Largely set in the stunning scenery of forests, lake sides and open countryside, boutique festivals make for a smaller and more vibrant alternative to the major festivals scattered across the summer months. These are the sorts of musical bashes that make for the memorable experiences and we believe your summers would be incomplete without at least one of these in your diary.
Here, we run through the best in boutique festivals that the UK has to offer and where we recommend you head. Be sure to keep an eye out over the next few weeks for our run-throughs of more festivals that we believe should be a necessity to your summer.
Barn On The Farm
Who’s headlining: Tom Odell + further headliners TBA
Who we’ll be down the front for: Lucy Rose, Dagny, Rationale, Liv Dawson, Amber Run
Where and when: Over Farm Market, Gloucester. 29 June – 2 July
Kicking off with arguably the most boutique of them all on this list, Barn On The Farm is quite literally within a barn on a farm and may be our favourite pick of them all. Quaint as can be and packed with indie pop’s finest, expect acoustic sets all over the place in the most charming and rural setting that a festival is ever going to get. Tickets and information can be found right here.
Festival Number 6
Who’s headlining: Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai
Who we’ll be down the front for: Hercules & Love Affair, Laura Mvula, Skott, Vaults, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon
Where and when: Portmeirion, Wales. 7 – 10 Sept
Tucked away in the tourist village of Portmeirion in North Wales, Festival No.6 (pictured at the top) encapsulates everything we’d want from a festival and more, even declaring itself the “most stunning festival setting in the world.” A winner of numerous festival accolades, Festival No.6 already boasts one of 2017’s finest line-ups which you can check out for yourself right here.
Who’s headlining: The Cinematic Orchestra, Metronomy + further headliner TBA
Who we’ll be down the front for: Shura, Anna Of The North, The Japanese House, Pumarosa, Bonzai
Where and when: Winchester, Hampshire. 6 – 8 July
Back for 2017 with a brand new “Bizarre” them, Blissfields would probably give the current textbook definition of “charming” a run for its money. Complete with boutique camping, hand picked food traders across the tiny site and a stellar line up in the middle of the Hampshire countryside , it’s our new favourite place to catch the best in music in the most intimate of settings. Take a look here for tickets and details.
End Of The Road
Who’s headlining: Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Billy Callahan
Who we’ll be down the front for: PWR BTTM, Perfume Genius, Marika Hackman, IDER, PIXX
Where and when: Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire. 31 Aug – 3 Sept
Renowned for showcasing the best in alternative, indie and folk, End Of The Road invites its punters into the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in rural Wiltshire for the most chilled out festival experience you’re likely to find. Back with their most immersive line up to date, a look at their website’s gallery of the event is going to be all the convincing you need to whip the tent out for this late summer bash. More info available here.
Who’s headlining: Aphex Twin
Who we’ll be down the front for: Hannah Diamond, Mura Masa, Loyle Carner, Lady Leshurr, Rae Morris
Where and when: Victoria Park, London. 3 June
One of central London’s multiple well established festivals, Field Day is perfect for anyone after a single day event that is unlikely to require the need of wellies. A sell out each year, those wishing for a ticket should best get a move on as the allure of an exclusive Aphex Twin headline set is set to make Field Day one of the year’s most exciting music events. Check it out for yourself over here.
Who’s headlining: Foals
Who we’ll be down the front for: Laura Marling, Maggie Rogers, Sylvan Esso, Bonobo, Ry X
Where and when: Victoria Park, London. 16 July
Another for those wanting to condense the festival experience down into one day, Citadel combines music, arts and creativity whilst transforming Victoria park into “a sun drenched utopia.” Better still, an exclusive Foals headline set, Kopperburg urban forest and the mysterious A Blaze Of Feathers band cropping up on line ups are all on the bill. What’s not to love? Check it all out over here.
Who’s headlining: Years & Years
Who we’ll be down the front for: All Saints, Girli, Raye, Will Young, Alma
Where and when: Victoria Park, London. June 4
Beloved, energetic, queer party hosts Sink The Pink are the team behind this one so we’re already off to a good start. With an exclusive UK festival set from Years & Years alongside the likes of All Saints, Will Young and Charlotte Church, you’re going to want to whip the glitter out for this one. Info can be found right here.