Mystic Sons' Guide To Budget Festivals

With mainstay festivals like Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds charging well over £200 for a ticket this year, it is fair to say that partying in 2017 has gotten mighty expensive. Not to say that these events don't offer value for money, but with so many acts being booked all for the same weekend, chances are you aren't going to see them all. Thankfully there are plenty of summer festivals this year, not just offering a great line-up of acts, but also not forcing their customers to break the bank.

So we decided to create a handy guide of what we think are the best budget festivals the UK has to offer this year. With a range of options for all musical tastes, check out our comprehensive list of 28 of 2017's must-visit festivals, all for less than £100 a ticket.


2000Trees Festival

When: 6th-8th July

Where: Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham

Notable Acts: Beach Slang, Get Inuit, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis, Gnarwolves, Rolo Tomassi, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tall Ships, Slotface, Tiger Cub.

Ticket Price: £100 for 3 days


51st State

When: 5th August

Where: Trent Park, Oakwood, London

Notable Acts: Masters At Work, Dimitri From Paris, Derrick Carter, Todd Terry, Wookie, Artful Dodger, Shola Ama, Norman Jay, Stylo G, Channel One Soundsystem, Purple Disco Machine.

Ticket Price: £40


Are You Listening? Festival

When: 22nd April

Where: Various Venues, Reading

Notable Acts: The Big Moon, Bad Sounds, Matt Maltese, Spring King, Huw Stephens (DJ), John Kennedy (DJ), Tom Williams, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Dream Wife.

Ticket Price: £13.50-£20.00


Bristol Sounds

When: 21st-24th June

Where: Bristol Harbourside, Canons Marsh Amphitheatre, Bristol

Notable Acts: Bonobo, Manic Street Preachers, British Sea Power, Craig David, Hacienda Classical.

Ticket Price: £30-£37.50


British Sound Project

When: 29th-30th September

Where: Victoria Warehouse, Stretford, Manchester

Notable Acts: Deaf Havana, Lonely The Brave, Twin Atlantic, The Horrors, Toy, White Lies, Foals (DJ), Band Of Skulls (DJ).

Ticket Price: £27.50-£33


Community Festival

When: 1st July

Where: Finsbury Park, London

Notable Acts: Catfish & The Bottlemen, Fickle Friends, Nothing But Thieves, Slaves, The Hunna, The Wombats.

Ticket Price: £35


Electrics Fields

When: 1st-2nd September

Where: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Notable Acts: Frightened Rabbit, Dizzee Rascal, Jackmaster, Artwork, Glass Animals, British Sea Power, Kate Tempest, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Real Esatate, Arab Strap, Band Of Horses.

Ticket Price: £95


Farr Festival

When: 13th-16th July

Where: Bygrave Wood, Newnham, Hetfordshire

Notable Acts: Bonzai, Booka Shade, SG Lewis, Todd Terje, Craig Richards, Leon Vynehall, General Levy, Omar-S, Floating Points (DJ).

Ticket Price: £90


FestEvol Gardens

When: 30th April

Where: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Notable Acts: The Parrots, Ulrika Spacek, Wild Beasts.

Ticket Price: £25


Field Day

When: 3rd June

Where: Victoria Park, London

Notable Acts: Run The Jewels, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, Joe Goddard, Arab Strap, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Loyle Carner, Slowdive, Thee Oh Sees.

Ticket Price: £64.50


Junction 2

When: 10th June

Where: Boston Manor Park, London

Notable Acts: Daphni, Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, DJ Koze.

Ticket Price: £45



When: 27th-28th May

Where: Melford Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk

Notable Acts: Newton Faulkner, Wheatus, Tinchy Stryder, Toploader, Goldie Lookin’ Chain.

Ticket Price: £35



When: 9th – 10th June

Where: Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, Devon

Notable Acts: Shy FX, Craig Charles, We Are Scientists, Fenech-Soler, Tourists, Liam Bailey, Little Comets.

Ticket Price: £69


Live At Leeds

When: 29th April

Where: Various Venues, Leeds

Notable Acts: Bad Sounds, Get Inuit, Clean Cut Kid, Wild Beasts, Vant, The Big Moon, The Bay Rays, The Amazons, The Magic Gang, Slaves, Rag N Bone Man, Off Bloom, Matt Maltese, Liv Dawson, Jagwar Ma, Let’s Eat Grandma.

