While January might be quite an early month to start looking forward to festivals to onlookers without tickets, those who managed to get their hand on any form of entry-granting permission slip, wristband, pass, VIP lanyard, or anything of the sort will have been counting down the days to their particular festivals of attendance. The UK actually has some of the very best festivals in the world with atmospheres that contrast with American-based ones such as Coachella or Shambhala, so it's definitely cause for celebration when the summer months begin to roll in and the temperatures begin to rise. Of course, if you didn't manage to get tickets to your favourite festival, the your annoyance will likely rise with the temperatures of the summer season, but don't be embittered by this, since there are a great number of festivals to choose from and to discover. This page contains just a few of these fantastic festivals that can form part of your 2015 calendar, with alternative choices to cheer up even the most disillusioned of unsuccessful Glastonbury ticket buyers.
Glastonbury Festival, 25-29th June
They don't get much bigger or better in the UK than Glastonbury Festival. With perhaps one of the most rigorous and selective ticket-purchasing processes, tickets for Glasto 2015 sold out within 1 hour and 27 minutes, which is impressive considering that there were 120,000 of them. For many, Glastonbury is the festival to attend each year, superseding all others in terms of line-up, size, and generally friendly atmosphere. Arcade Fire and Dolly Parton all but confirmed already and rumours of Outkast, Prince, and Metallica bubbling in the waters of speculation, it's definitely going to be an incredibly diverse festival in terms of the music one will experience there. Situated in the beautiful countryside in at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury Festival is going to be the highlight of 2015 for many and the envy of those who didn't manage to get tickets.
Download Festival, 13-15th June
Having always been a festival for the rockers instead of the hip-hoppers of the UK, Download consistently has the best line-ups for those that like their guitars distorted and their hair longer than shoulder length. This year's main line-up includes Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park (performing their debut and best album Hybrid Theory in its entirety, and Aerosmith, as well as many other acts including Fall Out Boy, Status Quo, and the Offspring. Download Festival has been successfully running for many years and is probably the largest gathering of metal fans you are ever likely to see.
Global Gathering, 26th-27th July
Global is the main festival to attend if you're a big fan of raving, glowsticks, or pretty much any electronic loopy music you can think of. Line-ups improve year after year, with huge acts like Plan B and Chase and Status headlining whilst dozens of underground electronic music artists drop bass and wobble throughout the night and into the morning hours. Global Gathering takes place at Long Marston Airfield in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Reading / Leeds Festivals, 22-24th August
Reading and Leeds are the two main draws of festival season for thousands of music lovers in the UK. Sharing the same headliners and other acts, the festivals draw in a significant crowd each year, and with Blink 182 headlining 2015's roster, you just know that there are thousands of fans out there counting down the minutes and seconds to these festivals. Reading Festival and Leeds Festival are a must for festival fans this season, with these festivals often having the most diverse range of genres aside from Glastonbury.
Bestival - 4th-7th September
Bestival takes place on the Isle of Wight and is the final festival to take place due to its relatively late-in-the-year dates. This doesn't make it any less popular however since the festival sees thousands every year and often has a heavy dressing-up theme running throughout. The extra activities and pastimes in addition to the music are almost as numerous as the music acts themselves. Fatboy Slim, Elton John, and Snoop Dogg were acts of significance last year, so 2015 is definitely going to offer something for everyone. Travelling to Bestival may be a bit of a journey but it is more than worth it every time.