5 ‘Cheap’ Festivals To Hit Up This Summer

Whether you went to Glastonbury or not, you will know how incredible it was. You either slid your way through glorious, thick mud in Pilton or you watched Adele’s emotional performance (complete with her f-word filled commentary) on the TV, at home.

Regardless, Glastonbury reminded us all of one important lesson: the UK knows how to do festivals. And, unlike Glastonbury, they don’t all cost a year’s worth of savings to attend.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite UK festivals taking place over the next few weeks (some of which are free!) Check them outtttt…

Dalston Music Festival

Saturday 9th July (yes, this weekend…)

Gillett Square

Organised by a talented group of ‘music addicts’ in Hackney — a new(ish) festival to celebrate the music and culture of North London. Think beers, lots of food stalls and a loaaad of eclectic music. Dalston Music Festival is in its second year after a massive turnout in 2015. Last year Gillett square was ALIVE and didn’t cost us anything to enjoy. Buy a ticket here, or be cheeky and turn up to enjoy the free stages like we did!


Saturday 9th July (also this weekend…)

If you have more cash to flash this weekend, check out Sunfall, branded as the ‘new festival for London’. Sunfall is in its first year and brought to you by the guys behind Phonox, XOYO and Outlook Festival. Head straight to Brockwell park to enjoy (this long list) of ‘jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco’. And in the evening, you have the choice of 9 different venues, where headline acts include Jamie XX and Joy Orbison. Choosing where to go in the evening will be tough, but the Bussey building has our vote, it always has our vote.


Sunday 17th July

Located smack bang in Victoria park, Citadel has confirmed it’s line-up which boasts both Caribou and the euphoric, Sigur Rós. For all those less interested in the music, Citadel has a sick food line-up too, including our favourites, Bao, Bubbledogs and Dalston’s finest pizza parlour, Voodoo Rays. Advanced tickets are still available here.

Visions Festival

Saturday 6th August

Visions festival is held across various venues in Hackney, including the legendary Oval Space and London Fields Brewhouse. Anna Calvi, Young Fathers and Lindstrøm are all performing — need we say more? Like Citadel, Visions Festival offers a lot more than music — this year you can expect to appreciate local artwork, take part in black metal yoga and even watch a dog show. Heads up though, this one has sold out very quickly in the past, so we reccomend bagging tickets asap.

Notting Hill Carnival

Sunday 28th – Monday 29th August

Obviously, you know about this one already — the two days of the year we smash heinous amounts of red stripe and work our way through the jerk chicken stalls. Notting Hill Carnival started back in 1966 and is a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture. Every year since, the carnival has proved to be an amazing show of sound, colour and solidarity — a classic street rave. No need to buy a ticket for this — though you might want to consider which ‘after party’ to go to.

THE END. But not really the end. Be sure to enter our Sunfall ticket competition. Or tell us how you’d love to spend your summer using #LOOTGOALS on Twitter and Instagram #LOOTGOALS



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