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The Ultimate Student Festival Guide 2016

The Ultimate Student Festival Guide 2016

Festival season is almost here, and if you haven’t got your tickets yet, what on earth are you waiting for? This year, there’s a whole host of exciting events around the UK. From hippy events deep in the woods to city-wide music festivals, there is just so much to sink your teeth into. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic. Here is the ultimate student festival guide 2016!

Blissfields, Winchester


Cost: £105 for weekend pass

Dates: 1st-2nd July

From Dizzee Rascal to Everything Everything, there’s a diverse range of music at this year’s Blissfields festival. The fest takes place in the chilled-out setting of Vicarage Farm and is always a massive hit with students. What’s more, this year, the planners have seriously upped their game. They’re offering hot showers and even wood-fired hot tubs.


Wireless Festival, London


Cost: £160 for weekend pass

Dates: 8th-10th July

Sad news! This year, Wireless have cut their Birmingham part of the festival, and so it will only be taking place in London. While we’re still getting over that loss, there is a lot to love about this year’s line-up. This summer both Calvin Harris and Craig David will be playing at the city festival making it utterly unmissable.


Beautiful Days, Devon


Cost: £135 for weekend ticket and camping

Dates: 19th-21st August

The wonderful thing about the Beautiful Days festival is the fact that it is 100% independent. That means that there is no advertising or sponsorship to get in the way of the music. This year, you can expect epic music from The Coral, James and the Levellers.


Tramlines, Sheffield


Cost: From £32 for a weekend ticket

Dates: 22nd-24th July

For one weekend only, the lovely city of Sheffield transforms into a city-wide festival. At one point, this was the biggest FREE fest in Europe, but they have sadly started to charge for tickets. Sob! Still, it comes in at much cheaper than most mainstream festivals making it a great budget option. This year, the line-up is better than ever with the likes of Kelis, The Dandy Warhols and Dizzee Rascal already announced. Plus, there is always a load of ‘fringe’ events which are still free to attend if you don’t have a wristband.


LoveBox, London


Cost: £95 for a weekend pass

Dates: 15th-16th July

Set bang in the centre of Victoria Park, this festival is another of the city’s biggest summer events. The event is always massive and tends to sell out way before the summer, and so it’s worth getting your tickets nice and early. This year’s line-up includes CD Soundsystem, Major Lazer and Diplo. Plus, you can stay in the capital rather than having to slum it and camp in a field. Perfect.


Bestival, Isle of Wight


Cost: £180 for student weekend tickets

Dates: 4th-7th September

There is just no doubt about the fact that Bestival is one of the UK’s top summer events. Every year, this festival attracts loads of people to the gorgeous Isle of Wight for a weekend of sun, music and dancing. This year, you can catch some real legends at the fest from The Cure to Hot Chip, there’s something for everyone. (Plus, if you buy 8 tickets, you can get one free. That means that if you’re going in a big group, you can all save money by splitting the cost!)


Shambala, Northampton


Cost: £169 for weekend tickets

Dates: 25th – 28th August

Shambala is a must festival like you’ve never seen before. This boho fest is known as one of the best so-called ‘green’ festivals of the year. With art installations, live music and even some stand-up comedy there is a whole lot to love about this one.


Reading and Leeds Festival


Cost: £213 for a weekend ticket

Dates: 22nd-24th August

From Biffy Clyro to the ever-weird Die Antword, this year’s line-up for Reading and Leeds looks just incredible. Of course, over the years, this festival has become less about rock music and more about mainstream music and even dance. There’s still quite a mix of genres, though, if you do choose to get yourself a ticket!

Holly Smith Editor