More and more people are rejecting big, commercial festivals for a breed of smaller, boutique events which showcase up and coming acts, right through to established names, as well as local food, drink and entertainment. Map out your summer with our guide to the best festivals…

Y NOT?

The gorgeous Peak District countryside becomes home to the Y Not Festival, 27-30 July 2017.

If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a number of established artists thrown in for good measure at an intimate and friendly event then Y Not should be the festival on the top of your list. From sitting on hay bales watching acoustic intimate performances, raving in dance tents to massive main stage singalongs. Not to mention one of the best beer, ale and cider selections on the summer festival scene.

Headliners: Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines

When: 27-30 July 2017

Where: Derbyshire

Other highlights: Clean Bandit, Slaves, Jake Bugg & Maximo Park

Tickets: weekend pass £104.50

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Y Not Festival 2016 Review
Y Not Festival manages to showcase the big guns of the music industry, right down to the local heroes, up and coming talent and everything in between. A few teething problems with the increased capacity, but overall a superb festival.Read full review
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TRAMLINES

A jewel on the Northern calendar for local music fans. Returning to Sheffield with a new-look festival site. The ninth edition of Tramlines will be an exclusively outdoor event, spanning three of Sheffield’s best park spaces and allowing the festival to bring its biggest lineup to date.

Headliners: The Libertines, Co-headliners: Toots and the Maytals & All Saints

When: 21 – 23 July 2017

Where: Various outdoor spaces and venues in Sheffield city centre

Other highlights: Metronomy, The Coral, The Pharcyde, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists

Tickets: Weekend wristband – £46.20

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Tramlines 2016 Review
If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a few established artists thrown in for good measure at venues as diverse as the artists then you can't go wrong with Tramlines.Read full review
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Epic
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VICTORIOUS

The UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, family friendly. This year the festival will run for three days, with the addition of its new Friday night opening party.

Headliners: Stereophonics, Elbow & Madness

When: 25-27 August 2017

Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth

Other highlights: Jake Bugg, Feeder and Franz Ferdinand

Tickets: prices start from £25

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FESTIVAL NO 6

Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture taking place over the weekend of the 7- 10 September 2017, in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.

Acts perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.

Headliners: Flaming Lips, Mogwai & Bloc Party

When: 7- 10 September 2017

Where: Portmeirion, Wales

Other highlights: Rag’n’Bone Man, The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts and Laura Mvula

Tickets: weekend pass £180+ 

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BOOMTOWN FAIR

Not strictly small at 60,000+ but certainly unique and innovative. Boomtown Fair has city-like layout with each “district” having a unique feel, atmosphere and image, that is also reflected on the acts that play the district. Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at the festival, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, bluegrass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. A huge amount of music with over 25 stages.

Headliners: The Specials, M.I.A. & Cypress Hill

When: 10 – 13 August 2017

Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire

Other highlights: Arrested Development, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Ziggy Marley, Frank Turner, Toots & The Maytals

Tickets: Adult Tier 3 – £202

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Boomtown Fair 2016 Review
Boomtown Fair manages to re-capture the spirit of festivals. Edgy and chaotic yet extremely well organised!Read full review
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bluedot.

bluedot is a three-day festival exploring the realms of music, science, technology and the arts, taking place the iconic observatory Jodrell Bank July 2017.

Headliners: Orbital, Pixies & Alt-J

When: 7- 9 July 2017

Where: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

In a nutshell: An intergalactic festival of music, science and the exploration of space

Other highlights: Soulwax, Moonlandingz and Warpaint

Tickets: weekend pass £149

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Festival On The Wall

CANCELLED – Situated on the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall, FOTW is a new, independent festival providing a boutique experience on a big scale. Sustainability is central to Festival On The Wall.

Headliners:  Pet Shop Boys and The Libertines

When: 4 – 6 August 2017

Where: Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Other highlights: Mark Ronson, Maximo Park, Twin Atlantic

Tickets: Adult weekend – £189

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CITADEL

Citadel offers more than your average day festival. The city’s tastiest food and drink, sports, talks and debates, wellbeing, dance workshops, arts and crafts, fashion boutiques and family fun

Headliners: Foals (UK Festival Exclusive)

When: Sunday 16th July 2017

Where: Victoria Park, London

Other highlights: Bonobo (live), Wild Beasts, Laura Marling,

Tickets: £49.50+

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TRUCK FESTIVAL

One of the longest running small festivals in the country, Truck Festival is a small, independent, family friendly music festival.

Headliners: The Libertines, The Vaccines & Franz Ferdinand

When: 21-23 July 2017

Where: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

Other highlights: The Wombats, Slaves, Maximo Park & Nothing But Thieves

Tickets: weekend pass £105

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