There’s no denying that Glastonbury is A LOT of fun. Thousands of people wouldn’t be having a meltdown at their computer screens when tickets go on sale each year if it wasn’t!

But sometimes it’s nice to be able to enjoy a festival without the huge crowds and endless queues. Not to mention, being able to watch a band without them looking like ants on the horizon!

So if you’re looking for something a little more intimate this summer, or kinder on the bank balance, why not try one of these smaller and lesser known festivals?

2000 Trees

Set in the rolling Cotswold Hills, this intimate 5,000 capacity festival prides itself on showcasing the best new and underground acts from the world of rock and indie. Headlining the festival are a few more established bands to end the night on a high.

Where: Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham

When: 7-9th July 2016

Who’s playing: Twin Atlantic, Refused, Mallory Knox, While She Sleeps, Moose Blood & more!

How much: £95 + booking fee for 3 day weekend with camping



Since launching in 2005 with just 150 guests, Brownstock is now one of the UK’s most popular small festivals, now seeing over 6,000 visitors. The three day event will be taking place at Morris Farm in Chelmsford, with dozens of acts spread out across 6 stages. If dance music is your thing, it’s not one to miss!

Where: Morris Farm, Essex

When: 8-10th July 2016

Who’s playing: Annie Mac, Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, Kelis, Netsky & many more!

How much: £89 for weekend with camping


Y-Not Festival

Enjoy some of the best indie and rock acts surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the peak district. Y-Not bill their line up on the basis of getting who they know will put on a great show and their audience will love, from widely known bands, to emerging new talent.

Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire

When: 29-31 July

Who’s playing: Editors, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, The Cribs, The Hives, Catfish and the Bottlemen & many more!

How much: £94.50 + booking fee for the weekend with camping


Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party is a hippy hedonist’s dream. Nestled away in the woodland, you can find bands, DJ’s and artists tucked into every space possible, whether it be a tree house or an island! There’s so much to do, from mud wrestling and paint fights, to dancing the night away. This year’s theme is ‘The Gardeners Guide to the Galaxy’ so be prepared for a galactic twist.

Where: Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire

When: 21st- 24th July

Who’s playing: Air, Caribou, Primal Scream, The Temper Trap, Rae Morris, Swim Deep & more!

How much: £180+ booking fee for the weekend with camping


Kendal Calling

The perfect opportunity to catch some of the best chart-topping artists and up and coming musicians, while taking in the beautiful setting in the Lake District. The festival is great for families and in addition to the music there’s a huge variety of other acts and activities, including comedy, theatre and kids entertainment.

When: 28th – 31st July: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

When: 28th – 31st July

Who’s playing: Rudimental, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds, Madness & more!

How much: £135 for the weekend with camping