Wide Awake Festival

An independent music festival that’s all about discovering something different.

This year, the headliner is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with support from Mercury Prize winners Yong Fathers, UK post-punk rockers Squid, and the timeless Slowdive.

Held in Brockwell Park, this one-day festival boasts an eclectic array of leftfield indie, post-punk, electronica and techno.

The full lineup is available here

Live at Leeds in the Park

A terrific one-day festival in Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, this one sees performances from some of the best in indie rock right now, including The Kooks, Declan McKenna, Circa Waves and Sea Girls.

It started in 2007 as a way to mark the city’s 800th birthday. It has previously seen performances from Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and George Ezra.

With 5 stages to explore, this year boasts performances from Good Neighbours, Matilda Mann, Michael Aldag, The Academic, Vistas, and many more.

Its partner festival is Live at Leeds In The City, which takes place in November.

The full lineup is available here

Bearded Theory

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the National Forest on the grounds of Catton Park, this award-winning festival borders 3 counties and is only 2 hours away for 50% of the UK’s population.

Over the years, the festival has donated over 300,000 to the Midlands area and this year made the shortlist for Festival of the Year at the Music Week Awards 2024. It is also one of the few festivals that allows you to bring your own drink into the arena.

This year, the lineup includes a UK festival-exclusive headline slot from Jane’s Addiction. Alongside this are performances from Future Islands, Sleaford Mods, New Model Army, Ferocious Dog and Bob Vylna.

The full lineup can be found here


Move over Wrexham AFC, the month of May sees a new talk of the town. Specifically, it is FOCUS Wales, an international showcase festival celebrating its 14th birthday this year.

This year, it welcomes over 20,000 people to the town of Wrexham for a 3-day music extravaganza, seeing 250+ artist performances across 20 different stages.

The headliners are none other than Spiritualized, The Mysterines and The Royston Club, with exciting
support from The Bug Club and Antony Szmierek to name but a few.

The full lineup is available here


Sound City

The UK’s longest consecutively running showcase festival, Sound City kicks off the month of May in Liverpool with an unforgettable 3-day festival.

Sound City is designed to capture the heart of a city, seeing massive names perform alongside local talent. Over the past 16 years, this has happened in various cities across 3 different continents.

Sound City is also the lead UK festival for Keychange, an initiative which sees them strive to achieve gender balance across their festival and conference lineups.

Last year, Sound City brought to Liverpool a certain Maisie Peters as a headliner, alongside a plethora of exciting talent, including The Royston Club and SOFY.

This year, the headline slots are filled by 21-year-old singer-songwriter Caity Baser and indie rockers The Snuts. They find support from the likes of Good Neighbours and Viji among a host of others.

The full lineup is available here


After an 8-year hiatus, the legendary festival made a comeback in 2023 with last year’s headliners Sleep Token and Skindred

The festival moved from its Southampton University roots to the larger Portsmouth Guildhall to become one of the biggest rock events in the festival calendar once again

Now, on Saturday 13th April 2024 and Sunday 14th April 2024, Takedown are thrilled to welcome a star-studded lineup that will be topped by horror punk icons, Creeper and alternative rock heavyweights Dinosaur Pile-Up, as well as the additions of Nu-gen star Cassyette, Hastings beat-punk reprobates Kid Kapichi, chart-topping Terrorvision, Australian rockers Trophy Eyes who will perform as special guests, Pupil Slicer who will be performing their new album ‘Blossom’ in full, ‘A’, Kid Bookie, Graphic Nature, Lake Malice, Mimi Barks, Dream State, Employed To Serve, ELVANA (Elvis fronted Nirvana tribute), Dead Pony, Snayx, Deijuvhs, URNE, Calva Louise, BVDLVD, Blackgold and many more.

Tickets are availible here

Slam Dunk 

Slam Dunk - the UK’s biggest independent rock festival takes place across two sites: Hatfield Park (South, May 25), and Leeds Temple Newsam (North, 26 May).

For 18 years it/s been serving up a lineup packed with the biggest names in pop punk, rock, alt, metal and more. This year’s lineup includes You Me At Six (their final UK festival appearance), I Prevail, Waterparks, Mallory Knox, State Champs, The All-American Rejects, The Interrupters, The Wonder Years, and Funeral for a Friend amongst tons of others. 

The full line-up is available here.

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling returns from 01-04 August 2024 at Lowther Deer Park, nr. Penrith, Cumbria

One of the UK’s most beloved festivals set in one of the most picturesque locations in the Lake District, Kendal Calling is a must-attend on the festival calendar. 

