As I sit here with Download Festival blues I fear not knowing here in Britain we have some sterling independent festivals ready to fill your need to pitch a tent, talk nonsense and spend all day rocking out to live music.
Here’s a few suggestions of smaller but equally impressive festivals to consider:
A festival that always promotes the best of what the UK has to offer in rock and metal – you’ll find there’s nothing but thrilling bands on the bill, we could feature them all. 2000 Trees is unique for its location set in the wilderness that features fan favourite forest sessions where you can catch some of your favourite locals perform acoustic numbers in the midst of the atmospheric woodland.
Dates: 6/7/8 July
Located: Upcote Farm, Cheltenham.
Looking for the something math or post-rock? Well, ArcTanGent has you covered. Featuring atmospheric and aggressive US bands such as the likes of Russian Circles and Defeater to home grown balls out Heck and Future Of The Left. You can also catch Explosions In The Sky and Converge’s only UK appearance at ArcTanGent!
Dates: 17/18/19 August
Located: Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin.
Another festival bursting at the seams with British talent. With its debut last September Fort Fest is back, bigger and ready to prove its place in festival season. You can catch the likes of Rolo Tomassi, Eva Plays Dead and Toploader over 3 blistering days in August.
Dates: 4/5/6 August
Located: Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Out to celebrate and push all things ‘tech-metal’ this is a festival that boasts passion as every year Tech Fest continues to push its own boundaries and grow for the fans. Featuring brutal headliners The Black Dahlia Murder, Textures and Northlane.
Dates: 6/7/8 July
Located: Newark Showground.
Fat Lip Fest
Not up for camping and just fancy a day of it? Here’s another festival set in the heart of Bristol, a hub of music spirit and passion. Fat Lip Fest is an all-dayer set across three stages featuring headliners Young Guns along with Roam, highly tipped Blood Youth, Devil Sold His Soul and many more locals. You can expect mayhem, much drinking and more mayhem.
Date: 29 July
Located: Nelson Street, Bristol.