There’s nothing quite like the UK festival scene. So as festival season is right around the corner, we’ve put together our 5 favourite boutique festivals. While we all love Glastonbury, the UK has a great offering of independent festivals, all with their own individual flair, that are well worth checking out. So grab your wellies, and your roll-over backpack, and get ready to party the summer away.
Lost Village, Lincolnshire - 22-25 August
Lost Village is a four day extravaganza of electronic, disco and indie music, supplemented with theatre, comedy, food and wellbeing events. All of which is set within a decorated lakeside woodland that contains wooden cabins, a junkyard and an abandoned chapel. In between taking a yoga class or relaxing in the hot tub, you can check out the musical acts that include Maribou State, Richie Hawtin and Little Dragon.
Shindig, Somerset - 23-26 May
Returning for a 5th year, Shindig aspires to feel like a Bank Holiday party with friends, rather than a full-scale festival. It prides itself on being a family friendly festival with workshops for younger attendees including DJing and breakdancing. There’s also a pub, local stalls and smaller performance areas showing off circus and comedy acts. The line up includes Estelle, Huey Morgan and DJ Kenny Dope. Start planning your fancy dress now, this years theme encourages you to ‘Get Fruity’.
Neverworld, Kent - 1-4 August
Pick your tribe; pirates, mermaids or lostboys? Neverworld encourages you to join one for the weekend through fancy dress. This fantasy ‘Peter Pan’ theme runs throughout the site with a sandy beach party arena, a fortress stage, a pirates goldmine rave and Pan’s playground. The festival started life as LeeFest, when Lee Denny held a festival in his backyard when his parents went on holiday - so it has a healthy does of rebellion. The line up is bigger than the others, with the Vaccines and Craig David billed to play.
All About Love, Somerset - 6th June
Now held at one of the UK’s best wild swimming spots, Warleigh Weir, All About Love is the festival for modern day hippies. With a focus on all things natural environment, there are events on alternative therapies and well-being. There are even places where you can learn den and raft building, and of course live music. Last year the festival was threatened with closure due to the amount of litter left behind, so there is a big focus on being environmentally friendly for 2019.
Moovin, Greater Manchester - 23-25 August
Moovin is the feel-good party of 2019. Influenced by the 90’s rave scene, the line up includes Soul II Soul, Morcheeba and Big Daddy Kane. Alongside this are back to back sets from well-known and emerging DJ’s playing funk, soul, house and RnB. Held in Etherow country park, performance spaces include a barn and an open-sided cowshed. With ethically sourced food and cocktails, there are circus and and other theatre performances to keep you entertained all weekend long.