THE NEXT STAGE

With no Glas­ton­bury festival in 2018, here are four other week­end op­tions and the ar­che­typal at­ten­dees to ex­pect

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ALL POINTS EAST LON­DON, 25–27 MAY

Go­ing: Tom, 32, Bris­tol.

Likes: Jamie XX, Float­ing Points,

The War on Drugs, Gilles Peter­son. Won’t ad­mit it but likes some Tay­lor Swift tracks. En­joys space to dance — if it in­volves min­i­mal ex­po­sure to the lads that “shuf­fle” at the back.

Tak­ing: Patag­o­nia down gilet, five-panel base­ball cap, 30g of Golden Vir­ginia. Hunter wellies in case things go re­ally bad, but would rather stick to his Air Max.

Over­heard: “Please say you packed the king skins.”

Why go: East Lon­don’s Vic­to­ria Park reg­u­lars Field Day and Love­box have moved sites. Fill­ing the mil­len­nial void are Beck, LCD Soundsys­tem, Lorde, Father John Misty and Sam­pha.

There will be far fewer top­less fools with T-shirts hang­ing off their waist­bands. Plus loads of par­ties nearby af­ter it shuts down at 11pm.

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BLUEDOT CHESHIRE, 19–22 JULY

Go­ing: Paul, 41, Salford.

Likes: Rav­ing (but less than he used to). More about get­ting down with some se­ri­ous knowl­edge, and a bit of gabba. At Glas­ton­bury, he en­joys sem­i­nars in the Left­field tent be­fore a body pop in Block9.

Tak­ing: Big flag with a Dar­win ape-to-man graphic, comfy hik­ing boots, zip-off trousers/shorts.

Over­heard: “Did you know Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox played key­boards in D:Ream?”

Why go: It’s a self-styled “Festival of Dis­cov­ery” in rolling fields around the space-age hulk of the Jo­drell Bank Lovell Tele­scope; so ex­pect lec­tures on cos­mol­ogy and astro­physics. Mind­less party fun courtesy of The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers, Flam­ing Lips, Fu­ture Is­lands and more. Plus Blue Planet in Con­cert (At­ten­bor­ough on synth, we hope).

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LARMER TREE WILTSHIRE, 19–22 JULY

Go­ing: Barn­aby, 46, Twick­en­ham. Likes: Toots and The May­tals, Belle and Se­bas­tian, Dub Pistols, Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Bri­tish street food is pre­ferred. Or­ganic soap in the bou­tique show­ers is a deal-breaker.

Tak­ing: Yoga mats, first aid kit, se­lec­tion of Le Creuset, nanny for Arlo and Sesame.

Over­heard: “‘Mr Blue Sky’ is the ul­ti­mate Sun­day fin­isher. Pass the raw cashews, Jemima.”

Why go: Near 30 years old, it’s one of the best-kept se­crets of the UK festival scene. Good for a change from Wilder­ness. Sited in a Vic­to­rian plea­sure gar­den, the pro­gramme is quirky: folk, reg­gae and world mu­sic, im­pres­sive com­edy and theatre shows. Head­lin­ers Jake Bugg and Tune-Yards.

Pleas­ing easy vibe, fab beer tent and pea­cocks roam­ing the gar­den.

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LOST VIL­LAGE LIN­COLNSHIRE, 23–26 AU­GUST

Go­ing: Reuben, 27, Bat­tersea. Likes: Jack­mas­ter, Jak­wob, Jack White­hall. Marl­boro Lights. Es­chews bou­tique camp­ing for a cham­ber in Bongo Fitzgib­bon’s manor house, a 15-minute De­fender-jaunt off-site.

Tak­ing: Psy­che­delic/glit­tery meg­gings, fringed cow­boy jacket, Bar­bie Doll’s arm on a neck­lace.

Over­heard: “Fuck’s sake, Bobo! You’re sup­posed to be my bust frund. I’ve known you since D of E.”

Why go: ’Cos Burn­ing Man is now too com­mer­cial; Reuben and his mas­sive crew need some­where new. It’s in a pri­vate (thank God) es­tate, per­fect for mon­eyed flower chil­dren to re­cal­i­brate their chakras, jig to melodic elec­tro and scoff a “tribal ban­quet” by meat-kings Hawksmoor. The Bou­tique Sanc­tu­ary has a 24-hour concierge, hair sa­lon and bag­gage porters. Four Tet plays the top slot. Chief, it’s go­ing to be mas­sive!

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