BY HANNAH LEDDEN
Summer season 2017 is fast approaching, and while many have had their calendars planned months ago with festivals and barbecues, there is always the chance to find some hidden gems
Thousands of people every year stand over their computers and rush to be the first in the line for tickets to the top festivals of the year. Glastonbury, V Festival and Latitude are among just a few of many people’s summer traditions. However, rising costs and crowds have prompted many to ditch the masses in favour of some of the smaller events the UK has to offer.
Liverpool International Music Festival
One of the main drawbacks to the larger events on the summer calendar are the rising costs of tickets. This festival brings big names but a very small price. In its fifth year, and growing in popularity since its first season, LIMF offers free events and ticketed gigs at a small cost of £19. Evie Knapper, 16, from the Wirral is one of many fans.
“The fact the main event was free was obviously one of the main things that attracted me, but it has become so popular around here – everyone who can, goes along.”
Another difference between LIMF and the classic festivals is despite being a three-day event, there is no option to camp. This leaves more options for a smaller event to book popular acts such as 2017 headliners Katy B, Gorgon City and Corinne Bailey Rae.
“I was surprised by the big names that were at the festival, especially because it was offered as a free event,” said Evie. “It was nice to see smaller music acts as well that I hadn’t heard of but now I love.”
LIMF takes place on the 20th-23rd July 2017
The cotswold hills form the backdrop for this three-day festival which aims to create a full experience for its campers. Named by the Guardian as one of the best small festivals, 2000Trees is a fully formed rock and indie event with a crowd of 5000.
Andrew Rea, living in Cheltenham and a co-founder of the festival, highlighted what he sees as being so special about the smaller music events. “Small festival organisers care about their events so much more. Visitors are loyal because they know everyone is ready to enjoy the best weekend of the year and everyone works really hard behind the scenes.”
It seems the atmosphere at smaller festivals is a main reason behind people choosing to venture into something new during the summer each year. Andrew argues that this vision begins with the initial idea behind the unique music events. “Small festival organisers have an independent spirit and do it for love, not money.”
2000Trees will take over the cotswolds on the 6th – 8th July 2017
End of the Road Festival
Set in the countryside of Devon, End of the Road was created to combine its founders’ favourite musicians. No VIP areas, and an atmosphere suitable for all, from the young music lover to families with children; this festival seems to be the best of both worlds.
As well as headline music and comedy acts, End of the Road includes workshops and film screenings to suit all tastes. Top of the bill at this year’s event includes Father John Misty as well as Mac Demarco and Bill Callahan.
It all kicks off on the 31st August – 3rd September 2017
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