8 of the UK's best boutique festivals

1st Apr 2013 | 07:30

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Farmfestival
26 - 27 July, Somerset, UK

Embracing the true spirit of festival hosting, Farmfestival started as a party for friends, before it grew to encompass friends of friends, friends of friends of friends and so on. It supports local producers and suppliers, gives a chunk of the proceeds to charity and is known for its all-embracing friendliness.

Headliners: Ghostpoet, Art Brut

Dates: 26 - 27 July

Location: Bruton, Somerset

Tickets:Weekend tickets £50

Other line-up highlights:

Black Strobe, DJ Die, Reeps One, Laid Blak, The Lovely Eggs, Son Of Dave (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Hevy Fest
2 - 4 August, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent

A bona fide punk-fest bringing together the best of US and UK talent, not to mention some rare festival exclusives (Descendents!), without getting all ‘Warped Tour’ on everything.

Headliners: Black Flag, Hatebreed

Dates: 2 - 4 August

Location: Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent

Tickets:Weekend tickets £99

Other line-up highlights:

Comeback Kid, Horse The Band, The Menzingers, Metz, Circle Takes The Square, Tigers Jaw, Heights (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Secret Garden Party
25 - 28 July, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

This year’s theme is ‘Superstition’ and we expect it to be as wholeheartedly embraced as ever in a variety of weird costumes, set-pieces and spectacle. If you like your festivals colourful, exhibitionist and full of invention, this could be for you.

Headliners: Soulwax, Django Django

Dates: 25 - 28 July

Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Tickets:Weekend tickets from £191

Other line-up highlights:

Regina Spector, Goldie, Big Youth, Bastille, Public Service Broadcasting, Bobby Tank, Willy Mason, Zane Lowe (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Beacons Festival
16 - 18 August, Heslaker Farm, Skipton

A high brow selection of indie, dance and hip hop hosted within the scenic Yorkshire Dales. Beacons appeals to the serious muso without being po-faced - conveying a relaxed air and a very definite sense of fun.

Headliners: Bonobo, Django Django, Local Natives

Dates: 16 - 18 August

Location: Heslaker Farm, Skipton

Tickets:Weekend tickets from £109.50, day tickets from £35

Other line-up highlights:

Solange, John Talabot, David Rodigan, Oneman, Dutch Uncles, Fucked Up, Theo Parrish, Ghostpoet, Bicep (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Boardmasters
7 - 11 August, Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall

There’s (a really quite valid) argument that, with sponsorship from Vans and Relentless and a capacity of 14,500, Boardmasters is not a boutique festival at all. We’ve included it here because it offers big festival names in a top location for under £90 and its popularity with extreme sports types gives it a flavour of its own. A definite alternative.

Headliners: Basement Jaxx, The Vaccines, Ben Howard

Dates: 7 - 11 August

Location: Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £105, day tickets from £43

Other line-up highlights:

Everything Everything, Miles Kane, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, Grand Master Flash, Tom Odell, MJ Cole, Delphic (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Standon Calling
2 - 4 August, Standon, Hertfordshire

Hosted in the grounds of founder Alex Trenchard’s manor house, Standon is one of the flagship ‘boutiques’. Its ‘DIY ‘til I die’ attitude, Standon-only quirkiness (swimming pool with sound system, disco in the cowshed) and late-running schedule, create an experience that events charging twice the price can’t match.

Headliners: De La Soul, Band Of Skulls, Digitalism

Dates: 3 - 5 August

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

Tickets:Weekend tickets from £99

Other line-up highlights:

Alunageorge, Bastille, The D.O.T, Toy, The Joy Formidable, Public Service Broadcasting, King Charles (full line-up)

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Leopallooza
2 - 4 August, Bude, Cornwall

Morphing from a house party (in a field) that sort of spun out of control into a fully-fledged festival, Leopallooza now aims to showcase local bands and entice acts to play an area full of music lovers, but somehow always missed by touring bands.

Headliners: To be announced

Dates: 2 - 4 August

Location: Bude, Cornwall

Tickets:Weekend tickets £60, Sunday only tickets £15

Other line-up highlights:

Line-up yet to be announced

8 of the UK's best boutique festivals
Truck
19 - 20 July, Hill Farm, Oxford

One of the first of the current wave of boutique festivals, Truck celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. It has a capacity of just 5,000 and it’s famed for its community spirit, great bands and friendly vibe.

Headliners: The Horrors, Spiritualized

Dates: 20 - 21 July

Location: Steventon, Oxford

Tickets:Weekend tickets £74

Other line-up highlights:

Ash, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Dry the River, Gaz Coombes, Rolo Tomassi, We Are The Ocean, The Joy Formidable, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Bo Ningen, Ady Suleiman, Arcane Roots (full line-up)

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