As we build up to another summer of great music across our region, there’s only one question that remains unanswered. What can we do to fill the gaping hole left by Glastonbury’s year off? Well, worry no more, for we have compiled a list of the best of the rest in our region, with something for everybody.


When? 5-8 July
Where? Woodmancott
Nearest railway station: Micheldever and get the shuttle bus 
Who’s playing? Gold Panda, Baxter Dury, Mr Jukes, Norman Jay MBE, Slamboree, Dub Pistols
Need to know: The ‘love child’ of Blissfields, an indie-centric festival started in 2001 and has been growing bigger ever since, Blisscamp promises long evenings of indie music and dance under sunny skies (it never rains at Bliss, apparently).
Not good for: Fans of chart success
Cost: £115 (and get £10 back if you recycle your rubbish)
Camping? Yes

Larmer Tree Festival
When? 19-22 July
Where? Cranborne Chase
Nearest railway station: Salisbury 
Who’s playing? First Aid Kit, Jake Bugg, Public Service Broadcasting, Sara Pascoe
Need to know: Set in beautiful gardens, Larmer Tree is the festival for a more intimate, laid-back, experience, one that’s perfect for families. The festival has expanded after a year off with comedy, theatre and more.
Not good for: Teenage metalheads
Cost: £179
Camping? Yes, and glamping options galore
Couple enjoying a festival. There are many easily accessible on the South Western Railway network

Camp Bestival
When? 26-29 July
Where? Lulworth Estate
Nearest railway station: Wareham or Wool 
Who’s playing? Simple Minds, Rick Astley, Clean Bandit, Orbital, Sean Lock
Need to know: A consistent winner of best Family Festival awards, Camp Bestival is the version of Bestival you take the kids to. This year there’s a nautical theme and everyone dresses up!
Not good for: Landlubbers
Cost: £197.50 (Adult)
Camping? Yes

Also in July: Kew The Music is a series of one night shows in Kew Gardens featuring Steps, Gypsy Kings, 2Cellos, The Human League, Boyzone and Jools Holland. Let’s Rock brings its ’80s pomp to Southampton on 7 July, Once Upon A Time In The West is a low-key festival in Trowbridge on the 13-15 July with lots of folky goodness and the incredible Smerins Anti-Social Club, while Field Trip in Bruton on 27-30 July brings the DJ ilk of Hype, Pete Tong and Hazard to a small field in Somerset to party like it’s 1999.


Wickham Festival
When? 2-5 August
Where? Wickham
Nearest railway station: Fareham 
Who’s playing? Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Kate Rusby, Squeeze, Richard Thompson, The Undertones
Need to know: A delight of a festival that honours its slightly older, muso clientele with top-notch musicians and nostalgic blasts. It’s considered okay to bring your camping chair to sit in during a set.
Not good for: 24 hour party people
Cost: £140
Camping? Yes

When? 2-5 August
Where? Lulworth Estate
Nearest railway station: Wareham or Wool 
Who’s playing? Jorja Smith, London Grammar, Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson), M.I.A., Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Django Django, First Aid Kit
Need to know: This and Isle of Wight are the two big beasts of the year. And with no Glasto, this is the place to be seen. Top notch bands, big crowds and a party atmosphere that lasts all night.
Not good for: Your sleeping patterns
Cost: £172
Camping? Yes

When? 9-12 August
Where? Matterley Estate
Nearest railway station: Winchester and get the shuttle bus 
Who’s playing? Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Amadou & Mariam, Sleaford Mods, Soul II Soul
Need to know: A festival that comes with a storyline, Boomtown celebrates its 10th year with more stages, more bands and more acts. The gobsmacking sets and curated areas add a stunning visual element to this immersive experience.
Not good for: Minimalists
Cost: £216
Camping? Yes
Enjoying a festival on the South Western Railway network

When? 24-26 August
Where? Southsea seafront
Nearest railway station: Portsmouth & Southsea 
Who’s playing? The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Brian Wilson, The Prodigy, Years & Years
Need to know: Although there’s no onsite camping (there’s a camp and ride service) and it’s situated on Southsea seafront, there’s no doubt that Victorious has grown from being basically a multi-band gig into a festival proper. Several stages, world-class acts, a kid’s arena. Loads of fun.
Not good for: Fans of sofa-based bank holidays
Cost: £40/45 per day
Camping? Yes, offsite

Reading Festival
When? 24-26 August
Where? Reading
Nearest railway station: Reading 
Who’s playing? Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At The Disco, Kings of Leon
Need to know: The granddaddy of rock shows is still keen to show that it can shake a denim trouser leg with the best of them. This one is all about the music and they have both kinds – rock and more rock. And Harry Hill, rather weirdly.
Not good for: Fringe alt-folk fans
Cost: £205
Camping? Yes, though look out for the tent surfers

Also in August: ArcTanGent on 16-18 August promises the best in Math-rock, Post-rock, Noise-rock and Alt-rock, Bristol Temple Meads is your nearest station for this Mendip mindbender, while a couple of sites greedily host their second festival of the year. End Of The Road on 30 August to 2 September brings the likes of Vampire Weekend, St Vincent and Feist to the Larmer Tree festival site, while the Field Trip site in Bruton plays host to One Love, 31 August to 2 September, which promises a lasting glow of reggae goodness to sustain you through the dark, festie-free months ahead.