The hugely popular Isle of Wight Festival (8 – 11 June) is for lovers of real music of all ages. The Festival's heritage reaches back an extraordinary 45 years. The weekend line up includes Rod Stewart, George Ezra, Cat Fish and the Bottle Men, Kaiser Chiefs and more.  http://isleofwightfestival.com

Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival (16 – 25 June) will take places in locations & venues across Bournemouth from 16 to 25 June and offers food and drink demos, live music, and more. http://bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk

The sixth Basingstoke Festival 2017 (Friday 16 June to Sunday 9 July) is set to be the best yet, with its theme of 'Born in the borough' featuring international artist, Elkie Brooks, and other big name acts over the weekend programme. The festival will focus on local talent too, as July marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen who was born in the borough at Steventon. Events and performances will be held through the festival and beyond to celebrate the world-renowned 19th century author, who drafted some of her best known works while living in the area. For more details visit www.basingstokefestival.co.uk 

The new Flash Festival, Piermont Park, Broadstairs (15 and 16 July) is a combination of literature, interactive shows, live music, celebrity appearances, author talks, food and more. The majority of events are free or a donation requested. www.draconis.uk

The Romsey Festival (1 to 16 July 2017) is a celebration of the arts and much more, in and around the town, brought to you by members of the local community to showcase the amazing local artistic, dramatic and musical talents. Innovative events dedicated to the arts will take place in churches, halls, pubs and the War Memorial Park. The programme will include concerts and plays, as well as art exhibitions, poetry readings, historical talks, lunchtime recitals, a Schools Choir Festival and daily tours of the historic Abbey. Local gardens will be featured in a gardens tour, as well as hosting several events. www.romseyfestival.org

Victorius Festival 2017, Southsea Common, Portsmouth (25, 26 and 27 August)

returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend and this year runs for three days, with the addition of its new Friday night opening party. This celebration will be headlined by godfathers of ska, Madness, with support from the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. There is also the opportunity for festival-goers to camp at this year's Victorious, at a new off-site location outside of the city and offering regular shuttle buses. www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

Moving from Brighton to Margate in 2017 Undercover Festival (8 and 9 September) is an independent, grassroots festival determined to be different from mainstream events with two days of alternative action from bands you would be unlikely to see on many other festival line-ups, including new punk, ska, dub, reggae and post punk. www.undercoverfest.com

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival (16 and 17 September) offers a fantastic array of fine food and drink stalls with great music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy over the weekend. Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town www.visit1066country.com.