THE BEST ALTERNATIVE UK FESTIVALS IN 2020
WRITTEN BY JASMINE LEE KENNEDY
The new year is upon us and with it comes a whole new roster of festivals – although some of the mainstream ones have already sold out! Lucky for you, there are still lots of alternative ones that you can bag tickets for without the stress of online queues and complicated group chats. Here are some of the best alternative festivals to look forward to in 2020 that still have tickets available at the time of writing.
We Out Here Festival
Curated by the one and only Giles Peterson, We Out Here festival will soon be hosting its sophomore session, following its stunning debut in 2019. Situated in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, the festival is totally immersed in the beautiful, British countryside. It’s not just a festival, it’s a haven for music lovers, with anything from funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B, afrobeat disco and just so much more being played through the airwaves. Go now, before it gets too popular!
We Out Here, 20th – 23rd, August 2020
Since 2003, Green Man has set up camp, quite literally, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales every August. Though having quite a few years under it belt, it still has only evolved to having a 20,000 capacity, making it still feel quite intimate. In the day, the families come out to play, with headlining bands playing on the main stage and children’s performances happening in the garden, but in the evening, the kiddies go to sleep and the jungle ravers come out of the woodworks. The festival truly has something for everybody, with dancers, poetry, acting, as well as massages and palm readings. Line up for 2020 yet to be announced.
Green Man, 20th – 23rd May 2020
All Points East
While not a camping festival, the 2020 lineup is looking so juicy we had to include it. It’s held in Victoria Park, London, which has long been a popular spot for daytime festivals. On 23rd May, you have the chance to see Tame Impala (and how hard is it to usually get tickets to see them?!), Glass Animals and Caribou are all slaying the stage that day. On the 29th you can expect Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop and Grandmaster Flash. A truly iconic line-up.
All Points East, Friday 22nd – 31st May 2020
For you house heads, Farr festival is a dreamscape of electronic music set in the middle of the forests of Hertfordshire. It’s an independent festival that hasn’t lost its small-festival touch, keeping it an intimate and friendly festival to go to with friends. This year, you have amazing producers such as Hunee and Antal playing as well as Shy FX and Young Marco. It’s gonna be insane.
Farr Festival, July 2020 (TBC)
Funk and Soul Festival
Funk and Soul Festival changes location every year – in recent years it’s been at Pontins in Cambersands, Brighton Beach and this year it’s going to be in Dreamland Margate, an amusement park by the seaside. Included in the price of your ticket is, brilliantly, unlimited rides. So far, they’ve had huge names in the world of funk and soul and this year will be no different, with Sister Sledge (!!), Norman Jay and Craig Charles headlining.
Funk and Soul Weekender, 29th – 31st May 2020