The Top 10 Music Festivals In The UK

Unfortunately we can’t be on a clubbing holiday all year round thanks to a little thing called work. This leaves us looking for the next best thing, and that is a music festival.
The UK is very lucky because we have some of the worlds greatest music festivals right here on our shores. This list will help you find one of the top 10 music festivals in the UK.

Glastonbury – This might just be the daddy of all festivals, the three day camping festival held at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury welcomes up to a mammoth 150,000 people each year.
Recent headliners include Jay Z, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, U2, Cold Play and Radiohead.
Throughout the years ticket prices have gradually raised and last year were £205. This however does nothing to the demand and every year there is a fight for tickets.
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V Festival – Started in 1996, V festival is another festival with camping and differs from other festivals in the fact it is run at two places simultaneously. Every year Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire both host an event with artists playing each site on alternative days. The event is held on the second to last weekend of August.
Recent headliners have included Beyonce, Calvin Haris, Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Chase and Status and Pendulum.

Wireless – The first day festival to make our list, Wireless is held in London. We have called the festival Wireless but every year it takes the name of it’s sponsor, in recent years these have been O2, Barclaycard and Yahoo.
Recent headliners have included Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5 & Rhianna.

Isle of Wight – Revived in 2002 and for those who don’t mind a bit of traveling, the Isle of Wight festival is a mainly rock / alternative rock festival held at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight.
As a mainly rock festival recent headliners have included Bon Jovi, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, Foo Fighters & Kaiser Chiefs. However festival regular and rap superstar Jay Z headlined the festival in 2010.
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Download – Held at Donington Park normally on the second weekend of June, Download festival is another festival for Heavy Metal & Rock fans.
Run in its current form since 2003, Download is a 3 day festival with camping.
Recent headliners include Limp Bizkit, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, Metallica & Linkin Park.

SW4 – Named after the post code of the area it takes place, this two day festival on Clapham Common celebrates electronic music and attracts some of the biggest DJs in the world.
Recent headliners include Afrojack, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Paul Van Dyk & Example.

Lovebox – This 3 day festival was founded by DJ’s Groove Armada, and is held at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets.
The festival has attracted some big names over the last few years including, Snoop Dogg, Plan B, Rudimental, Scissor Sisters, Jessie J & Diplo.
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Global Gathering – Is Another electronic music festival and is held at Long Marsden Airfield, Long Marsden. Global Gathering started in 2001 and is normally held on the last weekend in July.
This even attracts big names such as Plan B, Disclosure, Rita Ora, Bingo Players, James Zabiela & Rudimental who play in a variety of arenas across the festival.

T In The Park – One for the Scottish, T in The Park is held at Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland. This is a 3 day event with optional camping that attracts up to 200,000 people. The music policy at T is varied so it attracts all sorts of people.
Recent headliners include Rhianna, Emilie Sande, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj, Arctic Moneys, Beyonce, and Coldplay.

Reading and Leeds – Yes we know these two technically make 11 festivals, but what can we say? The UK really is spoiled for choice when it comes to music festivals.
Like V festival these festivals take place simultaneously on the bank holiday weekend with the artists swapping from one site to the other.
These festivals offer camping and day tickets and recent headliners include Eminem, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Radiohead.

Tinie Tempah And His Rise To Stardom

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Tinie Tempah or Patrick Okogwu as his mum knows him has risen through the ranks of London Mc’s to become arguably the biggest rap star to come out of the UK, we are going to look at just how he managed to do this.

Early Career

Fans of the Grime scene would of heard of Tinie Tempah a long time before he became the household name that he is today. He had a few underground hits with the songs Tears and also had songs that featured on the soundtrack for for the PSP game Wipeout Pure.
The song that most people really remember Tinie Tempah for was his track Wifey Riddim that received a lot of airplay on the underground music channels and stations and really helped to get his name out there.

Breakthrough
After going on Tour with Dizzee Rascal, performing shows over the UK, setting up his own label Disturbing London and writing new music Tinie’s big break came at the wireless festival when a scout spotted him performing and informed record label Parlophone records. They came to visit Tinie Tempah in his studio and were so impressed with Tinie’s ability that buy October 2009 he was signed to their label.

Mainstream

Tinie Tempah really got mainstream recognition when he released he massive debut single Pass Out from his album Disc-Overy. The single went straight to number 1 where it remained for two consecutive weeks and is still a very popular song on dance floors worldwide.

Tinie Tempah followed up this success by performing at Glastonbury that year and then releasing his second single Frisky which also was another hit. Frisky entered the charts at number 2 and again still remains popular in clubs around the world.
Following his chart success with both his singles and his album Tinie Tempah went on tour with Rhianna, performed at a lot of universities and summer festivals including V Festival and Wireless Festival.
In between all of this Tinie Tempah teamed up with DJ Whoo Kid to release the free mixtape Foreign Object., which you can listen to or download below.

Tinies next single Written In The Stars was another number 1 smash hit and he followed it up with Miami To Ibiza which charted at number 4. Tinie Tempah went abroad that summer and performed in a lot of countries but he also gave some of the biggest shows Ibiza had ever seen.
The awards then started to come for Tinie who picked up two Mobo awards and two Britt awards.
On top of this Tinie has sold out an Arena Tour, sold out shows all over the world and has become one of the most in demand artists around.
He is currently working on his eagerly anticipated second album, it really is only just getting started for Tinie Tempah.
Update :- Tinie has just released a new mixtape which you can listen to below.