With so many music festivals in the UK, it can be a challenge to choose which ones to go to but here at Event Washrooms, given that one of our main offerings is festival toilets, we love smaller, independent festivals!
To help you out, we’ve made a list of 11 of the UK’s best independent music festivals so that, whatever your music taste, you can find the festival for you this summer.
This year’s theme for HogSozzle is ‘Cosmic Disco’ where the 70s meets space; think astronaut suits and dad dancing.
2017’s HogSozzle also brings you boutique camping, where you can rent out a bell tent that is suited and booted with memory foam mattresses, a rug, a table, fairy lights, and crates of beer included in the price, so you can party in style.
When: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May, 2017
This year’s No Man’s Land festival features five stages: Enchanted Woods, Planet Grunt, The Asylum, The Bass Station, and The Techno Dome. Each stage features a different genre of music, so this really is a great festival to keep everyone in the group happy.
Along with a fantastic variety of music, there will also be two other sections. Never Never Land will feature exciting events like face painting, mask making and rocket building and The Red Hand Tipi Clan section will feature tipis, and tea and cake.
Where: West Sussex
When: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May, 2017
If you’re into house, techno, and tech music, you’ll be in for a treat at Secret Music Festival.
As perhaps one of the worst kept secrets in festival history, Secret takes place in Rossendale and hosts three stages over its 14-hour time frame.
Secret’s after-party goes on until 5am, so this festival will be sure to satiate the night owl inside you from dusk until dawn.
When: Sunday 28th May, 2017
The Great Estate’s 2017 line-up includes Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles and The Electric Swing Circus, but it’s not just the epic music scene that gives this festival its charm.
With glamping options, camel racing, a tattoo parlour, a silent disco, hot tubs and a poetry corner, this eclectic festival is one of this summer’s hottest events.
When: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June, 2017
Situated in idyllic Devon, Lemonfest hosts six stages which are taken over by a range of DJs and musicians over the two days.
The 2017 lineup includes performances from Craig Charles, We Are Scientists and Dreadzone.
With these acts, along with a late night bar and a silent disco, you’ll be sure to delight the festival animal inside you.
When: Friday 9th – Saturday 10th June, 2017
Any jazz lover’s dream, the annual Jazz by the Sea is back bigger than ever this year. With acts including Veronique Joly, Spiral Jazz, and James Taylor, you will be surrounded by some of the best jazz musicians in the world.
There will also be a showcase of younger talent, so you’ll be able to listen to and meet the jazz players of the future. If you’re a fan of jazz, you cannot miss out on this event.
When: Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June, 2017
This family friendly festival encourages everyone of all ages to embrace their inner fairy.
With workshops, talks, and walks, the whole day will be full to the brim with magical events. There’s even a fairy dog show where your furry friends get a chance to dress up, so the whole family can join in with the mystical fun.
The music line up at 3 Wishes Fairy Festival includes Lunasonic, Zetan Spore, Loonaloop and Merlin’s Apprentice, so put on your wings and get ready to celebrate all things fairy.
When: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th June, 2017
The annual Beverley Folk Festival has been going on for over 30 years, and each year it comes up with a more innovative programme. This festival embraces both traditional and modern styles of folk music but also hosts poetry, spoken word, comedy, literature and dance events.
This year’s lineup includes performances from Jon Boden, Andy Cutting, Lauren Housley and Heidi Talbot, so you won’t be short of variety if you go along to Beverley Folk Festival.
When: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June, 2017
As Cambridge’s biggest music festival, Strawberries and Creem offers you the perfect juxtaposition of gorgeous landscape and the carnage of a great festival.
The official lineup for this year’s Strawberries and Creem hasn’t been announced yet, but with previous acts including Nelly, Kano, and Big Narstie, there’s no doubt that you’ll be in for a treat.
With great food and even better music, this festival with a capacity of 5,000 people is the ultimate summer day out this year.
When: Saturday 17th June, 2017
The Stone Valley Festival is a music event that celebrates all things scooter. With events like the Ride Out and the Show ‘n’ Shine, this is any scooter lover’s heaven. There will even be trophies awarded at the Show ‘n’ Shine event, including awards for best in show, best paint job, best auto, and best Vespa.
This year’s Stone Valley Festival music lineup includes The Sex Pissed Dolls, Secret Affair, Ohasis, and The Scandals.
When: Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th June, 2017
M Festival started out in 2010 as a fundraising event for The Marlborough Science Academy, but since then has come on in leaps and bounds.
Six years on, M Festival is one of the UK’s best small festivals, with this year’s lineup including The Monster Hits, Alexis Kings, Billington & Quinn, and Electric Umbrella. Other fun events are also held at M Festival, such as gladiator jousting, henna tattoos, and a bungee run.
Where: St. Albans
When: Saturday 15th July, 2017