As winter rolls in and festival season goes into hibernation, we urge you not to put the glitter and fanny packs into storage just yet, for now is the time to look onto the 2020 calendar and say yes to the fest.
According to our incredibly insightful and not-at-all boring saver data, festivals are one of the most popular goals created in the Chip app. Similarly, Mintel found UK festival numbers are the highest they’ve been in four years.
They’re a place to discover a new artist or see your favourite one live; explore beyond the parameters of socially acceptable attire; convulse from the stench of portaloos and lose either your friends or your sunglasses.
The internet is riddled with scholarly articles declaring millennials would rather save for a holiday than a house, favouring experiential, bespoke experiences, like music festivals and travel, than materialistic possessions.
A recent study has found nearly 7 out of 10 millennials experience FOMO (fear of missing out), providing a plausible reason for the ever increasing appetite for experiences. Social pressure, the elusive Instagram lifestyle and exclusive/limited time opportunities are also said to have major influence over this trend in behaviour.
All Brexit shenanigans aside, we’ve rounded up the top music festivals across both the United Kingdom and Europe for 2020 to ensure there is not a wrinkle of FOMO in sight. So, put your pennies in a row and get ready to head-bang, boot scoot and pop lock and drop it as the 2020 festival scene brings the biggest names in pop, rock, rap, techno and everything in between.
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What: With a name like SlamDunk, you know these guys have got the whole festival thing in the basket.
SlamDunk are the UK’s biggest independent rock festival, bringing together the most popular names in pop-punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock in England’s north.
Who: Get ready for Slam Dunk 2020 with a stellar lineup featuring Sum 41, Don broco, No FX, Billy Talent, Pennywise, State Champs, The Used, The Story So Far, Mayday Parade, The Wonder Years, Basement, Motion City.
Where: Temple Newsam, Leeds, UK.
When: 23rd - 24th May, 2020.
Price: £70.40 - £129.80.
All Points East
What: All signs head to a good time with All Points East; a two-weekend music festival run by AEG Presents in London’s Victoria Park every year.
Who: Lineup TBC, but last year saw big names such as Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip take to the stage, so you can be sure you’re in for a treat.
Where: Victoria Park, London, UK.
When: May/June. Date TBC.
Price: £67.20 - £169.95.
We Are Fstvl
What: Another big name to kick off festival season is We Are FSTVL - one of the UK's most popular music festivals.
With stages curated by some of the most established names in dance music, We Are FSTVL are the tickets you need for all things house, techno, grime, UKG and drum and bass.
Get the neon get-up ready.
Who: Armand Van Helden, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Fisher, Gorgon City, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Maro Carola, Michael Bibi and The Martinez Brothers.
Where: Upminister, London, UK.
When: 23rd - 24th May, 2020.
Price: £47 - £275.
What: Clear a space on the bucket list folks. Only a short flight away, Primavera Sound is one of Spain’s, scratch that, Europe’s multi-genre music festivals.
Spread across 16 stages, Primavera Sound annually curates a lineup of the most innovative and influential acts across all popular genres, whether that's lo-fi indie, glossy pop, Latin trap, or underground techno.
All this goes down at the festival's iconic home in Parc del Fòrum, with the Mediterranean Sea and its famed architecture acting as a backdrop to the music.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC, with the exception of Pavement. Last year saw Tame Impala, Solange, Miley Cyrus, Future.
Where: Barcelona, Spain.
When: 4th - 6th June, 2020.
Price: approx £154.37 - £360.20
What: Junction 2 celebrates the moves and shakers of electronic music, focusing on delivering their simple ethos: great sound, detailed organisation, promoting sustainability, no plastic tents, no short sets and no VIP.
Who: You can expect to see Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Hessle Audio, Honey Dijon, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Dax J, with more to be announced soon.
Where: Boston Manor Park, London, UK.
When: 5th - 6th June, 2020.
Price: £35 - £89.50 + BF.
What: If the name isn’t enough to sell you, their impressive lineup archive will.
Mighty Hoopla is one of London’s biggest celebrations of diversity and queerdom, with an equally extravagant lineup to match.
