5 Underground Festivals to Try this Summer

Festival season is soon commencing; it’s time to get excited for quality music, colourful glitter and sunshine – if the British weather is on our side! Partying at festivals and enjoying time with family and friends is one of the best things to do over summer so why not do both?


Let us take a look at the best underground festivals to try this summer.

Field Maneuvers, South-East England

One day a group of friends got together and came up with the brilliant idea to start their own music festival. They wanted to create a banging party that they would love to attend for people alike. It’s basically a huge rave created by clubbers for clubbers channelling the spirit of 90s free parties. The festival remains small and exclusive, with a limit of 700 people, to stand out amongst other UK festivals. It takes people back to the fundamentals focusing on the line-up, sound systems and positive vibes. It’s simply all about the party. The location is top secret and is only revealed to those who buy tickets. One clue; it’s on the outskirts of London. This year’s line-up is made up of underground DJs including K-Hand, Powder and Ryan Elliot.

31st August – 2nd September, tickets from £119.

Kelburn Garden Party, North Ayrshire

A mix of folk, funk, reggae, jazz, house and hip-hop this festivals a bit of everyone. The colourful festival is based at Kelburn castle. The fairy tale setting recently had a magical makeover by a team of Brazilian artists for a wacky and diverse vibe. This year Kelburn Garden Party are bringing something new with a high-end audio for an amazing electronic music experience. This calls for a bigger stage and bigger names including underground legend Goldie and Auntie Flo.

29th June – 2nd July, tickets from £109

Junction 2, Brentford

This hidden gem has a killer line-up. The London festival is quite small, but made up of iconic dance DJs including Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and Adam Beyer. Junction 2 is all about the music and atmosphere. The day festival provides the best sound production with five different stages. You can wonder into the woods for a rave or enter the old fashioned ware house for an underground vibe. It is literally located under a motorway junction which inspires the unique name of the festival.

9th June, tickets from £59.50

Boomtown Fair, Winchester

The wackiest and most bizarre festival the UK has to offer is Boomtown Fair. There’s so much going on – carnival dancers, circus and cowboys! The independent festival combines music with theatre, interactive set design and freedom. The 14 magnificent stages and areas created are all very different. Each one is like a mini town. From entering a glowing forest party with magical butterflies and colourful stream lights to visiting Whilsters Green for a chilled out soul vibe surrounded by saunas and hot tubs. There’s also a luxury camping site for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Skylark camp offers snug yurts, hip tipis and bright podpads. This festival is definitely one of a kind. Fun, quirky and creative. The line-up consists of a range of artists including Chris Lorenzo, China Bowls and Esme Worrell.

9th – 12th August, tickets from £135

Port Elliot, Cornwall

An alternative festival that celebrates music, food, fashion, imagination, nature and fun. It allows people to explore the Cornish culture by the sea. Live bands and quirky DJs are set to perform in the boathouse including Teleman, Hannah Peel and Anna Burch. The festival is full of laughter down by the comedy stage. In previous years Port Elliot have seen stand up performances by Dawn French and Noel Fielding. As well as the cheery atmosphere there’s also a relaxing area where people can practice yoga or take part in mediation to relieve stress – wellbeing is important! Port Elliot have introduced a new and trendy agenda for fashion art. Express your style in fashion shows and learn about the history of Cornwall’s fashion in exhibitions. It’s a chance to take in the beautiful landscape and get to know Cornwall.

26th – 29th July, tickets from £145

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