The filth and madness of a music festival can be quite daunting for some people. The concept of launching crowd surfing strangers over your head, not being able to shower or use a functional toilet for days and the inability to relieve yourself from the knee deep mud is a somewhat terrifying thought. If you are one of these people, never fear. The UK is home to masses of small festivals which are perfect to ease you into the swing of things.
So, here are a few small-scale festivals that may take your fancy for 2014.
Redfest – Redhill, Surrey
Redfest is a two day music festival located just 30 minutes outside of London. Launching into it’s 8th year, Redfest excels in creating a line up which balances the desires of pop and alternative teens, acoustic heartthrobs and hard rock enthusiasts. Redfest offers something for everyone, including a jam-packed silent disco on both nights. Redfest has extended it’s acoustic stage this year and is building their reputation for hosting many emerging bands and artists.
2014 line up includes: Peace, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Skindred, Hudson Taylor, The Skints, Sivu, Coasts and Jaws.
Blissfields – Winchester, Hampshire
Since 2000, Blissfields has specialised in becoming a festival that is beaming with character and craze. Blissfields provides a sensational and interactive family area, the ‘Blisscotheque’ – unleashing the hottest dance tracks of all time and two thriving main stages. Since 2013, they have also incorporated the ‘Fields of Bliss Spa’. Consisting of multiple wood-fired hot tubs across the festival fields and on the roof of a double-decker bus!
2014 line up includes: Spector, Bipolar Sunshine, Johnny Flynn, Wolf Alice, Dub Pistols, Sleigh Bells and Snakehips.
Standon Calling – Standon, Hertfordshire
Set on the vast lawn of a 16th century manor house, Standon Calling stands out as one of the most quirky little festivals that the UK has to offer. With a yearly theme, a nightclub in a cowshed and on-site swimming pool, they really seem to focus on providing a weekend slightly out of the ordinary. Along with this comes the well thought-out line up, tailoring to an array of preferences and genres.
2014 line up includes: Frank Turner, Maximo Park, Peace, Public Enemy, Clean Bandit, Ella Eyre and King Charles.
Boardmasters – Newquay, Cornwall
Stretching across the stunning Cornish coastline, Boardmasters sets out to create a weekend perfectly combining the arts of music, surf and skate. The line up for 2014 is already bigger and better than ever before, with three stand-out headliners ensuring that there really is something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether it’s an all night rave, a clifftop party or an acoustic chill-out session that you’re looking for, Boardmasters is bound to have something for you.
2014 line up includes: Chase and Status, Snoop Dogg, Bastille, The Enemy, Palma Violets, Zane Lowe, George Ezra, Duke Dumont and Wilkinson.
Truck Festival – Oxford
Located in the hills of Oxford, Truck Festival prides itself on hosting quality yet versatile music across a range of quirky stages and tents. With a laid back and remotely farmyard vibe, this festival is perfect to broaden your music taste and check out what is to offer. Truck Festival are also extremely keen to promote rising artists from the local Oxford music scene.
2014 line up includes: The Cribs, Peace, The White Lies, Stornoway, Deap Vally, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Dodgy and Swim deep.