10 Festivals Worth The Hassle This Summer

Music! Beer! Lake swimming!

When you think of all the effort it requires to attend a British music festival - the packed trains, the endless queues, the transferring of thirty litres of spirits into empty plastic bottles - you realise it is worth picking wisely.

Here are 9 tried-and-tested Esquire favourites that are high on good people, great music and beautiful surroundings and low on MDMA-spangled youngsters, awful death metal and sewage-filled fields.

Think of it as your (slightly) grown up edit of what's out there, and book accordingly.

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The Great Escape

19-21 May, Brighton, greatescapefestival.com
Stormzy, Oh Wonder

A muso's paradise with the ocean never more than a glimpse away. Nothing not to love here.

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​Isle of Wight Festival

9-12 June, Isle of Wight, www.isleofwightfestival.com
The Who, Queen + Adam Lambert, Faithless

It's Dad rock double with The Who and the closest thing you'll ever get to seeing Freddie Mercury live all in the same weekend.

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11-12 June, Heaton Park, Manchester, parklife.uk.com
The Chemical Brothers, Ice Cube, Jamie Xx

Manchester's leading music festival is going from strength to strength - as this year's eye-catching line up attests.

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22-26 June, Pilton, glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Muse, Coldplay, PJ Harvey

Needs no introduction, but how about this: the best fun you can have in Britain in public.

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14-17 July, Henham Park, latitudefestival.com
The National, New Order, The Maccabees

Live poetry, comedy and theatre is just as important as music to this gorgeous, understated festival - as is a spot of lake swimming.

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15-16 July, Victoria Park, loveboxfestival.com
Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem

Still the best of London's two dayers - and not as overrun with teenagers as Wireless.

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South West Four

27-28 August, Clapham Common, southwestfour.com
Dizzee Rascal, Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers

The SW EDM party has gone a bit more mainstream this year - and will be all the better for it, if you ask us.

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Festival No. 6

1-4 September, Port Meirion, festivalnumber6.com
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals

A festival in a town in Wales that is designed like an Italian village. No hallucinogens required for this one. Need another reason? Virgin Trains are offering 25% off tickets plus festival accreditation on board. Nice.

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8-11 September, Isle of Wight, bestival.net
The Cure, Hot Chip

For our money, Britain's second best music festival. Great setting, great atmosphere, great music - and a boat trip either side.

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Outlook Festival

31st August - 4th September 2016, Croatia, outlookfestival.com
Stormzy, Akala

For this year's best hit of UK hip-hop - and some of the coolest music festival stages ever devised - you'd best head to, er, Croatia this summer.