Who: We’re yet to see who will be gracing the 2020 lineup, but the 2019 lineup featured Tove Lo, All Saints, Chaka Khan, Kate Nash, Bananarama, Liberty X and Samantha Mumba take the main stage as DJ sets and cabaret performances took place around the park.
Where: Brockwell Park, London, UK.
When: 6th June, 2020.
Price: £49.50 - £249.50.
Isle of Wight Festival
What: Isle of Wight, more like Isle of Right (are these puns getting too much? Because I won’t be stopping).
Just reflecting on the Isle of Wight Festival veterans gives me heart palpitations: Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, Bruce Springsteen. This festival is renowned for their eclectic lineups that pay homage to its own incredible history that stretches over 50 years.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. The 2019 festival saw Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, Fatboy Slim, Richard Ashcroft and Lily Allen take to the stage.
Where: Isle of Wight, UK.
When: 11th - 14th June, 2020.
Price: approx £185.
What: With a name that reminds you of sitting in your computer room at 13 illegally downloading the latest My Chemical Romance album, Download is a must-see for anyone claiming to love rock.
The self-proclaimed ‘grandfather of rock and heavy metal festivals’ around the world, Download is the festival all artists aspire to make.
Who: KISS, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed, Gojira (screaming).
Where: Derby, UK.
When: 12th - 14th June, 2020.
Price: £227 - £238.
What: Unsurprisingly, another great UK festival offering another great, if not GREAT, lineup, Parklife is considered one of the largest metropolitan festivals in the UK. It is impossible to not not know someone on their lineups.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. The 2019 lineup featured George Ezra, Solange, The Streets, Migos, Khalid, Disclosure and Mark Ronson, Major Lazer and Christine & the Queens.
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester.
When: 13th - 14th June, 2020.
Price: £130.90 - £159.50.
What: There’s a certain air of juxtaposition using the words ‘heavy metal’ and ‘France’ in the same sentence. In the western French town of Clisson, Hellfest Open Air is one of Europe's biggest and most respected rock, metal and punk festivals.
Nearly in it’s 15th year, Hellfest feature a wealth of the genre's biggest and best; whether that's rock veterans or the newest stars of the scene over three days rich with impressive stage design, installations and pyrotechnics.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. 2019’s lineup consisted of Slayer, Manowar, KISS, Tool, Gojira, ZZ Top, Dropkick Murphys, Def Leppard, so we can expect huge things!
Where: Clisson, France.
When: 19th - 21st June, 2020.
Price: £213.19 - £253.10.
What: In a search to find out more about this festival, one site boasted ‘naked runs and wild campsite parties’ illustrating Roskilde is more than just a music festival.
Pack your bags, this cross genre festival is set to be a biggie.
Who: Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, Pusha T, Mura Masa, Whitney
Where: Roskilde, Denmark.
When: 27th June - 4th July, 2020.
Price: approx £258.22 + BF for entire festival.
What: Dance music lovers unite. Defqon.1 is the crux of hard dance music in Europe, so though we say this about every festival, this festival is a must.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. Dequon 2019 saw Angerfirst, Bass Modulators, Brennan Heart, Headhunterz, Coone, Radical Redemption, Destructive Tendencies and Wildstylez amongst the epic lineup.
Where: Biddinghuizen, Netherlands.
When: June, 2020. Date TBC.
What: Run by Live Nation, Wireless is one of London’s most popular rap and dance festivals, bringing the world’s biggest names to London over three days of booty-popping, bar-spitting insanity.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. Wireless 2019 saw Cardi B, Travis Scott, Migos, A$AP Rocky, Future, Rae Sremmurd, Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert.
Where: Finsbury Park, London, UK.
When: 3rd - 5th July, 2020.
Price: £70 - £190.
Openair Frauenfeld Festival
What: Next year ‘hip-hop’ on over to Frauenfeld, Switzerland for Openair Frauenfeld for a hip-hop and urban festival established as Europe’s largest of its kind.
Attracting more 100,000 people from all of the world each year, Frauenfeld showcases hip-hop royalty, superstars and game- changers in addition to a-m-a-z-i-n-g set design.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC, BUT Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Run DMC, and The Weeknd have all headlined within the festival's 13-year history so you can only imagine what’s in-store.
