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Music festivals in Hertfordshire: This year’s calendar

PUBLISHED: 13:54 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:47 04 April 2016

Check out our guide to music festivals in Hertfordshire

Check out our guide to music festivals in Hertfordshire


Some of the most exciting music festivals happen right here in Hertfordshire. Check out our eclectic list of summer music festivals right on your doorstep

Rhythms of the World (date TBC)

Rhythms of the World festival aims to bring diverse communities of people together through music, art, dance and food. Held in Hitchin, there is a focus on local talent as well as artists from around the world. The festival is a registered charity run by volunteers to keep ticket prices low and accessible to all.

HogSozzle (27th – 29th May)

With an unusual name like HogSozzle, it isn’t surprising that this festival relishes in the bizarre and different. This year’s theme is Childhood Dreams, encouraging festival-goers to embrace their inner child and dress up. With hip hop, electronic and dance music to boot, this crazy event will be one not to miss.

Slam Dunk (30th May)

The popular rock festival Slam Dunk is back again this year with many exciting bands such as Panic at the Disco, New Found Glory, Of Mice & Men and more, you won’t want to miss this day of rock, punk, metal and alternative music being held in the modern Hatfield Forum.

Chilfest (8th – 9th July)

With two days of 80s music in the picturesque Chiltern hills, Chilfest is a wonderful throwback to those Lycra-clad days with headliners this year including UB40, Heather Small and The Human League.

Farr (14th – 16th July)

Since 2009, an uninhabited forest in Hertfordshire is woken up with the best in electronic music acts for Farr Festival. With artists this year including John Talabot, Gilles Peterson, Joy Orbison, Jungle and many more, there will be a lot of dancing in the trees this summer.

Folk by the Oak (24th July)

What could be better than a summer’s day of folk music in the stunning Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House? With crafts, food, stalls and much more to enjoy alongside the uplifting music, Folk by the Oak will be a summer’s day out that you won’t forget.

Standon Calling (29th – 31st July)

Each year a theme is released prior to Standon Calling festival that adds to the magic of this annual event. With past themes such as ‘Gods and Mosters’, ‘Murder on the Standon Express’ and ‘Running away from the Circus’, these themes spark the imagination. This year’s enchanting theme is ‘Legend of the Lost Seas’ and with Kelis, Jess Glynne and Suede headlining this year’s festival, there is plenty to look forward to.

Eastern Electrics (6th August)

The popular electronic music festival Eastern Electrics is back again this year at Hatfield House. With huge names such as Groove Armada, Eats Everything and Seth Troxler, this festival is certainly one to watch for those who love to dance.

Musical Mystery Tour, Hertford Music Festival (28th August)

Hertford is lit up with music again this year for Hertford Music Festival’s Musical Mystery Tour, spanning across 40 venues throughout the city. Featuring a wide range of acts from all genres playing everywhere from pubs to municipal buildings, you won’t want to miss a single event.

Wilkestock (2nd – 4th September)

From humble beginnings, Wilkestock is growing ever more popular year by year. With lots of good music, food and with proceeds going to charities that support the research of leukaemia and lymphoma, you can enjoy a weekend of fun knowing that you are giving back.


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