THE summer of festivals gets under way this weekend and the Midlands is once again the hub for all music lovers.
Bearded Theory at Kedleston Hall kicks the festival summer off this weekend with headliners Reverend and The Makers hitting the stage tonight, before Asian Dub Foundation tomorrow night and The Levellers closing proceedings on Sunday.
Attention turns to Uttoxeter Racecourse from May 31 to June 2 for The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain 2013, with appearances by The Proclaimers, The Hollies, The Christians and Gareth Gates.
The music turns distinctly heavier in June as the annual mosh fest that is Download Festival takes over Donington Park.
This year’s event from June 14 to 16 is headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein.
The dance event XStatic Festival 2013 returns to Catton Hall in Walton on Trent on June 29 with sets by renowned DJ’s such as Kissy Sell Out and Lisa Lashes, as well as Britain’s Got Talent favourites The Loveable Rogues.
August kicks off with the increasingly popular Y Not Festival in Pikehall between August 2 and 4.
On the bill this year are the likes of The Horrors, The Enemy, The Cribs, Ash, The Darkness and Mystery Jets.
The following weekend from August 8 to 11 its the turn of the metalheads to take over Catton Hall with Bloodstock, this year headlined by Lamb Of God and Slayer.
Then between August 17 and 19 music fans will descend on De Montfort Hall in Leicester for Summae Sundae Weekender featuring the likes of Katy B and Ocean Colour Scene.
Finally on August 17 and 18, V Festival 2013 takes place at Weston Park near Stafford with Beyonce and Kings Of Leon headlining.