My Festival Summer for 2018

The line ups are out, the excitement is building, but there are some serious decisions to be made – which festival/s to go to in 2018?

Review of Victorious Festival

Glastonbury’s not on, so there are an extra 170,000 potential festival goers wandering around with a Glasto shaped hole in their schedule, and a spare £200, so where oh where to spend it?

Well, here are the festivals I’ve signed up to this summer, and a few debateables at the end, to hopefully give you a little inspiration.

March – Las Fallas

Valencia, Spain

I’m off to Las Fallas in Valencia!

Starts on Thursday, well my trip does. It’s a festival I’ve been intrigued by for a good few years. From what I can work out they make big effigies of people, parade them round the streets and then set fire to them all on the final night. Bonkers.

I’ve been to Valencia twice now – thanks to a little trip back on my big trip round Europe, and then Tomatina festival a few years ago. It’s SUCH a cool city, I’m excited to hang out in it again. Follow along on my Instagram Stories @VickyFlipFlop to see how I get on.

June – Smoked and Uncut Festival

4 locations in the south of England

I’ve been wanting to go to Smoked and Uncut Festival for years, but I’m always busy. This year though, it’s my year. I need to go to one of them – the dates I have left in my life are either the one in Bath, or the one in the New Forest (makes more sense).

They’re put on by the almighty hotel chain The Pig. I love these hotels / restaurants, and just have the one at Bath to eat at before I’ve completed the collection. Still haven’t stayed at any though – they are faaaancy.

The Smoked and Uncut festivals are all about meat, music and having fun. All my favourite things too.

30th June – Bath 
14th July – Lime Wood in the New Forest 
Check out Smoked and Uncut Festival for more information. 

July – Warriorfest

Portsmouth, UK

My Festival Summer

A dinosaur themed festival on a boat with locally brewed beers?


Saturday tickets for WarriorFest sold out quick, but lucky lucky me, Ben, Emily and Alanna from got our hands on some. It all happens on the HMS Victory, just up the road from my house-ish (about two miles away). It’s run by the Staggeringly Good Brewery – one of those backyard brewery type places that’s really cool, and genuinely a three-minute walk from my lounge.

Well excited for this!

Check out the Warrior Fest group on Facebook for more information. 

August – Edinburgh Fringe


I can’t write too much. I don’t want to jinx it. But, this needs to happen this year.

Check out for more information. 

Victorious Festival


My Festival Summer

Seeing as it was one of the best weekends of 2017 I thought I better go to Victorious again. It’s a brilliant festival on August Bank Holiday and just by the beach near my house. The weather and company was unbelievable last year, no matter what was going on at the festival, so I’m hoping for a repeat on that front. And the best thing is I get to sleep in my own bed. Yay.

It’s a great festival, a little smaller than the others, but with a fun atmosphere, a good range of food stalls, and last year, some much needed breeze by the sea.

Also, well excited to see Prodigy. Memories of going nuts watching them at Reading Festival years ago come to mind. And I’m SO good at singing along to Paloma Faith. It’s going to be Funnnnn!

Check out for more information. 

Read more: Why You Should Go to Victorious Festival 

My festival summer 2018

Food at Rock en Seine Festival

So, six festivals on the (hopefully) definite list for 2018, I’m sure one or two others will manage to squeeze their way in there. Quite fancy the Great Escape in Brighton, the Ventnor Fringe on the Isle of Wight and the line up for Latitude (my favourite festival) looks pretty sweet too. Also, Bestival has moved to August, and as of last year, Dorset, TEMPTING.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for small local festivals too.

Any you can recommend?

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  1. by Dani Jones on March 8, 2018  6:23 pm Reply

    Festival No.6 in Portmerion deserves a look in. Gorgeous surroundings, off the beaten track, quirky line-up with literature speakers too and there’s event a party train with free transfer to site.

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:30 pm Reply

      Oh I went there a few years ago! Awesome festival – definitely recommend. I'd totally go again but this year is my brother's wedding that weekend so better not :). But yes, good suggestion!

