Music festivals

Dawsonrentals campervans are the first choice for those who like to turn up to their festivals in style, and be confident that after a busy day and night they can return to enjoy a cosy and dry sleep. We guarantee that you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to begin your day. But first put the kettle on, fill the tea pot and cook breakfast to enjoy in bed or outside with the awning up and the sun shining. With the music festival season just around the corner, Dawsonrentals' diary dates will guide you to the best music festivals of 2018.

Diary Dates 2018


May

The Great Escape 2018
17th – 19th 

Based across 30 venues in Brighton & Hove city centres, The Great Escape showcases new music from a variety of genres. 

Campervan friendly: N (No official festival camping but find a nearby campsite and you're sorted!)
 
Bearded Theory
24th – 27th

A family orientated festival in Derbyshire that includes a children's village, filled with hundreds of activities and entertainment. It was awarded 'Best Independent Festival' in 2011. 

Campervan friendly: Y


June

Wychwood Festival
1st – 3rd
 

Held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Wychwood is a great one for family fun and music, and is great value for money! 

Campervan friendly: Y

Download Festival
8th – 10th

Heavy metal and rock fans unite in Donington Park for the annual Download festival. Past live appearances have come from Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and AC/DC.

Campervan friendly: Y

Parklife Festival
9th – 10th

Hosted in Manchester's Heaton Park, the 2017 line-up included The 1975 and Frank Ocean as well as a fantastic range of acts from pop, dance and grime genres.

Campervan friendly: N (No official festival camping but find a nearby campsite and you're sorted!)

Isle of Wight Festival
21st – 24th

Now the only festival on the island, the Isle Of Wight festival continues to attract big artists to the main stages, with the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Kings Of Leon playing in recent years. 2018 will see the festival celebrate its 50th anniversary! 

Campervan friendly: Y


July

Barn On The Farm
5th – 8th

Held not too far from us in Gloucester, Barn On The Farm is a weekend of the best acoustic and easy-listening acts on the scene. With the new addition of an 'Behind Barn Doors Friday', you will hear the best emerging bands and artists at their best without the lightshows and pyrotechnics. Past performers include Hozier, Tom Odell and The Staves.  

Campervan friendly: Y

Latitude
12th – 15th

Held in Suffolk, Latitude always has a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists as well as featuring elements of theatre, art and comedy. Recent acts to feature included Portishead, Elbow and Florence & The Machine.

Campervan friendly: Y

WOMAD
26th – 29th
 

WOMAD is a celebration of the world's many forms of music, arts and dance and features many workshops, international food stalls and sampling sessions.

Campervan friendly: Y

Camp Bestival
26th – 29th

The 'little sister' of Bestival, this festival is held in Dorset and has won numerous awards for it's family-friendly nature. The great variety of music is always an added extra too! 

Campervan friendly: Y

Kendal Calling
26th – 29th

Held in the Lake District, Kendall Calling has featured live performances from notable artists such as Blondie, Calvin Harris and Mumford & Sons.

Campervan friendly: Y

Y-Not Festival
TBC

The Peak District festival saw the one and only Snoop Dogg take to the stage in 2016 and combines a variety of different music genres for a weekend of alternative music. 

Campervan friendly: Y


August

Wilderness
3rd - 6th

A festival in Oxfordshire packed with variety and activities for everyone. Whether you fancy taking part in a debate, recharging your batteries through some wellbeing activities or want to get crafty with the kids, this festival's magic should not be missed. 

Campervan friendly: Y

Boardmasters
8th - 12th

The music and surfing festival takes place in Cornwall and attracts big-name headliners every year. It has seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Streets and Groove Armada grace its stages.

Campervan friendly: Y

Bloodstock Open Air 2018
9th - 12th

Appealing to heavy metal fans, the festival has been running since 2005 and has seen live appearances from Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Lamb Of God. 

Campervan friendly: Y

BoomTown Fair
9th – 12th

BoomTown is a music and arts festival held near Winchester in which 50,000 people descend on the 22 main stage areas. 

Campervan friendly: Y

Beautiful Days
17th – 19th

Organised by The Levellers, Beautiful Days annually takes place in Devon and caters towards the alternative rock fan. It is held on the same weekend as V Festival, and challenges the ethos of the major mainstream festival. 

Campervan friendly: Y

V Festival
TBC
 

2017 was the 22nd celebration of the festival and the bill for 2018 is sure not to disappoint with another bill of great names in pop and rock music, don't miss out!

Campervan friendly: Y

Shambala Festival
TBC

The small family-friendly festival features a variety of music, including rock, pop and world music but is taking on Virtual Reality in 2018. Details about what is involved are currently limited but it won't be long until we find out! 

Campervan friendly: TBC

Creamfields
23th – 26th

Calling all EDM fans! Creamfields always presents a jam-packed line-up of world renowned DJs and dance artists so it is the perfect opportunity to throw some shapes during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Campervan friendly: N

The Big Feastival
24th – 26th

A unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family. Whether the kids are busy crafting or tree climbing during the day, the party doesn't stop until late into the evening where 2017 acts included Olly Murs, Madness and a Faithless DJ set. Your August Bank Holidays won't be the same after you've experienced The Big Feastival! 

Campervan friendly: Y

Leeds Festival
24th – 26th
 

Spend the Bank Holiday weekend listening to the greatest indie and rock acts around at the legendary Bramham Park, where recent line-ups have seen Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Metallica take to the stage.

Campervan friendly: Y

Reading Festival
24th – 26th

Simultaneously linked with Leeds, Reading has a greater capacity but still the same line-up and is a great weekend for seeing legendary indie and rock music, as well as new and emerging artists within the genre.

Campervan friendly: Y

Greenbelt Festival
24th – 26th

A festival of arts, faith and justice, Greenbelt is attended by around 20,000 people and a place for discussion about the Christian faith. Notable artist that have played include U2, Cliff Richard and Moby.

Campervan friendly: Y

End Of The Road Festival
31st – 3rd Sept

An alternative folk festival in Wiltshire that marked its 10th anniversary in 2015. Past line-up artists have included Super Furry Animals, Fleet Foxes and Sigur Rós.

Campervan friendly: Y


September

Bestival
7th – 10th

The final festival in the calendar has a new home at Lulworth Castle in Dorset but will still showcase some of Rob Da Bank's finest picks to end the Summer with a bang; it's not to be missed!   

Campervan friendly: Y

Social Festival
28th – 1st Oct

Hosted by the Kent County Showground, this festival offers the world's greatest dance music acts since 2013. Bringing a taste of Ibiza to South East England, it really will end the Summer in style. 

Campervan friendly: N (No official festival camping but a number of campervan campsites aren't too far)