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…
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
Other highlights: Clean Bandit, Slaves, Jake Bugg & Maximo Park
Tickets: weekend pass £104.50
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
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.
When: 25-27 August 2017
Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth
Other highlights: Jake Bugg, Feeder and Franz Ferdinand
Tickets: prices start from £25
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+
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
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
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
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,
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