If you’re not a fan of Glastonbury or you just couldn’t get tickets, there are some wonderful alternatives out there amongst the ever-growing world of festivals. Even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘festival goer’ there really is something for everyone, so it’s worth doing a bit of homework to find one that could be perfect for you. Not all of them involve being caked in mud and camping in a boggy field, so if that’s holding you back or you just need a bit of inspiration, take a look at our top 5 alternatives to Glastonbury and you’ll be in the festival spirit in no time!
Top 5 Alternatives to Glastonbury
The Palatial Festival
A festival and a palace aren’t usually things you expect to go hand in hand, but the ‘Caught By The River Festival’ bucks the trend in style. A cool, contemporary and understated group of artists and musicians play the grounds of one of London’s hidden gems; Fulham Palace. It’s pretty hard to resist the temptation of lazing on a summer’s day and grazing on the delicious food on offer, surrounded by this beautiful building. The festival takes place on the 6th-7th of August and celebrates the very best in music, arts and the natural world. So if slumming it isn’t your thing, this could be the festival for you.
The Supreme Festival
Grace Jones, Leanne La Havas, Burt Bacherach and Kelis to name but a few, the Love Supreme Jazz Festival line up has surpassed itself this year. Held just outside the beautiful town of Lewes in Sussex, you’re just a stone’s throw from the stunning South Downs, which makes a trip to the area even more worthwhile. Expect a well organised, relaxed festival, that’s as cool as a cucumber and don’t think its overkill to dress sharp should the mood take you. Taking place from the 1st -3rd of July, you can also upgrade to a ‘Love Supremium’ ticket if you want some special treatment!
The Beautiful Festival
If you’re going to make the effort to go to a festival and pay the money, you may as well pick somewhere in a stunning location. The beautiful Brecan Beacons plays host to the fantastic Green Man festival, so you won’t be disappointed with the scenery. James Blake, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts and Belle & Sebastian are some of many good bands performing, but the live music is complemented with an abundance of good food, fine ales and ciders from local Welsh breweries. If you’re a film buff, you’ll also be able to catch some movies while you’re there including ‘High Rise’ and ‘A Bigger Splash’.
The Retro Festival
If you’re not too bothered about the music, but you want to get involved in something collective and get a bit dressed up, you could go for something a little more alternative like the Goodwood Revival Festival. If you’re a lover of automobiles, especially the classic variety or you’re just a fan of all things vintage, a visit to The Goodwood this September is a must. For the duration of the festival the Goodwood Estate is taken back in time and is awash with people dressed in vintage clothing and surrounded by classic design. For a retro enthusiast it’s a feast for the senses and a great festival to visit if you’re a keen photographer. Take a look at the revival style ‘best dressed’ page to get a flavour for the look.
The Proper Festival
If you really want the traditional festival experience and you’re gutted that you couldn’t be at Glastonbury, we would strongly recommend giving Latitude a go. Its line-up of musical acts never disappoint and are often a concentrated selection of those appearing at Glasto. If you’re not particularly bothered about chasing around catching the bands and you just want to enjoy being at a festival you can head out and about and find the forest, the comedy tent or silent disco for a dance. There’s an alternative buzz in the air and a vast array of entertainment surrounding the stunning central Latitude Lake to keep you happy, even if there is a little rain.
Returning to Normality..
Unfortunately we can’t supply you with the things you need to make your festival more comfortable but what we can do is assist you with what you need when you come home…
Our wellington stands and boot rack make the perfect spot to give your festival worn boots a rest when they return from the wild and when you get in from the great outdoors. Cosy up on the sofa in one of our nice warm throws and you’ll feel rejuvenated in no time!
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