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Uniquely British music festivals in 2020

Megan Wilkins

Contributor

As the British summer starts to heat up, few things are better than floating from stage to stage at a music festival. These events offer a foot-stomping selection of bands and DJ’s, with a range of musical genres to suit the most eclectic tastes. To tide over your dance-fueled hunger, food vans and pop-up restaurants will serve up mouth-watering treats, while ice-cold beers and cocktails quench your thirst. So call all your fabulous friends to join you on this escape from the usual muddy cacophony and mainstream crowds, and peruse this selection of uniquely British boutique festivals taking place across the UK this summer.

El Dorado Festival - Herefordshire, England

If you are looking to dance your days away in a flurry of colour and decadence, look no further than the El Dorado Festival. Each year, Cirque Du Soul transforms Herefordshire's Eastnor Castle into a summer delight for free-spirited ravers. They offer a selection of music, ranging from house and techno, to garage and drum-and-bass, getting your heart pumping and your body moving. Playful shenanigans are encouraged, with a host of interactive games, live art, and group activities to keep you entertained. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, settle down for one of their famous yoga sessions, to help you find peace and grounding.

This year's line up includes names like Groove Armada, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience Ft. Al Mckay, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, Hybrid Minds, D Double E and many more.

El Dorado Festival Lineup 2020

Grange Festival - Hampshire, England

For a more cultured summer event, why not attend the opera and dance festival of the season? Hosted in a spectacular English country estate, The Grange in Hampshire offers elegance and sophistication rivalled by none. Sip a glass of bubbly on the balcony, or while away the hours on a picnic blanket in the sprawling lawns, before heading inside for a decadent dinner in the lavish manor dining room.

Artistic director Michael Chance CBE brings you the very best that opera and dance have to offer, all performed in a comfortable and elegant indoor theatre. This festival provides a truly unique experience, with the utmost sophistication and class. The 2020 season will open with Rossini's La Cenerentola, which will be directed by Stephen Barlow and conducted by David Parry. Also featured is Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with performances falling on the 60th anniversary of the premiere. 

Grange Festival, Hampshire

The Henley Festival - Henley, England

The Henley Festival is an exclusive black-tie event featuring top local and international music and art performances. From pop to classical and jazz, the performances will cater to a wide array of musical and artistic tastes. The main stage floats on the Thames, assuring you of a perfect view of the performers while you indulge in the world-class gastronomic creations offered by top chefs. Music and art collide while you weave your way through enthralled spectators, soaking in the artwork and artistic performances from the U.K’s best talent.

The Henley Festival does more than support the arts - it chooses a few charities each year to which donations from ticket revenue are given. In 2019, the festival donated to the Teenage Wilderness Trust and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, both of which received an equal portion of the funds. With this festival, you can do more than be entertained - you can give back to those who need it most. 

Gottwood - Holyhead, Wales

If you are a fan of the underground music scene, this is the perfect music festival for you. The four-day event proclaims itself to be an adult playground, filled with mischief and madness. The non-stop party is fuelled by hypnotic electronic music, pumping addictive sonic rhythms with each new artist. Paying homage to the old-school rave style, but with all the lush additions, this festival is a must-see for anyone looking to fall into a wave of blissful beats.

Gottwood provides every creature comfort you may need, from boutique bell tents to cushiony couches and fluffy blankets. The woods provide the perfect setting for this magical journey down the rabbit hole, with a variety of venues and activities to keep you both safe and entertained. Adventure awaits you in Wales.  

Gottwood Festival Lineup 2020

The Masked Ball - Cornwall, England

The weird and wonderful come alive at this spectacular seaside event. Filled with extravagance and surrealism, the festival will transport guests to a new world of musical and visual magnificence. Sign up for the famous Underworld experience, where a night train will take you deep into the Cornish cliffs, weaving through dark tunnels and showcasing iconic venues, each of which is inspired by a different era of music. You can time-travel through the decades, sock-hopping your way through the 60’s, groovin’ through the 70’s, and head-banging to the return of the 90’s, all within one remarkable event.

The Grand Ballroom, Coney Island, and Durty Disco will ensnare your senses with any kind of music you could wish for, brought to life with the splendour and opulence of lighting and venues. There is a surprise around every corner as guests give in to hedonism and adventure. So dust off your best circus chic and let your freak flag fly this summer. 

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