Festival season is upon us and you don’t have to travel to Glastonbury to get the experience. Josie Hindle highlights 10 within an hour of Blackpool, some of them right on our doorstep, and provides you with a handy festival map.


When: 10th-11th June 2023
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

What to expect: This festival is known for the varied genres and the big names that perform on multiple stages. This year Heaton Park will welcome floods of fans to see artists including the 1975, Skrillex, Gorgon City, Aitch and Rudimental. As well as the performances, there will also art installations, bars and street food stalls.

Accommodation: None but nearby options including a Premier Inn on site and plenty more in the City Centre half an hour drive away.
Cost: £138 for a weekend ticket. Limited options now available so keep your eye on resale options.
Children: Not permitted.
More information: parklife.uk.com


Restricted Forest Festival

When: Saturday 24th June 2023
Where: Witton Park, Blackburn

What to expect: A one-day outdoor dance music festival taking in genres including, but not limited to, House, Techno and Old Skool. Hosted by Kevin and Perry, the line up includes Judge Jules, Artful Dodger, David Rust and Ultrabeat. What makes this stand out is the surrounding woodland area that echoes and amplifies the sounds.

Accommodation: None, but options a 15 minute drive away in Blackburn.
Cost: The final release tickets now available are £55.25 per person including the booking fee. A
Children: Not permitted.
More information: soundclub.com


Lytham Festival

When: 28th June-2nd July
Where: Lytham Green

What to expect: A festival arena built on Lytham Green will host international rock, pop and funk legends across the span of five nights. Each night features a headliner and support acts. The opening on June 28th is Jamiroquai with support from Jake Shears, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Stone Foundation. The following night George Ezra has support from Cat Burns, The Big Moon and Kingfishr. Sting will be performing on Friday 30th, supported by Blondie, Kaiser Chiefs and Germein. The Saturday night headliner is Lionel Richie with support from Gabrille, Kim Wilde and Kevin Davy White. Closing proceedings on Sunday 2nd July is Motley Crue and Def Leppard who co-headline with support from Vivas.

Accommodation: non on site but options in Lytham.
Cost: One-day general admission ticket prices are from £49.96 and VIP garden passes are from £144. For a five-day pass, ticket prices are from £293.10. For a five-day pass for the VIP garden, ticket prices start at £749.
More information: lythamfestival.com



When: 8th-9th July 2023
Where: Moor Park, Preston

What to expect: Rockprest celebrates its eighth year with indie and rock tribute acts, performing throughout the outdoor venue across three stages. A total of 40 tribute acts include Guns or Roses, Link N Park, Very Pet Shop Boys and Iffy Clyro. The two-day festival will include food and drink stalls as well as a collection of rides. Fun for the whole family.

Accommodation: None, but options in Preston city centre, 20 minute walk away.
Cost: Adult ticket £11 and a child ticket £3.
Children: Open to all ages.
More Information: rockprest.com



When: 13th-16th July
Where: Gisburn Forest, Ribble Valley

What to expect: This dance festival includes multiple stages including the Trash Manor, The Fortress and The Perfumed Garden. Festival goers will be met with 14 bars, more than 40 stalls and a fairground. The festival team prides itself on their creativity and detail, with the whole idea starting out on a cigarette packet. This year’s headliners are Pendulum, Alison Goldfrapp and Confidence Man and there’s a huge line up of DJs. There’s also a fancy dress theme every year, yet to be revealed for 2023.

Accommodation: camping on site with options to upgrade to ‘Snooty Glamping’ and yurts with proper beds.
Cost: Weekend tickets start at £243.80 and £137.80 for children aged 2-12 – infants are free. Day tickets £63.00.
Children: Open to all ages.
More information: beatherder.co.uk


Save The Rave

When: 22nd July
Where: Victoria Park, Southport

What to expect: A ‘90s music festival that takes place in Newark, Western Super Mare and Southport. A huge line up of acts, pop up bars and street food trucks around the venue. Acts nclude Angie Brown, Billie Clements, Marcella Woods and 2Funky2.

