5 of the best July festivals

The greatest mud-and-booze-and-tunes-and-healing-fields events going on in the UK next month

Wireless July 1-3

Hyde Park is the venue for this three day fest, which alters its feel every day: Friday is for mainstream acts like The Black Eyed Peas, Plan B and Bruno Mars; Saturday is a dancer day with The Chemical Brothers, Chromeo, Chase & Status and The Streets; and Sunday is indie-flavoured thanks to Pulp, TV On The Radio, The Horrors and Yuck.

The Guernsey Festival of Performing Arts July 2-3

The tiny Channel Island hosts the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, The Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner, Chipmunk and The Go! Team for a weekend. But the highlight could be Primal Scream, who are performing their Screamadelica LP live.

T in the Park July 8-10

Scotland's finest festival boasts a strong "roster" this year, featuring pop royalty like Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Beyonce alongside underground sensations including Odd Future, Crystal Castles and Tame Impala. There's plenty in the middle too: Jessie J, Weezer, Primal Scream, Deadmau5 and Plan B among them.

Latitude July 14-17

Family friendly and achingly middle class (there's even a Literary Salon), but you can't argue with the quality of the Suffolk festival's line-up, which includes The National, Suede, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, Lykke Li, Deerhunter and Foals.  Also features a top notch comedy arena.

Global Gathering July 29-30

The outskirts of a town best known for being the Bard's birthplace seem like an incongruous site for the UK's premier dance festival, but who knows – perhaps Willy S himself would have loved getting "off his mash" and vibing out to Chase & Status. Other acts include Underworld, Pendulum, Tinie Tempah and Professor Green.

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