I'm going to NOZSTOCK this year. It's described as 'A festival built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing.'
Basically, it's got comedians, all types of music, good old fashioned free loving festival. At night there are experimental dance, trance, dubstep and DnB raves in old cow sheds and the wood .
It's really small, based on a farm, only 2000 odd people. And I use the word 'odd' in both senses of the word.
There's something for everyone, and this year's theme is Carnival.
I would HIGHLY recommend it!
Oh and also, I would recommend Moseley Folk Festival if you're into that kinda music. It's in the secret park in Moseley by a lake, very beautiful and very small. Get some really big names there too, for a good price. Nice food, good local beers. Get your ticket now!
Blissfields Festival in Hampshire!
Secret garden party is spectacular, so pretty and has all the nice people and filters out the people who go to festivals for the wrong reasons. Boomtown is probably my favourite, it's awesome, small and has some great little features - but it's a very popular one with where I'm from so I may just love it because there was about 50 people I know in a tiny vicinity!
not sure if its as small as you're looking for but RockNess is amazing. So chilled out and never seems to be any real bother there.
I remember speaking to a security steward last year who was actually so bored because there was no bother like fights or just plain idiots.
Not cheap by any means, but the ATP festivals are AAAAAMAAAAZZZIIIIING. Really music-led. No sponsorship at all. Almost 2/3 of the cost of the ticket is actually the accommodation.
Bestival isn't that small anymore, but it's the most wonderful festival; even though it's grown loads since it started, it still has that lovely small festival feel where everyone's really friendly (IOW born and bred here!) It's worth it, even though it's got so much more expensive. Also Rhythmtree festival, especially if you're into world stuff, but again it has a lovely atmosphere. For a cultural festival, how about the Brighton Festival?
Man I want to go to ATP SO MUCH. Might have to just say hell to it and go to this years, looks amazing.
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But i'm having a baby in March, so i'll probably only do Solfest (and strictly as a punter only, as i usually work) as its the most family friendly....Ohhhhh looking forward to having a skank in the reggae / dub tent with my little girl in a sling, haha! Check me! Or maybe not...depends how well i cope with motherhood! /= Seriously jealous i'm missing Beaty this year though, my favourite by far!
2000 Trees is looking good so far. Rolo Tomassi, Pulled Apart By Horses, run, Walk!, Brontide and it's fairly cheap.
Lovebox in Victoria Park, London, looks good this year and it was great fun last year. Line-up includes Magnetic Man, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Skream, Rusko, Crystal Castles, Sub Focus, Netsky, Joy Orbison, Azealia Banks, The 2 Bears and a load of others
2000 trees is full of indie/hipster kids though, mostly who are just there to take photos for FB. A bit like Reading really.
Boomtown fair is good though getting bigger!
One love festival was amazing!
There's a small local on to me in a village called grewelthorpe called limetree, been there a few times and that has always been a quality weekend!
This all sounds very promising, going to get my ticket ASAP. Do you know how quickly they sold out last year? Questions questions questions! I've considered Nass too, similar price to Noz but I dunno... I think the size puts me off a bit. I prefer the independent, cosier festies I guess! Bearded Theory is another to consider too. Some decent psytrance there, just a shame it's like 2 weeks before my exams start, would have been well up for it!
Sounds like good stuff! Looking foward to it on all fronts; it'll be a great way to celebrate the end of the school year :P