With the sun shining to coincide with the UK festival season (for once!) – this summer looks to be an epic one. If you’re heading to a festival with your friends for a weekend of frolics, read our insider’s guide to discover the best bands to see, things to do and foods to eat.
It’s the big one, the leviathan, the great leader and global superstar of music festivals. From the legendary headliners to the tents offering a 24-hour festival experience, there’s every reason to look your best.
What to Watch: The xx - fresh from a sell-out tour and eight night residency at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, the band are bringing their magic to Worthy Farm before the festival takes a year-long hiatus. Recent guests on their tour included Robyn and Sampha, so we’re excited to see what the guys have up their sleeves. Other artists performing include Royal Blood, Stormzy and Lorde.
Where to Eat: The Cheese Truck - these guys are grilled cheese sandwich aficionados who combine cheddar, stilton and goats cheese to create the ultimate feel-good festival fuel. They also smother chips in cheese sauce to create Fondue Fries, their signature dish.
Secret Garden Party
This year’s festival will be the last, so it’s your last chance to experience SGP in all its glory. Festivals are not normally associated with glamour, but over the last fifteen years Secret Garden Party has definitely earned its reputation as one of the UK’s most glitzy summer events. When exploring the festival, it’s almost a mathematical certainty that you’ll end up sharing a dance floor with at least one famous fashion glitterati face.
What to Watch: Metronomy will be headlining this year’s festival, which is perfect for those of us that want to relive 2009: the year that skinny jeans and white plimsoles took over the world. Other headliners include Chrystal Fighters and Toots & the Maytals
As far as location goes, Green Man Festival wins the prize for most breath-taking landscape with a backdrop of Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains in Wales. The festivals’ folk-heavy line-up perfectly gels with its surroundings. Across the weekend there are 1,500 performers to discover, perfectly complimented by the selection of local beverages on offer.
Who to Watch: This year’s Green Man line-up features music icons PJ Harvey and Ryan Adams. Alternatively, relax and unwind watching British soul singer Michael Kiwankuna.
What to Eat: Will there ever be a better time to tuck into a burger than when surrounded by good music and beautiful scenery? Probably not. Back by popular demand for 2017, the Grazing Shed will be cooking up a selection of mouth-watering locally sourced burgers to banish your hangover for good.
A fun-packed experience for all ages, Latitude offers a seemingly endless array of comedians, DJs and other activities to enjoy in between topping-up your tan and sipping cold beers. There’s even a separate children’s campsite, which drastically reduces the likelihood of your day being ruined by a screaming toddler!
What to Watch: Fresh from returning with their critically acclaimed album Silver Eye, Goldfrapp will be kicking things off on the Friday at the Obelisk Arena. If comedy is more your thing, don’t miss Simon Amstell, Katherine Ryan and Dara Oh Briain.
What to Eat: Making the most of its green and bountiful Suffolk surroundings, Latitude is keeps things local with its very own Village Shop, selling locally sourced produce. For the more exotically inclined, food stores at the festival will offer a global menu – including Caribbean, Japanese even fish finger sandwiches.
Have fun whatever you do this summer, and PLEASE tag us in any festival photos when you're wearing your Lee Renee pieces - we love to see how you style them @leereneejewellery xx