The 2017 guide to Independent Festivals

Festival Crowd Header

Whilst this is great for those festivals, there are also those that are proud to have a much more independent status.

It seems that each and every year, more of these smaller, more intimate festivals are popping up across the UK. They vary in style, size and of course content. But one thing is the same, they are supported and ran by a group of dedicated individuals, focused on delivering an awesome, albeit smaller festival experience.

So, what does 2017 hold for Independent Festivals?

2000 Trees- 6th to the 8th July

Started by 6 friends in 2007, the aim of 2000 Trees was to allow music fans to see the bands that they love, without having to pay through the nose. Not only did they want the festival to become a value for money alternative to the larger, more costly festivals, but they also wanted it to raise environmental awareness too.

Since it has been started, this festival has won plenty of awards and during the weekend in July those that head to his festival will see over 80 acts across 4 stages, as well as checking out the trader village and the comedy performances too.

Barn on the Farm-29th June to the 2nd July

If you love folk music, then Barn on the Farm is the summer music festival for you. Based in a beautiful farm in Gloucester, it is spread through several barns and is a place to not only enjoy some amazing live music, but also meet new people and make new friends.

Set up in 2010 as a small venture, each and every year this festival has gained reputation and sees more and more people attending.

Bestival- 7th to the 10th September

An award winning festival, Bestival is one of the biggest independent festivals in the UK. Spread over 4 days and moves to Lulworth Estate in Dorset for 2017

Bestival attracts some of the best names in a variety of music genres, and as it is growing each and every year. Which means that it is fast becoming just as popular as some of the larger festivals.

Shambala Festival- 24th August to the 27th August

The humble beginnings of the Shambala Festival with just 150 people in a field during 1999, has led to a popular and well established festival.

Designed for all the family, those who head to Shambala will find so much to keep them entertained throughout the weekend.

Circus performances, talks, cafes, art, kids activities and a whole host of workshop. Whilst the line-up may be a closely guarded secret, one thing is for sure that if you head to Shambala then you, and all your family will have a great time!

The Deer Shed Festival- 21st July to the 23rd July

Another family friendly festival is the Deer Shed Festival. Located in a stunning parkland within North Yorkshire, this is a relatively new festival that is still growing each and every year.

Just off of the A1 it is not only conveniently located for all those festival goers, but also has wall to wall music and plenty of things to keep the smallest festival attendees happy!


So, if you are looking for the ideal independent music festival for you and your family this summer, why not try one of these? Packed full of fun, without the corporate undertones, they prove that you don’t have to pay big bucks to have big fun! 

Published on 13 March 2017 by Ben Robinson

Recent News More news

  • Pixies to headline Bingley Weekender 2021

    Pixies confirmed as Bingley Weekender headliner alongside Primal Scream, Embrace and The Libertines.

  • Reading and Leeds 2021 Announcement

    Reading and Leeds Festivals announce today that a massive 6 headliners will perform in 2021 without any clashes as a second main stage is added to each site to accommodate an incredible line-up to mark the festival’s return

  • MADE Festival Confirms Return For 2021 With The Streets Headlining

    With a tongue-in-cheek ’365 Days Later’ video drop, the West Midlands’s biggest and best electronic music festival and celebration of street culture has confirmed it will return for summer 2021

  • We Are Not A Festival, a long weekend of luxury camping

    We Are Not A Festival​ has added a second weekend of luxury camping, after selling out the first weekend over 6-10th August. Campers get the chance to book their pitch 28th-31st August, for a bank holiday weekend​ at the stunning Pippingford Manor Park, Sussex

Upcoming Festivals Browse all

  • Great British Folk Festival

    27 November - 30 November 2020

    This December why not spend it at the first Great British Folk Festival held at the Butlin's resort in Skegness. See some of the best Folk stars on the scene from past and present.  This is a gre...

  • Rockaway Beach Festival (Bognor Regis)

    8 January - 11 January 2021

    Rockaway Beach Festival takes place at the Butlins resort in Bognor Regis across a long weekend in October. The Beach Festival is a brand new intimate indoor festival which is focused on breakthrough...

  • Great British Rock & Blues Festival

    15 January - 18 January 2021

    The Great British Rock and Blues Festival is one of many popular Big Weekend events hosted by Butlins. The Great British Rock and Blues Festival play host to recognisable names from the blues and rock...