Ten of The UK's Best Boutique & Undiscovered Music Festivals

18 May 2017

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.


Camp Bestival

Headliners: Madness, Mark Ronson, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds

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 popstars and rockstars).

When & Where: 27-30 July 2017, East Lulworth

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El Dorado

Headliners: Groove Armada, Shy FX, Dusky

After a thrilling debut, El Dorado is back at its intimate riverside setting for another round of house, garage, drum and bass, ska and more.

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: 30 June - 3 July 2017, Ledbury

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Electric Fields

Headliners: Frightened Rabbit, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Dizzee Rascal

Showcasing a generation-spanning lineup (Dizzee Rascal up against Jesus & The Mary Chain) 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: 1-2 September 2017, Thornhill

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Boundary Brighton

Headliners (2016): Craig David, Groove Armada, Seth Troxler

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: 30 September 2017, Brighton

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Junction 2

Headliners: Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing

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, The Hydra and Sonus, sees the genre's finest names mix with underground talent inside the industrial setting. 

When & Where: 10 June 2017, London

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Headliners: The Jackson, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter

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: 30 June - 2 July 2017, Lewes

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Cocoon In The Park

Headliners: Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati

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: 8 July 2017, Leeds

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Farr Festival

Headliners: Todd Terje, Booka Shade, Floating Points

Beautifully tucked away inside Bygrave Wood, Farr Festival transforms the magical woodland into an electronic haven, taking festival-goers on a journey through house and techno to their utopia of the freshest electronic sounds in the scene today.

Mixed into this adventure are film screenings, fairground rides and other mysteries, hidden away amongst the forest. 

When & Where: 13-15 July 2017, Baldock

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Standon Calling

Headliners: Grace Jones, Clean Bandit, Slaves

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: 27-30 July 2017, Standon

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Samphire Festival

Headliners: Crazy P, The Correspondents, Resonators

An award-winning music and arts festival, Samphire is all about variety and adventure. Its lineup stretches from afropunk to acid house, its program includes immersive games, drama, talks and film screenings, and its location is the beautiful Exmoor National Park, complete with incredible sea views.

When & Where: 7-9 July 2017, Porlock

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