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UK Festival Season 2017

For many of us festival season is the highlight of the summer with 3.7 million people attending music festivals in 2015.

The UK boasts one of the best festival scenes in the world and we’ve selected the most unmissable summer festivals.

June

Isle of Wight Festival, 8th – 11th June, Newport, Isle of Wight
Headliners: David Guetta, Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart
Download Festival, 9th – 11th June, Donnington Park, Castle Donington, Derby
Headliners: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith
Parklife, 10th – 11th June, Heaton Park
Headliners: The 1975, Frank Ocean, Boy Better Know
Glastonbury Festival, 21st – 25th June, Pilton, Somerset
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran

July

Bluedot Festival, 7th – 8th July, Jodrell Bank Observatory
Headliners: Alt-J, Orbital, Pixies
Wireless Festival, 7th – 9th July, Finsbury Park, London
Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weekend
Latitude Festival, 13th – 16th July, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Headliners: The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes
Secret Garden Party, 20th – 23rd July, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Headliners: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals

August

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, 3rd – 5th August, Belladrum Estate, Beauly
Headliners: Franz Ferdinand, The Pretenders, Sister Sledge
Greenman Festival, 17th – 20th August, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Headliners: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands
Creamfields, 24th – 27th August, Daresbury, Cheshire
Headliners: Andy C, Stormzy, Chase & Status
Leeds and Reading Festivals, 25th – 27th August, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse

September

Midstock Festival, 1st – 2nd September, Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh
Headliners: Feeder, Hot Dub Time Machine, Showaddywaddy
Lockdown Festival, 1st – 3rd September, Powderham Castle, Exeter
Headliners: Fat Boy Slim, Wiley, Giggs
Bestival, 7th – 10th September, Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Headliners: The XX, Pet Shop Boys, Jamie T

As the festival season is upon us we’ve asked the CHO team to tell us a little bit about themselves and their festival favourites.

Chloe, Customer Service Advisor, 20
Likes: Music, food and sunshine. Dislikes: Raisins, wasps and traffic.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Glastonbury
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Coldplay (again!)
What is your one festival essential? My Hunter welly’s and Hunter Boot Socks to keep my feet warm and dry!

Will, Junior Digital Marketing Executive, 23
Likes: Football, turkey mince and coffee. Dislikes: Bad manners, pineapple on pizza and low battery.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Tomorrowland
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? J Cole
What is your one festival essential? The Herschel Classic Backpack to carry any random bits.

Sophie, Store Manager, 27
Likes: Vegas, my dog Mills and Tom Hardy. Dislikes: Spiders, rain and VPL!
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Benicassim
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Daft Punk
What is your one festival essential? Comfy shoes, the Superga 2750 Cotropeu.

Megan, Marketing Apprentice, 16
Likes: Sun, new clothes and socialising. Dislikes: Impolite people, tomatoes and flies.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? T in the Park
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Oasis, if they were still a band.
What is your one festival essential? Hunter Original Tall Ladies Wellington Boots in Bright Pink, I would pick this pair of wellingtons because it’s likely to be very muddy and bright pink stands out when you walk away from your mates, easy to spot.

Gaz, Warehouse Supervisor, 28
Likes: Football, fried chicken and craft beer. Dislikes: Manchester Utd, my son’s temper tantrums and waiting at red lights.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Creamfields
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Iron Maiden
What is your one festival essential? GANT Regular Summer Mens Shorts.

Emily, Digital Marketing Executive, 22
Likes: Travelling, tea and trains. Dislikes: Unfriendliness, pollution and silence.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Glastonbury
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? The Foo Fighters
What is your one festival essential? The Barbour Aeonium Womens Wax Jacket. With the unpredictable British weather, it’s important to be prepared for any eventuality. I love this jacket because it’s easy to throw on and looks fabulous with a pair of shorts, jeans or even a dress paired with some wellingtons.

Anthony, Founder/Managing Director, 42
Likes: Health and fitness (running marathons), food and adventure. Dislikes: Pessimistic people, heavy traffic especially the M6 and seagulls leaving unwanted gifts on my car!
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Car Fest or if a Carnival counts then Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Carnival
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Oasis and Coldplay
What is your one festival essential? Rains Backpack.

Kate, Marketing Apprentice, 17
Likes: Hot holidays, festivals and new clothes/shoes. Dislikes: Winter, mushrooms and rain.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Lost & Found Festival
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Arctic Monkeys
What is your one festival essential? The Barbour Headland Quilted Womens Jacket – It will always rain at any festival in the UK!

Lindsay, Digital Marketing Executive, 28
Likes: Camping, Cairn terriers and chardonnay. Dislikes: Rap music, bananas and dishonesty.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Download Festival
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Bif Naked
What is your one festival essential? A classic breton stripe, the Seasalt Sailor Womens Shirt.

Cully, Dispatch Assistant, 41
Likes: Celtic, movies and music. Dislikes: Rangers, cabbage and shell suits.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Monterey Jazz and Pop Festival
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Depache Mode
What is your one festival essential? Scotch & Soda Lightweight Jersey Mens Tee.

Ellis, Junior Digital Marketing Executive, 25
Likes: Cooking, walking my dog and pizza. Dislikes: Olives, getting stuck behind tractors and being cold.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Benicassim
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? The Pixies
What is your one festival essential? The Eastpak Springer Bum Bag, great for keeping your things safe while dancing!

Sarah, Customer Service Manager/ Buying Assistant, 24
Likes: The countryside, Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) and gin and tonic. Dislikes: Long queues, being hungry and milky tea.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? Glastonbury
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Ellie Goulding
What is your one festival essential? The Joules Golightly Printed Waterproof Packaway Ladies Parka. Something to keep you dry and still be on trend with a pop of colour.

Kyle, Digital Marketing Executive, 25
Likes: Walking, wrestling and dogs. Dislikes: Manchester Utd, aliens and Adam Sandler movies.
If you could go to any festival which would you go to? This year it would be Reading Leeds, you’ll understand why in my next answer…
If you could see any band at a festival who would it be? Not a band but, Eminem!
What is your one festival essential? Hunter Original Mens Short Wellingtons. More fashionable than tall wellingtons so will fit nicely with a festival outfit, and let’s be honest, it’s going to be raining at Reading and Leeds so also a practical choice.