Hate Camping? Here's 10 Of The Best Inner City Music Festivals

28 April 2014 by


Ahh... festival season, it's back again. We've got four months of incredible music on the horizon, with Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival all heading our way.

BUT camping festivals aren't for everyone. The rain, the mud, the gross toilets.. it can all get a bit grim sometimes. Plus, there's that huge rucksack to lug around.

Luckily, there are loads of camping-free events being held this summer meaning you can do festival fun the grown-up way. You can find a boutique hotel and turn your festival into a mini break or even spend all day partying in your hometown.

Here are 10 of our favourite inner city festivals. 

1. The Great Escape

Where? Brighton
When? 8-10 May
Why? Wild Beasts and Kelis are headlining with a little help from Grazia fave Ella Eyre. Plus it's by the seaside. 

[The Great Escape]

2. Wireless

Where? Birmingham and London
When? 4-6 July
Why? Kanye, Drake, Pharrell, Outkast.

3. Live at Leeds

Where? Err.. Leeds
When? 2-5 May
Why? Not an outdoorsy person? Live at Leeds is held inside the city's many music venues. 

4. Lovebox

Where? London
When? 18-19 July
Why? It's got the party vibes of Bestival. No ferry needed. 


5. Field Day

Where? London
When? 7-8 June
Why? You've heard Metronomy's new album, right? Why wouldn't you be there!? Also Street Feast's got a stand so the festi-food's gonna be yum. 

6. Parklife

Where? Manchester
When? 7-8 June
Why? Potentially the only festival where it's socially acceptable to wear false lashes. Plus it's got a *huge* DJ line-up. We're looking at you Cyril Hahn. 


7. Tramlines

Where? Sheffield
When? 25-27 July
Why? Toddla T, Annie Mac and Katy B are playing so it's sure to be one big party. PLUS day tickets are just £12. 

8. Found

Where? London
When? 16 June
Why? The teeniest of the London festivals, Found has the most hip of electronic line-ups with Damian Lazarus as a headliner. 

9. Liverpool Sound City

Where? Liverpool 
When? 1-3 May
Why? You're going to find your new favourite up-and-coming band there. 


10. Boardmasters

Where? Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Cornwall
When? 6-10 August
Why? So Fistral Beach isn't quite a city, but surf and music fest Boardmasters is still major mini break material - no camping required. Who doesn't want to watch Snoop Dogg by the sea?

Want guaranteed sunshine? Check out our round-up of the best international festivals.


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