5 of the best independent festivals in Europe

With festival season fast approaching, we’ve rounded up the quirkiest independent festivals to be seen at this summer. Get your wellies at the ready, people…

1. Lost Village Festival – 27 - 29 May, Lincolnshire

Once upon a time, in the midst of a Lincolnshire forest, there was Lost Village – an immersive festival for those of you who appreciate the weird, the wonderful, and the great outdoors. Despite its tiny 5,000 person capacity, festival goers are set to enjoy some of the biggest names in electronic music – Ben Klock, Fat Boy Slim and Jack Garratt, to name a few. So much more than ‘just a festival,’ Lost Village is a kaleidoscopic journey through sight and sound – not one to be missed.

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Image Credit: www.datatransmission.co.uk

2. Innocent Unplugged – 28 - 30 May, Kent

In 2016 it’s almost impossible to withstand so much as a tube journey without a guilty glance at social media. The lovely people at Innocent have therefore decided that enough is enough and are daring you to unplug and enjoy the weekend offline in a secret Kent location. With a spa under the sky, an outdoor banquet (seriously, LOOK AT IT), and a line-up too good to resistyou won’t even notice that you didn’t get the chance to Instagram your avocado on toast this morning.

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Image Credit: www.jonathancherry.net

 3. Secret Garden Party – 21-24 July, Cambridgeshire

With a multitude of activities ranging from a festival-wide paint fight to an epic dance off, Cambridgeshire’s infamous Secret Garden Party will unleash the inner kid from even the most grown-up of grown-ups. But it’s not all just fun and games, SGP (as it’s known for short) is committed to keeping festivities as green and environmentally friendly as possible, so you can enjoy the likes of Caribou and Primal scream and do your bit for the environment – multi-tasking at its very best.

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Image Credit: www.secretgardenparty.com

 4. Festival No. 6 – 1 - 4 September, Portmeirion, North Wales

Situated in a location that looks more like an idyllic coastal town in Greece than it does a small village in North Wales, Festival No. 6 heralds itself as the UK’s most unique festival – and it’s easy to see why. Combining an eclectic mix of music, food, live comedy and performance art, this intimate site has something that will tickle the fancy of any festival goer.

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 And for the jet-setters among you…

5. Meadows in the Mountains – 12 - 14 June, Rhodopes Mountain, Bulgaria

This seriously picturesque location plays host to an intimate arts and music festival that encourages you to leave behind the pressures of a 9-5 week and engulf yourself in your exquisite surroundingsAnd if three days in the idyllic Bulgarian mountains weren’t enough, the party continues the following day with a pool party in a beautiful rural spa to help wash away the sins of the weekend before.

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Image Credit: www.aronklein.co.uk

Image Credit: www.aronklein.co.uk

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