Cheap Music Festivals 2017

With the prevalence of luxury camping and catering options, festivals are no longer the preserve of the young. The prospect of a 3-day escape packed with music, dancing (and booze!) is increasingly appealing to an older demographic too, as well as families. In addition, the rising cost of European travel in the Brexit fallout is influencing consumers to consider cheap holiday options in the UK. But going to a major festival isn’t cheap either. The price of festival tickets goes up each year and yet you don’t seem to have any more money in your pocket. Many festivals offer family deals with cheap prices for children, but adults will still be paying around £200 just for a ticket. With that in mind, we decided to list some of our favourite cheap music festivals taking place in 2017. You might not be able to see the huge headliners like Ed Sheeran and Kasabian, but you’ll get a smaller and friendlier boutique event, at a fraction of the price!


  • Dates: 21-23 July
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Tickets: £49.50 (Under 12s go free!)
  • Line-up: The Libertines, Primal Scream, Metronomy, The Coral, All Saints, Toots & The Maytals, Twin Atlantic

There is something for everyone at Sheffield’s Tramlines festival, with the classic indie vibes provided by the Libertines and Primal Scream, 90s pop from All Saints and one of the most successful ska acts of all time in Toots & The Maytals. The festival prides itself on being open to everyone and is a bargain at under £50!

Field Day

  • Date: 3 June
  • Location: Victoria Park, London
  • Tickets: £64.50
  • Line-up: John Cooper Clarke, Aphex Twin, Slowdive, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, Flying Lotus

Field Day is a festival in the heart of London which tries to evoke a village community feel in its urban surroundings. It is musically diverse, ranging from indie-rock to hip-hop and dance and everything in between. As with most festivals in the city, this day event is a camping-free zone, but with multiple stages, it’s great value for money!


  • Date: 1-3 September
  • Location: Frogmore Hill, Stevenage
  • Tickets: £65 for adults, £150 for family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • Line-up: Razorlight, Carl Barat and the Jackals, Vant, The Sherlocks, YAK, Blackwaters, The Wholls

Wilkestock promises to bring the excitement of Glastonbury in a more intimate setting and at a fraction of the price. Even better, all the money goes to the Lymphoma and Leukaemia research charity. This independent festival has been running for ten years and has seen some of the UK’s best up and coming bands play its stages. Catch the next big thing at a festival in 2017 while they’re still cheap!

Y Not? Festival

  • Date: 27-30 July
  • Location: Derbyshire
  • Tickets: £114.50
  • Line-up: Stereophonics, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, Happy Mondays, Clean Bandit

Y Not? Festival was started by some sixth form students in 2006 when their party plans fell through. While it has grown considerably in stature since then, the capacity is capped at 8, 000 so it’s a great opportunity to see some big bands in a smaller setting, as well as a whole range of unsigned talent. The organisers have also tried to maintain the intimate, non-commercial vibe that characterised the festival at the beginning, and many of the bands are encouraged to camp with festivalgoers.

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