It may be rare to hear ‘music festivals’ used in the same sentence as ‘city’ but let us assure you, they do exist. People often associate music festivals with mud, camping and spending days away from our creature comforts. Not everyone’s idea of a holiday. Still, music is enjoyed by almost everyone; it can shape the way we think and behave; and even influences who we socialise with. To experience music in its purest form, you have to see it live. But you don’t have to be in the middle of a field to enjoy it!
City music festivals are becoming increasingly popular and are often accompanied by a lower price tag. They are ideal for local residents, and are often easy to get to on public transport. Why not visit a city music festival to discover some new acts, save some money and get less muddy! To help you out, we’ve listed a few city music festivals happening in the UK this summer.
Worcester Music Festival
Ticket price: Free
When: 30th August – 1st September
Where: Worcester City
Worcester Music Festival has grown massively since its inception six years ago. 400 performances take place every year in pubs, clubs, cafes and historic buildings across the city. The music festival aims to promote the acts that take part, in exchange for their free performance. In addition to the live acts, the event was host to 30 free workshops in 2012, ranging from world drumming to a guitar master class.
City of London Festival
Ticket price: From Free to £50
Genre: Jazz / Classical / Folk
When: 23rd June – 26th July
Where: The City of London
The City of London Festival aims to entertain and inspire people to engage in the arts. Founded in 1962, it has grown to become one of the UK’s leading arts events, with broadcasts by the BBC. Whilst not strictly a music festival, the City of London Festival adopts a different theme each year in order to create a unique feel. Culturally rich and full of activity, this festival is vast and attracts some big names in classical music such as the London Symphony Orchestra.
Dot To Dot Festival
Ticket price: £20
Genre: Indie / DJ’s
When: 24th May – 26th May
Where: Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham
Dot to Dot Festival began in Nottingham 7 years ago and today it also takes place in Bristol and Manchester. Dot to Dot showcases bands and DJ’s from across the world. It has played host to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Frank Turner, and continues to act as a platform for up and coming artists.
Slam Dunk Festival
Ticket price: £34
Genre: Alternative / Punk Rock / Metal
When: 25th May – 27th May
Where: Glasgow, Leeds, Hatfield, Wolverhampton, Cardiff
Slam Dunk Festival is now 8 years old and has expanded massively into a multi-day touring festival. Over 40 bands play across seven stages with a total capacity of 5,000. In the past, the likes of You Me At Six, Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy have all headlined this growing music festival.
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