Country Attire’s Summer Guide To Small Festivals

Why You Should Choose a Small Festival

More often than not the most memorable moment at any festival will likely appear somewhere away from the headline acts. Whether this mean being part of an unknown artist’s breakout appearance or just simply being wow’ed by a campsite entertainer; it seems that more than ever, when looking for those once in a lifetime moments, expect to find them in the most unexpected of places.

Here at Country Attire, we believe this same idea also applies to the festivals themselves. That’s why today we wanted to take a step back from the busy heights of festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and focus on the smaller, lesser known of these summer staples.

Today’s festivals are only a small selection of the opportunities out there, which despite being vastly different from each other are all linked in that they are small in scale, low in occupants and when it comes to things to do there, your options are (for lack of a better word) limited… but that’s why we love them.

The Big Festival

Beginning with the somewhat ironically named ‘The Big Festival’, this relatively unknown event is the brain child of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and part time Brit Pop icon/full time Cheese Maker Alex James. With a capacity of 20,000 (which is dwarfed when compared to Glastonbury’s 199,000), it’s understandable why this incredible experience may have slipped past your gaze.

A family friendly festival, The Big Festival aims to combine the British food scene with the country’s latest and greatest musical talent. Featuring vintage fairground rides, exclusive entertainment from famous faces like Fearne Cotton, as well as elite cooking classes from celebrity chefs such as Gennaro Contaldo, Gizzi Erskine and of course Jamie Oliver, the music is only a second thought during this incredible weekend.

With previous headliners including: Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah and the Kaiser Chiefs, a great soundtrack is guaranteed whilst you cook up those life long memories here.

Festival No6

Described as ‘A festival unlike any other’ Festival Number 6 is a music, arts and culture festival, which despite its large variety of experiences, boasts a humble capacity of 15,000 occupants per year.

It’s hard to know where to start when discussing the opportunities available at Festival Number 6, as one moment you might be watching a workshop in the woodlands, the next, a torch light procession on your way to a paddle boarding session. But no matter where you choose to start, we’re sure you will end up having a good time.

With an impressive line up of acts, which has previously included: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hot Chip and Bastille, there is an almost intimidating amount of things to do at Festival No6: so much so, that we suspect that the ‘No6’ refers to how many times you will return!

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Standon Calling

Our final pick for today is a personal favourite here at Country Attire: Standon Calling. With a capacity of 10,000 it’s half the size of the previously mentioned ‘The Big Festival’ and proves once and for all that great things really do come in small packages.

A festival which promotes wellness, Standon Calling offers yoga, meditation, massages and other relaxation sessions, because who says you can’t just calm down and cool off at a festival?

Standon Calling’s line up can be best described as ‘eclectic’ thanks in part to its blend of recent favorties such as Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne and Everything Everything, as well as classic appearences from veteran rockers like Suede, The Dandy Warhols and The Hives.

That’s all for today, however, this is only a snapshot of all the great smaller festivals around the UK. Make sure to check your own local area to see what you can find, and once you have your tickets booked, check back at Country Attire to get your wardrobe, festival ready.

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