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A Guide to the smaller festivals in the UK

A Guide to the smaller festivals in the UK

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Summer is here! Sun, BBQs, holidays and of course festivals!

The weather may not be great but people are already finding themselves getting into the summer mood. And The Glastonbury line up this year looks amazing, Coldplay, U2, Beyonce... if only I had a ticket. Summer is here! Sun, BBQs, holidays and of course festivals! The weather may not be great but people are already finding themselves getting into the summer mood.  And The Glastonbury line up this year looks amazing, Coldplay, U2, Beyonce... if only I had a ticket.

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, as the popularity of such festivals increases, so do the prices. These days, tickets for the most popular festivals are like gold dust, with many already sold out and those that are still available likely to be rather pricey. 

As a recent graduate struggling to find employment I can sympathise only too well. If you are lucky enough to get a ticket, the amount of people may mean you don't get as much out of the experience as you may like. Picture the scene, you wait all year to see your favourite band, and when you get there, the amount of people means all you can see are people's heads, and your mates have missed the whole thing because they were either lost or stuck in a queue for a portaloo.

The solution? Why not try checking some of the smaller, and/or cheaper festivals in and around your local area. There are plenty of unique festivals to become involved in- that won't stress you out, or break the bank! Many are much cheaper (think £20 rather than £200) and as most of them are day festivals, you don't have the added stress of camping.

So what festivals and events are available? There is the Lounge on the Farm festival in Canterbury, Kent with acts including The Streets, Ellie Goulding and Example, or Guilfest in Guildford, Surrey, which is hailed as one of the most "laid back and friendly festivals of the year" and features the likes of Peter Andre, James Blunt and Razorlight. Music on the Hill is another option, which takes place over three days in West Malling, Kent and features acts such as Katherine Jenkins, Mcfly and Sugababes.

However, if music's not your thing, don't despair! There are also plenty of festivals occurring which focus on other art forms, such as comedy and theatre. Why not give the Reading Comedy Festival a try? It's completely free and is held across various venues in Reading.

Or how about food and drink? There are always various beer festivals occurring across the country, such as the Great British Beer Festival in Earl's Court. Or how about the Ben and Jerry's festival? An annual festival based in Clapham Common which combines the musical atmosphere of a regular festival with free ice cream! The line up this year includes the likes of Ash, Ocean Colour Scene and Maximo Park.

Of course, if you can afford and are organised to enough to get any early bird ticket, there are advantages to going to the larger festivals. After all, the bigger the crowd, the bigger the atmosphere. But that doesn't mean the smaller events should be overlooked, so why not give them a go. You might just discover your new favourite band, see a new part of the UK, or even discover a new interest altogether. Think you hate celtic music? Celtic Connection in Glasgow might just convert you! And don't worry; there'll be other years for Glastonbury, and in the mean time, why not watch it on TV? No mud, no crowds, no queue for the portaloos- no problem!

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