Every festival in the South West you’ll want to get tickets for this summer
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The Bristol area and beyond is famous for partying and nightlife, but its festival scene is equally as good. The Tab have rounded up some of the best festivals the South West has to offer for 2017, many of which are offering discounts for students.
Love Saves The Day
The Bristol classic Love Saves The Day is back with a bang this year. Once again, just about everyone you’ll ever want to see is playing over the weekend, it remains the festival that every student has to go to, and the time of year when everyone starts asking their Bristol mates if they have a place they can stay. This year they’re running themed areas, such as the notorious inflatable church with wedding parties, a Secret Ballpool Party reached only through a tattoo parlour and Arcadia’s only UK appearance this year.
When: 27th-28th May
Where: Eastville Park, Bristol
Who’s playing: Fat Freddy’s Drop, My Nu Leng, Riccardo Villalobos
How much: £43.45 (Saturday)- £49.50 (Sunday)
Hijacked is the needle in the haystack when it comes to Exeter’s music scene, being the stand out event that students can look forward to all year. With a huge lineup for 2017 and an incredible venue it is definitely not one to miss.
When: 25th May
How much: £40
Who’s playing: Bicep, Jackmaster, Denis Sulta.
New for 2017, HOME Festival will bring an underground House & Techno vibe set against the backdrop of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a 30 minute drive from Bristol and Bath. They’re offering students 20 per cent off tickets, so email them your student number and uni name at [email protected] for your ticket code.
If you want to get involved and become a HOME Festival Ambassador, get in touch with the same email, and if you sell five tickets you’ll get one free yourself.
When: 9th-10th June
Who’s playing: Spektre, Phutek, BAKKOS, Kydus, Tommy Vercetti
How much: Tickets £50 or £40 with student discount, which includes two nights camping
Where: Compton Martin, Somerset
Winner of ‘Best Small Muic Festival 2016’ Samphire is boutique festival on the coast of Somerset. With stunning views of the sea, Samphire described the festival as: “Wild, Salty and Good For You! 2,000 capacity. Eclectic Music. Drama. Comedy. Wild swimming. Climbing Trees. Samphire picking/foraging!” Not one to miss, and not one you’ll have to lie to your mum about either.
Where: Exmoor National Park
When: 7th-9th July 2017
How much: £99 with 15 per cent off for students
Who’s playing: Crazy P, Resonators, Ardyn and Felix Dickinson
Winner of several awards, Farmfest is always a banger. Set in an amazing location in Somerset the festival has a brilliant mixed line up, great food and is reasonably priced. It has the atmosphere of Glastonbury without a gluten-free pizza stand in sight, so make sure you buy a ticket.
When: 28th-29th July
Where: Gilcombe Farm, Somerset
How much: £85
Who’s playing: Roots Manuva, DJ Yoda, Pinch.
Held at a stately home near Exeter, Virgo is a small festival, that feels like a party with a group of friends. It merges electronic music with an intimate feel, to create a truly special festival.
When: 26th-29th May
How much: £95
Who’s playing: Craig Richards, Drop Out Disco DJs and Kenny White
2016’s Tokyo World was a very grimy affair, so get your North Face ready for this year. We haven’t seen the line up yet, but expect Grime, Drum & Bass and everything else the South West loves.
How much: £30
Where: Eastville Park, Bristol
When: 23-24th September
Who played last year: Big Narstie, Wiley, Floating Points
One of Somerset’s best small offerings, Shindig is back this year with a brilliant lineup. With a huge variety of stages for such a small festival, Shindig doesn’t get boring. It has a friendly atmosphere but also perfectly showcases dance music, so it doesn’t lose any of the fun.
When: 26th-28th May
How much: £99
Who’s playing: Fabio & Grooverider, Dub Pistols, Utah Saints
All ticket information correct at the time of publishing.