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Future Voices: Top festival picks for 2017

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 April 2017

Picture by Daniel Hambury.
18/7/08.
A young women with twirl sticks at 'Lattitude', a music and arts festival held on the Henham Estate, near Southwold, Suffolk.

Picture by Daniel Hambury. 18/7/08. A young women with twirl sticks at 'Lattitude', a music and arts festival held on the Henham Estate, near Southwold, Suffolk.

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Although summer may seem a lifetime away, it is time to start preparing for the festival season. Especially when top choices, such as the Lake District’s Kendal Calling, are already sold out.

Here are three of the best summer festivals and their line-ups to make life easier for you:

• Green Man

Green Man is an independent festival located in the Brecon Beacons and has been running since 2003. As the music festival continues to grow, so does the buzz surrounding it. On their line-up announcement, one Facebook user commented: “Tremendous!! It will be my 10th Green Man in a row and looking to be the best yet.” Another user said: “Such festival riches... the Green Man has done it again.”

This year’s line-up gains my vote as the best announced thus far, featuring critically-acclaimed artists like PJ Harvey, The Shins, Michael Kiwanuka, and Future Islands.

The festival also offers a ticket with savings of up to £25 for students in full time education - this is a brilliant addition and should set the standard for other festivals.

• End of the Road

Following up on the picturesque location of Green Man, End of the Road festival is located on the Dorset-Wiltshire border. With four stages (including a stage in the woods and a tipi stage) placed around Larmer Tree Gardens, the festival emits a relaxed, Woodstock-era vibe, making it accessible to all ages.

Father John Misty, Band of Horses and Mac Demarco lead the proceedings - a musical ensemble sure to get anyone’s ears tingling. End of the Road also the won NME’s 2016 award for Best Small Festival.

• Latitude

Latitude is a well-respected and family-friendly festival which has been occupying Henham Park, Southwold, for a summer weekend since 2006. Latitude is regarded for its diversity and exploration of a range of arts, instead of purely music.

While there, one can take a dip in the lake, stop by the poetry and literature tents, refresh themselves with a comedy show, and then watch the sun go down while hearing the roar of a world-class band.

Latitude was one of the latest festivals to release their line-up, which includes Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Placebo. Recent BRIT Award winner, The 1975, also joins the bill.

• Bonus: Truck Festival

For a more budget-friendly festival experience, Truck Festival offers great acts for just £115. Cheaper than many festivals, Truck’s line-up still manages to boast huge bands, such as The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Vaccines and British Sea Power.

Whether it’s an option to save money or to add to your pre-existing festival schedule, Truck is an absolute contender.

• What do you think of these picks? Are there any festivals you are looking forward to that have been missed? Comment below.

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