The music festival is somewhat of a British institution, and no summer is complete without a trip to a muddy field with your mates.
While established festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival or V Fest may book the biggest bands and pull in the biggest crowds, the UK festival calendar is full of smaller, quirkier offerings that also happen to be much more affordable.
Looking to mix it up this year? These are our favourite alternative festivals for 2018. Bring on summer!
1. The Great Estate
Where? Scorrier House in Cornwall.
When? 1st – 3rd June.
Why? Billed as ‘the most rambunctious Garden Féte’, complete with vintage fairground, woodland silent disco and a secret gin garden (omg!). And if that all gets a bit too much, there’s always the hot tubs to bring you some r & r. It all sounds totally dreamy.
Who’s playing? The Charlatans, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, Symphonica Orchestra featuring Mr. Switch.
How much? £80.00 (weekend camping)
2. End Of The Road
Where? Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset.
When? 30th August – 2nd September
Why? End the summer with a bang at this intimate and friendly festival. The line-up offers an alternative offering of artists, and the festival prides themselves on top quality food and drinks.
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Who’s playing? Vampire Weekend, Feist, Yo La Tengo and St. Vincent.
How much? £195.
3. Festival No 6
Where? The charming village of Portmerion, North Wales.
When? 6 – 9th September
Why? The spectacular location is what really makes this festival special. The festival is staged throughout Portmerion (an Italian style village), the surrounding woodlands and a beautiful stretch of beach. Expect all things weird and the wonderful at this quirky festival.
Who’s playing? The Friendly Fires, Franz Ferdinand, Jessie Ware, The Charlatans, Everything Everything, Suggs, Will Self
How much? £190 with camping and £180 without.
4. 2000 Trees
Where? Near Cheltenham in the rolling Cotswold hills.
When? 12th – 14th July
Why? Priding itself on being non-commercial and sponsorship free, this alternative event is much more affordable than some of the bigger name festivals. This festival is all about the music and offers over 80 new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie.
Who’s playing? At The Drive In, Frightened Rabbit, Enter: Shikari and Hell Is For Heroes.
How much? £115 for the full three nights.
5. Farr Festival
Where? Belgrave Woods, Hertfordshire
When? 5th – 8th July
Why? Set within a woodland scape of cinder trees, the 6,000-capacity festival is back-to-nature-boutique. Strings of fairy lights decorate the hammocks and chill-out areas, creating little pockets of warmth in the woods. Plus, in between acts, you can try the hot tubs for full-on lounge vibes.
Who’s playing? Mount Kimbie, Tom Misch, Dixon, Shy FX, Maribou State and Willow.
How much? £125.00 (weekend camping)
Where? Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
When? 20 July – 22 July
Why? In the space where art, music and science meet sits Bluedot festival, set against a backdrop of the Lovell Telescope. There’s the robot workshops, a planetarium, the Galaxy Garden to keep you entertained between bands. And this year, you’ll get the chance to watch The Blue Planet in concert, yaaas David we love you.
Who’s playing? The Chemical Brothers, Future Islands, The Flaming Lips, Little Dragon and Gary Numan.
How much? £178.75 (weekend camping)
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