We’re just a week into January, recovering from the holidays, and festivals are far from our minds. Or are they?
For many music lovers living in the UK summer means one thing: music festivals. But what about the rest of the year? Here’s a selection of some of the best and most exciting festivals coming up in the first part of 2018, and there’s not a tent in sight.
“3 arenas, 2 days and nights of solid metal,” is the promise from the organisers of HRH Metal, which takes place between 17 – 18 February, in the home of British metal, Birmingham. This year’s festival sees pirate metal band Alestorm headlining a bill that includes Grave Digger, Evil Scarecrow, Fury, and Ballsdeep. HRH is centred around the city’s O2 Academy, which is in a central location surrounded by hotels and other necessary amenities.
22 February – 6 March sees the return of Cambridge’s City Roots Festival, a folk music extravaganza spread out around the city’s greatest and most loved venues. City Roots 2018 replicates the spirit of the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival. This year there will be performances from Ward Thomas, Wilko Johnson, John McCusker, and comedian Rich Hall, plus many more.
Wee Dub Festival brings together the finest acts in reggae and dub. Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the festival unleashes a celebration of sound system culture throughout the streets of Scotland’s capital city.
Running over the weekend of 2 March, festival-goers will be able to see performances from Mungo’s Hi-Fi (featuring Solo Banton), The Bug (featuring Miss Red), OBF (featuring Charlie P), and Young Warrior, plus many other artists, events and activities.
If any of those don’t take your fancy, then click here for a more comprehensive list.