If you’re getting bored of going to Glasto year after year, or sick of shelling out for the same old music fest, it’s time to start looking at small, cheap music festivals that celebrate the most exciting emerging artists.
The UK is home to an array of incredible independent festivals, showcasing new artists from home shores and beyond, while still offering the kind of atmosphere you’d expect from the best events out there. Here are five of our favourites.
The Best Indie & Cheap Music Festivals in the UK
2000trees is an award-winning independent music festival dedicated to bringing together the best new and underground British music. Six friends, who were sick of paying too much for the big events, started the festival in 2007. They decided to create a value for money alternative, which also raises awareness of environmental concerns.
Secret Garden Party
The Secret Garden Party is an annual independent arts and music festival launched by Fred Fellowes in 2004 as an alternative to the established mainstream music festivals. From the time of its launch, the festival has increased from one stage and 1,000 visitors in 2004, to more than 15 stages and 26,000 revellers in recent years.
LeeFest began in founder Lee Denny’s garden when his parents went away on holiday in 2006. The festival has won two awards and been nominated for several more. Awards include: ‘Best Independent Festival’ at AIM Independent Music Awards, 2012 and ‘Best Grass Roots Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2009.
Bluedot is a brand new, unique and award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep space observatory. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, the event offers an awesome line-up of music with a innovative programme of live science experiments, expert discussions and immersive artworks.
Electric Fields is one of Scotland’s the most exciting music events, with a diverse and unmissable line up year after year. Held in the grounds of the incredible 17th century Drumlanrig Castle, festival goers can enjoy some of the most exciting music in the land, delectable world cuisine, and a real ale festival with the best booze around.
The Tramlines Festival is an annual music festival held in the centre Sheffield. The festival has in the past been free to attend, but now has premium venues where tickets are required to be purchased. The line-up consists of national and local artists. The festival is curated and organised by a panel comprising local venue owners, promoters and volunteers.
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