As we firmly enter June, music lovers will be looking forward to one festival in particular at the end of the month – Glastonbury 2014.
Appropriately named the 'Daddy of all UK Festivals', Glastonbury has become an institution in its own right, with past headliners including U2, Stevie Wonder, Oasis, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. And this year is set to be no different. All tickets managed to sell out in a record time, for an event where you can hear pop, reggae, dubstep, art rock, folk, techno and metal all in one day, as the cider continues to flow.
Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian are this year's headliners, while other huge names on the line-up include Blondie, Dolly Parton, Disclosure, Rudimental, Kelis, The Black Keys, Lily Allen and Massive Attack. For those who like their up and coming bands, the likes of Chvrches, The 1975, London Grammar and Stromae are sure to entice and delight crowds with their usual pazzaz.
Furthermore, the great thing about Glasto is that it's not just about the music. A weekend-long programme of events is planned, with the circus tent gearing up for breathtaking stunts, a string of comedians looking to make audiences chuckle, and even a poetry-reading tent offering a calming alternative to the hustle and bustle. Yes, Glastonbury is somewhere where you can spend an hour crafting your own wand, watch a frog-stroking show and see drag queens dish out the shade.
Most festival folk will head down to the campsite on Wednesday morning, so be sure to expect lengthy queues at the gate. If you need a place to stay in London the night before, consider Shaftesbury hotels, which have] great links to Euston and Victoria via the city's Underground network.