As festival season fast approaches, here at Cooler we've already started looking through countless line ups and festival web pages in search of our perfect summer party for 2015.

While we all know the biggest names in the UK festival scene, there are countless other field parties that get all too often overlooked.

For the nature children among us, The Good Life Festival and Sunrise might well be your summer soulmates.

Meanwhile party animals looking for something different, Troyfest is a festival with more than a few surprises to offer.

We've put together a list of our favourite UK festivals, from the well-known bonanzas to the tiny events that are just starting out.

By the time you've finished reading this we promise you'll be hovering over the 'pay for weekend ticket' button...


End Of The Road is the enchanted festival of the UK and not just because of the peacocks that wander freely as you watch the bands.

Set in the Wiltshire countryside, the festival provides four days of music, art, and magic set in twinkling forests.

The last couple of years have hosted Belle And Sebastian, St Vincent and The Flaming Lips and with Tame Impala, Django Django, Sufjan Stevens and the legendary My Morning Jacket heading the line up this year, it looks set to be another winner.

EOTR veterans swear by the front room stage for the most intimate gig of your life and the coffee serving double decker bus for the much needed morning-after cup of coffee and chill.

The only problem with this festival is that when you emerge blinking out of the forest when the weekend is over, you wonder if you can ever really go back to real life again...

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Outdoor art, independent music and like-minded people

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Apparently Secret Garden Party goers are officially the best looking in the UK.

We couldn't possibly comment on that fact, but we love this bohemian independent arts fest either way.

The recent yellow brick road themed party saw a floating emerald city stage floating around the party's famous lake and absinthe bar hidden beneath an entwined branch canopy.

Here, hedonism is key and the point of Secret Garden is just to be a bit silly for a weekend.

With magical surroundings and Jungle, The Cat Empire and Caravan Palace heading up stages all weekend, how could anyone resist?

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Making new friends, all night parties and glitter

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Sunrise Fest

A festival with heart, Sunrise is owned by the Natural Communities Foundation, an organisation who work to help people learning to live and work with each other in natural environments.

The festival is based around the principles of sustainability, environmental action, education and celebration.

Don't be fooled into thinking its all responsible environmental action at this festival however...

This year is billed as "non stop trance, dance, hip hop and reggae...cabaret, circus, sherpas and divine healers to delight, amaze and transfix your senses."

Partying to save the planet? We're in.

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Non stop dancing, mindful living and making a difference

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Not just a music festival, this weekend truly is as much about poetry, comedy, art and drama as much as it is about the big names on the main stage.

Most famous for its brightly coloured sheep and flower power attitude, previous years have seen acrobats flying over heads of party goers, orchestras floating across lakes and films projected onto night time water fountains.

This year the festival has outdone itself, with Portishead, Alt J, Noel Gallagher, Caribou, James Blake, SBTRKT, Django Django and so many more amazing acts we haven't got the space to name.

Don't be fooled by the laid back vibe of this event however. If you venture into the enchanted forest in the dead of night, you'll find rainbow raves and sunrise reggae parties in the trees hidden clearings.

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Spoken word, discovering new things and colourful farm animals

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Ten years ago at Glastonbury after a few too many ciders, a group of friends decided to give the whole festival thing a go for themselves.

They came up with the idea of “a field somewhere, a marquee and a couple of DJs".

Troyfest, now set in a country mansion, is a testament that not all outlandish drunken plans should be forgotten.

People who go to this festival tend to become instant converts and have returned year after year as Troy has slowly gone from one of the country's smallest events to a real festival destination of the summer.

We think the line up for this year is totally off the scale with Mr. Scruff, Molotov Jukebox, Too Many T's, DJ Moneyshot, By The Rivers, Smerin's Antisocial Club and Big Swing Soundsystem attending, just name a few.

If you're not convinced just yet, did we mention that its also the only UK festival with it's own swimming pool?....We'll see you there.

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Reggae and folk, all night DJs and supporting new artists

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Bestival is just SO. MUCH. FUN.

The wackiest of all UK festivals, Bestival's parents Rob Da Bank and Josie Da Bank spend all year designing and curating this five day party to perfection.

Wander through the different festival villages of Bestival. One minute you can be drinking cocktails in a ram shackled trailer park and the next your getting hitched in an inflatable church by a half cut priest, all before you run into the woods to recover in a giant hammock....

Bestival prides itself on its fancy dress theme and the effort people put in is always incredible.

Last year the 'desert island disco' festival raised the world's biggest disco ball over the insane festival finale on Sunday night.

This year's theme is the 'Summer of Love' and The Chemical Brothers have already been announced as the Saturday night headliners, with Jurrassic 5 confirmed to be gracing the main stage also.

Bestival! Who are the other two headliners? Stop holding out on us, man!

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Fancy dress, eclectic music and getting lost in the madness

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good life

We think that The Good Life festival, billed as 'a weekend of music, books, food and the great outdoors' sounds right up our street.

With a great folky vibe and some seriously delicious food events lined up, we think this weekend will be like no other.

From learning to cook on a campfire to trying your hand at firing an arrow and wielding a wood axe, there's no laying about with a cider in hand for this weekends guests.

Three days of the great outdoors and crisp country air, this is possibly the only festival where you'll leave on Monday feeling more wholesome than when you arrived.

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Campfires, book readings and canoeing in the countryside

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This is one for the action sport puritans among you.

One of the most well known action sports festivals in the world Boardmasters is just getting better and better.

Split over two locations, head to Fistral Beach in Newquay for surfing, skate, BMX, evening gigs, the surf village and surf art installations.

If it's the party you're after however, get yourself to Watergate Bay for eight stages, bars, endless food stops, festi-stalls and rides.

This is a festival that always attracts big names, with Snoop Dog performing in 2014 and Bastille announced as the first headliner for this year!

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Action Sports, beach living and huge parties

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Green Man Festival

Often seen as the hippie child of the UK festival scene, Green Man has some surprises up its sleeve.

Boasting impressively eclectic line ups (St Vincent and Hot Chip are confirmed for this year) this festival is much more than its name suggests.

That aside however, this festival is still all about letting go and being free for a weekend, which something we really dig.

"Jumping around in a field is a human need" the festivals says, "we take your right to go loopy from sun ­up to sun­down seriously."

Right on.

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Living free, all types of music and being human

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Somersault Fest

The youngest of the festivals in this list, Somersault has already proved its worth next to these bigger names.

This year's incredible line up includes Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Passenger, Crystal Fighters and many, many more.

But the music is not the only thing that Somersault offers...

This really is a weekend of stripped back happiness and a wild summer holiday experience, as Somersault encourages you to go 'outward bounds' and have adventures during the sunny days.

Go surfing, horseback riding, paddleboarding, tree climbing, coasteering, mountain biking...all before catching some sweet music and parties every night under the stars.

Packed full of music, adventures and the best of outdoor living, Somersault sounds like the perfect Cooler lifestyle. We can't wait!

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Chilled music, daytime adventures and being part of something new

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