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The Best Summer Festivals In Leeds And Liverpool

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Emma Hart

We all know that summer is a great time to visit festivals around the UK. But if you’re living at IconInc in Leeds or Liverpool there are some great festivals on your doorstep that you just can’t miss out on this summer. If you want to dance the nights and days away this summer, here are the best summer festivals in Leeds and Liverpool…


Made In Leeds Festival | Saturday 3rd June 2018 | Thwaites Mill

A 16th century industrial museum might not be a standard location for a music festival but when you come to Made In Leeds that’s exactly what the venue is. Made In Leeds celebrates its 5th year anniversary at Thwaites Mill – 3 miles outside of Leeds – and welcomes acts such as Tom Zanetti + K.O. Kane, Jamie Duggan, Stuart Robinson, and Greg Myers to the one-day festival. You’ll be dancing late into the night in the Forbidden Forest or under the stars at the open air stages making memories you’ll be talking about all summer.

Leeds Festival | Thursday 23rd to 26th August 2018 | Bramham Park

Leeds Festival is the main festival in the city and you won’t find many residents that haven’t been for at least one day. The original alternative festival now celebrates the world of pop-punk, indie, and metal music in a celebration across 8 stages. This year, headliners include Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, The Kooks, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon and Dua Lipa so you're guaranteed a great time if you're here for one day or the whole weekend!

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Classic Ibiza | Saturday 28th July 2018 | Harewood House

If you want to dance your heart out to Ibiza anthems but don’t want to catch a flight to Ibiza, then head to Harewood House this summer. The Urban Soul Orchestra, along with DJs and singers, are bringing Ibiza classics to life on an open-air stage at Harewood House. You can bring your own food and drink or try out food from the street vendors on site as you listen to the sounds of Ultra Nate, Corona and many, many more!

The Symphonic Sounds Of Back To Basics | Friday 27th July 2018 | Millennium Square

Another evening event that promises to bring club classics to the heart of Leeds via the Orchestra of Opera North and Back to Basics DJ, Dave Beer. This celebration will bring together a range of guest artists including Robin S, Utah Saints and Rachel McFarlane for a night of incredible music. If the sun is shining, it’ll be like being on an island in the middle of the Med. If not, bring your waterproof coat as this party will happen rain or shine!

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Liverpool International Music Festival | Saturday 21st July to 22nd July 2018 | Sefton Park

Liverpool International Music Festival brings two jam-packed days of music to Sefton Park and this year promises to be one of the best ever. With Basement Jaxx, Rae Morris, Example, and Trevor Nelson all performing this year, you’re going to get excellent value for money as tickets are only £5 when booked in advance - or you can go VIP for £15! It’s the best place to see a great mixture of household names and emerging talent – who knows which big act you might end up seeing before everyone else!

Creamfields | Thursday 23rd August to Sunday 26th August 2018 | Daresbury

We probably don’t have to introduce Creamfields to you all but if you don’t know what this festival is all about then let us tell you. Creamfields is one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world and year after year it attracts the best acts and DJs from around the world. This year Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Chase and Status, Diplo, and Alesso all take to the stage for a guaranteed fun weekend of electronic and dance music.

Fusion Festival | Saturday 1st to 2nd September 2018 | Otterspool Promenade

If you’re a pop music fan then you can’t miss out on Fusion Festival. David Guetta, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, Shawn Mendes, Years & Years and Zara Larsson are all performing this year. So learn the words to your favourite songs and sing your heart out at one of the biggest festivals in Liverpool.

Reminisce Festival | Saturday 8th September | Sherdley Park

If you like your old school anthems, Reminisce Festival is the place to be. This club classics festival is hugely popular and this year it welcomes acts such as Cascada, LoveInc, Sonique, and Rachel McFarlane to the stage. Altogether though, there will be 140 acts playing over this one-day event so take a look at the line-up and pick who you want to see because you definitely won’t want to miss out.

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