Your Ultimate Guide to the UK’s Most Hedonistic Hotspots…

Secret Garden Party fancy dress

Secret Garden Party fancy dressGet into the groove and start planning your summer. Whilst some people care about line-ups, maybe you’re the sort of person who just wants to let it all hang out for a spandangled moment in the sunshine.

If you’re that kind of pleasure seeker, always on the hunt for the next place to go out to lunch where life is most certainly a beach, then this is the one guide you want to read this year.

Get your rocks off and be on a mission for a solid gold blow out at the best parties the UK has to offer…

Gottwood – June 9-12, Anglesey, Wales

This intimate little soiree in the woods is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the places where you can have your mind stretched like camping bed under a salad dodger. Escape from reality and immerse yourself in the experimental and open minded atmosphere to the backdrop of some truly diverse and divine underground Dance sounds.

The party returns for its 7th rendition packing artist and acts including Joy Orbison, Mr G, Ben UFO, Craig Richards, Glenn Astro and Sonja Moonear into the mix. With loads of lasers and visuals packed in to the woodland site you’ll rub shoulders with 1,500 other party people as you search for the ultimate ride.

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The Naughty Corner @ Glastonbury – June 22 – 26, Worthy Farm, Somerset

Going to the Pyramid Stage? First time at Glastonbury? Course it is. When people say that there’s more to this epic event than the big names, they are giving you some sterling advice. Seriously, sack them off and visit the south east corner of Glastonbury where you can find the real festival anarchy and debauchery. You can’t call yourself a hedonistic festival goer until you’ve experienced this crazy patch of land at least once in your lifetime.

Lose yourself in the winding alleyways of Shangri La. Party with the recently passed in the Glasto Latino area. Rave on in Bez’s Acid House in the Unfairground. Get down with dirty Drum N Bass in an abandoned tower block with a flaming train poking its way out the top or simply Disco the night away with the NYC Downlow drag queens.

As you’re probably already aware the tickets for this big one have already sold out, but a resale is on the cards for the spring. It’s worth trying to get a ticket just for this small pocket of the festival that’s so big on fun. Make sure you keep one eye open for the rhinos!

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Noisily – July 7 – 10, Noseley Hall, Leicestershire

Billed as a fully immersive environment that allows 2,000 attendees to truly let themselves go for an entire weekend of unrestrained hedonism, Noisily was a shoo-in for this list. A mind-bendingly psychedelic party that brings together a ton of Electronica against a breathtaking backdrop of one of the most beautiful wooded valleys in the country.

This strictly over 18s only party will see the likes of Patric Baumel, DJ Anna, D-NOX and Beckers, Tristan, Grouch, MerKaba, Iboga Records Sessions, Koan Sound, Culprate and Reso alongside all the trippy visuals and innovative installations you unfettered mind will require to make it soar right up to the sun.

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Farr Festival – July 14 – 16, Bygrave Wood, Hertfordshire

Once again the tranquil surrounds of a beautiful and serene woodland are melted into a boiling pot of the bohemian and brave as the electronic and artistic amalgamate to create one of the most stonking little funfests going. Spend your day times opening your chakras with all kinds of tribal fun including belly dancing, mask making and much more…

Then by night get ready to dance it up with the devil as you play merry hell with every type of Dance music going from Drum N Bass to Disco. Expect the likes of Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Midland, Gilles Peterson, Move D, Jeremy Underground, Max Cooper, Helena Hauff and Paranoid London to curate the audio for a spectacular weekend of bliss.

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Beat-Herder – July 15 – 17, The Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Here’s one that’s definitely getting a name for hedonistic indulgence – Beat Herder. This fun, fantastic and frantic party has an entrance policy that allows the whole family to come in and experience the maelstrom. With a free party vibe that feels like it has been carefully distilled from the late 1980s Summer of Love style raves, the spirit of beauty is reborn for a full 72 hours in these fields.

The crazy crew responsible for Beat Herder like to place a theme on the proceedings every year. Last time out it was the Letter E – so you’re probably getting the picture, and if you want the sound to accompany this image, listen no further than Primal Scream, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption, Donovan, Andhim, Claude Von Stroke and Derrick Carter.

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Secret Garden Party – July 21 – 24, Abbots Ripton, Cambs

You know how some events say fancy dress is optional? Well if you don’t go crazy at the Secret Garden Party then you’ll stand out like Donald Trump at a Chomsky reading. Get down and dirty with your own costume and dance hard at the myriad sideshows and tents that make up this well-known temple of abandon.

This year’s theme is The Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy, bringing you all manner of entertainment including human skittles, live burials and intellectual debate. Trip the light fantastic on the very mood of the place with sonic sensations provided by Caribou, Primal Scream, Lissie, Maribou State, Rae Morris and Petite Melle. So good you won’t need chemical assistance to step on board this ramjet rollercoaster. Not that you would ever think of such a thing – of course…

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BoomTown August 11 – 14, Matterly Estate, Hants

This one is strictly for the hardcore. With a name in the business as the epitome of barmy, messy fun, Boomtown takes you away with the fairies to a different world, out of time, where you’re sent tumbling down the rabbit whole into a Shangri-La-esque set up of structures, installations and nano-festivals. Based on the idea of a gold rush town that’s filled with sudden wealth, the narrative of this party is set to parallel some of the best and worst aspects of our own real lives.

If that’s too much for your brain to take in then don’t worry. You’ll be able to lose yourself over and over again as you find a new meaning to your existence amongst the family friendly crowd. The line-up for this one includes Madness, Damien Marley, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar and the Levellers to tell you there’s only one way of life.

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Creamfields – August 26 – 28, Daresbury, Cheshire

Liverpool based Dance party supremoes Cream have now been doing the do for well over two decades. They continue their glorious push forward bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry placed on some of the biggest stage spectaculars that you’ll see in the UK this summer. From the underground to top of the tree, everything Dance is here, so watch for some real big guns blowing off, with ammunition provided by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, Axewell & Ingrosso, Jack U, Calvin Harris and Jamie Jones.

Never one for the faint of heart, this party proceeds to knock the socks off the rest with a four day march into the heart of insanity as your sleep and nerves are frayed to breaking point, only held together by the smile on your face as another killer baseline drops. Over 18s only at this one, so you’ll only have to deal with your own crapped nappies.

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Bestival – Sept 8 – 11, Robin Hill Park, Isle of Wight

And if you’ve still got some juice left in the brain after all that hammering, then why not board the good ship Bestival and beam up with 50,000 other glorious space cadets at this year’s intergalactic space themed party. With innovation based on installations and structures all in line with the out of this world mode, you won’t need an artificial boost to put you on another planet.

With sounds coming out of the stages powered by P Money, Major Lazer, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Skepta and Skream together with a Dance stage that’s hosted by industry legends Carl Cox and Fatboy Slim, this is set to be one way that you’ll be able to kiss a most merry goodbye to a sumptuous summertime of mad, mad days and all too crazy nights.

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