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There’s too many to choose! We’ve put together this little list of the 5 small UK festivals we think really stand out (for various reasons) in 2013
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The sheer number of small festivals in the UK these days can be pretty intimidating when you’re planning your summer’s musical excursions. This explosion of boutique events is perhaps a backlash against the corporate, “£4 a pint”,” pack ‘em in like dogs”, “hit them with sticks”, “spit on your face and kick you in the crotch” attitude of the mega festivals. For the small festival-goer, it’s not just about the line up; the atmosphere and philosophy of these events is a huge part of the experience. With that in mind, we’ve put together this little list of the 5 small UK festivals we think really stand out (for various reasons) in 2013.
5th – 7th July 2013 – Winchester - SOLD OUT
Blissfields is a beautiful little festival set on a Dairy Farm in Winchester. It’s grown a lot over the years, but started life as a party in the back garden (these things escalate I guess). The main stage is set in a picturesque natural amphitheatre called “the Punch Bowl”, which sounds a little like a mosh-pit, but that’s about as likely as a hippy love in at Download festival. Although it is a champion of unsigned and on-the-verge bands, headline acts Bastille and Mystery Jets will certainly bring in a crowd. The family friendly atmosphere, support of local business and eclectic line-up, we think make this one of the best UK festivals.
2nd-4th August 2013 - Standon, Hertfordshire
Featuing the headliners Digitalism, Band of Skulls and De La Soul, Stanton Calling is turning into a major force on the small festival scene. It’s got that intimate feel and showcases many of the “about to breakthrough” artists that are make small festivals so exciting and vibrant. An site swimming pool, fancy dress theme and nightclub in a cowshed amongst other quirky additions really set this festival apart, well worth further investigation.
7th – 11th August 2013 - Newquay Cornwall
Now, small festivals don’t all have to be about realxing in the grass with a picnic basket and a pushchair. Boardmasters’ two locations have an exciting mix of Surfing, skating, BMXing art installations and some awesome music from the Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Everything Everything, Ben Howard, Miles Kane, Benga and The Joy Formidable. For anyone with a more extreme side, that should be more than surf-ficient….
13th – 15th September - Portmeirion, Gwynedd
If you’ve never been to the Portmeirion in Gwynedd then you’re missing out on one of the UK’s most magical places. Notably the setting for 1960′s TV show The Prisoner, Portmeirion is a striking Italian village designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1875 on the West Coast of Wales. The architecture alone brings tourists from across the world, add to that a line up that includes Manic Street Preachers, Everything Everything, James Blake, I Am Kloot and The Staves and you’re in for one unforgettable weekend.
26th-28th July - Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire
Indietracks as the name (sort of) suggests is a fusion between steam trains and indie music. I know, it sounds like some sort of Peter Serafinowicz sketch, but with a line up featuring The Ballet, Bis, Camera Obscura, Fever Dreams and The Midland Railway this is the ultimate Indie geek indulgence.
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