Preview: Eight More Of The Best Value UK Music Festivals In 2019

on Thursday, May 23, 2019
Words: Saam Das


There's pretty much only one thing we love as much as celebrating the under-appreciated here at FADED GLAMOUR, and that's a bargain. Who doesn't love a bargain??? So fresh off our list of best value UK music festivals from earlier in the year, we've collated a few more festivals across the UK featuring great music at an affordable price. One of them's only £2 a day!


Dot To Dot Festival operates with a similar approach to Reading/Leeds Festival with its alternating line-up of bands across its sites. With a focus on emerging talent, and a lack of mud, the city-based festival hits up Manchester, Bristol, and Nottingham over the late May Bank Holiday Weekend. Headlined by Crystal Fighters and Swim Deep, some hot tips playing all three days include FEET, Squid, and Rachel Chinouriri.


Dedicated to experimental rock, Portals Festival is returning to the otherwise-fairly-quiet Tufnell Park area of North London for its second year. This year's line-up features Agent Fresco, Three Trapped Tigers, and the returning mclusky as headliners with an impressive under-card featuring Tellison, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and iLiKETRAiNS. Meaty.


Coventry's long-running Godiva Festival is rather controversially introducing ticket prices in 2019. The price: two quid a day. There's limited line-up information at this time but with The Levellers and Busted (one of the greatest noughties pop bands, don't @ us) already announced as headliners, this is very much still a bargain.


Set up by new music blog Hidden Herd, this Brighton all-dayer has a host of tipped bands including Kawala and Wooze, alongside more established acts like Anteros and Annabel Allum, across two stages at Patterns. Best of all, no clashes here!


Presumably named after the ace Talking Heads track of the same name, This Must Be The Place is chock-full of absolutely ace music itself. Taking place at Headrow House and Belgrave Music Hall, Bill Ryder-Jones headlines the Saturday with Let's Eat Grandma topping the bill the following evening. There's a thrilling support cast including International Teachers Of Pop, Flamingods, and Nil├╝fer Yanya.


Partly run by Robin over at the excellent Breaking More Waves, it's hardly surprising that Dials Festival has its finger on the pulse featuring rising names such as Another Sky, Talk Show, and Black Futures - all of whom have significant live pedigree. Dials has explicitly stated its desire to be a more inclusive festival, and as it's also raising funds for local charity Solent Mind, we give it a big thumbs up.


"Discover your new favourite band in the heart of Middlesborough" goes the tagline of Twisterella, and with forty emerging bands on offer, you're very likely to do just that. Some notable early names on the line up include Peaness, Pom Poko, and BLOXX. For those of a more Scottish disposition, the tasty-looking Tenement Trail takes place on the same weekend in Glasgow.


Cardiff's multi-venue, multi-day festival has been running since 2007, and long may it continue. With a firm focus on exciting new music across a broad range of genres, their first wave of artists is already considerably impressive with the likes of Scalping, Easy Life, and Black Country, New Road ready to deliver.

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