So the oppressive, muggy hell on earth that is the British summer is upon us and what better way to embrace the dirt and sweat than to get excited in a field with fellow music fans.
Its not all about Reading and Leeds though, Leicester is a surprisingly awesome base to get to a lot of local festivals for a good time without the price tag.
Glastonbudget 23-25 May 2014
Held at Turnpost Farm in Wymswold, Leicestershire, Glastonbudget offers the best tribute and new acts. I’ve been twice and Id give it two thumbs up. Songs you know, new bands to check out, cheap food and drinks and free parking and camping. What more could you want for a laid back weekend.
Godiva 4-6 May 2014
Held in Memorial Park just outside Coventry city centre, Godiva is a definite fixture for in the Coventarians summer, and at just a half hour bus or train ride from Leicester, it can be for you too. Top acts, funfair rides and completely free entry make this a mega budget option for summer festival fun on the cheap.
Summer Sundae Mid-August 2014
Where would this list be without Leicester’s own Summer Sundae. Held at De Montfort Hall over 3 days, showcasing known and indie acts right on the University of Leicester’s doorstep. Sundae is a festival for music lovers and has become known as the place to be to see next years big acts emerge. It’s taking a break for 2013 but I’m sure it will be back next year as per usual.
Bloodstock 8-11 August 2013
Now for all you metal-heads out there, there is still time to get yourself to the best metal festival this side of the channel. Held at Catton Park in Derbyshire, Bloodstock is a magical mix of cheap tickets, amazing acts and luxe V.I.P camping. If your music taste extends to the harder stuff, you are going to have a great time.
I hope this has given you a few ideas for planning your summer next year here in Leicester. As we Midlanders like to say “You’ll be surprised how good it is”.
I’ll be back soon with some Art History Summer School for y’all.