1. Steampunk Festival
Part Victoriana, part science fiction, steampunk is a strange and distinctive look. Inspired by steampunk books, films, comics and videogames fans like to make their own weird and fantastical costumes. If you have always wanted to combine welder’s goggles with a top hat and perhaps a corset then Lincoln’s Steampunk festival could be for you.
The festival is 13th – 15th September at Lincoln Castle, with accommodation available at Lincoln hotels.
2. Whitby Gothic Weekender
Dracula came to shore here, which makes the historic seaside town of Whitby in North the ideal location for the Gothic Weekender. This year’s headliners include Doctor and the Medics as well as Zombina and the Skeletons.
3. Camp Bestival
If Bestival had a motto, it might simply read ‘dress up, have fun’. Having run in its not-so standard guise for a number of years now, Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie have now chosen to expand the Bestival experience out to the rest of the family; thus resulting in Camp Bestival. Expect plenty of make-up, crazy costumes, big smiles and awesome music. Acts playing in 2013 include the magical Polyphonic Spree, as well as Richard Hawley, Toots & the Maytals and The Levellers.
Join in the revelry over 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th August at Lulworth Castle, Dorset.
Loopallu is the festival that on paper shouldn’t work, but in reality, certainly does. Tucked away in the sometimes harsh north of Scotland (Ullapool, to be precise), Loopallu combines incredible live music with stunning scenery. Seven years in, and the festival originally started by a local pub manager has evolved into quite an event, having hosted everyone from Mumford & Sons to Franz Ferdinand. At the time of going to press, the line-up being kept under wraps, but expect big names mixed in with some bright new stars.
20 – 21 September, Ullapool, Scotland.
5. I’ll Be Your Mirror
An All Tomorrow’s Parties event, I’ll Be Your Mirror will be held over two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace. ATP events gain their unique character by being curated by interesting people, in this case they are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzy Bear, with each of these headlining a night. Announced acts include Tortoise, The Walkmen, Van Dyke Parks, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Field and Black Lips.
I’ll Be Your Mirror is being held on 4th and 5th of May, with weekend tickets for £110.
6. Retro Trax Festival
All about the old school house music, this is a party with DJs spinning the tunes that defined the dance scene between 1986 and 1999. This year the lineup includes the legendary and infamous Rat Pack – true rave originals who know how to oput on a great show. This event is 100% over 21s only, so the crowd will be ‘classics’ as well as the tunes.
Retro Trax Festival is 11th to 13th of May in the grounds of Stanford Hall, Leicestshire. Tickets are £85 including camping, with an additional £20 charge for campervans.
7. Bearded Theory
This is a family friendly music festival, which is great for music lovers with kids. The music lineup for the 2013 edition of this festival includes Reverand and Makers, The Levellers and Asian Dub Foundation. The genius of this festival though the amount of other stuff there is to do. The children’s area alone is over an acre with a climbing wall, zip lines and all kinds of activities.
Bearded Theory is held at Kedleston Hall, Derby 17th-19th May. A family ticket is £230 for the weekend, though under-fives go free.
8. Ultimate Street Car
One for the petrol heads. Ultimate Street Car bills itself as the “fastest, hottest, largest & loudest modified car festival in Europe”. Featuring a drag racing strip, music zones and all manner of shiny metal boxes on wheels, this is the place to celebrate the fast living lifestyle.
USC runs 2nd – 4th August.
Some UK based psytrance insanity to round off the summer. This year the festival is being held at a new location that allows for a lot more noise to be made. This festival embodies the spirit of the psytrance movement – combining non-stop partying with sustainability and being at one with nature.
Waveform is 6th- 9th September, somewhere in Somerset. Early bookers can pick up tickets for £79, though the price will rise nearer the event.
10. Bangface Weekender 2013
The Bangface club nights in London have built a reputation for being lots and lots of fun, and not taking anything too seriously. Punters in fancy dress, drenched in sweat and waving glowsticks and a freely ranging music policy that sees hard house, breakcore, d&b and glitch mashed together with gleeful abandon. The Bangface Weekender is this, but more so. In a Cornish holiday park. Somebody had to go this far…
Ticket prices and lineup for the event over 13th-15th September have yet to be announced, though expect both to be substantial.