Though it’s not exactly warm outside – an absolute world away from the weather we’ll be expecting at most festivals this summer – now is the best time to start planning ahead for any quirky music festivals worth attending in 2018.
Tickets are on sale and lineups are being revealed left right and centre – as well as activities, food vendors and anything else a festival may be offering. It’s the ideal time to make that decision really – just before the tickets sell out – especially if you’re not an early bird and prefer to wait and see a line up rather than buying (sometimes very expensive!) tickets early without knowing.
And so I present to you my glance at this year’s quirkiest music festivals…
Devon, 3rd – 5th August
Langaland Festival is fairly new to the market of music festivals, but anyone who is an avid go-er of festivals knows that this is a huge selling point. New and smaller music festivals always have a lot to offer before becoming hugely popular. This year’s offering includes a line up of Moriaty, Vienna Youth, The Lures and Major Leagues, and there’s also visual arts, theatre, spoken word, workshops and comedy to take your pick from. If you want to get ahead of your mates and visit something really up and coming, Langaland Festival is the way to do it…
Lincolnshire, 23rd – 26th August
A firm favourite of mine since my first venture to the festival a few years back, Lost Village is an immersive music festival guaranteed to have you tapping into your spiritual side. Though the music is mainly dance music, there’s also a few variations dotted about at the festival’s many different stages. As well as music, there’s comedy, fine dining, meditation, a lakeside spa and creative workshops. It’s entirely surreal and immersive, and it’s also one of the prettiest festivals too – think ribbon hanging from trees in a forest, teepee tents and abandoned chapels working as a stage for top DJ’s.
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Portmeirion, 7th – 10th September
This festival is set a little later in the year and is family friendly, taking part at the fairytale town of Portmeirion, in Wales. Fun fact: the name is taken from the lead character in cult TV show, The Prisoner, which was filmed at Portmeirion. This music-meets-art festival has something for everyone, with woodland runs, torchlit processions and boutique camping. If camping isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of hotels on site too, including a castle..!
Hampshire, 9th – 12th August
I know I’ve already had a guest post about this festival, but I’m just so excited that I’m going to mention it again. This festival is what you get when Secret Cinema meets Lost Village – the music, is of course the main event (headliners this year include Die Antwoord, Limp Biscuit and Gorillaz) but the festival itself is said to be like a giant film set with various districts/themes. There’s Old Town, Forest Parties and Whistlers green to name just a few, but I’m refusing to look up too much about them so it’s more of a surprise when I arrive. I am very excited to find myself a job/task at the job centre, as I love anything immersive like that..
North, Midlands and South, 26th – 28th May
Though it may not be quirky per say, this pop punk music festival stands out in the fact that it’s really only one day long (perfect for festival virgins) and is all punk rock/rock music – you won’t find any dance stages catering to non-rock fans here! There’s always a fun after party (where bands playing the festival are said to visit) and a fair variety of street food. This year’s line up boasts Jimmy Eat World, Good Charlotte, PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, Sleeping With Sirens and much more. Plus, because it’s so small, you always end up bumping into people you know and it’s very easy to go as a group and, well, not lose your friends (unless you get drunk and wander off like me every. single. year.)
These are just five music festivals I think are worth checking out this year but of course there are so many more. Quirky festivals are best when they’re new and unknown, however, so I do suggest you all to get on google or ask your friends for any other recommendations if you want something entirely unheard of..
Are you going to any music festivals this year? Let me know!