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7 festivals to attend this September

As September sneaks up on us, so do the final festivals of the summer. Here are some of our top picks for the best UK music festivals this September.


Isle of Wight Festival

16th-19th September

It’s back, the UK’s original festival where in 1970, 600,000 music lovers crossed the Solent to watch a legendary line-up that included The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Supertramp. Since 2002, a who’s who of musical superstars have made their way to the recreation ground just outside of Newport, Isle of Wight. From the Stones to Bowie, Amy Winehouse to Foo Fighters, Springsteen to Fleetwood Mac and Blondie to The Sex Pistols, the Isle of Wight Festival offered a unique experience for both performer and audience. After such a calamitous period for live events, 2021’s festival will see the return of a stellar cast including Coldplay, David Guetta, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol, Tom Jones, Sam Fender and Sophie Ellis Bextor, bringing not only a historic festival back to life but also a much sought-after dose of normality.

The Who playing on the main stage at Isle of Wight Festival

See amazing performers such as The Who at Isle of Wight Festival

Northern Kin Festival

17th-19th September

It is worth making your way to Northern Kin Festival even if you don’t like folk, rock and blues music. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Durham and one of only 40 such areas in England and Wales, the views alone are worth the ticket price. While there, however, you can dip into a bit of Hue and Cry, Lindisfarne, Big Country, Wilko Johnson and Scottish heavy metal stalwarts Nazareth.


Read more: Top 10 things to do in Durham and Tees Valley


Equinox Festival

17th-19th September

If your vibe is tribe, then Equinox Festival awaits your arrival. Proudly ‘for the people. Not for profit’, the organisers invite you to the best party in the universe! With over 100 bands and DJs, six stages and a mix of stage shows and workshops alongside a fire pit, a dedicated children’s area and a wide-ranging display of heritage crafts, if there is one thing you ought to do in Lincolnshire this September, well… it’s this.

Band playing on a stage

Lincolnshire offers a variety of festival venues for you to enjoy

Playground Festival

24th-26th September

In November 2016 Rouken Glen Park was voted the UK’s Best Park at the Fields in Trust annual awards. Not many people know that. It might then come as a surprise to walkers and bird lovers that for one long weekend in September the sense of tranquillity is somewhat bashed over the head by the arrival of The Libertines, Orbital and Razorlight. A more chilled out listen will be on offer with Nile Rodgers & Chic, Culture Club and Macy Gray, but if you do only one thing in East Renfrewshire this September, find the stage where the band with the best name in the world are playing: Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5. Apparently their second single entered the Official Scottish Charts at number 7 – hot stuff indeed!

Project 72 Drum and Bass Weekend

24th-27th September

We are not sure the words Pontins and Weekender were created to appear in the same sentence, but that’s what you’ll get if you set sail for Camber Sands on the East Sussex coast. If you are/were a fan of early 1990s jungle and its close brother Drum and Bass, with delicious breakbeats, samples and synthesisers to keep you on edge through the day and into the night, then this is the ultimate package holiday: beach, chalet, pub and hardstep.


Read more: How to spend a weekend in East Sussex


Mint Festival

25th September

Nine years old and still grooving to the beat, Mint Festival is a Leeds all-dayer paying homage to the best in dance music. House or techno, hip city or electro, if dance is your bag then everything is going to be just Mint. Held at a new venue, Newsham Green Farm, on the outskirts of Leeds, the organisers are promising the best edition set yet. Gates open at 10am but take it easy, there’s a lot of hours in a day.

Leeds is a great location for a number of fab festivals

Let’s Rock Norwich

25th September

OK, so dance music isn’t your thing. Forget Leeds and follow the signs to Norfolk. Pack your leg warmers, shoulder pads and spandex and transport yourself back to the 1980s with a family-friendly festival that takes place at Earlham Park, located just outside Norwich. The line-up is star studded (if it was the eighties) – Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Boomtown Rats, Then Jericho, Kim Wilde – and for those who lived during the eighties it will certainly prove a blast from the past. Those of you who didn’t experience the time, you might just wish you had once the weekend winds down and you find yourself not liking Mondays. And pray for good weather, you don’t want to end up Wet Wet Wet.


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Image credits: ©Callum Baker/The Isle of Wight Festival; Free-photos/Pexels/Pixabay; Playground Festival; Shutterstock.com

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