The Best Small and Intimate Festivals in the UK 2024

We've rounded up the best small music festivals that offer a unique and intimate experience and distinguishes them from their larger counterparts. The intimate setting allows festival-goers to feel a stronger connection with both the music and the artists, fostering a sense of community. Unlike larger festivals where you can feel lost in the crowd, smaller events provide a more personal and immersive atmosphere. You'll often have the opportunity to discover hidden gems and emerging talent, as smaller festivals tend to showcase a diverse range of artists across various genres. The smaller scale also facilitates easier navigation, minimizing the stress associated with larger crowds and long distances between stages. Additionally, smaller festivals often feature a more relaxed and friendly vibe, encouraging spontaneous interactions and creating lasting memories. Overall, the cozy and communal ambiance of small music festivals makes them an ideal choice for those seeking a more authentic and memorable musical experience. We've rounded up our top picks for 2024..

Elderflower Fields Festival
Ashdown Forest, Sussex 
24th-27th May 

Elderflower festival image

Elderflower Fields Festival is known for its focus on providing a creative and immersive experience for families and individuals alike. The festival typically features a diverse lineup of music performances, arts and crafts activities, outdoor adventures, and workshops for all ages. The event aims to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, making it suitable for families with children.

The festival often includes various stages for live music, a dedicated children's area with age-appropriate activities, storytelling sessions, workshops, and outdoor adventures such as nature walks and sports. Additionally, Elderflower Fields may showcase local and emerging artists, fostering a community-oriented environment. 

 

The Green Gathering
Chepstow, Wales
1st-4th August

The Green Gathering festival

The original off-grid festival, The Green Gathering is an annual festival held in the United Kingdom, known for its focus on sustainability, eco-friendly practices, and community building. 

The Green Gathering typically combines music, arts, workshops, and various activities with an emphasis on environmental awareness and sustainable living. Here are some key things you should know: The Green Gathering places a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility. This includes efforts to minimize waste, promote recycling, and encourage eco-friendly practices throughout the event. Festival-goers are often encouraged to adopt a leave-no-trace approach. The festival features a diverse lineup of musical performances, covering various genres and often showcasing artists who share a commitment to eco-conscious themes. Attendees can enjoy live music on multiple stages throughout the event.

 

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
Wareham, Dorset
15th-18th August

People playing instruments at purbeck valley music festival

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is known for its friendly and community-oriented vibe. The festival provides an opportunity for like-minded individuals who appreciate folk and roots music to come together and share their passion. An annual festival held in the Purbeck region of Dorset, England. It primarily focuses on folk and roots music but generally includes a variety of genres.

 

Truck Festival 
Oxfordshire 
26th-18th July

people enjoying music at truck festival

Truck Festival has gained popularity for its indie and alternative music lineup and its vibrant and laid-back atmosphere. They support up and coming DJ's and artists with an onus on supporting fresh talent along with partnering with local businesses. Truck Festival is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The festival has a community feel, attracting music enthusiasts and creating a sense of camaraderie among attendees. Some 50+ artists are due to play this year, keep your eyes peeled for the line-up news!

Westival Festival
Pembrokeshire
6th-10th June
westival festival led sign

An inclusive, intimate festival that combines world-class music with an unparalleled energy, right in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Each year, the music is as diverse as the crowd that encompasses our community, with genre-blending line-ups that allow us to nourish emerging artists whilst still hosting bigger headliners we all know and love. This year, you can expect ambient chillout zones, more daytime activities, boat parties around an idyllic coastline and even surfing and paddle board lessons to make the most out of your time there!

 

 

 

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