Like festivals but hate the huge crowds? Well, you’re in luck, because over the next few months a series of micro festivals will be popping up across the country with capacities ranging from 450 people to 5,000. Not only will you not have to queue for hours to get a pint of cider, but you’ll be able to discover lots of exciting new bands and DJs and won’t struggle to get a spot on the campsite. Here are our top five… Enjoy.
This August will mark UV Festival’s second year, and judging by its first outing it promises to go off with a bang. Held at New House Farm, just a short taxi ride from Gatwick Airport, and set up by a new independent record label, the line-up this year includes Santiago Street Machine, Chopper, Kate Lawler and Hamish. By day enjoy beverages sat on the hay bale sofas, food from the Yum Buns stall and slather yourself in UV paint. By night, get your rave on.
WHEN: 10 August; kicks off at midday
TICKETS: £25 (includes camping)
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Started with just 25 friends, a swimming pool, a set of decks and a birthday BBQ… now Standon Calling in Hertfordshire hosts 5,000 people, but the pool is still integral! It’s all about dressing up and each year there is a different theme. 2013’s is ‘Running Away From The Circus.’
WHEN: 2 – 4 August
TICKETS: Tickets range from £50 - £125, depending on how long you stay
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Held in a deserted forest just outside of London, expect electro, dubstep, techno and house. In its fourth year, the line-up includes Eats Everything and Adam Shelton.
WHEN: 19 – 21 July
TICKETS: £75, Buy tickets here
Toasted marshmallows over a campfire, marching bands, fancy dress… sound up your street? Then Playgroup Festival is for you. Set in a top secret location north of Brighton, the capacity was cut a few years ago when it started to expand. Awesomely intimate.
WHEN: 16 – 18 August
TICKETS: £70, Buy tickets here
IN THE WOODS
You’ve probably guessed already this one is held in (enchanted secret) woodland, this time in Staplehurst, Kent. Specialises in showcasing new talent, and previous performers include Alt-J And Lianne la Havas. Additionally you can expect local ales and food, a silent disco and a gigantic bonfire to keep things going until sunrise.
WHEN: 31 August
TICKETS: £70, Tickets £75 (re-sale only), Buy tickets here