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5 festivals you NEED to go to this summer!

The long, sunny days of summer are definitely on the horizon now, which means that it’s time for us to pack our tents, sun cream and wellies (this is the UK after all) and go to one of the many incredible festivals on offer this year. Glastonbury might be sold out but there are still loads to choose from; we’ve picked out our favourite five so you can start to budget for them, and if you need a bit of extra cash to afford a ticket, why not sign up with us and take part in some paid market research?

Reading Festival

If you didn’t get a ticket for Glastonbury, Reading Festival is probably the closest you’ll get in terms of attracting the biggest names, and you’ll find it much easier to get your hands on some tickets. It takes place in Reading between August 27th and 25th, tickets cost £213, and they can be purchased online without registration. Headlining this year are Bastille, Eminem, Muse and Two Door Cinema Club, making this long-running festival a very viable alternative to Glasto.

Bestival

If you like something a little more alternative and you can never get enough of wearing fancy dress, this four-day boutique music festival is the one for you. Bestival takes place in Lulworth Cove Estate in Dorset between September 7th and 10th this year and this year’s fancy dress theme is ‘Increase the Peace’. Tickets are relatively cheap for a festival – just £170 for the whole weekend – and the line up includes The XX, Pet Shop Boys and Dizzee Rascal.

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Latitude

If you like your festivals to be a little more on the civilised side, Latitude combines incredible line up acts with literature, poetry, comedy, cabaret and dance. It provides various tiers of luxury camping, so you don’t have to rough it if you don’t want to, and has an emphasis on family entertainment, making it the idea festival to take the kids to. Headliners this year include The 1975 and Fleet Foxes, it runs from 13th – 16th July at Henham Park, Suffolk, and weekend tickets cost £197.50.

2000trees

If you find the bigger festivals too overwhelming and expensive, there is an awful lot of fun to be had at smaller offerings. 2000trees happens in Upcote Farm, Withington, which is just outside of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. Weekend tickets for this award winning independent festival are just £110, making it much more affordable than the larger ones, and the smaller scale makes it much easier to catch all the bands. 2000trees brings together the best new and underground British music, and the line up this year includes Slaves, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox and Nothing But Thieves.

Boomtown Fair

Now in its ninth year, Boomtown Fair is a festival that has to be experienced to be believed. Split into 9 different districts, Boomtown has its own elaborate mythos, which includes a town mayor, elections, passports and much more. It takes place in Matterley Estate in Hampshire between August 13th and 16th and weekend tickets cost £155. The line up this year includes The Specials, M.I.A, Cypress Hill, Toots and the Maytals and Alabama 3.

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