2013’s Best (Brit) Music Fests. Covered.

It’s that time of year again. Festival season is upon us! Finally.
Tickets for Glastonbury sold out in a nanosecond and Port Eliot is having a year off (boo!) but don’t worry: We’ve chosen the festivals to turn on, tune in, and drop out to.
From boutique festivals in Wales to one-dayers in Victoria Park and no-sponsorship charity initiatives, we’ve hand picked the fests that belong on your must-hit list. Start planning your wardrobe, now.
And P.S., for all of your other festival needs, check out Festival Tracker '13, our ultimate guide to style, planning, music, and so much more. You won't be disappointed.
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Bestival
When: September 5 to 8
Where: Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wight
Why: It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival that single handedly kick-started the trend of fancy dress as festival-appropriate (Kate Moss lookalikes being the first). Attendees made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2005 for the most number of people wearing fancy dress at any given event. This year’s theme is HMS Bestival. Very nautical but nice. DJ and record producer Rob da Bank and his wife Josie have curated a barnstormer of a line up. Elton John and Snoop Dogg are headlining on Saturday and Sunday respectively. We'd better start planning our outfits now.
How much: From £180, available at Ticketweb

Photo: Courtesy of Bestival
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Field Day
When: May 25
Where: Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT
Why: This one-day festival is in everyone’s favourite park in East London, Victoria Park. You know what that means? Yes, you get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the night! The festival has an eclectic array of live acts, from the established to the decidedly under-the-radar. Bat For Lashes, Solange Knowles, and Django Django are just some of the acts scheduled to perform. Fingers crossed for sunshine.
How much: £54.50 available at Field Day

Photo: Courtesy of Field Day
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Farm Festival
When: July 26 to 27
Where: Gilcolme Farm, Bruton, Somerset
Why: If you like your festivals to be free of billboards blaring out their latest message, then Farm Festival is the one for you. The event was created in 2006 by a group of friends as a counterpoint to what was currently dominating the festival circuit. And by that, we mean a sponsor-free event that could raise money for charity. At present, Practical Action, Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance, and the British Stammering Association all benefit from this fest. Local produce is on offer as are Somerset’s infamous organic cider and real ale. Hats are compulsory. And the best one gets free tickets to the next year’s party. Can’t say fairer than that.
How much: £50 available at Farm Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Farm Festival
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Festival Number 6
When: September 13 to 15
Where: Portmeiron, Gwynedd, Wales, LL48 6ER
Why: Festival Number 6 is the latest boutique festival to cause a sensation. It only launched last year, but already it has garnered praise and awards for its unique approach to the festival experience. The 2013 NME awards voted it best new festival and we can see why. The three-day event is housed in the picturesque coastal village of Portmeiron, which some of you may recognize from cult TV series The Prisoner. Hidden among the candy-coloured Mediterranean-style houses, woodlands, and seafront is a vast offering of cultural happenings. Think screenings, readings, performance art, and champagne bars. Oh, and music plays a massive part, too. Primal Scream and New Order headlined last year and this year’s main live acts will be announced this week. Watch this space.
How much: From £65 available at Festival Number 6

Photo: Courtesy of Festival Number 6
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Wickerman
When: July 26 to 27
Where: East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dunertannan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Why: Can’t get over to Burning Man this year? Then Wickerman might be just for you. Scotland’s leading independent music festival is called Wickerman because it takes place in the same beautiful location where the '60s film Wickerman was filmed. Each year, they recreate the film’s macabre ending and burn a 40-foot wooden effigy. Primal Scream is the main act; though the location is so beautiful we may find it hard to drag our eyes away from the vista.
How much: From £100, available at Wickerman

Photo: Courtesy of Wickerman
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Standon Calling
When: August 2 to 4
Where: Standon Lordship, Standon, Hertfordshire, SG11 1PR
Why: Standon Calling has been described as the best house party you have ever been to. We most certainly agree. Great music, great atmosphere, and a swimming pool for late night skinny-dipping. This year’s line-up looks set to get the party jumping in style with AlunaGeorge, Bastille, and De La Soul as headliners. Oh, and did we mention that this is a pup-friendly festival? They even host a dog show. Does it get any better than that?
How much: From £79, available at Standon Calling

Photo: Courtesy of Standon Calling
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