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: Cuca­ma­rasLoose Arti­clesThe Faux Faux, Tokky Hor­ror, Walt Dis­coiNKAEEVAH Natal­ie ShayCow­boyy, 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

Charlotte Church

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.

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