Guilty pleasures galore: Which festivals should you visit based on the songs you’re secretly obsessed with?

Don’t Stop Believin’, Tragedy, Dancing Queen – whatever song you’re secretly obsessed with, we think you should throw caution to the wind this summer and embrace it. That’s why we’ve found the best festivals to satisfy your ultimate guilty pleasure playlists. From pop princesses and alternative angels, through to undercover rockers and dedicated ravers – we’ve got you covered this festival season…

Are you a: 

Pop prince(ss)

Characteristics: Fun loving and the first to don the uber-cute flower crown. You’re always the first one to blast out a bit of Whitney at a party and you love nothing more than listening to that UK top 50 chart playlist on Spotify. You’re a true pop princess and we know exactly the right festival for you!


    Party to the chart-toppers at V Festival

    When: 19th – 20th August
    Music: Pop, rock, hip-hop

    Your festival? Well, of course it’s got to be V! In a haven of Vanessa Hudgens inspired festival fashion and only the fruitiest of fruity ciders, you’ll be treated to upbeat anthems from the biggest names in pop. Okay, okay – we won’t leave you in suspense! This year there will be performances from the likes of P!nk, Craig David, Stormzy and Jay Z. Pretty awesome, don’t you think? And, speaking of Jay Z, did you know that this year’s V Fest marks his first UK show since the Magna Carter world tour in 2013? We’ve also heard a rumour or two that he’ll drop some new material in time for his headline set. Bonus! Book your coach tickets here.

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    See Britain’s best at Fusion Festival

    When: 2nd – 3rd September
    Music: Pop, R’n’B, Dance

    If you still want to shake it off to your favourite pop tunes, but take a detour from the crazy crowds of V Fest, take the coach to the lovely Liverpool for Fusion Festival! Held at Otterspool Promenade in association with Capital FM (the city’s most popular radio station), the two-day festival offers a stellar line-up of Britain’s best pop music.

    On Saturday, you can have that *cough* ‘special someone’ in mind as you sing (or howl) your heart out to Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex and party to the sweet beats of Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Louisa Johnson and 5 After Midnight. Make a weekend of it and Take That will be sure to relight your fire on Sunday. You’ll also hear your favourite tunes from Ella Henderson, The Vamps and many more. Sounds perfect, don’t you think? Then make sure you grab your festival tickets here and your travel here.

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Are you an:

Undercover rocker

Characteristics: Bopping along to pop? No thanks – it’s all about hardcore headbanging to the sweet sounds of rock legends! Whilst you prefer music with well-thought-out lyrics, you’re no sensitive soul and are first to venture into the depths of the mosh pit. Well fear not, we’ll get you there!


    See Aerosmith’s last UK performance at Download Festival

    When: 9th – 11th June
    Music: Rock, Metal, Punk

    Since you love nothing more than rocking out, there’s no question about it – you have to visit Download Festival the self-proclaimed spiritual home of rock. As well as the main stage, this year Download welcomes the arrival of the Avalanche Stage, serving you the best of punk rock, post-hardcore and alternative rock. Whatever sub-genre you’re into, we know you appreciate the technical expertise behind every intricate guitar solo and, trust us, Download will spoil you with its first-class acts. One you definitely don’t want to miss? The legendary Aerosmith, who will take to the stage for their last ever UK appearance. One for the history books, don’t miss out and grab your coach tickets here.

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    Have an almighty rockfest at Reading and Leeds

    When: 25th – 27th August
    Music: Rock, indie, punk, metal

    If you want your fill of earth-shattering and mind-blowing rock elsewhere to Download, then look no further than Reading and Leeds, where you’ll have the ultimate bank holiday rockfest. With the three main headliners being festival veterans, you’ll see long-running legends: Muse, Kasabian and Eminem. Standing (so far) as Kasabian’s only UK festival for 2017, you’re likely to get the first taste of the band’s new album, which is geared up to be released later this year. Book your travel to Reading here and your travel to Leeds here.

