Thrifty festival fun with Lotty Earns
Glastonbury - the music highlight of the year is quickly approaching and once again I don’t have a ticket. Every year I tune in and watch the headliners from my couch and think, ‘That’s it, I’m going to go next year!. However, I can’t get my head around the fact you’re spending A MINIMUM of £238 without knowing which musicians are going to be playing - what if it’s Nickleback! I just can’t bring myself to flash the cash.
That said, it doesn’t mean I don’t go to festivals (when else can you wear face paint as an adult?), especially when there are brilliant free ones all over the UK. Whether you're into pop, comedy, rock or raves - there’s a freebie festival for you.
So here are my top 7 free festivals where you can see acts you’d pay £100’s to see usually.
1)Feel Good Festival in Rochdale
The Feel Good festival is put on by Rochdale council on Friday 11th August - Saturday 12th August in the town centre and this year is headed up by Razorlight!
2) BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend
This is a two day free festival which has amazing artists playing, including Katy Perry, Little Mix, Kings of Leon and Stormzy.
This year it’s based in Burton Constable Hall in Hull on between 27th - 28th May. To get tickets you have to register online to enter a random ballot, although the majority of tickets are given away to people living in the local area.
3) West End Live
If you love musicals, this is the event for you. Just turn up to Trafalgar Square on either Saturday 24th June or Sunday 25th June to see live performances of West End hit musicals and theatre shows.
All you need to do is get your jazz hands out.
4) Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Fringe is an iconic comedy festival (though there’s music too), which not only has paid shows, but plenty of free ones too.
There are literally thousands of performances packed into hundreds of venues across the city, so there’s no chance of you getting bored.
5) Godiva Festival
Based in Coventry between 7-9th July, this free festival has an awesome line up, including Example, The Stranglers, The Darkness, Kate Nash and Lucy Spraggan.
You just need to turn up on the day as it’s totally ticketless.
6) Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
For something a little bit different, between the 10th - 13th August in Ashton Court, Bristol, over 100 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the skies along with an evening firework display.
7) Leigh Folk Festival
This is a chilled free festival with music, dance, poetry, street theatre, food, art and children’s activities. It’s in Leigh On Sea between the 22nd- 25th June.
If you’re into your folk music, you’ll find artist such as Lost Harbours, I made some low inquires and Steve Tilston.
Or get in free to the big festivals...
If you do have your heart seat on a certain festival, but just don’t have the money for it - there are ways to get in free (without climbing over a gate!).
Some big charities like the Samaritans and Oxfam look for volunteers to help at festivals, so it's worth getting in touch with them if you’d like to help out in exchange for a free ticket.
And don’t forget, although these festivals are free, it’s still very easy to spend a fortune on food and drink while you’re there. So to save yourself a fortune, make sure you take along with you a packed lunch and a bottle of Sunny D!