Festival season is quickly coming around again and music lovers across Britain are digging out the wellies and preparing themselves for weekends filled with their favourite artists. But with so many festivals to choose from, and the number growing each year, deciding which one to go to is more of a struggle than setting up a ten man tent in two feet of mud. We’ve got together our top five small festivals that are on the scene this year- take a look and see if any take your fancy.
Imagine strolling along a white sandy beach, the warm breeze flowing in your hair, and the sweet sound of music all around. Potentially. Boardmasters is held every year in Cornwall and combines a massive line up with surfing, BMXing, and skating, running big competitions alongside performances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, George Ezra and The Enemy.
Catering for the sport fan, Rugby Rocks Summer Social takes place in both Leeds and London. Rugby, Netball, Lacrosse, Tag and music are all rolled into one mini festival, and you are free to enter your own teams to compete.
Slap bang in the middle of festival season, 2000 trees is one of the most environmentally friendly shows around and last year it won the Grassroots Festival award. It also has a rather understated line up, with lots of rock ‘n’ roll and indie acts across the three days.
A ‘bohemian, corporate-free playground for likeminded party people’ is the description from the organisers of this new boutique underground music festival that has sprung up on the outskirts of The New Forest. House DJs Eats Everything and Ben Pearce are headlining, supported by other EDM artists such as Oneman, Paul Woolford and DJ Hazard.
Cambridge Folk Festival is a full weekend of folk music, alongside great shopping and food from all over the world. Whilst the festival welcomes 10,000 people, and some big names, organisers and attendees alike are all equally passionate about folk. Headliners include Newton Faulkner, Sinéad O’Connor and Rosanne Cash.