With a community which brings unrivalled energy year-on-year, Kendal ’24 will see headliners, Paolo Nutini, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Streets, Paul Heaton w’ Rianne Downey, Keane, as well as Sugababes, The Reytons, Pale Waves, Feeder, The Snuts, Dick & Dom, Shy FX, The K’s – and even a DJ set from Gary Neville B2B Tim Burgess. 

Full line-up is available here.


Boardmasters - Cornwall’s own surf and music festival takes place across two stunning sites on the Cornish coast from 07-11 August 2024

Headlined by Sam Fender, Stormzy and Chase & Status plus other huge names including Courteeners, Bicep, Nia Archives, Declan McKenna, Bakar, Overmono, Andy C, Kenya Grace, Holly Humberstone, The Teskey Brothers, Hedex + more.

 Plus, attendees can head to the home of UK surfing, Fistral Beach, where the Boardmasters OPEN Surf competition welcomes some of the most exciting names on the global surf scene to battle it out on the waves.

 Full line-up is available here.

The Great Escape 2024

The Great Escape returns to Brighton on 15th-18th May, and we at the Student Music Network couldn't be more excited on how the line-up is shaping up this year.

The festival have just added 100 more new artists to the line-up including Student Music favourites. Fife rockers Shambolics join the line-up as they gear up to their debut album. Other artists we've recently supported that have joined include the bluesy indie of Humane The Moon, Scottish unique popstar Kaeto, and the next bedroom pop mega-star Mackenzy Mackay.

These 100 artists join an already stacked line-up which includes Student Radio Class Of's DellaXOZ, highly touted Picture Parlour and others we've long backed like Safesp8ce, Gia Ford and Lizzie Reid.

Tickets for The Great Escape 2024 are on sale now at HERE 

Wireless 2023: Preview

Wireless Festival is coming home this year! Having visited Crystal Palace, Birmingham and all the way to Germany over the past years, fans have eagerly awaited it's return to Finsbury Park. For many Londoners, Wireless is a rite of passage festival and the first time many of the festival goers will get to pop on bucket hats and see their favourite American artists in the flesh.

Love Supreme 2023: Preview

Love Supreme, Europe's largest outdoor jazz festival, is back once again for 10th anniversary this summer from 30th June to 2nd July, promising to bring an explosive mix of soul, funk, R&B and the best of jazz to Britain’s beautiful countryside. Pitching up at its regular home in East Sussex, a diverse line-up of internationally renowned artists and incredible emerging talent will perform in the sun trap fields of Glynde Palace providing an unforgettable experience for jazz nuts and music lovers with supreme taste.

Parklife 2023: Preview

Parklife Festival returns to Manchester this summer for its 13th year running, with a staggering line up all electro-dance, pop, grime and hip hop fans will go crazy for! On the 10th and 11th June you can expect performances from headliners including The 1975, Aitch, The Prodigy, Fred Again and Little Simz.

But it doesn’t stop there! Fan favourites Rudimental, Wilkinson and Gorgon City (among many others) will also be emerging across one of eight stages during the weekend. Fans attending will be absolutely spoilt for choice!

The Great Escape 2023

With May just around the corner, music fans and the music industry from across the globe are gearing up for the biggest weekend of the year in new music, taking place on the beautiful beach of sunny Brighton.

The Great Escape returns for another year of hundreds of new artists from around the world on May 11th-13th. Taking place at a plethora of fantastic venues across Brighton be it pubs, clubs or even piers, there’s something for everyone at this festival.

Primavera Sound 2023 Preview

Primavera Sound is lauded by many as Europe’s hottest festival. With the opportunity to see Kendrick Lamar and Depeche Mode in the same night, it is easy to see why it has been given this title; and that’s not even considering the great weather, food and environment!

Neighbourhood Weekender 2023 Preview

If you’re a fan of indie or pop music, we’ve found the perfect festival for you…

Neighbourhood Weekender will be returning to Warrington’s Victoria Park on Saturday 27th May, 2023. 

The Saturday headliners are The Kooks and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and on Sunday, Britpop icons Pulp will be headlining.

Sound City Festival 2023 Preview

Festival season is kicking off this April as the city of Liverpool will once again host Sound City, a three-day festival, showcasing a variety of established and emerging talent. This year’s headliners include indie Northern heroes, The Reytons and Maisie Peters, fresh from her UK headline tour. With its rich musical heritage and established live music scene, Liverpool is the perfect setting to discover new music and revel in the recognisable tracks that have already found themselves onto your summer playlists. This year’s line-up checks a number of the genre boxes exhibiting talent from the world of indie, rock and pop music.

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