Where: Frauenfeld, Switzerland.
When: 9th - 11th July, 2020.
Price: approx £133.09 - £313.15.
Mad Cool Festival
What: Need another excuse to duck to Spain for a few days? Mad Cool is quickly climbing the ranks of popularity as one of Europe’s best festivals. While it has to compete with Spain’s biggest festival export, Primavera, Mad Cool boasts an incredible lineup of artists in its own right, welcoming a plethora of genres to please everyone’s music tastes. Brb while we open Skyscanner.
Who: Mad Cool 2020 welcomes Alt-J, Billie Eilish, Deftones, Finneas, Pale Waves, Nothing But Thieves, Jamie Cullum, Foals, Taylor Swift, Richard Hawley, Pixies, Paul Weller, YoungBlud, Wolf Alice, Tove Lo, Tones & I, Twenty One Pilots.
Where: Madrid, Spain.
When: 8th -11th July, 2020.
Price: approx £110.62 - £119.20.
What: Regarded as one of THE biggest festivals in Europe, hailing from Miami, Ultra has quickly become the festival to see the world’s biggest DJs.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. 2019 showcased Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Carl Cox, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Adam Beyer, Above & Beyond, The Chainsmokers.
Where: Split, Croatia.
When: 10th - 12th July, 2020.
Price: approx £136.50 - £334.
What: Positive vibes and a whole lot of great urban and electronic music is Lovebox’s philosophy. Guaranteed good times ahead.
Who: 2020 acts TBC. Lovebox 2019 starred Chance the Rapper, Solange, Four Tet, Brockhampton, Loyle Carner, H.E.R., Action Bronson and Kaytranada
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London, UK.
When: 12th - 14th July, 2020.
Price: £62.50 - £175.
What: If DJs hidden in the woods, roaming colouredsheep, opera on the lake, onsite cinema, dance troupes, incredible tunes and a huge children’s area doens’t sound like your idea of fun, you need to reassess your definition. Latitude nails the unique festival experience, so ensure you get to at least once in your lifetime!
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. 2019 aw George Ezra, Stereophonics, Lana Del Rey, Underworld, Primal Scream, Slaves, Loyle Carner and Anna Calvi.
Where: Southwold, UK.
When: 16th -19th July, 2020.
What: Tomorrowland is, simply put, the biggest electronic music show on earth. We really don’t need to explain any further, just go. GO!
Who: (2019) The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, A$AP Rocky, David Guetta, Adam Beye
Where: Boom, Belgium.
When: 17th - 26th July, 2020.
Price: approx £80.60 (single day pre sale) - £425.27.
Super Bock Super Rock Festival
What: The Portugese sure know how to rock. Super Bock Super Rock has been operating out of Lisbon, Portugal for over 25 years, so clearly they’re doing something right.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. 2019 had Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Metronomy, Kaytranada, FKJ and Superorganism grace the stage.
Where: Lisbon, Portugal.
When: 18th - 20th July, 2020.
Price: approx £42.86 - £81.43.
What: Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festivals in the world, or generally just one of the biggest music festivals, period. Selling out in record time, it’s safe to say this five day festival is on everyone’s bucket list. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Glasto2020 is set to be one to remember. Keep a lookout for resale in April!
Who: 2020 lineup TBC - except for Diana Ross, Wolf Alice, Fat Boy Slim and definitely maybe Liam Gallagher. Glasto2019 starred Stormzy, The Cure, The Killers, George Ezra, Tame Impala, Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe and Miley Cyrus (*crying*).
Where: Vale of Avalon, Somerset, England.
When: 24th - 28th June, 2020.
Price: £266 + £5 BF.
Let It Roll
What: Located half an hour from Prague on a former military airbase, Let it Roll is described as the festival ‘mothership’ of drum and bass.
Showcasing over 300 DJs and producers across its nine stages for four days, it’s essential you Czech this one out.
Who: The 2020 festival is headlined by Subfocus and Dimension.
Where: Milovice, Czech Republic.
When: 30 July - 1 August 2020.
Price: £86 - £118.
