This article was originally commissioned for SheerLuxe.com.
Festival season has reached its peak. Our social media feeds are flooded with sun-drenched festival-goers enjoying a roster of the world’s top music talent which, combined with an unusually dry summer, is enough to make those of us without tickets green with envy. But it’s not too late! We’ve rounded up our top six boutique festivals from around the UK that you can still get tickets to this summer. Just don’t hang around!
End of the Road Festival, 31st Aug – 3rd Sept, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets/
One for serious music buffs. End of the Road festival was founded in 2005 with the following mission: to book the bands that the organisers love, and present them in a way that respects the music and the audience. This year they’ve got Father John Misty, Mac Demarco and Bill Callahan headlining, with well-established comedy acts, film screenings and literary talks providing enticing supporting acts. What’s more, it’s all set in the grounds of the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Festival No 6, 7th – 10th September, Portmeirion, Wales www.festivalnumber6.com/tickets-info/ticket-prices/
Music, culture, food and activities come together to produce the unique Festival No. 6. Based in the iconic Mediterranean-inspired coastal village of Portmeirion in Wales, the festival is held in venues located across the town. An immersive experience, this year big names Bloc Party, Mogwai and The Flaming Lips are topping the bill. It’s unlikely, but if you get bored of the music then Irvine Welsh, Adam Buxton and Nish Kumar are all making appearances, too.
Electric Fields, 1st – 2nd September, Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland electricfieldsfestival.com/tickets/
In the beautiful grounds of Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland, Electric Fields festival offers an exciting line up of established and up-and-coming artists, with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Dizzee Rascal playing this year. It’s not all about the music though: there’s also a real ale festival, fairground and a well-stocked food market. Plus, check out their boutique camping options: the yurts and bell tents available offer a weekend camping in style under the Scottish stars.
Standon Calling, 27th – 30th July, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire standon-calling.com/tickets/
Only a short skip and jump from London, Standon Calling sets up every year in leafy Hertfordshire. This year’s theme is ‘Tales of the Enchanted Valley’ and, in addition to top-class music from the likes of Clean Bandit and Grace Jones, there’s a costume parade and competition, plus lots of comedy and cultural happenings on the calendar.
Houghton Festival, 10th – 13th August, King’s Lynn, Norfolk www.houghtonfestival.co.uk/tickets/
If you go down to the woods today… You’ll discover some world class electronic music. A weekend specially curated by DJ Craig Richardson, the festival is a three-day smorgasbord of art and music based in the grounds of Houghton Hall in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Set in thick woodland around a lake, there is also art and sculpture on display by selected artists, and spontaneous, back-to-back DJ sets are encouraged.
Leopallooza, 28th – 30h July, Week St Mary, Cornwall www.leopallooza.com/tickets/
If you like your festival with a side of Cornish charm, then look no further than Leopallooza. Self-styled as “the greatest house party…in a field”, the festival is based close to the coast in idyllic North Cornwall. With an irreverent and informal feel, this year it’s hosting The Cribs, Maximo Park and Gabrielle Aplin, plus a BBC Introducing stage.