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The best boutique festivals

These great UK music festivals may be small, but they're perfectly formed

Blue Bell tents, Secret Garden Party
By Oliver Keens and Nick Levine |

Not all great UK music festivals are Glastonbury-esque monsters. Some of the most enjoyable summer festivals out there are little boutique affairs with a low capacity and a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Save your feet (and your budget) by booking this summer for one of these brilliant small music festivals.

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The best boutique festivals

Wilderness festival 2016
Jenna Foxton


Escapist hedonism for grown­-ups – kids also welcome

It would be easy to write off Wilderness as a posh playground, but the reality is much more magical. The thoughtfully programmed roster of acts from around the world has grown in calibre and breadth year-on-year, with Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club and Groove Armada headlining in 2019. But it’s the awe-­inspiring performance art, debates and mouth­watering feasts that have firmly positioned Wilderness as a carnival for the senses, and much more than just a music festival. Just be aware that few of the luxurious activities are included in the basic ticket price, and add­-ons can quickly mount up.

Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. Jul 30-Aug 2. 

Latitude 15
© Dan Medhurst


Big hitters and rising stars combine at this family-friendly Suffolk shindig

Check your Insta feeds over Latitude weekend and you’ll see one overriding star of the show: a troupe of pastel-coloured sheep. The bleating residents of Henham Park will be returning for another year of laid-back, family-friendly fun, with children’s theatre, stand-up comedy, woodland activities and lake swimming intermingling among the musical treats. With Liam Gallagher, Lana Dey and The Chemical Brothers, headlining, and Charli XCX, Girl Ray and Joy Crookes on the bill too, Latitude has pulled off another winning mix of cool and crowd-pleasing music.

Line-­up includes Liam Gallagher, Haim, The Chemical Brothers, Charli XCX, Joy Crookes, Girl Ray, Ibibio Sound Machine, Kawala, Marika Hackman.

Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. Jul 16-19. £210 (weekend).

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Ceremony Festival
© Marc Sethi
Music, Music festivals

Music festivals calendar

Live music, warm cider and anxious weather-watching: the summer music festival season has become a British tradition. To help you plan a fab summer we’ve rounded up this year’s biggest and best UK and London festivals in one handy calendar.


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