Festivals are the best way to spend the summer with your mates, and with our 2014 music festival guide you won’t miss out on the hottest gigs around. It’s time to dig out your wellies and prepare to see some of the greatest artists of this year!
Budget: under £100
Festivals can really break the bank so it may be worth checking out one of these cheaper options if you’re low on funds.
Red Rooster- June 6th-7th –Euston Hall, Suffolk - £42.50 - redrooster.org.uk
A new festival which had its launch delayed last year – if you like a bit of blues, then this is definitely the festival for you! Acts include the Urban Voodoo Machine, Jim Jones Revue and Pete Molinari.
Indiependence- August 1st-3rd – Deer Farm, Mitchelstown - £81.50 – indiependencefestival.com
This music festival also features arts and comedy for those who like their options! It was named one of Europe’s best small festivals last year so you can be sure of quality for your money. Acts include Public Enemy, White Lies and Tom Odell.
Zoo Project Festival- September 12th-14th – Donington Park Forest, Leicestershire - £69 – thezooproject-festival.com
This one’s a bit late on, but the best stuff is worth waiting for! If you couldn’t afford a summer trip to Ibiza, this is definitely the festival you should go to. It’s a dance festival run by one of the people behind one of Ibiza’s best known club nights. DJs include Groove Armada, Mr Scruff and Sasha.
Star-studded: the biggest artists
An A-list festival may be expensive but it more than makes up for it with the prospect of seeing multiple seriously big names perform!
V Festival – August 16th-17th – Hylands Park/Weston Park, Essex/Staffordshire - £165 – vfestival.com
You may question V Festival being on a star-studded list, but they’ve really pulled out the stops this year. With Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Elbow, it’s clear day one will be great but day two brings The Killers, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini and Rudimental – exciting!
T in the Park-July 11th-12th –Kinross, Perthshire- £184 - tinthepark.com
Usually it would be difficult to snag tickets for T in the Park this late but as Glasgow is so busy this summer you can still get yours. It has a pretty sweet line-up featuring Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro and Paolo Nutini.
Download-June 13th-15th –Donington Park, Leicestershire-£205- downloadfestival.co.uk
If rock is more your thing, then get yourself over to Download – it’s Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival in case you didn’t know! With Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Status Quo and Fall Out Boy appearing, you can really see some rock royalty perform.
If you’d rather go somewhere with a difference, there are plenty of festival experiences you won’t really get elsewhere, and will never forget!
Bestival – September 4th-7th - Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight - £195-bestival.net
Bestival boasts a massive twenty stages and there’s something for everyone to enjoy there. If you and your friends are looking for variety this is your best bet. OutKast are performing after reforming with other acts including Beck, Foals and Disclosure.
Secret garden party - July 24th-27th-Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton - £175 - secretgardenparty.com
If you fancy dressing up, make sure you attend this festival, with the majority of attendees following the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ theme. Get tickets for here if you fancy seeing Public Enemy, Foxes, Clean Bandit and Little Dragon.
Global gathering - July 25th-26th - Long Marston Airfield, Stratford - £125 – globalgathering.com
16 stages of dance, trance, techno, reggae and numerous others run until 3am at this dance festival, which is a great cheaper alternative to Creamfields. The line-up includes The Prodigy, Tinie Tempah, David Guetta and Chase & Status.
One day events
Don’t feel up to traveling and camping out in all that mud? There’s lots of one day events which often boast line-ups as good as a festival. These can also be dirt cheap, so it’s best looking round your local area to see if anything appeals to you!
Party at the Proact-June 8th-Proact Stadium, Chesterfield-£35
This is the one day event closest to me and boasts a line-up featuring Tinie Tempah, Lawson, Union J and Katy B. Not bad for a small town, eh?!
This is just a small selection of great festivals you should still be able to grab tickets for. If you want to look for something more suited to your tastes, using a site like thefestivalcalendar.co.uk is your best bet, as they feature all the UK festivals and their line-ups. Once you have your tickets, make sure you take all the festival essentials – using a checklist like this one passportdiary.com/features/ultimate-festival-checklist is definitely the way to go. You really don’t want to turn up for a great weekend and discover you’ve forgotten your tent! Most of all, don’t forget to have fun! Only go to a festival if you’re sure it’s definitely the way you want to spend your summer – there’s no point throwing hundreds of pounds at a ticket for an event you’re not going to enjoy! So grab your sleeping bag and wellies and don’t forget your tickets! Let’s make this summer one to never forget!
Written by Isabel Whiteley
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