Festival special – listings

Northern dates for your festival calendar this summer

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Dot to Dot
23 May, various venues, Manchester
What to expect: Peace, The Midnight Beast, and Catfish and the Bottlemen play this multi-venue day festival.
Cost: £20
Info: www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

Chester Folk Festival

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23-26 May, various venues, Chester
What to expect: workshops, concerts, dances, singarounds and family events plus a craft fair and children’s entertainment.
Cost: £65
Info: www.chesterfolk.org.uk

23-25 May, various venues, Bradford
What to expect: A free cross-city festival of independent music and art back for its third year.
Cost: free
Info: www.bradfordthreadfest.com

Slam Dunk Festival
24 May, Students Union, Leeds
What to expect: the All American Rejects and Less Than Jake play among a strong line-up in this rock festival.
Cost: £35
Info: www.slamdunkmusic.com

Chester Rocks
6-8 June, Chester Racecourse, Chester
What to expect: a pop-focused festival featuring Dizzee Rascal, Razorlight and the Big Reunion.
Cost: £28.50 per day
Info: www.chester-rocks.com


The Parklife Weekender
7-8 June, Heaton Park, Manchester
What to expect: Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille, Rudimental and Disclosure are among the impressive line-up of this city festival.
Cost: £79.50
Info: www.parklife.uk.com

Grassington Festival
13-28 June, Grassington, Yorkshire
What to expect: 15 days of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales. Fun for all the family with live music, events, arts, film, comedy and more.
Cost: individual events priced
Info: www.grassington-festival.org.uk

Beverley Folk Festival
20-22 June, Beverley Race Course, Beverley
What to expect: Beverley Folk Festival features music, dance, comedy, spoken word, events and workshops alongside craft stalls and bars selling real ale.
Cost: £105
Info: www.beverleyfestival.com

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Africa Oye
21-22 June, Sefton Park, Liverpool
What to expect: a two-day celebration of cultural diversity featuring children’s entertainment, food, fashion and a host of stalls alongside a line-up of world music headlined by Finley Quaye.
Cost: free
Info: www.africaoye.com

Pop Across The Mersey
27 June, Echo Arena, Liverpool
What to expect: a day of nostalgic pop music from Backstreet Boys, Kian Egan, Blue and 5Angels.
Cost: £47.50
Info: www.aeglive.co.uk


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
27-29 June, Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield
What to expect: a safe, easy-going, family-friendly festival with an extensive line-up, set within 15 acres of magical gardens to explore.
Cost: £60
Info: www.burtonagnes.com

Leeds Waterfront Festival
28-29 June, Waterfront, Leeds
What to expect: a range of free events from live music, street entertainers, arts and crafts, guided walks and a Dragonboat Race Spectacle.
Cost: free
Info: www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com

Garforth Arts Festival
30 June-12 July, Garforth, Leeds
What to expect: Levellers and Wonderstuff play alongside a line-up of theatre, dance and comedy taking place across the city.
Cost: £25
Info: www.garforthartsfestival.co.uk

18-20 July, Gisburn, Lancashire
What to expect: an independently-funded dance-focused festival featuring 2ManyDJs, Eats Everything and Happy Mondays, among others.
Cost: £112
Info: www.beatherder.co.uk

Buxton Festival
11-27 July, various venues, Buxton
What to expect: a summertime celebration of opera, literature and more in the Peak District.
Cost: varies, some events free
Info: www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

Deer Shed Festival
25-27 July, Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
What to expect: a family-friendly music, arts and science festival that doesn’t compromise on the cool.
Cost: £89
Info: www.deershedfestival.com


Kendal Calling
1-3 August, Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
What to expect: Suede, Frank Turner and Example headline this year’s Kendal Calling, winner of Best Medium Festival for 2013.
Cost: £119
Info: www.kendalcalling.co.uk

Rebellion UK
7 -10 Aug, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
What to expect: the original punk and alternative festival featuring over 200 bands, punk art and cinema.
Cost: £145
Info: www.rebellionfestivals.com

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Liverpool International Music Festival
15-30 Aug, various venues, Liverpool
What to expect: big names, local talent, up-and-coming artists and never-before-seen collaborations set out to establish LIMF, in its second year, as a strong contender on the festival calendar.
Cost: individual events priced
Info: www.limfestival.com

16-18 Aug, Heslaker Farm, Skipton
What to expect: a fresh art and boutique music festival in the Yorkshire Dales featuring Daughter, The Fall and Charli XCX amongst others.
Cost: £99.50
Info: www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

22-24 August, Daresbury Estate, Cheshire
What to expect: Avicii, Fatboy Slim and Deadmau5 are among the acts playing the twentieth annual festival for the club scene.
Cost: £175
Info: www.creamfields.com


Leeds Festival
23-25 Aug, Bramham Park, Leeds
What to expect: the biggest musical event in the north this summer, with everything from nu metal to nu rave. Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 headline.
Cost: from £205
Info: www.leedsfestival.com

Bingley Music Live
29-31 Aug, Myrtle Park, Bingley
What to expect: Shed 7, Pet Shop Boys and Example headline alongside undiscovered, home-grown bands at this growing festival.
Cost: £49
Info: www.bingleymusiclive.com

17-19 October, Whitby Pavilion Complex, Whitby
What to expect: Indoor Festival of the Year for 2013, Musicport offers a line-up of 50 artists across five stages headlined by 1990s indie rockers Idlewild and keeps the festival spirit alive into the autumn.
Cost: £85
Info: www.musicportfestival.com

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