The Best Cheap Music Festivals in the UK for 2018

Is it even possible to enjoy the best of the UK festival scene without going into your overdraft, we hear you lament? It absolutely is – just check out these fantastic fests that are big on value and low on price.


Set in Sheffield from 20th – 22nd July, a weekend ticket for Tramlines comes in at just £46.20 and booking fees. There’s no camping – instead, you’ll find all the normal festival fun at venues across the city, including Sheffield Cathedral. There’s no shortage of top acts – Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and Craig David’s TS5 are confirmed headliners.


Head to Upminster from 26th – 28th May to join an estimated 50,000 revellers for 16 stages of live music from 200 top acts, including Lethal Bizzle, Jackmaster, MK, Donae’o, Gorgon City, Sub Focus, and Andy C. Day tickets come in at £69.75. A weekend pass is yours for a relatively thrifty £139.50.


Set in Gunnersbury Park, London, Lovebox has become immensely popular. This year’s event takes place from 13th – 14th July, with day tickets coming in at £77.25 including booking fees and weekend tickets available from £126.25. Last year hosted the likes of Frank Ocean, Solange, and Jamie XX. 2018’s confirmed acts include Skepta, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, and SZA.

Kew the Music

As you might expect given its catchy name, Kew the Music finds its home in Kew Gardens. Day tickets for 10th – 15th July are priced from £44. What do you get for your money? You get to enjoy a diverse selection of homegrown and international acts while kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens in leafy Richmond. You can even bring your own food and drink for a picnic.

Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

Get yourself to Riverside Museum, Glasgow for the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival. It’ll only cost you £45 to get involved, and this year’s line-up includes Four Tet, Joy Orbison, and Robert Hood. Pick up your ticket now and get to Glasgow from 26th – 27th May.

Junction 2

Head to Boston Manor Park, London on 9th June and you’ll pay just £42 and booking fees for this unique one-day festival that brings together acts such as Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Nina Kraviz. Enjoy the park’s green fields and stunning rivers while taking in cutting-edge techno.