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The best UK day Festivals 2013

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If you’re a festival rookie, on a budget or feel faint at the thought of a weekend in a tent with no hot running water, check out the citysocalizer roundup of the best (and shortest) festivals across the UK.

Dot to Dot
Where: Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham
When: May 24th– 26th
How much: £20
What to expect: The festival that swaps a muddy field for music venues across te city and promises new music from around the world. With acts including Dry the River and Benjamin Francis Leftwich and sponsors Fred Perry, Dot-to-dot is sure to attract an in-the-know crowd.

Field Day
Where: Victoria Park, London
When: May 25th
How much: £54.50
What to expect: One of our favourite festivals of the summer, the eclectic lineup gets better each year. There’s plenty going on away from the stages, our highlights from last year included a giant haystack, traditional country fete games and fancy dress. Plus it’s location and late start mean it’s easily accessible.

Where: Olympic Park, London
When: July 12th – 13th
How much: £64.50
What to expect: Jay Z’s only UK festival performance of the summer, the return of the mighty Justin Timberlake and a chance to check out the Olympic stadium if you missed out last year. The only catch is the fist wave of tickets for the Friday and Saturday are already sold out but as it stands there will be a chance to catch the two headliners smash out a joint greatest hits set on the sunday, be quick!

Chester Rocks
Where: Chester Racecourse
When: June 15th
How much: From £55
What to expect: You’ll easily get distracted from the music by the massive fair, which is probably a blessing considering this years festival is championing the battle of the boy bands with headliners The Wanted and Union J.  You’d probably need a few drinks to get through that lineup but if last year is anything to go by expect a long wait at the bar.

Night + Day Festival
Where: Osterly Park, London
When: 23rd June
How much: £48.50
What to expect: Curated by The xx in cities across Europe, the UK date takes place in the unique and picturesque Osterly Park. The full lineup is yet to be announced but The xx have promised to pick the artists that they most admire – which coming from one of the most admired bands of our time, can only be a good thing.

Hard Rock Calling
Where: Olympic Park, London
When: June 29th, 30th
How much: from £45
What to expect: After controversially pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen last year they’ve managed to persuade him back so we’re expecting something phenomenal ensuring they hit the headlines for the right reasons this year. With a new home in the Olympic Park and Saturday headliners Kasabian confirmed, it’s the only place to be if you missed out on Glastonbury tickets and want to avoid sitting in watching the coverage and crying. Plus some of the cheapest tickets you’ll get hold of to see a stellar lineup.

In the Woods
Where: Secret woodland location 1 hour south of London
When: Saturday 31st August
How much: TBC
What to expect: One of the smallest, chicest festivals around (just 750 tickets up for grabs) across two stages, you can expect a magical setting in a forest illuminated by fairy lights and art installations, this is all about the location and the setup. Topped off with a silent disco and bonfire throughout the night which means that if you are lucky enough to get tickets you’ll be dancing till the sun comes up.

The Apple Cart
Where: Vitoria Park, London
When: TBC June
How much: £40
What to expect: A boutique friendly family festival, which is about more than the music. Comedy, art and cabaret all come together with a local village-fete vibe.

Any of your favourites we missed? Let us know in the comments.

This post was written by

Lucy Cullen

Communications Manager, Gin Lover and Chief Blogger for citysocializer. Mainly blogging about the best ways to meet new people, discover your city and make the most of your free time.

  • Paula

    Ohhhh I’ve already got my Wireless tkt for the friday. What you should note is there will be an additional day the Sunday 14th with both Justin Timberlake and JayZ headlining. These tickets will go fast.

    • citysocializer

      Thanks Paula, just saw the wireless update, seems to be a bit of controversy from those who already bought tickets – what do you make of it? Feel robbed or you happy to see a full set from Justin?

  • Ragunaru

    The lineup doesn’t seem all too interesting on Field Day imo.

  • Luigi Colucci

    I’ve not so many memories about the field day of the last year…but we can try again this May…

  • Maxime De Greve

    Let’s do field day!