Between the months of June and September each year hundreds and hundreds of music festivals pitch up on land across the country, inviting thousands of festival goers in, to spend a weekend sleeping on the ground, getting rained on (most of the time!) and eating food that costs three times the amount it usually does. Yet, each year we all spend our monthly wages on obtaining a ticket to the year’s biggest events as we try and work out who will have the best artists headlining the stages. For those of us that are unlucky in being able to afford any form of festival ticket, we spend most nights of the week curled up on the sofa watching all the live footage on the television feeling sorry for ourselves because we aren’t there, but hey at least we’re able to have hot showers!
The prices of festivals these days are ever increasing, with the bigger festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds costing nearly £200 for a standard weekend camping ticket. Therefore, the hunt is now on to find the best festivals for the best prices, hopefully this article will give you a few tips for planning where to go next summer.
Unfortunately the beloved Glastonbury will not be returning for 2012, so that will save everyone a bit of dosh to spend on others. If its big name acts you want to see then your best bets are to attend those such as Reading & Leeds, Isle of Wight, V festival (for the pop fans), Download (for the not so pop fans), Bestival and for the Scottish, there’s no better place than T in the Park. Rumours have already started flying around about who will be headlining these next year, with Foo Fighters and Stone Roses taking the lead.
If the thought of paying out for the larger festivals makes you feel a little faint, then maybe take a look into the medium sized festivals that literally swarm the UK over the summer. If you like a bit of sport with your music, try out Boardmasters in Newquay and spend the day eyeing up all the beautiful surfers and your evening watching the likes of
Fatboy Slim and Newton Faulkner. If surfing isn’t your thing try Wakestock, held in South Wales, which incorporates Wakeboarding with the likes of Ellie Goulding and Biffy Clyro. There’s even a festival which has been specially created for Students, Beach Break Live comes to you also from the South of Wales and this year had a line up that included Tinie Tempah, White Lies, Example and We Are Scientists. Weekend tickets for these tend to be around the £100 mark, depending on whether you’re camping/driving or not. However if none of these take your fancy then you could always look into attending Latitude, Rockness, The Big Chill, Camp Bestival, Hop Farm and Secret Garden Party.
If none of those still don’t sound appealing to you, or if you are more interested in finding new talent than seeing the big name acts, then hopefully one of these will be perfect for you. 2000 Trees takes place every year from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and is a proud representative of new and upcoming music, 2010’s line up included the likes of Frank Turner, Bombay Bicycle Club and Metronomy tickets cost around £60 for the weekend.
Frank Turner was also the headline act for this year’s Blissfields, a small festival in the heart of Hampshire that has a line up featuring bands that will soon be on every music lover’s lips. Head East and you’ll come across Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury, Kent. Last years headliners included The Streets, Ellie Goulding and Echo and the Bunnymen. LOTF is a line up perfect for those who have a wide music taste as it mixes a bit of indie with urban and a little pop. All of these festivals sell their weekend tickets for under £100, which, for the amount of acts you get to see, is a right bargain!
Some other smaller festivals that are worthy of a mention are; Hevy, Croissant Neuf, Cambridge Folk Festival, LeeFest and for those who don’t want any fields involved, try the Camden Crawl for a whole host of amazing bands playing in pubs and clubs in one of London’s most iconic towns.
So there you have it, proof that there is a festival for everyone, whether you’re on a big or small budget, if you prefer your indie to your screamo, or pop to your folk. Best start saving!