One Day Music Festivals That Won’t Wreck Your Wallet

Looking for a one-day music festival but are balking at the prices?

Music festivals are big money these days. In fact they’re getting to be so big that some folks are struggling to stump up the cash for them. Take the legendary Glastonbury Festival, for example. Here is an event that started out free. 100% free. Like no cost whatsoever. Today tickets cost in excess of £250, and that’s not taking into account the money you’ll spend once you’re inside. Put simply: the Great British music festival has never cost so much money, so it’s understandable to baulk at the costs. The good news is that there are a spread of budget music festivals all around the UK that give you a short sharp dose of the experience, without the bank account ruining price!

These one-day music festivals might not boast the huge lineups that you’ll find at Glastonbury, but they’re still a great way of experiencing some live music without the hassle of camping:


Winchester might not be considered by many to be much of a cultural hub, but its very own music festival begs to differ. Now in its third year, the festival has brought indie names such as The Big Moon and The Magic Numbers to the city, and this year it continues to contribute to Winchester’s live scene by presenting its first indoor music event in collaboration with the Guildhall. Indie veterans, the Mystery Jets take to the stage this September, supported by a healthy lineup of other live acts including DJs and comedians.

Cocoon in the Park

Electronic maestro and techno legend Sven Vath presents his annual rave at Temple Newsham in Leeds. 2019’s festival saw Vath supported by a stellar lineup of DJs including Carl Craig, Patrick Topping, Eats Everything and Alan Fitzpatrick. Thousands attend the outdoor festival each year with revellers usually enjoying the best weekend of weather that the North has to offer at much better value than other events like Park Life.


London’s Citadel Festival has played host to some major acts over the years and this year’s festival was no different, featuring Bastille, Bear’s Den, Fontaine’s DC and Murder Capital, to name a few. The festival is known for being a super-inclusive day out for families and it offers a range of  great activities in support of that including innovative dance classes and plenty of other feel-good activities that should put a smile on your face.

Brixton Disco Festival

If you’re intent on getting your boogie on, but don’t fancy stomping around in a muddy field the Brixton Disco Festival, then this could be the event for you. Previous events have featured such names as Joey Negro, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Horse Meat Disco and Greg Wilson. This event is regularly sold out and goes to show just how popular the genre still is in the city, the vibes are always positive and you can guarantee that you’ll see some truly show stopping outfits.

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