What: Camp Bestival is multi-award winning, more-kid-friendly sister to Bestival, combining on all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that we like to call a Festi-Holiday.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. 2019 showcased Nile Rodgers & Chic, Lewis Capaldi, Jess Glynne, Annie Mac, The Human League, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sister Sledge, The Wailers, Big Shaq and Ash.
Where: Dorset, UK.
When: 30th July - 2nd August, 2020.
What: Okay, okay, okay. I attended Sziget last year and let me tell you, it was UNREAL. Covering just about every genre known to man (though cannot remember Opera), Sziget is more than a music festival. With the option to attend for just one day, or experience all seven, attendance is crucial.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC, though am sweating with anticipation see as 2019 saw an incredible lineup of local and international artists, including Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jungle.
Where: Budapest, Hungary.
When: 5th - 11th August, 2020.
Price: approx £69 - £299 for 7 days.
What: With words such as ‘vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and camaraderie’ used to describe them, Boomtown Fair take the cake for diversity. Consisting of nine districts with a different emphasis, you may be chilling to some folk one minute, and then travelling at 180 BPM to some drum & bass the next. Sign us up!
Who: 2020 lineup yet to be announced. Last year starred The Streets, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, Chase & Status, Chronixx, Groove Armada, Slaves and UB40.
Where: Winchester, UK.
When: 12th - 17th August, 2020.
Price: £246.50 - £276.50.
What: ArcTanGent is the world’s ultimate music festival for the alternative of the alternative, and with a capacity strictly limited to 5,000, indulge in the exclusivity for three unforgettable days.
Held just 10 miles south of Bristol and only 2 hours from London, experience over 90 bands across 4 stages and a silent disco.
Who: You can expect to see Amenra, Tesseract, Ihsahn, This Will Destroy You, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi, Earthtone, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Frontierer and many more.
Where: Fernhill Farm in Compton Martin, Bristol, UK.
When: 20th - 22nd August, 2020.
Price: £21.56 - £215.60.
What: Don’t miss the sweet, sweet sounds radiating from one of the dance and electronic festivals on the planet, Creamfields.
Who: Armin van Buuren is set to play, with more artists to be announced soon.
Where: Daresbury, UK.
When: 27th - 30th August, 2020.
Price: £65 - £340 + BF.
Reading & Leeds Festivals
What: Reading festival is the oldest music festivals still in existence, and Leeds has quickly, too, become a household name. Reading and Leeds are two camping music festivals that both run for three days over the August long weekend headlined by the biggest acts the music industry has to offer. We really don’t need to convince you, just peruse their back catalog.
Who: We are excited to see who will be announced for 2020, considering last year’s incredible lineup including Foo Fighters, The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Bastille, Blossoms, Billie Eilish, Stefflon Don. Reading Festival rightly sits among the world's genuine rock elite.
Where: Reading and Leeds, UK.
When: 27th - 30th August, 2020.
Price: £221.46 for weekend.
South West Four
What: Running over the August Bank Holiday weekend, SW4 as it is more commonly known, has garnered a rep for bringing DJ’s and Live performers to London’s south, attracting crowds over 60,000.
I can attest that the 2019 lineup was nothing short of insane. Would recommend to a friend.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. The 2019 lineup boasted an epic lineup including the likes of Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, Sigala, Tinnie Tempah, Pendulum, and many more.
Where: Clapham Common, London, UK.
When: 29th - 30th August, 2020.
What: Fusion Festival is one of the UK's biggest pop music festivals, responsible for bringing some of the genre's biggest stars to Liverpool.
Who: 2020 lineup TBC. (2019) Rudimental, Little Mix, Dizzee Rascal, Anne-Marie, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Jonas Blue, Sigala. Fusion Festival is one of the UK's go-to pop music festival
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool, UK.
When: August/September 2020. Date TBC.
Price: £59.45 - £309.95.
Now that we’ve racked up a very, very long list of must-see and must-gos, it’s time to download our gig guide, create the group chat and put your pennies away to truly dominate 2020 festival season. Get set up with Chip in under 60 seconds and create your festival goal today. Don’t forget to tag us in your Chip-funded festival experiences, fluro face paint and all #GetChip.
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