5 of the best August festivals

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The Big Chill Aug 4-7

Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire plays host to Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers, Robert Plant, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, James Blake and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Field Day Aug 6

This one-dayer in Hackey's Victoria Park is packed to the gills with hot alt acts including Twin Shadow, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, Zola Jesus, The Horrors and James Blake. If you like buzzbands, being a new music snob and spending your days scouring obscure blogs for the latest MP3s, this is the festival for you.

V Festival Aug 20-21

Essentially a one-day festival that takes place in two locations (Hylands Park and Weston Park) over two days (the line-ups swap), this year's V is already sold out and promises to be another barnstormer for lovers of mainstream music: Eminem, Rihanna, Plan B and Arctic Monkeys are headlining, with Dizzee Rascal, Manic Street Preachers, Pendulum and Duran Duran also on the bill.

Reading/Leeds Festivals Aug 26-28

Another two location/same line-up deal, the Reading and Leeds festivals are like manna from heaven for fans of mindie rock acts like Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires, Offspring and The Strokes. Fans of lesser known bands should head to the NME/Radio 1 stage where the likes of Odd Future, DFA 1979, Best Coast and Yuck hold court.

Creamfields Aug 26-28

It might not have the cachet of 15 years ago, but Creamfields is still one of the biggest draws in dance-flavoured festivals, bringing a clutch of top DJs to Cheshire: The Chemical Brothers, Paul Van Dyk, Eric Prydz, Pete Tong, Tiesto and Diplo are all among the line-up.


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