POPS PICKS: Festivals to explore this summer!
Festival season is upon us which means great music and a chance to enjoy the fabulous English countryside with family and friends. Whilst you may have heard about the UK’s most popular music festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, the smaller ones shouldn’t go a miss. So, before your Instagram feed gets taken over by fancy outfits, glitter, floral headdresses and bum bags; here’s a blog on our favourite smaller festivals for you to explore this summer.
2000 trees: 11th- 13th July
This multi-award-winning Cheltenham festival is described as one of the friendliest festivals in the UK. Here you can find alternative acts playing reggae, punk rock, electronic and many more music genres. Other than listening to your favourite upcoming bands, there is plenty to do at this festival. Each year, 2000 trees allocates a fancy-dress theme for ticket holders, we wonder what it will be this year…
Nozstock: 18th - 21st July
Located in Bromyard’s countryside, Nozstock festival is a party that has it all. This really is a festival for everyone, catering for a broad range of music genres from hip hop to psytrance, hosted on 10 stages consisting of both independent and acoustic artists, as well as big headliners. In addition to music stages, there are loads of fun attractions to enjoy, from rides to stand-up comedy during the day.
Port Eliot: 25th - 28th July
Found in sunny Cornwall, Port Eliot is a festival unlike any other. You can picnic under a 300-year-old tree, canoe on the river or dance to your hearts content. This Cornish festival even hosts a magical ‘Secret Date Club’. Here, memorable dates lasting between 2-3 hours are meticulously planned for you and a loved one(s), catering for all ages and relationships. Port Eliot has a reputation for great food events, so pop by the big kitchen and open fire stage to watch a live cooking demonstration to help you become a connoisseur in the kitchen.
Wilderness: 1st - 4th August
This festival takes place in stunning Oxfordshire and hosts hundreds of acts that are sure to entertain you. This festival is all about ‘expressing yourself’ and invites you to be creative and imaginative with your choice of outfits. Wilderness festival is very popular with families with tons of activities to enjoy such as yoga, pilates, beauty treatments and even a lakeside spa! Festival or holiday retreat?
Lost Village 22nd - 25th August
Lost Village festival is becoming increasingly popular as each year goes by, which is no surprise as it has recently been awarded the ‘Best New Festival’ in the UK. Here, you’ll discover incredible music, comedy, food and workshops to guarantee that you’ll have a wonderful time. The festival is immaculately decorated, with stages ranging from abandoned chapels to lost theatres in a secluded woodland near Lincolnshire. There is even boutique camping available on site… convinced yet?
End of the road 29th August - 1st September
If you’re a fan of rock and folk music, this festival is for you! Based in Wiltshire, this festival headlines independent artists as well as entertaining you with a wide variety of workshops to get involved in such as comedy improvisation, yoga and even circus skills. In various locations within the festival, you can even stumble across silent discos, secret DJ sets and even wandering peacocks.
#BreakTheIce this festival season!