Best UK festivals under £100: How to have a good time this summer without spending a fortune

With the likes of five-day party Glastonbury leading the way for festivals you wouldn’t be wrong to thing festivals are an expensive business. But that’s not necessarily the case, with a number of day festivals and cheap tickets paving the way.

There’s a number of events across the country, ranging from The Great Escape in Brighton to This Is Tomorrow in Newcastle, where revellers can bag a day ticket for under £100.

Festival fan can still expect to see huge names for smaller prices, with acts such as Cypress Hill booked for Lovebox,  Florence and the Machine at Boardmasters, and Foals at This is Tomorrow.

If you’re looking for more options, then make sure you take a look at our best International, London or UK festivals guides too, as there’s plenty to choose from.

It’s going to be a good summer, so just make sure you book one of these soon. Don’t miss out.

1. The Downs Bristol 31 August

Catch Lauryn Hill in Bristol

Tickets to this south west blinder will only set you back £55, and when you consider that not only Lauryn Hill, but Grace Jones are on the bill, it’s a pretty sweet deal. The festival has a huge community feel to it, and is sure to be one hell of a party, with appearances from Neneh Cherry, Loyle Carner, Crazy P, Nightmares on Wax, and High Contrast too. 

The event takes place in the pubic area of Clifton Down, in the north of city just next to Clifton.

Tickets are available from SeeTickets , Ticketmaster and Gigantic .

2. The Great Escape 9 – 11 May

This Brighton based festival is a favourite with real audiophiles, and for good reason. Described as the ‘festival for new music’, this year’s eclectic line up features Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Little Simz, Anna Calvi, Lewis Capaldi and more.

A three day save ticket will set you back £70, so is an absolute steal. It’s held in a number of venues around Brighton so you can explore the city too.

Tickets are available here .

3. This Is Tomorrow 24 26 May

Foals will be performing!

Last year this festival welcomed over 30,000 music fans through it’s gates and this year it’s hoping to do the same. With a new location in Exhibition Park, this Newcastle festival has a huge line up for a tiny price.

Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher, Foals, The Vaccines, Editors, Glasvegas, You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves and more have been booked to play, and a two day ticket will only cost you from £86.90.

Tickets are available from SeeTickets here .


4. Truck 26 – 28 May

OK, so we may have broken the rules a bit, but for only £20 over we can’t leave Truck off this list. The Guardian called Truck the ‘godfather of small festivals’ and it’s easy to see why.

The insane line up includes Wolf Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six and more, and tickets only cost £120 for a full weekend ticket, and camping – so we’ll excuse that extra 20%.

You won’t want to miss this one.

Tickets are available here .

5. Lovebox 12 – 13 July

Don’t miss Lovebox!

London’s premier urban festival is going from strength to strength in it’s new home at Gunnersbury Park, and this year is no exception.

This year Cypress Hill will perform Black Sunday in it’s entirety on the Friday in a festival exclusive, alongside Solange, Chance The Rapper, and Loyle Carner.

Day tickets cost  £58.50 for the Friday, and £68.50 for Saturday.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster here.


6. Barn On The Farm 4 – 7 July

Last year, this small but perfectly formed festival won ‘Best Grass Roots Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards and this year it’s its tenth anniversary so expect a big party.

Confirmed headliners for 2019 are Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi and Maggie Rogers. Sam Fender has just won the BRITs Critics Choice, and Lewis Capaldi is a fellow nominee, so this is a great chance to see the next big thing.

Tickets will cost you £80 for a day pass.

Tickets are available here.

7. Citadel 14 July

Catch Catfish and the Bottlemen

Another popular London festival, the Gunnersbury Park event  has booked Catfish and the Bottlemen, Friendly Fires, Bear’s Den for this years event.

Tickets for the ‘ultimate Summer Sunday’ are £54.50, and alongside an impressive line up, revellers can also grab a number of great eats with local London favourites Patty & Bun, Other Side Fried, Cheeky Burger, and much more making an appearence.

Expect to find comedy, fashion, and even yoga, for a day festival the sheer range of what’s on offer makes it an unmissable experience, so you don’t want to miss this.

Tickets are available now from SeeTickets.

8. Boardmasters 7 – 11 August

With day tickets costing just £60, this beach side festival is packed full of huge acts. From Wu-Tang Clan on the Friday, to Florence and the Machine on Saturday, and Foals bringing everything to a close on Sunday there’s plenty to choose from.

A unique festival experience, is a ‘must go’ for music mad surfers.

Tickets are available from Seetickets.

9. Hampton Court Palace 7 – 19 June

If you’re looking for a beautiful setting, you can’t get any better than Hampton Court Palace. This year they’ve booked Jools Holland, The Jacksons, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Kylie and Tears for Fears.

Ticket prices start from £49 and differ from show to show. But you’ll need to be quick as some shows have already sold out.

Tickets are available here.

10. Reading and Leeds 23 – 25 August

Rock fans this one is for you!

Did you know you could get day tickets to Reading and Leeds? Well you can, and they’ll only set you back £69.50.

This year the dual venues have booked The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Foo Fighters, Royal Blood and more, making it a bargain for a day ticket.

Tickets are available here .


11. British Summer Time 5 – 14 July

Tickets to the series of Hyde Park festival cost around £70, and there’s a huge range of acts booked for this year including Celine Dion, Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams and more.

With each day boasting an incredible range of support and a central London location, the festival’s has a huge reputation for booking a huge bands, and general legends.

Tickets are available from AXS here.

12. Fusion Festival 30 August

Catch Kings Of Leon in Liverpool

This Liverpool based festival has booked the one and only Kings of Leon in a UK Festival Exclusive. Joined by Franz Ferdinand, Echo and the Bunnymen, Circa Waves and Sam Fender it’s a huge line up for a little price.

It’s a huge hit with locals and takes place in the citie’s Sefton Park, make sure to bag your tickets quick.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster .

13. Junction 2 7 – 8 June

Tickets to this award winning dance festival will start at £52.70, which is pretty cheap indeed.

Taking place at Boston Manor Park in London, the festival has expanded into two consecutive days of music, and will showcase a diverse range of sounds, acts and more.

A good choice for techno fans, this underground music festival merges green fields and natural beauty with industrial features that make it hard to beat.

Tickets are available from Skiddle.

14. Parklife 8 – 9 June

Cardi B is coming to Manchester, are you?

Parklife is a legendary music festival taking place in Manchester’s Heaton Park, and this year has booked none other than Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, The Streets, Migos and Khalid.

Heading into it’s tenth year, it’s safe to say it’s firmly established it’s spot as one of the UK’s major festivals. When you consider you can still get tickets for £ 76.45 it’s an absolute steal.

Keep your eyes peeled for after parties around the city too.

Tickets are available from Skiddle


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