How to do festivals in 2014

As the current academic year comes to a close, the summer holidays are slowly becoming the sole topic of conversation. In order to procrastinate and avoid the extremely depressing subject of pending examinations, everyone is deciding what deserves their precious time when freedom comes their way.

Regardless of whether they are deciding to book a cheeky trip to Magaluf or deciding what weekend would be perfect for that much needed flat reunion, everyone has summer on the brain. One of the major choices made during this time of year revolves around the topic of festivals. What festival has the best line up? Is it best to stay in the UK or go abroad? With a whole load of festivals taking place annually, there are a vast amount of options and it is crucial to decide which festival is right for you and your bank account.


The UK always has an amazing range of festivals catering to all different music tastes. With options like Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park and Wireless, it is obvious why people struggle each year when deciding which festival is best for them. As appealing as these festivals are, they are not always kind to our wallets. When the funds are not on your side, it is often best to find alternative ways to enjoy these festivals. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at a festival which provides the enjoyment of the festival for no cost at all! Although there is no guarantee that you will be chosen to volunteer, the more festivals you apply to, the more chance you will have of being chosen. Check out the Jolly Green Sherpa’s website for more information on how to get involved.

Festivals abroad tend to be cheaper than those within the UK. An example of this is the Benicassim Festival that takes place every year in Spain, providing eight days of camping and four days of sensational music for just £150. This is far cheaper than a weekend ticket at festivals like Reading and Glastonbury. Also, it’s important not to forget travel costs – it’s easy to get cheap flights to countries like Spain with the help of websites such as lastminute.com.

One thing that people tend to forget is that there are festivals around the UK that are absolutely free! The Roundhouse in Camden, London, host an event every summer called The Camden Beach. With live music, food and cocktails on offer, it’s the perfect place for all those people who can’t afford to go to a major festival. Similarly, there is no harm in applying to win tickets for festivals such as the iTunes festival. Who knows, by downloading the iTunes festival app on a whim and crossing your fingers, you might be given the opportunity to watch the amazing Justin Timberlake or Pharrell Williams do their thing on stage for free!


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