Boutique & Undiscovered: 10 Best Small Festivals in the UK 2019

Boutique & Undiscovered: 10 Best Small Festivals in the UK 2019

The UK's festival circuit continues to welcome new additions almost every week, and yet it's still hard to see beyond those that dominate the headlines.

But once you do, you're presented with a lineup of some of Europe's most quirky, eclectic, intimate and downright joyful experiences you can possibly imagine. 

Here's our roundup of ten of the best boutique and undiscovered music festivals in the UK.

Lost Village

Festival lineup (2019):
 Maribou State, Bicep, Little Dragon, Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, Hunee, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Peggy Gou

A world full of experiences – from music, comedy, theatre, live talks, wellness and an incredible spread of food and drink – Lost Village invites festival-goers into its surreal woodland, forgotten by the outside world and where nothing is what it seems.

When & Where: 22-25 August 2019, Lincolnshire

Lost Village 2020 Guide & Mailing List

El Dorado

Festival lineup (2019):
 Kool & The Gang, Andy C, Mall Grab, Artwork, Mr Scruff, Todd Terje, Shy FX, Joey Negro

From the team behind the charismatic and creative Cirque Du Soul, the popular party promoters bring their unique, yet bizarre touch to the UK, encouraging festival-goers to leave their inhibitions at the gates and embrace the eccentricity and wildness of this truly eclectic festival.

When & Where: 5-7 July 2019, Ledbury

El Dorado 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Junction 2

Festival lineup (2020):
 Adam Beyer, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Amelie Lens, Dax J, Ben Klock, Honey Dijon, Avalon Emerson

Held quite literally underneath a motorway junction, west London's Junction 2 is the capital's go-to festival for techno fans. Its lineup, curated by labels and brands such as Drumcode and fabric, sees the genre's finest names mix with underground talent inside the industrial setting. 

When & Where: 5-6 June 2020, London

Junction 2 Festival 2020 Guide / Book Junction 2 Festival 2020

Camp Bestival

Festival lineup (2019):
Nile Rogers & Chic, The Human League, Jess Glynne, Annie Mac, Lewis Capaldi, Sister Sledge, The Wailers, Grandmaster Flash

Little sibling to Bestival, the family-orientated Camp Bestival scales things down into a more intimate affair. Laying on an extensive array of workshops, comedy tents, crafts and talks, the immersive and interactive experience is the UK's biggest family-friendly festival.

Held inside the grounds of the stunning Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival has recently been graced by the likes of Underworld, Basement Jaxx, Jess Glynne and Clean Bandit, while its site is dominated by fancy dress (this year's theme is heroes vs superheroes).

When & Where: 30 July - 2 Aug 2020, East Lulworth

Camp Bestival 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Electric Fields Festival

Festival lineup (2019): The Vaccines, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Fat White Family, Friendly Fires, Metronomy, Sleaford Mods, The Futureheads, Nadine Shah

Showcasing a generation-spanning lineup inside the grounds of the beautiful Drumlanrig Castle, a grade A listed castle, Electric Fields embraces festival-goers of all ages. 

And such inclusivity is typified by its combination of diverse lineup with a fairground, dedicated kids play and craft area, participatory arts installations, a real ale festival and an array of world cuisine.

When & Where: 4-6 July 2019, Glasgow

Electric Fields 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Boundary Brighton

Festival lineup (2019):
Chase & Status (DJ Set), Camelphat, Andy C, Wilkinson (DJ Set), Alan Fitzpatrick

Teaming up with a host of renowned clubbing brands such as Elrow, Mixmag and LWE, Boundary Brighton brings its vibrant mix of dance music to the popular coastal city, showcasing a lineup of house, techno, drum and bass, bashment and more across multiple stages in Stanmer Park.

When & Where: 28 September 2019, Brighton

Boundary Brighton 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Festival lineup (2019):
 Snarky Puppy, Jamie Callum, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Cliff, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Caravan Palace, Jimmy Cliff, The Cinematic Orchestra

Love Supreme is the UK's only camping jazz festival, looking to take inspiration from the European jazz scene and combine it with the camping culture of festivals such as Latitude.

But not limited to jazz, the festival also covers soul and funk amongst its diverse lineup of DJs and club nights, talks and lectures, panels, classic album playbacks, films, dance classes and a dedicated kids area.

When & Where: 3-5 July 2020, Lewes

Love Supreme 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Cocoon In The Park

Festival lineup: Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Sven Väth, Alan Fitzpatrick, Enzo Siragusa, Rich NxT, Annie Erez, Bobby O'Donnell

North England's house and techno fans need to know about Cocoon in the Park. The Leeds' day festival, curated by Sven Väth's record label of the same name, invites the genres' most coveted names to play the sites natural amphitheater, joined by immense visuals and captivating stage dancers.

When & Where: 13 July 2019, Leeds

Cocoon in the Park 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Standon Calling

Festival lineup (2019):
Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Echo and the Bunnymen, IDLES, Lewis Capaldi, Kate Nash, The Big Moon

Fun, frolics, fancy-dress and fantastic music is an apt way to describe Standon Calling. Boasting the only swimming pool at a UK festival, the intimate, quirky weekender is an energetic blend of music, comedy, cookery, crafts and general creativity. And who could forget the annual dog show...

When & Where: 25-28 July 2019, Standon

Standon Calling 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Houghton Festival

Festival lineup (2019): 
Ben UFO, Four Tet, Helena Hauff, Craig Richards, Floating Points, DJ Stingray, Hunee, Ricardo Villalobos

New in 2017, Houghton Festival has wasted no time establishing itself as a weekend of style and substance. Norfolk's close countryside and a curated cavalcade of underground electronic artists has hit a sweet spot that the UK audience has taken straight to its heart.

When & Where: 6-9 August 2020, Norfolk

Houghton festival 2020 Guide

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