Practice pitching that tent and clean up those wellies; festival season is here! Although, as you’d expect, tickets for most of the major events were all snapped up months ago. So unless you can buddy up with some of the bands on the bill, your best bet for a festival fix might be to look elsewhere. And by elsewhere, we mean right here. So, happy campers, take a look and take your pick.
All things weird and wonderful
Forgotten Fields, August 5-7, Sussex (opens in a new window) – It’s year two for this unique, boutique and utterly British festival. With extravagant site art, crazy games and fancy dress, Forgotten Fields definitely borders on the wacky but that’s all part of the charm. Small and intimate, you can take in the picturesque English countryside as you discover tasty local produce, before enjoying festival favourites such as Suede, Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner and more. Weekend prices are reasonable (you can even pay in two installments) but capacity is topped at just 4000, so get in quick.
Tickets from £105.
Waves and waves of entertainment
Boardmasters, August 10-14, Newquay (opens in a new window) – If a weekend packed full of excellent music and extreme sports sounds like your idea of heaven, then book yourself a trip to the sunny Cornish coast this August. Boardmasters welcomes some of the world’s best surfers, alongside the likes of Chase & Status, James Bay and Primal Scream, for a full-on thrill ride of a weekend. You can watch the pros in competition or take a lesson yourself, chill out at the Beach Bar or dance the night away at one of their famous after parties. Just… don’t forget your swimwear.
Weekend from £134, Day from £47.50.
Have a field day
Electric Fields, August 26-27, Dumfries, Scotland (opens in a new window) – The cheapest weekend tickets on the list come courtesy of this ‘wee beauty’ from Scotland. Electric Fields launched three years ago and has done much to fill the gap left by the ever-popular Rockness. The Scottish music scene is about as diverse and eclectic as you can get and one of their greatest ever exports, Primal Scream, top the bill here this year. Old-school indie-rockers, The Charlatans, head up the other night, but it is the long list of largely unknown and undiscovered talent that will appeal. One thing you can be sure of; the Scots know how to throw a party.
A mystery worth solving
In the Woods, September 2-3, Secret Location near London (opens in a new window) – This one-day festival is, quite literally, one of our country’s best kept secrets. The line-up is all-hush-hush, as is the venue, right up until the weekend itself. What we absolutely do know is that In the Woods is the place to go for the very best in new British music, with alumni including Laura Marling, Alt-J, Soak and Jack Garratt. Overnight camping is included in the price, which gives you all the time you need to enjoy the food on offer, the ceilidhs, live shows, silent discos and, of course, the giant midnight bonfire.
Tickets £125 (includes camping).
Six is the magic number
Festival No.6, September 3-6, Portmeirion, Wales (opens in a new window) – The ultra-hip, award-winning Festival No.6 hasn’t been around for long but has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best around. An eclectic mix of music is headed up by Hot Chip, Bastille and the legendary Noel Gallagher, but the fun doesn’t stop there, with street carnivals, paddle-boarding, theatre, torchlight parades and more. You can bring your tent, hire a yurt or go full-on fairytale and stay in the impressive Castell Deudraeth, located on site. There are various types of ticket available, all of which include half-price Virgin train fare. Win!
Tickets from £170 - £195.
Lollapalooza Berlin, September 10-11, Germany (opens in a new window) – If it’s a real break from the norm you’re after, then why not take off to a whole new country? Lollapalooza is a travelling festival that’s been making its way around America since 1991. It came to Europe for the first time last year, debuting in the continent’s current destination of choice, Berlin. This September, it’s back with a bang and will be headlined by both Radiohead and Kings of Leon. German culture meets American hospitality… what’s not to love?
Tickets from 139€ (£110)
Go all out to the US-of-A
Austin City Limits, September/October, Texas, USA (opens in a new window) – If you’re up for it, and your budget is too, you can head stateside for one of America’s fastest growing festivals. The eyes of the world focus on Austin every March during the uber-successful SxSW. Held later in the year, over two weekends, Austin City Limits is similar in that attracts the very best emerging artists from around the world, but adds some big name headliners into the mix. This year’s line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but with the likes of Foo Fighters, Drake and The Strokes topping the bill last time around, it’s one to keep your eye out for.
Weekend $225(£155), Day $100(£69)