5 small festivals to go to in the UK

July 2, 2017
5 small festivals to go to in the UK

STYLE etc rounds up the best small festivals to visit in the UK for weekends away for fun, music and entertainment.

festival no 6 portmeirion

Set in the picturesque landscape of Portmeirion, Festival No 6 is a truly unique experience. Revellers can enjoy music and entertainment at the beach, castle, fields, swimming pool or pretty Italian inspired village. Restaurants and luxury accomodation are mixed with classic camping options to suit families, couples and groups of friends.

When: 7- 10 September 2017

Where: Portmeirion, Wales

Cost: £190 Weekend Pass

What: A luxury, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture

Headliners: Flaming Lips, Mogwai and Bloc Party

Selected other acts: Rag’n’Bone Man, The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts and Laura Mvula

Mixing science and music, Bluedot befits it’s Jodrell Bank location set in the grounds of a deep space observatory. Fit for families and younger crowds, talks and exhibits throughout the day are accompanied with music, taking guests through to a more party style evening. The mix of both topics makes the crowd at this an interesting one, giving space to chill or dance as your mood suits.

When: 7- 9 July 2017

Where: Jordell Bank, Cheshire

Cost: £149 weekend pass

What: An intergalactic festival of music, science and the exploration of space taking place at the iconic radio telescope

Headliners: Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J

Selected other acts: Soulwax, Moonlandingz and Warpaint

bluedot festival jodrell bank
wild life festival brighton

A popular up and coming choice for first festival goers and chart fans alike, Wild Life is the south’s answer to Parklife in Manchester. Filling its lineup with big names sure to draw crowds, it is easy to see why more people are getting on board with Wild Life. Only a 2-dayer, it’s perfect for those who don’t like the camping experience and want the excuse to work some out there festival fashion. 

When: 9-10 June 2017

Where: Brighton City Airport

Cost: From £105

What: A filled lineup with chart favourites, with plenty of dance names in the list. Contemporary styles with the odd legend thrown in

Headliners: Fatboy Slim, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy, Jess Glyne

Selected other acts: George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Chaka Khan and Eric Prydz

Suitable for families and veteran music lovers amongst current chart fans, Kendal Calling doesn’t discriminate in its lineup. This year shows no exception, naming Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics alongside Tinie Tempah and Jake Bugg. Set in a pretty region, surrounded by the lake district, this gives good excuse to explore the town of Kendal and make a mini-break out of it.

When: 27-30 July 2017

Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Cost: £135 camping

What: A festival made to make use of Cumbria’s pretty greenery for seasoned music fans, Kendal Calling is fun for all ages. 

Headliners: Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics

Selected other acts: Franz Ferdinand, Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah and Editors

kendal calling
we are fstvl festival essex

If you’re into your electronic music and favour Warehouse Project and Parklife, then We Are Fstvl will be right up your street. Providing an enviable lineup sure to keep you on your feet dancing all night, some of dance musics biggest names of both past and present make the billing for a weekend of non-stop fun. An event sure to keep you entertained until the early hours.

When: 26-28 May 2017

Where: Damyns Hall Aerodome, Upminster

Cost: £114.50 weekend pass

What: Specialists in dance music, epic light shows and atmosphere are pretty much guaranteed

Headliners: Carl Cox, Armand Van Helden, Basement Jaxx

Selected other acts: Dixon, Duke Dumont, Jamie Jones and Wiley

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