Summer is almost here! After what feels like the soggiest spring in living memory, the prospect of catching some rays in lunch breaks and picnicking at weekends is like a dream come true. One of the best ways to make the most of the rare English sun is to take off to one of the plethora of fantastic festivals going on across the country. Every year the entire UK comes alive in the summer months, and 2014 is no exception.
One of the cheapest and most efficient ways to festival-hop around the UK is to fly, and Flybe flights go from airports all around the country.
Below round up some of the best festivals Blighty has to offer this year, all with easy access to Flybe airport terminals nearby.
Wireless Festival, Birmingham (4th - 6th July)
Every July, both London and Birmingham play host to many of the hottest music acts around. This year the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake and 2Chainz will be descending on Perry Park for another unmissable 3 days of back-to-back performances. This is considered one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Flights are available to Birmingham airport with Flybe.
August Féile, Belfast (31st July - 10th August)
The biggest community festival in Ireland is making a comeback, and as ever there’ll be a packed line-up of music, theatre, literature talks and Irish language events. On 9th August, rock royalty Kaiser Chiefs will perform their selection of top ten singles, and ‘90s boyband Boyzone will be setting hearts on fire once again with a concert in Falls Park on 2nd August.
Boardmasters Festival of Music and Surfing, Cornwall (6th-10th August)
If the thought of combining fantastic musical performances with the best surfing in the country, Boardmasters is a must. The festival advertises itself as ‘wild times’ and ‘chilled vibes’, which adds up to an unforgettable summery experience. As well as pro-surf competitions and opportunities to try surfing, there’s an impressive line-up of musical performances at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay this year. Snoop Dogg, Bastille and Chase & Status will all be gracing the stage. This festival has a truly authentic Cornish vibe, with a Surf Village and Cornish Market to explore.
Liverpool International Music Festival (15th-31st August)
This week-long global music extravaganza is the place to be when heading north this summer. Boy George will be bringing 70s glam rock vibes with tracks from his new album, ‘This is What I Do’, on Thursday 21st August, and Shaggy will be filling Sefton Park with nostalgic reggae fusion sounds on Sunday 24th. For a chilled-out good time with some truly talented artists and DJs, Liverpool International Music Festival is the place to be.