Festival season: a highlight of every creative’s calendar, not to mention the diaries of much of the general music-loving public. We love this time of year. The sheer volume of life changing experience that suddenly becomes available within a relatively slim time period and easy geographical reach makes for an exhilarating few weeks, and we’ve been doing our best to make the most of it this year. The UK and Ireland are particularly well served by music and arts festivals
Here are a few photo highlights from our summer so far.
June - Belsonic: The Kooks reminded us all to “be who you are.”
June – Belsonic: Arcade Fire previewed new songs from their forthcoming record that hinted at a possible disco-tinged future for the band.
June – Glastonbury: Whoever said rock music is dead, or even hibernating, got a facefull of Foo Fighters back in June.
Photo: Robert Stainforth / Blissfields
July – Blissfields: Metronomy kicked off their summer with a Saturday night headline slot at the hugely acclaimed mini-festival.
Photo: Tony Jupp / Blissfields
July – Blissfields: Lady Leshurr held herself as the breakout act of summer ‘17.
Photo: Glen Jevon / Blissfields
July – Blissfields: One of our previous Artist Spotlight features, Tom Grennan took the sweaty main stage reigns on the hottest weekend of the year.
Photo: Paul Bevan / Blissfields
July – Blissfields: The Cinematic Orchestra looked suitably moody for this stunning and emotional set.
July – LIMF: DJ Spoony led the 40-piece Royal Northern College Of Music Session Orchestra in some garage classics.
Photo: Carolina Faruolo / Fanatic 2017
July – Secret Garden Party: It took more than a bit of rain to put Sub Focus off their game in the Collo-silly-um’s RAM v Hospital takeover.
Photo: Jenna Foxton / Fanatic 2017
July – Secret Garden Party: Quickest way to bring a muddy festival back to life. Instant colour in 3, 2, 1…
Photo: Danny North / Fanatic 2017
July – Secret Garden Party: There’s nothing like going out on a bang. Gardeners tore down the religion of celebrity at their final ever party.
It’s been an incredible summer of music and with precious few festivals still to happen it all feels very much like the end of a season. But what a season it was. What was your highlight from this summer’s festivals? Who are the hottest acts lighting up your Spotify playlist right now – let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @remusuomo