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UK Summer Festival Guide - The Big 6 For Drum & Bass Lovers

Love drum & bass and live in the UK? Then this festival guide is for you.

With summer rolling in the door, sweaty and dishevelled, there is nothing but blue skies and raging beats awaiting you at the wide range of festivals dotted throughout Britain.

Festivals mean expending cash and huge amounts of energy in tandem. With choices slapping you in the face from each and every angle, you want to be sure you make the right choice! Choose the wrong event and you could be left swaying miserably to a bloke with an oboe, Calippo melting in hand whilst waiting for your mates to return from their spontaneous yoga workshop. Yes, that's a combo that happens. So, let's make this easy - for those of us who shun the sunlight for the dark crevices of the dnb tent, you've come to the right place.

Strap on your ankle support, take my sweaty little palm and let's dive in to the best, the baddest and the bassiest offerings for the drum and bass crowd this year. Best be seeing you at each and every one. Enjoy our festival guide and get to planning your hijinks.

We Are Festival
Dates: Saturday 30th & Sunday 30th May (NEXT WEEKEND OI!)
Location: Upminster, Essex

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Find us in: The Hospitality Tent allllll day Sunday…no daylight needed. Just the bass and the drum.

Big hitters be like: Camo & Krooked, Etherwood, Fred V & Grafix, DJ EZ, S.P.Y, Nu:Tone, Logistics, Lynx, Krakota

If you are macking on an Essex geezer in a bush and manage one act only: 

For the love of god make sure you see Etherwood for a cool down you oversexed beasties.

Buy your tickets: £69 per day or £125 for the weekend …tickets will sell out THIS WEEKEND so you know what to do. See you in Essex!!!

Mutiny Festival
Saturday 18th July
Fontwell Park, Chichester - south coast of the UK.


Find us: Having palpitations to Knife Party on the main stage – Abandon Ship and leave your Internet Friends at home…yowww!

Big hitters be like: Bit of a refresh on the stock standard lineup here! Friction, Goldie, Kove, Matrix & Futurebound, Zinc

If you’ve lost your mates, your phones out of juice, your booze bag is empty and you’ve forgotten where you parked your car – cheer up and hit:

Friction in the dnb tent, he might even bless you with a lean and put that smile back on your face!

Buy your tickets: £38.50 per day or £71.50 for the weekend – camping available for a smidge more

SW4 Festival
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August
Clapham Common, South London


Find us: Running panickedly between areas trying to catch everyone.

Big hitters be like: Wilkinson, Andy C, Sub Focus, Sigma (Live), Culture Shock. Camo & Krooked, Roni Size Reprazent, Route 94, DC Breakkkkks

If you're scrapping an Aussie expat over a sweet spot in the crowd, make sure you both take 5 for:

Skrillex. See Skrillex (shoosh I know it's dubstep!!!) live and you will never forget (this may not be guaranteed) or regret!

Buy your tickets:Saturday and Sunday tickets still available- only £65 and £60 respectively…Weekend tickets SOLD OUT fools.

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Detonate Festival
Saturday 30th May
Colwick Country Park, Nottingham



Big hitters: Icicle (Entropy Live), Dub Phizix & Strategy, SpectraSoul, Dimension, Camo & Krooked, Calyx & TeeBee, S.P.Y, DJ Hype, Hazard, Sub Focus, Sigma, Wilkinson

If nothing is taking your fancy and you’re unsure how the hell you’ve ended up in Nottingham:

Hit SpectraSoul. The Mistress has just launched and you can bet the SpectraSoul boys will be ripping through a magic set with their new material.

Buy your tickets: Final Release £45…now don’t panic but…effing well HURRY.

Sundown Festival
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th Sep
Norfolk Showground


Find us: Splitting time between Saturday at the Main Stage and Sunday - deep dark in the RAM tent.

Big hitters: Rudimental, Netsky, High Contrast, Metrik, Danny Byrd, S.P.Y, Sigma (Live), Nero, Zinc, DJ EZ, Culture Shock, DC Breaks, Rene LaVice, Subby F, Zinc

If you’ve mixed too much red bull with your illicits and are starting to panic, breathe into a bag and hotfoot it over to:

Rudimental. Nothing makes for a feel good festival moment than breaking a sweat to Rudimental. Nothing.

Buy your tickets: From £105 with camping for the weekend of magic!

United Festival
Dates: Sunday 13th Sep  
Location: Finsbury Park, North London


Find us at: The One Nation stage for a spoonful of all the bad stuff!

Big hitters be like: DJ Hype, Harry Shotta, Fabio & Grooverider, Hazard

If you’ve gone blind from all the sweat in your eyes, make sure you wipe ‘em for: 

The Prototypes. With a new album out that is smashing the place up, you’d be a fool to not bed down in this crowd.

Buy your tickets: Tickets out on 3rd release – £25 + booking fee

Other worthy punch hitters for the dnb fiends who just won’t quit:

Shakedown Brighton

Dates: Saturday 15th August
Location: Brighton, UK

Boomtown Fair

Dates: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August
Location: Winchester, UK

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