Great Festivals For Under £100Posted on Fri 8th April 2016
With the costs of artists increasing, coupled with the additional burdens of Health & Safety and increasingly stringent licencing requirements it's easy to see why the cost of festivals has increased significantly in recent years. The good news is that there are still great greenfield festivals for under a £100 and that includes camping!
Here are some great festivals for less than a hundred quid, but get in early as many of these events have tiered pricing so they could go up by another £10 - £20 before they take place.
When: 29th – 31st July
Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
Y Not Festival has grown a reputation as one of, if not, the leading UK ‘indie’ festival and this year’s line up is probably their best to date with headliners: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness and The Editors (For another £15 you can get early entry and see The Coral). This year will be the biggest Y Not Festival to date with 13 stages hosting a artists for all tastes to keep you buzzing from noon until sunrise.
When: 28th – 30th July
Where: Secret Location, Kent
Tickets: £89.00 (Earlybird)
Following its sabbatical in 2015 LeeFest returns with bigger and better than ever, with three immersive distinct regions, Mermaids Lagoon with its neon-soaked opulence, the dystopic area of Skulls Ridge and the no nonsense blissfields of The Neverwoods. This year's line up includes: Lianne La Havas, Ghostpoet and Roots Manuva, not to mention some of the best emerging talent.
When: 26th – 29th May
Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire
In many ways, Bearded Theory is the perfect festival; great line up, quality facilities and camping, some excellent non-music activities, plenty for the kids, and a wonderful festival vibe. This years line up includes: Arrested Development, Public Image Ltd, Levellers and Billy Bragg,
When: 8th – 10th July
Where: Stow Maries, Essex
This year’s BSTK (formerly known as Brownstock), brings some of the best grime and Drum & Bass that you will see at any festival this year, This year’s line up includes: Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah, Krept & Konan with Sunday’s headliner still to be announced. There will also be smaller stages supporting emerging bands and DJ’s.
When: 1st – 2nd July
Where: Winchester, Hampshire
Blissfields is small but perfectly formed and manages to cram more in to a field than you could possibly imagine. The entertainment and activities are great with something for the whole family. The theme for this year's festival is ' House Party'.so you can leave your inhabitation's at the door and party with friends that you didn't know you had. The line up for this years Blissfields includes: Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything, Shy FX and Norman Jay.
When: 8th – 10th July
Where: Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire
Now in its fifth year UK Tech-Fest goes from strength to strength, this year will see a number of UK Festival exclusives, plus performances from some of the best tech metal bands on the planet. The headliners are: Animals As Leaders, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried & Me.
When: 15th – 17th July
Where: Steventon, Oxfordshire
Truck Festival is now in its 18th year growing from a single stage on the back of a Truck to a 3 day event with 7 stages. The festival offers a wide range of musical genres from hip hop to metal and indie to EDM, this years headliners are: The Manic Street Preachers, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Kodaline.
When: 7th – 9th July
Where: Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year the award winning 2000trees will once again be bringing together a line up of some of the best underground artists: including: Refused, Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox and Neck Deep. The festival has a wonderful friendly vibe plus a great selection of ciders and local food.
When: 26th – 27th August
Where: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
Set beautiful grounds of Drumlanrig Castle for a weekend celebration of good music, good people and good times, this year sees Electric Fields expand into a two day event with a great line up including Primal Scream, The Charlatans, Everything Everything and Wild Beasts.
When: 26th – 28th August
Where: Nr Silloth, Cumbria
Solfest is a rare beast, it's a not for profit event run by volunteers, their sole motive it to put on the best weekend possible, and they succeed. From the moment you go into the arena there is a magical buzz that you feel which both the crowd and artists feed off. This years line up includes: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Mouse Outfit, Dreadzone and Baka Beyond,
When: 11th – 14th August
Where: Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
Lakefest is a great festival for the whole family, with plenty of activities to keep the kids fully occupied including: kite making, circus skills, and Glamba Drumming. In addition there is a treasure hunt, BMX skills and Story-telling. The line up's pretty impressive too, with the likes of: Primal Scream, We Are Scientists, Starsailor, The Coral and Newton Faulkner.
When: 19th – 21st August
Where: The Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire
With over 100 performers, kids areas, workshops Doune The Rabbit Hole provides a wonderful weekend of fun and frolicks. Great for kids and adults alike - there's a good mixture of music, workshops, lectures, poetry, food, ale and all the best things you can think of! Line up includes: Admiral Fallow, Cate Le Bon, Treacherous Orchestra and Mungo’s HiFi.
nd – 4th September
Where: Lode, Cambridgeshire
Lodestar It is a wonderful family friendly festival. The festival hosts some of the finest up and coming indie bands, many of which will be household names by the time it takes place in September, this years line up includes: Pretty Vicious, Sundara Karma, Spector and The Sherlocks. In addition to great music Lodestar offers great family entertainment with crafts, theatre and comedy, plus great quality local food and drink.
nd – 23rd July
Where: Whiddon Down, Devon
Chagstock is a great family festival situated on the edge of Dartmoor with with 5,000 capacity, camping, beer tent, kids’ entertainment a relaxed atmosphere and great line up over 3 stages. The line up for this years festival includes: Donovan, The Stranglers, The Blockheads and Ferocious Dog,
When: 18th – 20th August
Where: Fernhill Farm, Somerset
ArcTanGent is the little brother of 2000trees, the line up is more experimental, post-rock, progressive, left-field variety over 4 stages plus a great selection of locally sourced food and ciders, ales & lagers. Like 2000trees ArcTangent has a great friendly vibe, this years line up includes: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, LA Dispute, American Football and Toe.
Article by Mick Game