It’s time to crack open a beer and dust off your bucket-hat, festival season is finally approaching – and nowhere is as ready for the return of summer festivals as Northern England. As lockdown restrictions ease many festivals have begun announcing line-ups and selling tickets. Here are our favourite Northern festivals that you need to attend this year.

Bluedot | Thu 22 - Sun 25 Jul | Jodrell Bank | Weekend camping from £175

For those who crave a more spaced out festival experience, Bluedot is the one for you. This four-day festival boasts of its unique combination of music, science, and cosmic culture. Attendees are encouraged to gaze upon the stars in front of the iconic Lovell Telescope, while enjoying live performances. Headliners include experimental musicians Björk, Groove Armada and Metronomy. If you are looking for an out of this world experience, Bluedot is guaranteed to deliver exactly that. A limited number of weekend tickets are available now from £174.74. Be quick though – they won’t last long!

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL
Kendal Calling | Thu 29 Jul - Sun 1 Aug | Lake District | Weekend camping from £155

With a countryside backdrop, Kendal Calling creates the perfect concoction of nature and live music. The festival is relatively intimate, and family orientated compared to its larger counterparts, resulting in an eclectic mix of artists for all attendees who enjoy a more personal experience. This years’ headliners range from rock to rap with performances from Stereophonics, Supergrass, The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. For those who crave fun in the fields, Kendal Calling is the one for you. Weekend camping tickets flew out not long after they went on sale – but you can join the waiting list to be first in line when more come back on sale.

Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, Cumbria
Slam Dunk Festival | Sat 4 Sep | Leeds Temple Newsam Park | Day tickets from £83

Lovers of alternative rock, mark the date in your calendars – it’s finally Slam Dunk season. The explosive atmosphere created by crowd surfers, punks and rock fans is undefeated in the alt scene. Headlined by pop-punk favourites Sum-41 and Don Broco, Slam Dunk is essentially unmissable for fans of counter-culture music. The only problem with this pick is that one day is not nearly enough. Grab your band tees and book your tickets before it’s too late.

Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AD
Thu 1 Apr
Dior Marie Edwin
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Thu 1 Apr 2021