Here is a list of all the small festivals in the UK you should definitely attend this summer!
1. Truck, 20th -22nd July, Oxfordshire
This festival has been described as one of the best small festivals in the UK. This years line up is keeping it truly indie and is hosting the likes of Friendly Fires, George Ezra and the Courteeners. Currently, tickets are selling for £110 and with the great indie line up like this, they’re sure to sell out soon enough.
2. Victorious, 24th – 26th August, Southsea Portsmouth
Paul Weller, The Libertines, and The Prodigy as a UK festival exclusive! Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend here. This festival is a little different and doesn’t offer onsite camping. Instead, it’s a day festival where the University rents out its halls for a slightly different festival vibe, or you can camp in a campsite a bit further away from the festival park. Tickets are sold by the day and are currently on the 1st tier and only costing £27.50 each.
3. Strawberries and Creem, 16th June, Cambridge
This festival is small but packs a massive punch with the insane dance line-up they’ve got. T-Pain, Shy FX, Ghetts, and Not3s. This day festival is sure to be to remember when it goes off. With a day ticket only costing £45 it would be a mistake to miss a mental dance day at Strawberries and Creem.
4. Kendal Calling, 26th – 29th July, Kendal
Voted the best small festival in 2010 and 2011, and then the best medium festival in 2016 Kendal Calling has a lot to offer. The small site is ever growing and now hosting The Libertines, Run DMC and Idris Elba in his DJing glory. So if you want a festival that is a mix of everything and everyone then come to Kendal and experience the weird and wonderful for yourself. Currently this festival has sold out for the 13th year in a row, just showing how amazing it is, but if you wait until the end of June, Kendal offers an amazing resale deal.
5. Y Not, 26th – 29th July, Pikehall Derbyshire
If you’re indie to the core, then this is your festival. With incredible names spanning decades of amazing indie sounds there will be something for you here. This festival has The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jamiroquai as their headliners as well as a set from Razorlight to open the show on Thursday. Tickets are on the last tier and are currently selling for £119.50, making it incredibly cheap to go and see bands who’ve played at some of the biggest festivals in the country.
6. Latitude, 12th – 15th July, Henham Park
This festival may be a little bigger than the rest in this list, but it is still a family style picnic blankets and hummus kind of event. However, this picnic also comes with the likes of The Killers, Alt-J and Solange; as well as Bridget Christie, Harry Hill and David O’Doherty in the comedy corner. So if you are looking for something for a group of people who just can’t decide what or who they like then maybe Latitude is the festival you’re looking for. This festival is a bit steeper in price costing £197.50 for an adult weekend ticket, but with the names available it is totally worth it.
7. Beat-Hearder, 13th – 15th July, Ribble Valley Lancashire
Coming up in July is probably one of the best kept secrets of small festivals in the UK, hosting some incredible names whilst still staying perfectly small and personal. This year the festival is hosting Django Django, Orbital and Soulwax as well as so many more insane acts. So if you’re looking for an escape for a weekend of amazing beats then Beat-Hearder is for you. The tickets are currently selling for £158 on the final tier and are expected to sell out. So buy buy buy and get them now!
8. Lovebox, 13th – 14th July, Gunnersbury Park London
Lovebox looks incredible this year with sets confirmed from Childish Gambino, Annie Mac, Skepta and the Wu-Tang Clan. This weekend is expected to blow up and keep on blowing, if you’re ready to party and dance then this little weekend in London is perfect for you. This incredible short weekend is a steal with the tickets costing only £125, of course Lovebox is only a 2-day festival and that includes a Friday.
9. Boardmasters, 8th – 12th August, Cornwall
A festival set against the incredible Cornish coastline, this festival celebrates everything there is to do with the sea and conservation. This festival offers a glimpse into surfing lifestyle with a fantastic line up offering the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers, Everything Everything and so many more. Tickets cost around £179 for the weekend and £59 for a day.
10. End of the Road, 30th August – 2nd September, Larmer Tree Gardens
Maybe you’re looking for one the small festivals in the UK festival where you can bring the summer to a fun and loud finish. Then End of the Road is for you, this festival plays host to a massive mixture of music from Vampire Weekend to Feist, but also has a great collection of comedy from Mark Watson to the Bugle Podcast – the comedy tent has you covered. Tickets are on final tier so are currently costing £195 for the weekend, but with the amazing line-up it would be a sad one to miss!