It’s now a new year and that can only mean one thing, time to look at what festivals we can get excited about in 2018. There are plenty of regulars we suggest each year, with some new ones into the mix. With that there are also some that we’ll miss, such as there not being Groezrock in 2018 due to changes behind the scenes.

Lineups Already Announced

Download Festival

Where: Donington Park, Derbyshire

When: 8th – 10th June 2018

Price: £210 (5 Day Standard Camping

We’ll start with the biggest alternative festival in UK history, the holy grail for so many bands, Download. Once again Donington Park is due to be invaded in June with some of the heaviest and most exciting bands in rock and metal. So far for the lineup we have Avenged Sevenfold, Guns n Roses and Ozzy Osbourne as the three main headliners. All have headlined before and bring massive crowds to the occasion. For the undercard we have Bullet For My Valentine, Marilyn Manson, Baby Metal, Parkway Drive who are expected to play ‘Horizons’ in full, Rise Against, Alexisonfire, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Neck Deep, In This Moment, The Hives, Body Count, Mayday Parade, Dream State, WSTR and The Pink Slips with plenty more still to be announced


MPF 2018

Manchester Punk Festival

Where: Various venues in Manchester

When: 19th – 21st April 2018

Price: £40

Each year, Manchester Punk Festival has been grabbing out attention more and more with it’s incredible lineup full of top and emerging punk and hardcore bands. This year is no different with such a monster bill that features DIY icons, Culture Shock, Propagandhi, Iron Chic, and the returning Lightyear as the main attraction along with the likes of Random Hand and Beat The Red Light who have returned from hiatus. Over 60 bands have already been announced, and it’s looking like we have a hectic weekend on our hands.


Boomtown Fair

Where: Matterley Estate in Hampshire

When: 9th – 12th August 2018

Price: £216

Over the last few years, Boomtown has become one of our”must attend” festivals, as the most diverse and visually appealing festivals going. The only festival with a narrative will return to continue the story with Chapter 10, one that looks to mimic the capitalism and gentrification of the real world. So far only Gorillaz have been announced as the main headliner, with tons more still to be announced. What is new is a brand new district, Disorder Alley, which will consist of punk, metal, ska-punk, metalcore, stoner rock, doom and psyche. Some of these for the first time at Boomtown on top of the huge range of genres already, from reggae, hip-hop, grime, drum & bass and so much more.


Level Up Fest

Where: New Cross Inn, London

When: 20th – 22nd July 2018

Price: £35 (Weekend)

Last year we had the inaugural Level Up Fest, which is what happens when three promoters, (El Topo, Fishlock and Be Sharp) come together to put on one of the best ska-punk parties of the summer. This year they return to better that, by already booking Random Hand and Lightyear, two very “in demand” bands making a comeback. We can’t wait to see what else Level Up has in store.


Dugstock 2: Return of the Dug

Where: New Cross Inn, London

When: 30th March – 1st April 2018

Price: £20

We also caught the first year of Dugstock, a DIY punk event showcasing some of the best emerging acts from the UK and Europe. This year it returns with a very similar lineup, Bringing back the likes of The Murderburgers and Burnt Tapes while unleashing new acts like Counterpunch and Almeida. This is going to be another wild weekend.



Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire

When: 9th – 12th August 2018

Price: £152 (standard weekend)

Download Festival is considered the biggest metal festival going, but Bloodstock is slowly but surely booking the right bands to content for that title. Usually a bit more extreme and boundary pushing and a little more diverse in the world of heavy music. For example we wouldn’t have ever imagined Fozzy to make the bill before. With the likes of Judas Priest, Nightwish and Gojira headlining, this could be the biggest Bloodstock yet.



Where: Winter Gardens, Blackpool

When:  2nd – 5th August 2018

Price: £150

The big one in UK punk, Blackpool is like the mecca for mohawks and studded jackets at the beginning of August. 2018 already has some monster sized bands booked, with the likes of Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks, The Exploited and Lagwagon at the top of the pile.



Slam Dunk Festival

Where: Leeds City Centre, Hatfield Park, Birmingham NEC

When: 26th – 28th May

Price: £49

Slam Dunk Festival was recently voted as on of the best Metropolitan styled festivals in the UK, and it’s easy to see why with its vast range of genres in alternative music on display. The set up will be the same as previous years, but Slam Dunk South will now take place at Hatfield Park, having previously been held in Hatfield at the University of Hertfordshire. The bank holiday festival will consist of some of the best Slam Dunk bands yet, including Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday.


Other Festivals Yet To Announce

The afforementioned events are quick to the game, but there are plenty of festivals that we can’t wait for that are yet to announce such as Wotsit Called Fest, Mammothfest, Swinefest, Pie Race, Outcider Fest and plenty more. Keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of surprises, as there are some events we know about that even we can’t announce just yet.