UK summer festivals guide 2013 – part four: electronic & dance

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With the summer fast approaching and festival season about to get into full swing, it’s that time of year when we all start to get our live music plans lined-up.

WOW247 is therefore bringing you an in-depth festival guide each week, with our first three instalments having focused on the biggest events, the best alternatives, and family friendly shindigs.

In part four however, we’re looking at gatherings that celebrate the best in dance music. Without further ado, here are eight of the UK’s best electronic festivals.

Creamfields

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When?
August 23-25

Where?
Daresbury Estate, Warrington, Cheshire

Who’s playing?
The Prodigy, Paul Oakenfold, Annie Mac, Sub Focus

And?
The colossal daddy of UK dance festivals, Creamfields packs an extraordinary array of big names across its three-day bill – with famous faces in mainstream house, techno and drum ‘n’ bass all on show.

Tickets?
£160 for weekend pass with camping. Single day and two-day tickets available. Get tickets

Waveform

When?
September 6-8

Where?
Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Who’s playing?
Orb Sound System, Neuroplasm, Barry Ashworth, Lunar Sonic

And?
Specialising in psy-trance and electronica, this eco-conscious gathering packs an alternative but friendly vibe and offers nine distinct entertainment hubs.

Tickets?
£89 for an adult pass. Cheaper teen and child tickets available. Get tickets

Beat-Herder

When?
July 5-7

Where?
Nr. Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Who’s playing?
Groove Armada, Bondax, Jimmy Cliff, Stanton Warriors

And?
Taking in everything from dub and reggae to house and breakbeat, Beat-Herder is a colourful event in stunning surroundings – and often features performances from entertaining novelty acts.

Tickets?
£105 for weekend pass. £20 for children under 12. Get tickets

Southport Weekender

When?
May 10-12

Where?
Butlin’s Holiday Resort, Minehead, Somerset

Who’s playing?
Mos Def, Dennis Ferrer, Goldie, Trevor Nelson

And?
Taking in soul, hip-hop, R&B and deep house, an impressive range of acts are hosted across five separate stages at this much-loved celebration of soulful dance music.

Tickets?
SOLD OUT

Gottwood


[Photo: Technicolour Moon]

When?
June 20-23

Where?
Nr. Llanfaethlu, Anglesey, Wales

Who’s playing?
Crazy P, Bicep, Ben UFO, Ryan Davis

And?
Held in a forest clearing, Gottwood is a haven for experimental enthusiasts and boasts two late-night open air stages. This year, quite appropriately, its theme is ‘Wild Things’.

Tickets?
£95 for weekend pass. Over-18s only. Get tickets

Global Gathering

When?
July 26-27

Where?
Long Marston Airfield, Campden Road, Stratford Upon Avon

Who’s playing?
Example, 2ManyDJs, Sub Focus, Andy C

And?
This massive festival takes in a huge selection of the hottest acts in house, trance and dubstep, with popular live performers rubbing shoulders with superstar DJs and producers.

Tickets?
£115 for weekend pass. £190 for VIP admission. Get tickets

Lovebox

When?
July 19-21

Where?
Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London

Who’s playing?
Goldfrapp, Annie Mac, Mark Ronson, Hurts

And?
Serving up a stellar line-up of pop, hip-hop, dance and electronica across 10 stages, Love Box is a truly comprehensive caterer for mainstream electronic tastes.

Tickets?
£99 for weekend pass. Day tickets available. Get tickets

Bang Face Weekender

When?
September 13-15

Where?
Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

Who’s playing?
Squarepusher, LFO, Rebuild, Venetian Snares

And?
A fun-filled hark back to the glorious heyday of rave, Bang Face offers a full-on party by the seaside – complete with Acid House heroes and fancy dress mayhem.

Tickets?
£110 for weekend pass. Camping and caravan tickets available. Get tickets


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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's landing news, assembling guides and penning features.

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