So, despite your many protests, your parents came down firmly and declared that no, you and your mates can’t go to Glastonbury – despite that fact this is the last one for ages because of the stupid paddocks or whatever.
But don’t despair! We’ve found some great day-long alternatives that you might have better luck with. It’s not just music either – there are some awesome literary and YouTube festivals to feed your creativity too. Although keep in mind if you’re under 16, you will probably need to be accompanied by an adult. Which is where your mate’s cool young auntie comes in really handy.
When: June 3
Where: Victoria Park, London
It’s £64.50 for a standard ticket, and as well as a killer line-up there are actual village green games like the nappy-wearing relay race, with villagey prizes up for grabs. Like a fancy pants tea towel. Get your tickets here.
When: 13 – 16 July
Buy your tickets here.
Latitude has everything, from music to yoga classes, art installations and poetry readings. It’s a weekend festival, but you can get one-day tickets and skip the camping. Dreamy. Get your tickets here.
Liverpool International Music Festival
When: 20 – 23 July
This four-day festival is a celebration of Liverpool and its musical history (anyone remember a little band called The Beatles?). You can get a day pass super cheap and see loads of great acts like Kate Nash and Corinne Bailey Rae, as well as great up and coming performers. Get your tickets here.
Summer in the City
When: 4 – 6 August
Where: ExCel Exhibition Centre, London
It’s the UK’s largest YouTube and online video festival – so if you’re interested in creating or watching YouTube videos, you really might want to check it out. Oh yeah, and Dodie Clark, Emma Blackery, Jon Cozart, Toby Randall and Bethan Leadley will be there. NBD. Get your tickets here.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
When: 30 June – 9 July
Where: Hyde Park
There are a load of amazing acts lined up throughout the festival but if we had to choose, we’d pick July 2. Because Biebs is headlining. As well as incredible musical acts, there are cafes, games and rides, so even the non-Belieblers have plenty to do (although your Dad will be a convert by the end, clearly). Buy your tickets here.
When: 19 – 20 August
George Ezra, The Vamps and Rudimental are just some of the act playing at the eternally stylish Virgin festival this year. Oh and Pink is headlining, so there’s that. It’s a weekend festival, but you can buy a one day ticket – all the fun, with your own comfy bed at the end of it. Check out your options here.
The Big Feastival
When: 25 – 27 August
£££: From £42.25
The festival you’re most likely to be able to sell as a fun family day out (if the fact that it’s on Alex James from Blur’s farm doesn’t do it, the cheap teen tickets and free-for-under-12s deal might), The Big Feastival offers by far the most amazing lineup of lunch options as well as feeding your appetite for tunes. Fuel up on street food, watch celeb chefs doing demos, sample to your heart’s content in the market, then burn it all off dancing to Ella Eyre, Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson. Yum.