The Best Indie & Alternative Festivals in the UK

Oh, how we long for the temperamental British weather, drinks in hand with the best company imaginable and seeing bands we love at the UK's best Indie Festivals. Who said the guitar was dead?

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 14th Feb 2024

Oh, how we long for the temperamental British weather; booze in hand, surrounded by the best company imaginable; jam-packed into an equally pissed-up crowd singing arm and arm with strangers; it could only be a festival season of the Indie and Alternative variety!

It's truly the best time of year, but whilst pop, dance and rap can dominate the landscape nowadays, we, like you if you're reading this, are instead after more of the Indie variety with roaring guitars, pounding drums, and groovy bass. Because if the last few years have proven anything, with the rise of the likes of Sam Fender, Fontaines DC, and the return of Arctic Monkeys; guitar music ain't dead yet.

Indie festivals are packed full of emerging bands and established favourites, with some of the best atmospheres that you can find. Plus, there are few things more satisfying than hearing a band hit into one of your favourite tunes, and then getting stuck right into a mosh pit, is there?

So without further ado, let's dive into the very best the UK has to offer where Indie Festivals are concerned; scroll down, check them out, and get those tickets booked!

 

(Click on the headers or images for FAQs and more information about each festival, and make sure to secure tickets in the boxes below each event.)

 

 

Wide Awake Festival

2024 Lineup: King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardSlowdiveYoung FathersBen UFODry CleaningSquidOptimoModel/ActrizBodegaModeselektor and more 

When: Saturday 25th May 2024

Where: Brockwell Park in London

Wide Awake is a festival built on the bands/artists who charge the frontlines of Counter Culture, striving to do things differently and thriving in the process; and it is returning once again this year. 2024 will see the mighty King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take the main spot. With a sensational supporting cast featuring the likes of Slowdive, Young Fathers, Ben UFO, Dry Cleaning, Squid, Model/Actriz, Bodega, Modeselektor and more.

There are few lineups better than this one in 2024, head to the link below and secure your tickets now!

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on Wide Awake Festival - HERE

 


 

In It Together Festival

2024 lineup: Rag 'N' Bone ManSugababesRazorlightFeederAfflecks PalaceLottery WinnersGruff RhysThe MysterinesThe Royston Club, and more

When: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2024

Where: Old Park Farm Margam in Port Talbot

In It Together is one of the biggest events in the whole of the Welsh music calendars, and with a lineup like the above its clear to see why. Covering almost every genre imaginable, including of course Indie, In it together is jam-packed with awesome sets that will undoubtedly leave you with some of the greatest memories of your whole summer. 

with sets from a mix of classic and modern indie royalty like Razorlight, Feeder, Afflecks Palace, Lottery Winners, Gruff Rhys, The Mysterines, The Royston Club, and more; this is THE best Indie festival in Wales. Grab your tickets below! 

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on In It Together Festival - HERE

 


 

Highest Point Festival

2024 Lineup: BustedTom OdellCat BurnsSam RyderCaity BaserGok WanPeat & Diesel and more

When: Friday 10th - Saturday 11th May 2023

Where: Williamson Park in Lancaster

Lancaster's number one open-air live music event, Highest Point has confirmed its return to the city's majestic Williamson Park next summer. Taking over the magnificent grounds of the hilltop park once more, providing four days of amazing wall-to-wall entertainment, the festival will welcome a score of fantastic performances from their yet-to-be-announced lineup. 

Tickets for this instalment of the Lancastrian musical extravaganza are already in high demand. Secure yours now in the box below to avoid bitter disappointment.

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on Highest Point Festival 2024 - HERE

 


 

 

Manchester Psych Festival

2024 Lineup: Baxter DuryThe HorrorsTemplesNewdadJunioreWillie J HealeyJames HoldenMdou MoctarDivorceFat DogHeartworms, and more

When: Saturday 31st August 2024

Where: Various Manchester venues including Albert HallO2 RitzCanvasGorillaYES, and The Deaf Institute

For one day in August, Manchester's staple celebration of the weird and wonderful world of psychedelic music will be returning to the heart of the city, and we for one cannot wait. The event always supplies trippy vibes and is spread across some of the city's finest venues, including Albert Hall, YES, Gorilla and the O2 Ritz.

