Best music festivals for the over-40s

It’s time to get those wellies out. June marks the official start of festival season here in the UK, but who said music festivals were strictly for youngsters? There’s so many festivals out there accommodating families and the over-40s, so we’ve rounded up the best – that’s if the mud doesn’t scare you away!

1. Latitude Festival


With a host of theatre, art, politics and literature, Latitude is a laid-back festival featuring all kinds of culture. There’ll be great music from Laura Marling, Seasick Steve and the Manic Street Preachers – but there’s also theatre and dance productions from The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. Great for lovers of the arts.

16-19 July, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. 

2. Cornbury Music Festival


Families, urbanites and old-school rockers congregate at this charming festival in the heart of Oxfordshire for an eclectic mix of music spread across four stages. There’s plenty of Pimms, Champagne and culinary delights at this country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. This year’s acts include Tom Jones, Billy Ocean and Lulu.

10-12 July, The Great TEW Park, Oxfordshire OX7 4AF,


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Standing for World of Music, Arts and Dance, this chilled out folksy festival is the perfect place to experience music from all over the world. The festival – founded by Peter Gabriel in 1980 – brings musicians from completely different scenes and backgrounds and gathers them together for a weekend of new musical discoveries – not to mention ‘laughing yoga’, poetry readings and even a spa. Laura Mvula is among this year’s fantastic selection of musical acts.

24-26 July, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG,

4. Love Supreme Festival

Love Supreme Audience

Just two years old and the first of its kind in the UK, Love Supreme Festival brings together jazz, blues, funk and soul from all corners of the world for a three-day celebration of all things jazz. Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Candi Staton, Rebecca Ferguson and Lisa Stansfield are just a few of the many amazing acts throughout the weekend.

3-5 July, The St Glynde Place, Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6SX.

5. Glastonbury Festival


We couldn’t mention festivals without a nod to Glastonbury – the ultimate festival for die-hard music fans and campers alike. Whatever your age, you’ll be sure to find something for you at Glastonbury, from comedy, yoga, circus acts and film clubs. It’s a gruelling five days, and the line-up is enormous, but we’re looking forward to Lionel Richie, Patti Smith and The Who – to name a select few!

24-28 June, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet BA4 4BY,

6. British Summer Time


Don’t think you could hack a three-day mud-fest? Then British Summer Time is for you. Situated in London’s glorious Hyde Park, it’s got all the perks of a music festival without the camping and sludge. Taking place over the course of two weeks, there are plenty of acts to be seen here, but our favourite day includes acts such as The Who, Paul Weller and Johnny Marr – perfect for any rock fans.

18-28 June, Hyde Park, London,

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