Got music-mad clients to entertain this summer? We’ve rounded up 7 of this year’s festivals that come with clout
Field Day, 1-2nd June, Brockwell Park, London
Genre Indie and electronic
In a nutshell Field Day enthusiasts go nuts for this two-day mash up, (now settled in a new South London location), so be prepared for the crowds to get lively. More beats than bunting, you’ll dance your socks off and probably come home with some new mates: cute.
VIP hospitality Exclusive access to the Field Day hospitality tent includes all the lux loos you could wish for, along with fast-track entry into the festival (more exciting than it sounds). Official afterparties will be held at Bussey Building in Peckham.
Headliners Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Fever Ray, Floating Points
Black Deer, 22-24 June, Eridge Park, Kent
In a nutshell Give a good ol’fashioned howdy to the UK’s first celebration of all things USA. With folk, blues, and country on the mic, and a crowd of audiophiles in plaid and selvedge denim, this roots-fest will have you singing the blues – in a good way.
VIP hospitality The best fancy camping option are the authentic gypsy bow-top caravans. Unusual perks include custom cycles, smokey grill sessions, bonfire storytelling and an artisanal market for all your retro needs.
Headliners Iron & Wine, Passenger, Striking Matches, Kiefer Sutherland, Eric Bibb
Love Supreme, 29th June- 1st July, East Sussex
In a nutshell Get lost in music at the UK’s biggest celebration of all things jazz and bliss out to three days of John Coltrane-inspired sounds. There’s after-hours action too: by night the Arena transforms into a banging club and the legendary Blue in Green bar opens for business in the secret woodland.
VIP hospitality A Supremium ticket (£264pp) gets you a VIP bar and campsite but book ahead for yoga, massage and a secret swim in one of the Southeast’s oldest outdoor pools. Set your alarm for banqueting, wellness, cabaret and spoken word.
Headliners Earth, Wind and Fire, Tom Misch, Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, Level 42, Funkadelic
Wireless, 6-8 July, Finsbury Park, London
In a nutshell Whilst Wireless doesn’t promise bunting or fairy lights, there’s no doubt that this corporate giant delivers on urban sounds. Best suited to younger Millennials, the predominantly UK and US line-up is likely to flummox the over 30s – save a performance from the one and only Tim Westwood, a heritage act wheeled out to save our shame. Big up.
VIP hospitality Settle into the Bohemia Hospitality in the VIP Village and enjoy table service, two comp meals and an unlimited bar.
Headliners J.Cole, Stormzy, J Hus, DJ Khaled, Tim Westwood
Lovebox, 13- 14th July, Gunnersbury Park, London
Genre Grime and hip hop
In a nutshell Lovebox will be pumping out vibes from its new home in Ealing this summer, promising a day of debauchery for urban ravers. If you like your dancing dirty and your beats raw (as well as sleeping in your own bed), there is no better knees up.
VIP hospitality The VIP Neon Safari Lounge offers complimentary drinks, posh loos and views of the action. You’ll even get free food from street trucks and a chill out area for recouping.
Headliners Childish Gambino, Skepta, Diplo, Wu tang Clan, Bonobo, N.E.R.D, Action Bronson, SZA
Lost Village, 23-26 August, Lincolnshire
Genre House and dance
In a nutshell Pinch yourself: the surreal woodland setting and killer line-up at Lost Village is for real. Catch the cream of the cutting edge alongside music legends in this immersive wonderland.
VIP hospitality You’ll get a 24hr concierge, porter service, free private car park, deluxe washrooms and charging points in the Boutique Sanctuary with prices starting at £300pp. A side helping of theatre, talks and feasts from Tommy Banks – the UK’s youngest Michelin-starred chef – will sort you right out after a night in the woods.
Headliners Friendly Fires, FourTet, Everything Everything, Maribou State, Mount Kimbie, Dixon
Creamfields, 23-26 August, Daresbury, Chesire
In a nutshell Creamfields celebrates its 21st birthday this year – so it’s guaranteed to pull out all the stops. From havin’ it large with 70,000 other revelers to breaking it down to boutique DJ sets, make sure you book at least a week off work to recover. And don’t forget your furry boots – 90s rave revival gear is a thing.
VIP hospitality A Creamfields Gold ticket (£340pp) includes access to the Hospitality Arena – with a comp hot meal each day –, ‘proper toilets’, a pamper parlour, massages from the Ibiza Angels and a cocktail bar.
Headliners Andy C, DJ EZ, Diplo, Loco Dice, Adam Beyer, Maya Jane Coles
Need something a little less niche? This year’s big boys should do the trick