There is no denying that festivals are big business in the UK. While many such as Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and Download have been running for decades, the size of these stalwart events has meant a growing number of people are wishing to attend year on year, leading to larger line-up and even heftier ticket prices. Now there is no denying that these large scale events are worth their weight when you count in exactly how many massive names fill their billings every year, but with so much to invest, punters are finding that smaller festivals with tighter and more refined line-ups are proving the way forward.
But with so much choice, it can be almost as overwhelming as deciding who to miss out on when two of your favourite artists share a time slot on two different stages. So we've scoured the line-ups of almost every festival going in hopes of finding the best value for money events going this year, and have come up with this handy guide so you can get the most out of your buck this festival season.
Since first emerging more than a decade ago, London's Field Day has grown from a simple one-day event at Victoria Park to an expansive two-day extravaganza in the city's Meridian Water. Always known for its cutting edge line-up, this year sees the event go bigger and better than ever, inviting household names such as Skepta, Diplo and Jorja Smith to this year's festivities. But while the setting may have changed, the event's eclectic nature remains a core part of its listings, bringing a mixture of alternative outfits such as Jungle and Deerhunter alongside high-profile DJs like The Black Madonna, Seth Troxler, Bonobo and many more.
Notable Acts: Skepta - Jorja Smith - Diplo - Jungle - Earl Sweatshirt - Bonobo (DJ Set) - Deerhunter - Octavian - Modeselektor
Price: Day - From £40, Weekend - £77.50, Available Here: fielddayfestivals.com/tickets
Slam Dunk Festival
Punk music has always had a special home in the UK, and Slam Dunk Festival has been at the forefront of bringing those big names to the main stage year on year. Yet while previous years focused more on the cutting edge additions to the scene, the 2019 line-up is filled with a strong surge of nostalgia as names like NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory and many more give this year's event a much needed boost towards the limelight. While the event also boasts a great deal of new generation artists such as Neck Deep and Boston Manor, the target audience for this year is certainly the older crowd who aren't quite ready to shave their mohawks just yet.
Notable Acts: All Time Low - NOFX - Bullet For My Valentine - Less Than Jake - New Found Glory - Bad Religion - Glassjaw
Price: £59, Available Here: www.slamdunkfestival.com
The Great Escape
Very much an integral part of this country's new music scene, the Brighton-based venue-hopping weekender The Great Escape has grown from a humble new music event to one of the most illustrious must-see festivals of the calendar. With a ethos that praises new and emerging artists, the line-up for this year's event seems to have become one of their biggest with headliner Lewis Capaldi now securing a number 1 single. Other artists such as AJ Tracey, Self Esteem, KAWALA and Zuzu having all been on our radar these last few months, they will no doubt become a huge national talking point once they perform at this festival.
Notable Acts: Lewis Capaldi - AJ Tracey - Self Esteem - KAWALA - Zuzu - Ak Patterson - Mykki Blanco - Indoor Pets
Price: From £62.50, Available Here: greatescapefestival.com
Live At Leeds
Not to be confused with the Leeds Festival later in the year, Live At Leeds is quickly beginning to grow into one of the nation's most praised small festivals. Much like The Great Escape, Live At Leeds looks to boast and promote a huge array of new and emerging talent, while also delivering on some very special headliners. With names like Sundara Karma, Tom Grennan and Metronomy capping off this year's billing, the single-day event is also hosting a huge array of cult interests including Black Honey, Dream Wife, Gengahr, Marsicans, Gently Tender and many more, hoping to see that this year sees it become the more renowned event in the city of Leeds.
Notable Acts: Sundara Karma - Tom Grennan - Metronomy - Black Honey - Dream Wife - Gently Tender - Gengahr
Price: £38, Available Here: www.liveatleeds.com
While it still remains in its infancy, the Finsbury Park-based festival Community is becoming one of the best value for money events going in 2019. With a small yet refined selection of artists this year, such as The Kooks, Kate Nash, Blossoms, Don Broco and The Amazons all set to perform, Community is all about quality over quantity. An ethos that has been reflected in the festivals ticket price, making it not only one of the cheapest festival on our list, but quite possible one of the lowest UK festival ticket prices going today. A must-see for anyone looking to catch some great live music without bending your wallet.
Notable Acts: The Kooks - Blossoms - Kate Nash - The Amazons - Don Broco - The Hunna - SWMRS - Blaenavon
Price: £40, Available Here: communityfestival.london