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BlueDot, 20-22nd July, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
What makes it different It’s located in a space observatory
In a nutshell An out-of-this-world festival of music and space exploration set against a backdrop of deep space observatory Lovell Telescope, the Blue Dot mantra is to ‘cultivate a unifying celebration for citizens of the world.’ Stellar entertainment includes talks from some of the greatest minds in science – think Richard Dawkins et al.
VIP hospitality Boutique camping (starting at £695 for two) includes bell tents, luxpads and safari suites, along with wood-fired hot tubs, a sauna, luxury showers, flushing loos and GHDs.
Headliners The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands, Little Dragon, Kerouac, Afriquoi, Joy Orbison
Rize, 17-18 August, Hylands Park, Chelmsford
What makes it different It’s brand-spanking new
In a nutshell Dust off your skinny jeans and start growing a mullet for a weekend of Indie bliss and pop in Essex at this brand new festival.
VIP hospitality Street food market, VIP bar and chill out area, glitter make-up station, proper toilets. Camp at the Luxury Village and enjoy a welcome party on Thursday, a restaurant serving late-night bites, a pamper area, a hair salon (keep that mullet in check) and massage tent.
Headliners Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, James Bay, Manic Street Preachers
Boardmasters, 8-12 August, Fistral beach, Cornwall
In a nutshell Learn to surf or watch the World Surf League pros shred waves over five days of sun-bleached action. Good news is these athletes also know how to party: catch them across six eclectic music stages, vibing at the UK’s largest silent disco, jamming over acoustic campfire sessions and refueling at the Cornish street food market.
VIP hospitality Glamping (£288pp), after-party access, unlimited shuttles to and from site, and a VIP bar with the best view in the house and exclusive DJ sets. Posh eats at The Wild Oyster restaurant are a must.
Headliners Kano, Everything Everything, The Chemical Brothers, Annie Mac, Craig David Fat Freddy’s Drop
Also Festival, 29 June – July 1, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
What makes it different Its focus on philosophical subjects
In a nutshell Discover inspiring talks and workshops from a diverse bunch. Highlights include ‘What Happens in Groups’ with psychotherapist Philippa Perry, protest through craft with the Craftivist Collective, and how to flirt your way to success with Cate MacKensie.
VIP hospitality Check in to The Safari Hotel (£250 for four) for all your pre-erected accommodation needs. Hungry? From Balearic brunches to the ‘Little Jeff’ British caff, an astrological dining experience and the Isle of Noises seven-course immersive banquet, you won’t be.
Headliners Vashti, Dao of Jazz, Cassia, Jono McNiel
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