2016 Music Festivals Guide – The Smaller But Cooler Festivals

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With the larger music festivals now pretty much sold out, costing a bomb and some lines ups like V just looking shamefully pants – we had a look at some of the smaller music festivals which still have tickets available, wont break the bank and all in all – probably a little cooler.

Music festivals in the Uk are now renowned around the world for their creativity and their clout in capturing the coolest acts around. They also form one of the most saturated festival markets in the world, so here are some of the smaller, cooler festivals which every music fan should check out…

Live At Leeds.
30th April.
Line up highlights: Blossoms, DMAS, Fronteers, Hidden Charms, Kassassin Street, The Sherlocks, Circa Waves, Mystery Jets.
Official website.

The Great Escape.
Brighton, UK.
19th – 21st May.
Line up highlights: The Sherlocks, Cupids, Eagulls, Hidden Charms, Mystery Jets, Spring King, Telegram, White Room.
Official website.

Dot To Dot.
Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester.
27th – 29th May.
Line up highlights: Mystery jets, Temper Trap, The Sherlocks, Spring King, Sundara Karma, Dua Lipa, Augustines.
Official website.

Common People.
South Park Oxford & Southampton Common.
28th – 29th May.
Line up highlights: Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Public Enemy, Palma Violets, Pretty Vicious, Kassassin Street, Lonely The Brave.
Official website.

Sound City.
Liverpool Waters Bramley – Moore Dock.
28th – 29th May.
Line up highlights: Laura Marling, Passenger, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Fighters, Rae Morris.
Official website.

Field Day.
Victoria Park, London.
11th – 12th June.
Line up highlights: James Blake, PJ Harvey, Air, Blossoms, Parquet Courts, The Temper Trap.
Official website.

Latitude.
Henham Park, Suffolk.
14th – 17th July.
Line up highlights: Maccabees, New Order, Daughter, M83, The Lumineers.
Official website.

Tramlines.
Sheffield.
22nd – 24th July.
Line up highlights: Catfish and the bottlemen, Hinds, Sundara Karma.
Official website.

Kendal Calling.
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District.
28th- 31st July.
Line up highlights: Madness, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Hives, Blossoms.
Official website.

Y Not.
Derbyshire.
29th- 31st July.
Line up highlights: Editors, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, The Hives, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Madness, The Cribs, The Coral, Blossoms.
Official website.

Standon Calling.
Hertfordshire.
29th – 31st July.
Line up highlights: Suede, The Hives, Kelis, Everything Everything, Blossoms.
Official website.

Belladrum.
Beauly, Iverness.
4th – 6th August.
Line up highlights: Madness, Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves.
Official website.

Forgotten Fields.
Eridge Deer Park, Sussex.
5th – 7th August.
Line up Highlights: Suede, Kodaline, Maximo Park.
Official website.

Wilderness.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
4th – 7th August.
Line up highlights: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, The Flaming Lips, Crystal Fighters, Lianne La Havas.
Official website.

OYA.
Oslo, Norway.
9th – 13th August.
Line up highlights: The Last Shadow Puppets, Massive Attack, Jamie XX, New Order, Foals.
Official website.

Lake Fest.
Eastnor castle, Hertfordshire.
11 – 14 August.
Line up highlights: Primal Scream, The Coral, We Are Scientists.
Official website.

Greenman Festival.
Brecon Beacons, Wales.
18th – 21st August.
Line up highlights: James Blake, Wild Beasts, Jagwar Ma, `Gengahr.
Official website.

Electric Fields.
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Scotland.
26th – 27th August.
Line up highlights: Primal Scream, The Charlatans, Public Enemy.
Official website.


So there’s just a few to get you started. So what next? Got your music festival tickets, Know where you’re going? Make sure you have a check list.

First off, our best advice would be to only take what you really need – however you arrive, you’ll inevitably have to carry your stuff a fair distance to where you camp.

Some music festivals are a “leave no trace festival” which means taking everything home with you so you leave no trace. And the less you bring the less you’ll need to take home.

Music Festival Check List.

  • Festival tickets.
  • A reusable water bottle.
  • Tent.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Roll mat.
  • Wellies or sturdy boots.
  • Toilet roll.
  • A warm jumper as it can get cold at night.
  • Sun tan lotion.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Toiletries.
  • Enough change of clothes in case you get wet.
  • Medication if required.
  • Torch.
  • ID.
  • Money/cards.
  • Hat.
  • Bags for dirty clothes and rubbish.
  • Contraceptives.
  • Mark valuables with house name and postcode so it can be posted back to you.

So, All you need to know, where  you need to be and where to get your tickets for some of UK’s  coolest music festivals. We hope our music festivals check list was handy. Please let us know if we have missed anything or if you have any additional tips we can share. Have a good summer, Look after yourself and be safe

Feature Image: © Anna Prince
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