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Metropolitan Festivals Great Value for Money Plus The Benefit of Your Own Bed!

Posted on Mon 25th April 2016

For those that don't see the joy of camping in a field, exposed to the whims of the British weather to get your festival fix, why not try one of the growing number of 'Metropolitan' Festivals.   You can enjoy artists performing in purpose built buildings, plus there's the ability to buy food as you walk down the street(in my case, a better chance of getting a decent Guinness), together with the knowledge that your bed awaits you at the end of the day.

Metropolitan festivals also offer great value for money, plus the opportunity to say "I was there" when you see the next big thing make their first tentative steps.  

Here are 5 Metroplitan Festivals well worth a vist.

The Great Escape

When: 19th -21st May
Where: Various Venues, Brighton
Tickets: £65.50

For 3 days the seaside town of Brighton plays host to some of the best up and coming bands from around the globe (plus some established ones too), as more than 30 venues open their doors to 400 acts.  Running in parallel with The Great Escape is the free Alternative Escape where local pubs, clubs and promoters put on nights with some of the best local talent.  The festival runs from 12:00 noon to 4:00 am each day, this years line up includes: Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls, Tigercub, Oh Wonder and Songhoy Blues.

Live at Leeds

When: 30th April
Where: Various Venues, Leeds
Tickets: £30.00

The multi award winning Live At Leeds is now in its tenth year, the festival showcases some of the best new local emerging artists alongside more established acts from around the world. The festival plays host to over 100 acts performing at 17 venues throughout the city from midday to midnight.  This year's line up includes:  Jess Glynne, Circa Waves, We are Scientists, Corinne Bailey Rae, Band Of Skulls and RAT BOY

Camden Rocks
When: 4th June
Where: Various Venues, Camden Town
Tickets: £35.00

Camden Town is probably the most vibrant area of London and for one day all the venues are dedicated to rock with a capital R.  The bands performing at Camden Rocks include virtually every genre of Rock from soft to doom and all stations in between, with 300 bands playing in 30 venues from noon - 4:00 am.  This year's line up includes:  The Cribs, Young Guns, Billy Bragg, InMe, Ginger Wildheart, Norma Jean, Evil Scarecrow, New Years Day and SikTh.

Tramlines Festival

When: 22nd - 24th July
Where: Various Venues, Sheffield
Tickets: £42.00 (excluding after parties)

Tramlines has grown a strong reputation over the years for bringing some of the biggest names to the steel city, while promoting local talent. The artists performing at the festival reflects the rich diversity of the city, with most genre's of music covered. In addition to events throughout the pubs and clubs, the Main Stage is situated in the heart of the city. This year's line up includes: Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jurassic 5, Kelis and Craig Charles,

Dot to Dot BristolDot to Dot ManchesterDot to Dot Nottingham

When: 27th - 29th May
Where: Various Venues, Bristol, Manchester & Nottingham
Tickets: £25.00

Dot to Dot is the original travelling festival, now in its eleventh year it brings its mixture of indie, rock, dance from established artists and the 'bright young things' of tomorrow to some of the best loved venues in Bristol (27th), Manchester (28th) and Nottingham (29th). This year's line up includes: Mystery Jets, The Temper Trap, Rat Boy, Lauren Aquilina, Sundara Karma, The Japanese House and The Sherlocks.

Article by: Mick Game

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