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UK festivalsWelcome to our free lesson UK Festivals to give you practise for the IB English B, IELTS and CAE exams. This is just one of the many lessons available to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IB English Language B, IELTS and CAE exam day arrives. Our lessons are centred around five prescribed themes; identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet. These themes are featured in the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exam.

UK Festivals: Reading Practice

reading practiceIn this lesson, we will practice mainly our reading skills by learning about UK Festivals.

Exercise 1Exercise 2Exercise 3Word List

Watch this video that describes five UK festivals. Answer the questions as you watch the video.

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Mirroring one of the world’s most impactful music scenes within contemporary culture the UK is home to some of the biggest and best music festivals across the globe covering all kinds of genres. Drawing from the bustling hives of inner city urban music the underground rave scene of yesteryear to the streets where modern rock icons made their names. But which are our top five.

Kicking things off is the one and only Glastonbury. Known the world over Glastonbury has become way more than just a music festival from the depths of Shangri-la it’s immersive night type playground to its imposing a pyramid stage which has seen performances from icons such as Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie. Beyonce and Radiohead. The festival is home to over 100 stages and areas covering music comedy theatre circus and more.

Next up is Creamfields arguably the UK’s biggest dance music festival. It’s held every August bank holiday weekend. The festival attracts tens of thousands of fans ready to party to the biggest names in EDM house techno trance, Drum & Bass and who could forget its off-the-wall production bringing dance music to the fall of modern music festivals Creamfields still remains a trailblazer to this day.

Then we’ve got Reading and Leeds. Reading is the UK’s oldest music festival established in 1955 with Leeds joining in 1999. Nowadays the pair are a rite of passage for young music fans drawn by its huge rock-centric lineups which now feature a healthy dose of dance, pop and hip-hop music.

To true urban music fans will no doubt know about Wireless. Each summer the festival takes over a London Park for a weekend of hip hop, grime and garage. In 2018, Drake played a surprise sets after DJ Khaled pulled out showing just how important the festival is to the scene.

Last but not least is Parklife a relative newcomer in 2010 it steadily become a haven for alternative music fans. The popular weekender based in the heart of Manchester showcases a top-tier lineup that spans dance indie, grime, garage and more across as eight stages. But remember these are just five of the amazing music festivals in the UK you can discover hundreds more at

You are going to read some reviews of festivals in the UK. For questions 1-10, choose from the reviews (A-F). The reviews may be chosen more than once.

A Brighton
The Brighton festival runs from 1st-23rd May this year, and some 300,000 visitors are expected. More than 700 dance, theatre, music, art and literature events will take place throughout the city, ranging from outdoor
events .n the Lanes and by the seafront, to theatre and dance .n the Dome auditorium. The festival kicks off on May Day in Sydney Street with the "Children's Classics" parade of 4,000 children; they'll be dressed as a character from the
books of authors such as one-time Brighton resident Lewis Carroll. Other events include exhibitions and street performances. There will be a special exhibition of work by recent graduates of the University of Brighton Fine Art Department.
All the work Nill be for sale so it's a good chance to pick up a potential masterpiece.
D Liverpool
The Mersey River Festival is the largest maritime event in England this year and will take place around Albert Dock and Pier Head on 18th-21st June. Visiting tall ships will be open to the public. Blue Badge guides
will lead tours around Liverpool landmarks such as the Cunard Building, and voices will unite for the International Sea Shanty festival. Get into the festival spirit by trying out kayaking, water polo and a variety of other water sports
for free at the Watersports Centre. If you sign up for a course of watersports lessons which start after the festival, you will receive a 50% discount. There will also be unarmed combat displays by the Royal Marines to raise money for
charity, a river parade, an illuminated narrow boat parade through the docks, and a historic diving exhibition.
B Norfolk and Norwich
This year's offerings combine tradition with modern events such as a comedy evening. To help warm-up for the festival, which runs from May 5th to the 23rd, a Tree street festival will take place on 24th April,
with 1uman mannequin window displays at Jarrod's department store, acrobatic skateboarders and life-size gar-den gnomes. There will also be a beer festival with ver 100 real ales and wine tasting offering a selection of British wines.
For those people who are more adventurous there will be the opportunity to have a ride in a not air balloon, weather permitting. There will also be a book exhibition in the park and special storytelling afternoons for children by some
of Britain's leading authors. Or your child can borrow a book and read for himself or herself.
E City of London
This year's festival, 21st June -13th July, celebrates the lOth anniversary of democratic elections in South Africa. Events include a performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo at St Paul's Cathedral, a varied programme
of South African music at the Spitz Club and a range of free dance events in Guildhall Yard. There will also be performances of Beethoven's string quartets by the Borodin Quartet at various concert halls, as well as many other classical
offerings, dance, theatre and literary events. There will also be an exhibition of art by local youths. The images all illustrate life in the city of London and provide some interesting insights into how London is viewed by its young inhabitants.
C Preston
Promoting its status as one of England's newest cities, Preston's International City Festival takes place 11th-20th June. The festival will have an international flavour because this year the Preston Caribbean Festival
will be incorporated into the proceedings with a lively carnival and Preston's Asian community will stage dance, art and music events. The festival will have a gastronomic theme, with demonstrations from some of Europe's top chefs and
cookery workshops are given by the city's Indian and Chinese communities. There will also be a "proms in the park", an open-air cinema in Avenham Park and a street theatre.
F Exeter
The summer festival in Devon's principal city takes place on 2nd-18th July. Hot tickets are likely to be the audiences with Joan Bakewell and director Ken Russell at the Northcott Theatre and a concert was given by Mercury
music Prize 2000 nominee Nitin Sawhney. Theatrical offerings include hit comedy Art, directed by Nigel Havers at Escot House, and a world premiere of the English Chamber Theatre's production of Chekov's Leading Lady. The 4th of July will
also resound to a Latin beat, with dance performances from the Jaleo Flamenco Dance Company taking place around Exeter Quay. The London Community Gospel Choir, the Brodsky Quartet and the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra will also perform
during the festival.

In which review is the following mentioned? 

1. A cheap way to learn how to do an activity.

Question 1 of 10

2. An event opened by young people.

Question 2 of 10

3. Art reflecting life.

Question 3 of 10

4. Watching a film in the fresh air.

Question 4 of 10

5. Watching professionals fighting.

Question 5 of 10

6. The chance to make a long-term investment.

Question 6 of 10

7. Someone who did quite well in a competition.

Question 7 of 10

8. Spending time with contemporary literary celebrities.

Question 8 of 10

9. Music in a religious building.

Question 9 of 10

10. People pretending to be dolls.

Question 10 of 10



1. D
2. A
3. E
4. C
5. D
6. A
7. F
8. B
9. E
10. B

Here are words associated with festivals that you may find useful to learn.

You can find more advanced level word searches here.

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • alternative music fans
  • contemporary culture
  • dance music
  • exhibition
  • hip-hop music
  • garage
  • grime
  • modern rock
  • lineup
  • music festival
  • music scenes
  • performances
  • pyramid stage
  • showcase
  • stage dance
  • techno trance
  • trailblazer
  • urban music
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