Plus, with bands and artists like Baxter Dury, The Horrors, Temples, Newdad, Willie J Healey, and Heartworms performing, the lineup is a serious musical force to be reckoned with.

If you can spare a second for some downtime amongst all the talent on show then feel free to explore the various art installations, street food stalls and a few DJ sets for good measure. Head to the link below to secure your tickets!

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on Manchester Psych Festival - HERE

 


 

Monument Festival

2024 lineup: The KooksJake BuggThe CoralBlack GrapeThe ViewBadly Drawn BoyThe K's and more

When: Saturday 20th July 2024

Where: Herrington Country Park in Sunderland

Having rebranded itself from Kubix Alternative Festival to Monument Festival, this North East knees up is returning in 2024 yet again with one of its biggest-ever lineups!

Headlining the festival will be the noughties indie icons, The Kooks. Alongside, and firing a lighting bolt into the crowd will be Jake Bugg; a band who have been dreaming for you, The Coral; Shuan Ryders recently reformed Black Grape; the band you'll be watching in the same jeans you've had on all weekend, The View; alongside so many more. Get those tickets and head up to the best celebration of alternative music in the North East.

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on Monument Festival - HERE

 


 

Sounds From The Other City

2024 lineup: TBA

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Various venues around Salford including The White HotelFive Four StudiosRegent Trading EstateSt Philips Church, and more

Sounds From The Other City has confirmed its return to Salford's most vibrant thoroughfare, Chapel Street, in the spring of 2024. 

Set to commandeer the bustling avenue once more, the increasingly popular music and arts festival will see some of the freshest acts on the UK scene appearing on stage across a multitude of venues and event spaces - from warehouses and studios to pubs, clubs, bars and everything in between. 

The day-long event, set to run over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, on Sunday 5th May 2024, will have creatives, musos and frequent gig-goers alike scrambling for tickets to witness the next generation of future stadium-filling talents.

 

Find tickets, FAQs, and more information on Sounds From The Other City - HERE

 


 

Reading/Leeds Festival

2024 lineup: Blink-182Fred Again...Lana Del RayCatfish and the BottlemenLiam GallagherGerry Cinnamon21 SavageTwo Door Cinema ClubRayePendulumFontaines D.C.The ProdigySkrillexJorja Smith, and so many more

When: Friday 23th - Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Bramham Park (Leeds) https://www.skiddle.com/artists/jorja-smith-123554189/ John's Farm (Reading)

Despite welcoming more genres into the fold, something about Leeds/Reading will always remain distinctively indie and you can see that in the 2024 lineup. With indie legends like Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen (on a long-awaited return), and Gerry Cinnamon commanding three of the headline spots, alongside fan-favourites like Fontaines D.C., The Wombats, Bleachers, The Last Dinner Party, Viagra Boys, The Japanese House and more; Reading and Leeds is looking back to its best.

The alternative acts, although from other genres, do still feel quite indie too. With the likes of Jorja Smith, Lana Del Ray, Pendulum, The Prodigy, Hak Baker, and more on the bill, there are lots that fans of indie will more than likely also be into. Whatever your taste there's no shortness of excitement surrounding this lineup where there's an artist or band for pretty much anyone. Click on the links below for more info.

 

Find more information on Leeds Festival - HERE

Find more information on Reading Festival HERE

 


 

Kendal Calling

2024 lineup: Noel Gallaghers High Flying BirdsThe Streets, Paolo Nuttini, Paul Heaton, Keane, Sugababes, Declan McKenna, The Reytons, The Snuts, Pale Waves, Feeder, Kate Nash, and so so many more

When: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th August 2024

Where: Lowther Deer Park in Cumbria

Kendal Calling is THE place in Cumbria and the very north of the country to see all of the best Indie acts, all in one place, and this year in 2024, they look to emulate what they always do, with another absolute stormer of a lineup.

With an illustrious headline trio of Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, The Streets, and Paolo Nuttini; alongside acts like Paul Heaton, Keane, and Sugababes, who could headline a festival in their own right; then even more acts like Declan McKenna, The Reytons, The Snuts, Pale Waves, Feeder, Kate Nash, and so so many more filling out the bill. It's going to be an unreal weekend across the 11 (yes you read that right) stages at Lowther Deer Park.

Head over to their website for tickets, and click the link below for more information and reviews!

