It’s festival season once again, so it’s time to dig out those wellies and get on the road to one of the UK’s impressive music festivals. For a small nation we certainly have a lot to offer in the festival department, from the world’s largest music and arts festival, Glastonbury, to one day events in parks around the capital. Even the Isle of Wight has a music festival or two to rival the rest of the world! Read on for our top picks of the nation’s best budget festivals, so you can enjoy the biggest names in music without breaking the bank.
When it comes to affordable festivals, Tramlines beats all competition. At just £30 for a full weekend ticket (plus booking fees) the festival takes place at a number of popular venues across the city, including the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. This year’s headliners include basement Jaxx, Wu Tang Clan and The Charlatans.
East London’s Victoria Park has been host to a weekend of trendy music since 2002, and now the line ups get more exciting year on year. At £55 for a day tickets, it’s one of the capital’s most affordable and thrilling music festivals. 2015 will see Lovebox’s nine different stages grace the likes of Snoop Dogg, Annie Mac, Mark Ronson and Rudimental.
T in the Park, Perthshire
Undoubtedly T in the Park is one of Scotland’s biggest music festivals, attracting artists and crowds from all over the world. Every July the Strathallan Castle hosts three days of amazing music, but day tickets are available from £82. This festival is one of the most diverse you’ll find, with music spanning different genres – this year the line-up includes Kasabian, Sam Smith, Fatboy Slim, Avicii, Alt-J, George Ezra, Clean Bandit and George the Poet.
A small, independent and affordable festival down south, Farmfest is a great day out. Now in its tenth year, it usually showcases local emerging talent but also offers a heap of family friendly activities including yoga, graffiti workshops and theatre. A weekend adult ticket starts at £59 including camping on the farm, and you can also purchase family tickets for £195.
Wherever you decide to get your music fix this summer, don’t forget to include the costs of travel to and from the festival. If you decide to drive there – a very good option if you’re camping- then remember to check you have a valid car insurance policy which will protect you if anything should go wrong on the way or travel insurance to protect the whole weekend.