thought to coming to a festival as the weather is unpredictable and can cause problems.
Green Man – 20-23rd August
Line Up: Super Furry Animals, St Vincent, Hot Chip, Television, Public Service Broadcasting, White Fence, Songhoy Blues.
Although I’m not overly familiar with any of these groups the songs I listened to on YouTube were pretty decent. One of the great things about Green Man festival is that there’s a lot more than just music going on, there are various other things to do, the aim of the festival is to link the ‘creative process with the commercial interface’. They are really family friendly so if you have children they will have as good a time at you!
Accessibility: Most of the ground is grass and when wet this can become incredibly muddy and make getting around increasingly difficult. There are some tarmac roads but it’s not possible to completely avoid grassy areas. There is a disabled access drop off point in the car park, where stewards will be able to help you. They have an accessible camping area which is 5 minutes from the main stage and very close to a tarmac road – here they have accessible toilets and showers and electrical points for charging equipment where needed. Green Man does recommend reading all the information on their website before booking a ticket.
V Festival – 17-18th August
Line Up: Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Kasabian, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit, Kodaline, Duke Dumont
Look at that line up! Is there really anything else that needs to be said?!
Accessibility: There are two sites Hyland Park which is in Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park just outside central Birmingham. On both sites there are disabled toilets and showers; Weston Park has a slight incline on a concrete pathway and is a fair distance to the arena, Hyland Park is next to the arena and has a grass path joining the two. They are facilities for charging wheelchairs and one carer can get a free ticket. More information is available on the website.
Reading – 23-25th August
Line Up: Mumford and Sons, Metallica, The Libertines, Bastille, The Cribs, Kendrick Lamar, All Time Low, Limp Bizkit.
In true Reading style they’ve wheeled out an old school bad who is loved by people of all ages, Metallica! Reading looks like fun this year, lots of talented people playing and lots of stages to explore – you’ll definitely come back listening to a band you didn’t know before you went and they’ll be your new favourites!
Accessibility: They have a disabled access campsite and viewing platforms at all stages; you will need a Disabled Access Ticket to be able to use these. They have adapted toilets nearby and you can be accompanied by a carer. The ground is generally uneven and is grassy although they do put down metal walk-ways.
Are you going to a festival this year that we haven’t written about? Why not review it for us and send it to us when you get back!