 

Find more information on Kendal Calling - HERE

 


 

 

Boardmasters

2024 lineup: Sam FenderStormzyCourteenersBakarDeclan MckennaSoft PlayKate NashTom OdellChase and Status,  OvermonoBecky HillNia ArchivesBicep and more

When: Wednesday 7th - Sunday 11th August 2024

Where: Newquay Fistral Beach And Watergate Bay in Cornwall

Boardmasters is the UK's ultimate party by the beach. Taking place on Fistral Beach in Newquay, the festival has a strong ethos of sustainability and surfing. Offering you a place throughout the day to pick up a board yourself, a space where you can watch the pros, or one to take in the various entertainments on offer.

The festival boasts 11 different stages, and whilst the festival in recent years has adopted more Dance and Rap into its bill, the indie soul of its earlier years is still front and centre. With indie darling Sam Fender Headlining, and the likes of Courteeners, Declan Mckenna, Soft Play, Kate Nash, Tom Odell and more playing; alongside a huge range of sensational acts from other genres; This one is always a vibe, and arguably has the best campsite in all of the UK festival scene. Get your tickets and you’ll see exactly what we mean.  

 

Find more information on Boardmasters - HERE

 


 

Y Not Festival

2024 lineup: Snow PatrolJamie TNoel Gallaghers High Flying BirdsKaiser ChiefsThe KooksDeclan McKennaThe VaccinesHolly HumberstoneJake BuggYard ActBob VylanScouting For Girls and more

When:  Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th July 2024

Where: Pikehall in Matlock

Y Not Festival is the biggest Indie bash on the Park district calendar! Taking over the stunning hilltops of Pikehall in Matlock, this annual celebration of all things guitar music is the highlight of a lot of indie kids from the surrounding Manchester Sheffield and Leeds year.

The lineup is always stacked, and this year especially with the likes of Snow Patrol, Jamie T, Noel Gallaghers' High Flying Birds, Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Declan McKenna, The Vaccines, Holly Humberstone, Jake Bugg, Yard Act, Bob Vylan, and more filling out the festivals massive 8 stage site.

So grab your tickets now, and click the link below for some more information on what it holds in store!

 

Find more information on Y Not Festival - HERE

 


 

TRNSMT Festival

2024 lineup: Liam GallagherGerry CinnamonCalvin HarrisGarbageCourteenersChase & StatusBlossomsSugababesRick AstleyDeclan McKennaEnter ShakiriThe ReytonsExampleThe Last Dinner Party, and more

When: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th July 2024

Where: Glasgow Green in Glasgow

TRNSMT has quickly become one of the biggest festivals in the UK scene since its inception in 2017 and has come through once again with an incredible lineup for 2024. You’ve got a fantastic range of old and new with Britpop legend Liam Gallagher returning to headline the first day, Scottish icon with a homecoming show, Gerry Cinnamon headlining the next, and then dance icon Calin Harris closing. 

Amongst the rest, there's a whole range of incredible talents such as Courteeners, Chase & Status, Blossoms, Sugababes, Rick Astley, Declan McKenna, and Enter Shakiri to name a few. So, get on the phone with your mates and convince them to have a weekend away in Glasgow, you won't regret it.

 

Find more information on TRNSMT Festival - HERE

 


  

Truck Festival

2024 lineup: Jamie TWet LegThe StreetsIdlesThe KooksDeclan McKennaSea GirlsHolly HumberstoneThe SnutsYard ActPeaceBob Vylan, and so many more  

When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th July 2024

Where: Hill Farm in Oxfordshire

Truck Festival is just one of those annual knee’s ups that never disappoint, and is arguably the best place in the whole of the South to see the biggest and best indie talents, all in one place.  

2024 sees the awesome trio of Idles, Jamie T, Wet Leg, and The Streets, headline. With a whole host of awesome sets throughout the weekend from the likes of The Kooks, Declan McKenna, Sea Girls, Holly Humberstone, The Snuts, Yard Act, Peace, Bob Vylan, and so so many more across the 5 stages at Hill Farm.

Secure your tickets now, and find out more information on the festival in the link below!

 

Find more information on Truck Festival - HERE

 



 

Has this list of incredible indie festivals got you hungry for more? Click here to see more from our festival guides and start planning a summer in 2022 that you won't forget.

 

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