The Great British Festivals Map

  • 08 Aug 2012
Festivals in Britain

A new interactive map reveals that more than 500 music festivals are played around the UK.

They range from the Eden Sessions in the spectacular setting of Cornwall’s Eden Project to RockNess, a monster of a music festival in the natural amphitheatre of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

The Great British Festivals Map showcases the diverse musical tastes of festival goers in Britain, covering calendar favourites like Glastonbury and Reading, as well as the more unusual such as The Magic Loungeabout, a boutique style festival in Yorkshire, and Hastings’ Traditional Jack-in-the-Green, a May Day celebration that will mark its 30th year in 2013.

The UK’s busy festival calendar offers a global stage for international stars and British acts to play to festival fans from around the world with international music tourists contributing £247million (18%) of total music tourist spending.

With 2012 marking a significant year for the British music industry as it celebrates 50 years of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, today a panel of industry experts suggest it's the British audience who make the festival experience so unique.

"British music has taken the world by storm over the past 50 years and British music is an expression of British music fans," explained Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, the UK’s leading festival and event promoter behind top festival names like Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury. He was speaking at a press conference at the London Media Centre.

"Being in the middle of a festival crowd with a British audience is one of the best experiences you'll ever have."

The British festival experience is a sentiment echoed by Geoff Ellis, the man behind Scotland's T in the Park, who has had visitors travel from as far as Perth in Australia to enjoy the event. He says, "There is such a thing as festival tourism. People decide they want to see a particular festival and plan their holiday around that. Festivals have been embraced by those living in the UK and that’s part of the appeal for people coming in."

The interactive map produced by UK Music and VisitBritain offers a snapshot of the wide range of festival experiences on offer in the UK with many dates still to look forward to in 2012. Later this month, Reading, the world's oldest popular music festival, will see hundreds of thousands of fans camp out for the August Bank Holiday weekend listening to the likes of Kasabian, Paramore and the Foo Fighters.

The smaller End of the Road Festival is coming up at the end of the month too, from 31 August to 2 September, promising festival goers music that the organisers love in chilled-out Dorset countryside surrounded by wandering parrots and peacocks! While the wonderful world of Bestival returns to the Isle of Wight from 6 to9 September with festival fans donning their best fancy dress and enjoying the best of British eccentricity with a Bollywood Cocktail Bar, Wishing Tree stage and Roller Disco too!

With the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games less than a week away, the spotlight will continue to shine on British music with the title A Symphony of British Music.

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