Between world-class bands such as Mumford and Sons, Muse and Kasabian and the quirky cultural surprises, the only problem you might have at this summer’s festivals is fitting it all in. So don’t forget to enjoy the moment and give your weekend a touch of hygge too, emulating the Danish art of relaxing, getting cosy and being kind to yourself. Just find a place to sit, soak up the atmosphere and take it all in. You want to remember every second of this. Here’s our guide to the best places to do just that:
Slip away from the crowds at Latitude and duck into the shade of the Faraway Forest, where there are surprises behind every tree and plenty of grassy corners to enjoy a drink among the towering trees. Expect a magical mix of fairy lights, wandering performers and art installations to help press pause on the festival frenzy. Photography by Kennerdeigh Scott
Lie back on a gondola and watch the sky as you drift across Latitude’s very own lake. The Danes are committed to outdoor swimming and getting closer to nature, whatever the weather, so bring your swimming costume and you can even take a dip, Danish-style, in the refreshing water afterwards. Then laze on the bank for a snooze in the sun as you dry off. If only relaxing was always this easy. Photography by Kennerdeigh Scott
Wind your way through the trees to the enchanting SOLAS retreat at Latitude, designed to help festival-goers slow down and engage with their surroundings and each other. It’s the ultimate hygge spot. Think ambient soundscapes, beguiling music, healing treatments and workshops designed to stimulate curiosity and open the mind. Count us in. Photography by Jen O'Neill
When the last band has left the stage, there’s no better time to sit quietly in the darkness, surrounded by like-minded festival goers and friends in the making, and take a moment to absorb the brilliance of the live show you’ve just seen. Grab a pile of blankets, your cosiest jumper and your closest pals and head to the 1Xtra Tent, which starts screening films from midnight each day once the music ends. It’s the perfect place to wind down and snuggle up when you just don’t want the day to end.
Usually nestled next to the Dance Arena, the signing tent is tucked out of the way but the best place at Reading to watch fellow festival-goers at their happiest, for a guaranteed warm, fuzzy feeling. Nab a spot on the grass opposite with an ice-cold drink to bask in the infectious delight that erupts when music lovers get up close and personal with their favourite bands. Photography by Jen O'Neill
Wherever you pitch your tent, this is the ultimate spot to watch the sun go down at Leeds Festival. The campsite’s huge hill offers the best view across the twinkling lights of the site below so you can catch your breath and capture the moment forever in your mind, before going back for more. Take the path to the left of the hill for a gentler incline if your legs need a break after dancing all night. Photography by Lauren Maccabee