No tripping over guy ropes in the night, no cup of sawdust for the loo visit – there are at least some upsides to non camping festivals. Here’s our list of UK-wide autumn and winter events, which we’ll be updating through the season. Plenty of good music to warm to…
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea 29 September – 1 October
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea presents a plethora of multi media events over the three days. There are installations plus theatre, dance, live music including choirs, kids’ events plus lots more to explore, all focused on the local community. We love the idea of an installation called Portal on Bournemouth Beach: a large-scale art installation, towering 15m high above visitors below. Its vast, giant archway is lined with lights which move and shift to create an ethereal display of glowing light and patterns. Bournemouth Arts by the Sea
Satori psytrance eve 7 October
Satori psytrance one-year anniversary is a one-nighter taking place at The Mill in Bradford. Hebden Bridge’s very own Tetchi will be appearing, a reason in itself to attend as their appearances are as fleeting as a blue moon. Also features Chris Rich, Templehead, Labrat and more. The evening starts at 9.45 and finishes at 5am so get a good night’s sleep the night before. Buy tickets for Satori
Beyond the Music 11 – 14 October
Manchester’s very own conference and music festival debuts this year with Beyond The Music. Events will be taking place all over the city, and with a huge rollcall of artists playing, it’s advisable to put in a bit of homework into your daily planning. Some of the artists taking place: Cucamaras, Loose Articles, The Faux Faux, Tokky Horror, Walt Disco, iNKA, EEVAH , Natalie Shay, Cowboyy, Tommy Villiers (of Piri & Tommy), The Orielles, and many more set to perform. There are over 200 names on the lineup and special events will be happening all over Manchester, too. Buy tickets for Beyond the Music
Llais 10–15 October
Six days bursting with events in Cardiff, Llais 23, the Welsh arts and music festival celebrating the voice takes place primarily at the Wales Millennium Centre. Gwenno co-curated the festival and performs; also on the lineup are Charlotte Church, Bat for Lashes, The Staves, The Unthanks, Mariza.… and check our main feature about Llais. Buy tickets for Llais 2023. Buy tickets for Llais 23
Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival 27–29 October
Whitby’s annual extravaganza, hosted at the Whitby Pavilion, Tomorrow’s Ghosts Halloween Gathering is the UK’s ultimate gothic destination festival. Friday night headline slot from UK Goth torchbearers The Mission, followed by a Saturday night headline set from The 69 Eyes. Kirk Brandon’s 80s’ scene originals Theatre of Hate, plus The March Violets, Salvation and much more. Buy tickets for Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival Halloween Gathering 2023. Only limited tickets remaining.
Mirrors 28 October
The focus of Mirrors festival is on ambient, experimental and new music. Taking place across Hackney, London is this day long festival. There are different venues hosting acts – Hackney Church, Oslo Hackney, Moth Club and Hackney Social. A selection of artists taking part – Drug Store Romeos, Dur Dur Band, Iceboy Violet and Adwaith. Look out of the late-night after parties. Second release tickets for Mirrors festival are on sale now.
Mutations 2–5 November
Brighton’s long weekend extravaganza with an exciting lineup, mixing big hitters and rising stars. The Staves, Public Service Broadcasting and Django Django plus The Golden Dregs, Naima Bock, English Teacher, Welly, Panic Shack and Slate. The event highlights the importance of grassroots music venues, and takes place at nine of them. Buy Mutations festival tickets
Pitchfork Music Festival London 7–13 November
Pitchfork festival returns to London with this multi-venue event – Earth Theatre, Hackney, Shacklewell Arms, Koko, Roundhouse, and Village Underground, amongst others. The extensive lineup includes Balming Tiger, Weyes Blood, Mercury prize-winners Ezra Collective, Sleater-Kinney, Deeper, Water from your eyes, Porridge Radio and too many to list here. Buy tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival
Down At The Abbey 8–9 September
Down among the ruins of Reading Abbey you’ll find this independent festival taking place on Friday and Saturday with some goodies on the lineup. Hatty Taylor, W H Lung and The Comet is Coming appear on Friday (The Comet is Coming are taking a break at the end of the year so this may be one of the last chances to see them); Saturday sees BC Camplight, Los Bitchos and Pale Blue Eyes, plus more. And Reading train station is only 5 minutes away. Down At the Abbey tickets
Equinox 15–18 September
Ok, ok, this is a camping gathering, for those of you who don’t want to pack the tent away just yet. It’s a friendly and gentle event – ‘the best party in the universe’. As always, Equinox brings some fine sounds your way with Gong, Ozric Tentacles, Chris Liberator and many more on this absolutely packed lineup. Don’t forget your dancing wellies. And dogs are allowed too. Equinox festival tickets
Loud Women festival 16 September
At Rich Mix in east London, the seventh outing of Loud Women takes place. On the multi stage lineup are: Breezy (Germany), Hipersona (Turkey), ShyGodwin (USA), The Dollheads (USA) and Vernon Jane (Ireland). Plus plenty of UK rising stars and scene stalwarts including COWZ, FFSYTHO?!, I, Doris, LibraLibra. They will be joined by empowering speakers and guests such as Safe Gigs for Women, Bloody Good Period, Janine Booth, Janey Starling – Level Up and Alliance for Choice (Northern Ireland). All ages allowed. Loud Women tickets
Float Along 23 September
Sheffield’s annual day festival which takes place at various venues around the city. This year Float Along features The Murder Capital, Erol Alkan (After Dark), Bdrmm, Traams, W H Lung, English Teacher, plus lots more. Special guest: Steve Lamacq. Buy tickets for Float Along festival.
HowTheLightGetsIn 23–24 September
The beautiful green spaces of Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath are the ideal location for the London edition of HowTheLightGetsIn, the annual festival of ideas and music. This year it is packed with more than 150 speakers, performers and comedians across 120 events in 12 venues. Political commentators Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart, actress and writer Ruby Wax, pioneering theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, and feminist philosopher and psychologist Carol Gilligan, all take to the stage. Addressing the theme Dangers, Desires, and Destiny, debates and talks will interrogate what an increasingly dangerous future may hold, and our desire to change this fate. Buy tickets for HowTheLightGetsIn
Turning Tides 23–24 September
Turning Tides is a FREE festival happening at The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula, London. Two days of DJs and bands, live music and DJ’s from around the globe including headliners Afriquoi and Los Bitchos. It’s free but make sure you book your tickets on the website. Turning Tides festival.