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Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

12-15th July

Paul Weller, Bon Iver and Elbow headline Latitude 12. Joining them are great names like The Horrors, Rufus Wainwright, Lana Del Ray and Bat for Lashes. Besides music, Latitude also boasts comedy from Jack Dee, Reginald D Hunter and Brian Cox. Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre and Sadler’s Wells provide the theatrical class, while literary heavyweights Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Mark Haddon serve up poetry and spoken word. Tickets start at £75 for one day or £175 for the whole weekend.



Willow Farm, Essex

13-16th July


KushKamp provides a fun, electric and friendly festival for gay people, their friends and family. The first of its kind, KushKamp hopes to push the boundaries of queer clubbing and festivals. Live acts include Fynn Farrell, Dance a la Plage, Alfie Ordinary and Angry vs the Bear, with a top secret headliner to be announced. Tickets start from £79.50.


Long Marston Airfield, Stratford upon Avon

 27-28th July

GlobalGathering is the monster mother of all music festivals, showcasing the very best of electronic talent. This year’s line-up includes Tiny Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Friendly Fires, Maverick Sabre, Nero, Labrinth, Afrojack, Annie Mac and Knife Party. Hospitality, Godskitchen and A State of Trance will all be hosting arenas, among others. Weekend tickets start at £105 plus booking fees.



Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

6-9th September

Stevie Wonder, Sigur Ros, Justice, Hot Chip, Emeli Sande, Gary Numan and Sister Sledge are just some of the many acts listed for Bestival 2012. You can also expect DJ sets from Annie Mac Presents, Greg Wilson, Matador and Giles Peterson. Tickets start at £170 per day.