  2. by Kellie on March 8, 2018  11:46 pm Reply

    I’m loving the sound of howthelightgetsin!! & victorious... seen prodigy at Exit and it was immense! Never been to latitude or bestival... ones to tick off the list definitely! Reading ur festival schedule has exhausted me, I need a green tea to chill out!!

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:26 pm Reply

      Sounds a bit different doesn't it? Hopefully it'll make me a better person, or at least a teeny tiny bit more intelligent. It's going to be a crazy summer, with Antigua and Canada thrown in there too. Busy busy!

  3. by Rachel on March 9, 2018  8:32 pm Reply

    I love the sound of How the Ligh Gets in, pretty different to the usual style of festival. I'm sure you will love the Edinburgh Fringe, the whole city just turns into utter madness for a month! Make sure you book any shows you REALLY want to see in advance though. I went last minute on the final weekend last year and everything decent was sold out. We still had fun, but we ended up seeing a lot of bizarre crap....which, I guess some might say is the point of Ed Fringe! haha

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:22 pm Reply

      Yeah it sounds good doesn't it? Love the idea of sitting and listening to the amazing speakers with a cider in hand. Definitely going to be different from the usual type of festival I go to. Thanks for the tip on the Edinburgh Fringe – need to get on that!

  4. by Dylan Jones on March 10, 2018  6:30 pm Reply

    That's an interesting variety of festivals there. I used to do about 5 - 6 weekend camping festivals a year, but now tend to only do Reading (as I live in town) and a few smaller day ticketed ones.
    Truck Festival in Oxfordshire is a really good small festival. Line up is pretty decent this year.
    Another annual one for me is Are You Listening? Festival in Reading - similar to the Great Escape, with bands playing around various venues in town. It's cheap, really well organised and always has a great little line up.

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:20 pm Reply

      Oh Truck Festival does look good. Similar line up to Victorious Festival though which is just up the road from me. I'll definitely keep it in mind for next year though. Oh that Reading one sounds good too. There are just SO many festivals around it's crazy. More and more popping up around the world every year. Happy to hear you seem to enjoy them as much as I do :).

      • by Dylan Jones on March 23, 2018  10:46 am Reply

        I still love festivals, but in my grumpy old age the 'fun' has gone from camping in a muddy field for a few days. I'd like to try out some of the warmer European festivals like Primavera etc, where there is a hotel option nearby!
        I'm definitely tempted by Truck this year. It's only about an hour away from me. Victorious always looks fun, but always clashes with Reading.

        • by VickyFlipFlop on April 5, 2018  8:57 pm Reply

          Yah it's a shame there are so many festivals that weekend – it clashes with Shambala too. I've been to a few European festivals – BBK, Sziget, MS Dockville and even the New Orleans Jazz Festival – and it's rained at ALL of them. All of them. It's made me appreciate British festivals all the more. Just can't beat the atmosphere!

  5. by Emily Ray on March 11, 2018  5:45 pm Reply

    I love that you're doing all the smaller festivals around the UK - you really are the festival queen! The only one that's really calling to me this year is Latitude, but I'm not sure I can really afford it which SUCKS :( x

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:16 pm Reply

      Yeah, they can be pretty expensive when you add up the ticket and the transport and food and drink – basically a holiday. That's why the smaller ones are good I think – and you can stay in a hotel if you don't fancy camping. Always welcome after tramping about in the mud all day!

  6. by Yasmin on March 22, 2018  4:51 am Reply

    I love going to festivals but sometimes the ticket prices are too high. However these smaller festivals especially How the Lights Get In seem ideal for me. Thanks, I'm going to book it this year :)

    • by VickyFlipFlop on April 5, 2018  8:58 pm Reply

      Oh I'm happy to hear you like the idea of How the Light Gets In – I'm super excited to try it out. Looks like a really interesting festival, and a bit different too.

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