Ticket Price: £32.50


Lockdown Festival

When: 1st-3rd September

Where: Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon

Notable Acts: Wilkinsonm Becky Hill, Gorgon City, Sigma, Jax Jones, Fred V & Grafix, Redlight, 1991, Oxide & Neutrino, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Hype.

Ticket Price: £95


Love Saves The Day

When: 27th-28th May

Where: Eastville Park, Bristol

Notable Acts: Little Dragon, Mura Masa, Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, Bicep, Hot Since 82, Zed Bias, DJ Die, Kate Tempest, Shy FX, Friction, Kano, My Nu Leng, Toddla T, BadBadNotGood, DJ Zinc.

Ticket Price: £39.50 (Day only available)


MADE Festival

When: 29th July

Where: Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham

Notable Acts: Giggs, Sub Focus, High Contrast, Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Chase & Status (DJ) Camo & Krooked, Stefflon Don.

Ticket Price: £40


Mutiny Festival

When: 27th-28th May

Where: King George V Fields, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Notable Acts: 50 Cent, Lethal Bizzle, Roger Sanchez, Jax Jones, Bontan, AJ Tracey, Roni Size, Big Narstie, MJ Cole, Chase & Status (DJ), Pendulum (DJ).

Ticket Price: £54.50


Penn Festival

When: 21st-22nd July

Where: The Big Park, Penn, Buckinghamshire

Notable Acts: Primal Scream, The Charlatans, Kate Nash, Wilkinson, P Money, Sigma, James, The Coral, Chris Lorenzo, Blonde, Maximo Park.

Ticket Price: £80 for weekend


Slam Dunk

When: 27th-29th May

Where: Leeds, Birmingham and Hatfield

Notable Acts: Enter Shikari, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Zebrahead, Fenix TX, Against Me!, Deaf Havana, Don Broco, The Bronx.

Ticket Price: £44


Sounds Of The City

When: 30th June – 8th July

Where: Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Notable Acts: Richard Ascroft, Levellers, Billy Bragg, Arcade Fire, James, Blossoms, The Coral.

Ticket Price: £23.50-£49.50 (depending on the day)



When: 22nd July

Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Notable Acts: Kaiser Chiefs, Billy Ocean, British Sea Power, Buzzcocks, Busted, Gabrille Aplin.

Ticket Price: £46 (Free for under-11s)


Sundown Festival

When: 1st-3rd September

Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich

Notable Acts: Giggs, Jaguar Skills, Mistajam, Shapes, Craig David, Pendulum, Kurupt FM, Rag N Bone Man, Raye, Wiley, Zak Abel, Disciples, Hannah Wants, Artful Dodger, Artwork, Noisia, Skream.

Ticket Price: £72-£99


The Great Escape

When: 18th-20th May

Where: Various Venues, Brighton

Notable Acts: Bad Sounds, Cabbage, Dan Croll, Dream Wife, Fickle Friends, Flamingods, Freak, Gabrille Aplin, Goose, H. Hawkline, Ibibio Sound Machine, Inheaven, Liv Dawson, Matt Maltese, Mo Kenney, Off Bloom, Rag N Bone Man, Rat Boy, Ray BLK, Sampa The Great, Shy Luv, Ten Fe, The Bay Rays, Zak Abel.

Ticket Price: £60


The Mighty Hoop-La

When: 4th June

Where: Victoria Park, London

Notable Acts: Years & Years, All Saints, Raye, Technotronic, Snap!, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Will Young, Alma, Charlotte Church.

Ticket Price: £30



When: 21st-23rd July

Where: Ponderosa Park, Sheffield

Notable Acts: The Libertines, Kano, Primal Scream, Toots & The Maytals, All Saints, M.O., Cate Le Bon, Blaenavon, Metronomy, Loyle Carner, Akala, The Coral, The Big Moon, The Magic Gang.

Ticket Price: £42


Victorious Festival

When: 25th-27th August

Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Notable Acts: Madness, Sundara Karma, Craig Charles, The Charlatans, Stereophonics, Jake Bugg, Frank Turner, Band Of Skulls, Frightened Rabbit, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Slaves, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Field Music, Temples, Toy.

Ticket Price: £20-£25 (Depending on the day)


Visions Festival

When: 5th August

Where: Various Venues, London

Notable Acts: Blanck Mass, Frankie Cosmos, Jenny Hval, Liars, SOPHIE.

Ticket Price: £27.50