Accommodation: None but there is a caravan site at the opposite end of the park. More options in Southport town centre – 10 minutes on foot.
Cost: For a VIP ticket it costs £44.25 and general admission £22.25.
Children: Not permitted.
More information: savetheravefestival.co.uk


Kendal Calling

When: 27th-30th July
Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

What to expect: This festival is held in the beautiful lake district and prides itself in its sustainability with its motto ‘leave nothing but memories. A huge line up including Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Blossoms, Lathums, and Frank Turner is topped by headliners Kasabian and Royal Blood. The festival will also include a standup comedy stage called The Soapbox, a cinema tent and an extra chill area called the Green Room.

Accommodation: General camping is available in a separate field as well as posh camping in the Emperor’s Field and luxury tents available at the Deer Lodge.
Cost: The only tickets currently available are resale and tickets for Thursday must be bought separately. £189 for a weekend ticket and children under the age of five go free. A weekend ticket for children 11-15 costs £99.
Children: All ages welcome
More information: kendalcalling.co.uk


One In The Woods

When: 28th-30th July
Where: Orrell Hill Wood, Liverpool

What to expect: This festival will be three days in a woodland with more than 120 electronic dance acts. The artists included on Friday are Duskee, DJ Marky and Break. On Saturday, festival goers will see Ed Rush, Kander and Kyrist. On the final day the artists include Len Faki, Krust and Loxy. No alcohol is permitted in the main site but those with a weekend camping pass can bring a reasonable amount of alcohol.

Accommodation: Camping on site but passes must be purchased separately.
Cost: A weekend ticket costs £82 and a single day ticket costs £40. There are also combined day tickets. For example, a Friday and Saturday ticket for £72.
Children: Not permitted.
More information: oneinthewoods.com


Rebellion Festival

When: 3rd-6th August 2023
Where: Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Rebellion 2022 – Jill Reidy

What to expect: The largest independent punk festival in the UK is right on our doorstep. Headliners include The Damned and Descendants on Thursday; The Exploited and Henry Rollins on Friday, New Model Army on Saturday; and Steel Pulse on Sunday. Other acts on this gargantuan line up include Big Country, UK Subs, Skinny Lister, Sub Humans, Pet Needs, Loose Articles and Ferocious Dog. This year there’s also a literary festival element to Rebellion, with Henry Rollins in conversation on the Saturday night, following his spoken word performance on Friday. Other additions to the literary stage include John King, Irvine Welsh and Alan Warner chatting about their collaborative collection of novellas, Seal Club 2. Read our interview with Henry Rollins here.

Accommodation: Locals won’t need it, but plenty of options for tourists around the town.
Cost: For a one-day admission, a ticket will cost £83 (booking fee included). A ticket for the whole weekend will be £205 (including the booking fee).
Children: This festival is open to all ages, and those under the age of 12 can go free providing they’re with an adult who has purchased the £205 weekend pass. This applies to a maximum of three children.
More information: rebellionfestivals.com

Lancaster Music Festival

When: 12th-15th October 2023
Where: Over 50 venues throughout the city centre

What to expect: Within walking distance in and around the centre of Lancaster, over 50 venues and more than 300 acts will perform. The venues include multiple shops, Lancaster Castle courtyard and other outdoor spaces. As well as musical performances, almost all of them free, there will also be street theatre and multiple workshops scattered throughout the city. The finalised event listings are yet to be announced. It is also helpful to note that the festival team have put together multiple itineraries for festival goers.

Accommodation: Options in an around Lancaster including at the university campus.
Cost: Most of the venues are free to enter. Ticket prices for the small minority of performances are yet to be provided.
Children: Open to all ages but subject to certain venues and times.
More information: lancastermusicfestival.com


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