7 Niche Festivals You Should Know About in 2015

Does rampantly commercialised Glastonbury get your hackles up? Do the legions of teens at Reading make you want to hide and cry? Can you think of nothing worse than 2 nights in a tent at V Festival? As the UK's festival scene gets bigger and bigger, it's only natural that the events at the top are going to become, well, more than a little terrible.

Fortunately, festival-lovers less keen on the mainstream festival scene are increasingly well catered for by a smorgasbord of independent, small and niche festivals springing up in every corner of our green and pleasant land. If you're looking for a laid-back musical weekend this summer, these 7 smaller festivals could be right up your alley...

 

1. Festival Number 6, 3rd-6th September, Portmeirion, Wales

We're willing to bet you've never been anywhere like Portmeirion before. Unless, of course, you've actually been to Portmeirion. This Welsh seaside town has been build in a stunning Mediterranean style and is surrounded by sea, mountains and forests. With headliners including Belle and Sebastian, Grace Jones and DJ Harvey, this is a deliciously escapist festival

 

2. Green Man, 20th-23rd August, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Another Welsh festival, this time high in Brecon Beacons surrounded by the mountains around Hay-on-Wye. Better known for hosting the more sedate and literary festival, come August Hay-on-Wye gets more musical and free-spirited with big names including St Vincent, Hot Chip and Goat playing to a chilled-out, nature-loving crowd.

 

3. Latitude Festival, 16th-19th June, Henham Park, Suffolk

If you do happen to have literary leanings, Latitude is the festival for you. Home to poetry, performance and plenty of art, this relaxed gem of a festival is headlined by Alt-J, Caribou, Portishead and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

 

4. Blissfields, 3rd-4th July, Vicarage Farm, Hampshire

The Horrors, John Grant and Simian Mobile Disco are among the acts leaving Blissfield's crowds feeling well and truly blissed out this year. With capacity for just 4000, this festival feels wonderfully intimate, a recipe for a more relaxed, easy-going atmosphere.

 

5. 2000 Trees, 9th-11th July, Cheltenham, Gloucester

For alt-rock lovers and anyone looking for something a little bit different, locally run 2000 Trees is the festival for you. With headliners including Deaf Havana, Idlewild, Kerbdog, Pulled Apart By Horses and Turbowolf, this is a very affordable festival with some serious spirit.

 

6. Somersault Festival, 23rd-27th July, Castle Hill, North Devon

Lovely, lovely Dorset coastline, complemented by lovely, lovely musicians make this a ridiculously lovely festival to escape to this summer. Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rae Morris and Crystal Fighters all appear on a bill that looks like it has been compiled to make you feel 5000% better about the universe in just a few days.

 

7. Secret Garden Party, 23rd-26th July, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

An imaginative childhood theme will make this year's Secret Garden Party one of the most surreal, magical and hedonistic yet. Set in rolling green fields around an otherworldly blue lake, with music from Palma Violets Jungle, Public Service Broadcasting and Menace Beach, this is set to be a downright beautiful festival.

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