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Are you an:

Alternative angel

Characteristics: Creative might as well be your middle name and you utterly flourish outside of the mainstream. As an alternative angel, you’re all about that eco-friendly life and have a preference for vintage dress, organic food and upcycled goods. Your phone is filled with a unique mix of soft-rock, indie and folk music, which you’ll find at these festivals…


    Party with your favourite bands at End of the Road

    When: 31st August – 3rd September
    Music: Folk, alternative, country and Americana

    End of the Road is an alt-lover’s dream and trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Forget the ‘chart toppers’ of the moment, the acts at End of the Road are (and always have been) handpicked based on what the organisers are loving – making for a truly unique line-up. With a roster of talent across multiple genres, this year you can expect Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Bill Callahan, Band of Horses and many more. As a liberal music fan, we know you’re quite the adventurer and – good news! – that’s what the festival is all about. Want an example? Rather than musicians retreating to kitted out VIP tents, they often wander around watching other performances, so you may just meet your favourite band! If that sounds like your kind of thing, then book your travel here.

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    Go to a whole other world with Green Man

    When: 17th – 20th August
    Music: Folk, electronic

    Since you’re all about the crafty, creative and cultured life, your imagination will be sent into the best kind of overdrive at the weird and wonderful Green Man. Taking over the Brecon Beacons, the festival will transform the Welsh valley into a haven of the swinging sixties with its fine mix of folk, electronic and psychedelic sounds. But, believe us when we say there’s so much more to Green Man than simply the music. It’s a whole other world in itself where you can enjoy everything from a circus, theatre and comedy performances through to the experience-led Einstein’s Garden and ‘nature nurture’ relaxation corner. Plus, if you’ve got some fun ideas on how to add to the festival, just get involved – they’re always open to suggestions! The only thing left to do is secure your festival tickets here and your travel here.

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Are you an:

Experience seeker

Characteristics: As much as you love dancing in the crowds, you know that music is just a small part of the festival experience. If you’re not jamming along to sweet ear candy, it’s probably because you’re practicing your sun salutation at a group yoga class, have wandered into a comedy tent or are being a crafty little devil at an artsy breakout session. Outgoing and bubbly, you’re not afraid to talk to new people and by the end of the festival, you’ve end up with even more friends than you started with. Bonus!


    Send your senses silly and enter the Wilderness

    When: 3rd – 6th August
    Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

    Put ‘day to day’ firmly behind you and keep reality at arms length because #spoileralert – a world rich with experience awaits and it’s known by the name of Wilderness. At the four day award-winning festival, you can explore an intimate outdoor wonderland and do, frankly, whatever takes your fancy. As you start each day, you can awake the senses with early morning yoga as well as other exercise (using this term rather loosely – you’ll understand why), such as wild swimming and … rolling in glittery grass (yay!). With a book tent devoted to literary arts, long table banquets and plenty of late night revelry to boot, trust us when we say there’s always something to do and discover at Wilderness.

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    Wander through the madcap streets of Boomtown

    When: 10th – 13th August
    Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester

    As an experience seeker, we can guarantee you a festival affair like nothing before as you revel in the madcap streets of Boomtown. With film sets, beatnik characters and fully immersive storylines, it’s the UK’s only festival that will make you feel like you’ve been thrown right in the middle of a Hollywood movie – so prepare yourself. As you walk through the gates, you’ll be welcomed as a citizen of the town and will first be tasked with choosing which uniquely themed district you’ll be a part of. From the Wild West and scientific Sector 6 through to China Town and Barrio Loco, there’s something for absolutely everyone in the weird, wonderful and wacky world of Boomtown. That includes the music too, and you can expect a whole host of genres, including ska and party bands, cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae and dub. What are you waiting for? Book your coach travel here and we’ll get you there.

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    Dig in at the Big Feastival

    When: 25th – 27th August
    Where: Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

    For families who want their fill of delicious food and child-friendly festival fun, there’s no question about it – you need The Big Feastival in your lives. At the three day event in the medieval market town, Chipping Norton, the festival combines top grub from some of the country’s best chefs with a stellar line up of all-star music acts. To give you a flavour of what’s on the menu, this year’s Big Feastival welcomes the arrival of leading chefs including Rick and Jack Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Nathan Outlaw, who will all be cooking up a storm with expert talks and live demonstrations. Olly Murs, Madness and Louisa Johnson are just a few of the musical acts to hit the stage, whilst for the little ones, they can also enjoy supreme silliness from TV’s Dick and Dom, learn circus skills in the Little Dudes Den and meet feathered friends at a pop-up farm.

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What do you say, isn’t it time you finally give in to your guilty pleasures and enjoy the music you know you love so much? After all, we’ve found the festivals for it! Let us know which one you’ll be visiting with a tweet to @nationalexpress.