The HISKIND Guide To: Metropolitan Festivals 2017

For those after the buzz of a great festival but not too keen on battling the mud, we’ve curated the perfect list of inner-city festivals that involve more short walks on pavements than long trudges through fields. Each with their own unique twist and vibe, we’d highly recommend getting yourselves down to the following weekenders and events.

Check out our HISKIND guides to the UK’s best boutique festivals and major festivals if you’re after a little bit more.


The Great Escape

Who’s headlining: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Slaves, TBA

Who we’ll be down the front for: Dagny, Betty Who, HMLTD, Ider, Lyra

Where and when: Brighton, 18 – 20 May

The UK’s answer to SXSW, the three day Brighton bash returns for 2017 with an array of new artists and upcoming talent in tow. Spreading its way across the town’s array of stellar venues, The Great Escape is the perfect weekender for anyone wishing to find their new favourite band and catch them before they make it big. More info from here.

Dot To Dot

Who’s headlining: Sundara Karma

Who we’ll be down the front for: Liv Dawson, Ardyn, Amber Run, Honeyblood, The Big Moon

Where and when: Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol. 26 – 29 May

Rotating its way between Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Dot To Dot returns in 2017 to celebrate a day of new music and talent in each of the three locations. With each venue a short walk from the other, the festival is ideal for those wanting to catch the latest and greatest in music (without the need for wellies…) Check it all out right here.

Liverpool Sound City

Who’s headlining: The Kooks, The Cribs, Metronomy

Who we’ll be down the front for: Peaches, Declan McKenna, The Japanese House, The Human League, Pumarosa

Where and when: Clarence Waters, Liverpool. 25 – 28 May

Back for their 10th birthday celebrations, Liverpool plays host to their annual industry conference and new music extravaganza, now relocated to Bramley-Moore Dock in the city’s historic dockyard. A set for Canadian NSFW superstar Peaches should be more than enough to convince you that this weekender is a must-do. More information available from here.

Live At Leeds

Who’s headlining: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Slaves, Wild Beasts

Who we’ll be down the front for: Cosima, Dream Wife, Jagwar Ma, Laurel, Off Bloom

Where and when: Leeds, 29 April

Originally founded to celebrate the city’s 800th birthday, Live At Leeds returns for its 11th year in a year playing host to varying upcoming talent spread out across Leeds’ various venues. Have a look for yourself right here.

M.I.A’s Meltdown

Who’s headlining: M.I.A

Who we’ll be down the front for: Crystal Castles, Mykki Blanco, Young Fathers

Where and when: Southbank Centre, London. 9 – 18 Jun

Taking over London’s Southback Centre, the 24th Meltdown festival returns in June with artist/rapper/wunderkind M.I.A curating the line-up for this year’s event. Featuring a closing set from M.I.A herself, the likes of Mykki Blanco, Yung Lean and Crystal Castles are all due to take over the venue for an evening for an event prone to selling out pretty quickly. Nab some tickets for yourself from here.

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