We’ve already covered the big-hitters in our massive 2017 festival guide, but now it’s time honour those hidden gems which sometimes fly under the radar. While these events may be smaller in scale, that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t compete with the big boys when it comes to fun.
Loaded with eclectic line-ups and more than just music, there’s plenty on offer to tick all the boxes when it comes to your festival needs! What’s more, these awesome boutique events are all friendly on the wallet – meaning you can make the most of your summer at a snip of the price!
So, grab your diary and take note of the five hottest festivals you need in your life this summer.
When: 1 July
Where: Tunbridge Wells
What started as a humble BBQ birthday party back in 2006 has now turned into a 1000+ capacity bash chock-full of great food and drink, top DJs and the perfect summer atmosphere. While summer plans usually have a tendency to fall flat, this is one celebration that’s guaranteed to be a highlight of summer 2017.
When: 21-23 July
One of the UK’s fastest growing festivals, Tramlines has evolved from a humble multi-venue one day fling to a monster weekend of superb live music across a host of outdoor stages. This year’s jaw-dropping bill features the likes of All Saints, Kano, Primal Scream and The Libertines. All this for less than £50. Sign us up!
When: 29 July
Head up to the Midlands this July and you’ll be treated to the very best of UK house, techno, grime, garage and much more. With a variety of indoor and outdoor stages surrounding Birmingham’s iconic Rainbow venues, MADE pays homage to the city’s historic relationship with warehouse and club culture. As Chase & Status and Giggs top this year’s bill, this is one not to be missed.
When: 5 August
Where: Hackney, London
This multi-venue extravaganza in Hackney has earned a sterling reputation over the years for booking the very best breakthrough talent from around the world. While underground music may be the focal point, there’s plenty more to sink your teeth into away from the stage – including an unprecedented range of street-food market stalls. Other wacky highlights include heavy metal karaoke and a Visions dog show. Yes, a dog show!
The Social Festival
When: 29-30 September
Closing out the summer in style, this late-September party brings a taste of Ibiza to the south east of England! Although being a relative newcomer to the festival scene, this boutique weekender always manages pull out the stops by welcoming the most iconic names in EDM to Kent’s idyllic County Showground. Past performers include dance royalty such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler.