Festivals guide 2012 listings: boutique festivals

Here are the best small-scale music festivals of the summer

All Tomorrow's Parties

When 7-9 December
Where Butlins, Minehead, Somerset
What Eclectic get-together, curated by the National
Who Kronos Quartet, the Antlers, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Megafaun, Suuns, Dark Dark Dark, Wye Oak, Sharon van Etten
How much Weekend with accommodation £340 for two

Beacons Festival

When 17-19 August
Where Funkirk Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire
What Small festival curated by the Field Day fellows
Who Wild Beasts, Roots Manuva, Patrick Wolf, Factory Floor, Maya Jane Coles, Errors
How much Weekend camping £74.50


When 29 June–1 July
Where Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Hampshire
What Breakthrough bands and quirky goings-on
Who Noisettes, Patrick Wolf, Spector, Toddla T, Crazy P, Dreadzone
How much Weekend camping £74

Bloodstock Open Air

When 9-12 August
Where Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire
What The hardest metal and thrash festival in the UK
Who Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Sepultura, Anvil, Testament, Dimmu Borgir
How much Weekend camping £115


When 8-12 August
Where Various venues, Newquay, Cornwall
What The UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival
Who Ed Sheeran, Dizzee Rascal, the Ting Tings, Maverick Sabre
How much Weekend camping £89, weekend non-camping £72, day tickets £40


When 9-12 August
Where Matterley Estate, near Winchester, Hampshire
What Ska, reggae, rockabilly, dance and street theatre
Who Caravan Palace, Dirtyphonics, Jack Beats, Asian Dub Foundation, Stanton Warriors
How much Weekend camping £129


When 29 June-1 July
Where Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
What A well-to-do English garden party vibe
Who Elvis Costello, Macy Gray, Pixie Lott, Aloe Blacc, James Morrison, Will Young
How much Weekend camping £175, day tickets from £65

Dinefwr Literature Festival

When 29 June-1 July
Where Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire
What New celebration of Welsh culture and good tunes
Who Gruff Rhys, Julian Cope, Emmy The Great
How much Weekend non-camping £65, day tickets from £25

End Of The Road

When 31 August-2 September
Where Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
What Atmospheric setting for quirky folk and indie bands
Who Grizzly Bear, Midlake, Beach House, Tindersticks, Dirty Three, the Low Anthem
How much Weekend camping £150

Farm Festival

When 27-28 July
Where Gilcombe Farm Bruton, Somerset
What Tiny two-dayer billed as the antidote to the overloaded corporate festival
Who Submotion Orchestra, Man Like Me, Fingathing
How much Weekend camping £40


When 25-26 August
Where Undershore, Lymington, Hampshire
What Chilled and cheerful New Forest party
Who Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, James Yuill, Dems
How much Weekend camping £55, Sunday ticket £38

Festival No 6

When 14-16 September
Where Portmeirion, Gwynedd
What Arts and music in what feels like a Mediterranean village in Wales
Who New Order, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Derrick Carter, Erol Alkan
How much Weekend camping £129

Golden Down

When 15-17 June
Where Matterley Estate, Winchester, Hampshire
What A new player on the artistic boutique scene
Who Four Tet, Roots Manuva, Lee "Scratch" Perry
How much Weekend camping £125 


When 24-27 August
Where Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
What Pop festival with Christian roots
Who Nitin Sawhney, the Proclaimers, Robin Ince
How much Weekend camping £110 

Green Man

When 17-19 August
Where Glanusk Park, Powys
What Folk and indie fest par excellence
Who Van Morrison, Feist, Tune-Yards, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Michael Kiwanuka, Jonathan Richman, Of Montreal
How much Weekend camping £145

Guernsey Festival

When 23-24 June
Where The Rabbit Warren, St Sampson, Guernsey
What The Channel Island event's second outing
Who Macy Gray, Kaiser Chiefs, the Charlatans, Kassidy, Utah Saints
How much Weekend non-camping £85

Hard Rock Hell

When 29 November- 3 December
Where Pontin's, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales
What Proper denim-and-leather heavy metal festival
Who Ace Frehley, Blackfoot, the Dogs D'Amour, Ten
How much Weekend with accommodation £420 for two

Hevy Music

When 3-6 August
Where Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe, Kent
What Hardcore, punk, ska, rock and metal fest
Who Descendents, Converge, Municipal Waste, Andrew WK
How much Weekend camping £96


When 6-8 July
Where Midland Rail Butterley, Derbyshire
What Indie bands and their fans go on a steam train jaunt
Who Veronica Falls, the Vaselines, Summer Camp, the Monochrome Set
How much Weekend non-camping £67, day tickets £35


When 15-17 June
Where Inshriach House, near Aviemore, Highland
What A festival by musicians for musicians
Who Hidden Lane Choir, Stanley Odd, Meursault, Bard
How much Weekend £80, day tickets from £25

Kendal Calling

When 27-29 July
Where Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, Cumbria
What The Lake District's wild weekender
Who Dizzee Rascal, Maxïmo Park, James, Andy C, Spector, Inspiral Carpets, Shed Seven, We Are Scientists
How much Weekend camping £105


When 29-30 June
Where Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey
What One of the UK's best mini festivals, run by a bloke called Lee
Who Mystery Jets, Summer Camp, Raf Daddy (the 2 Bears), To Kill A King, BIGkids
How much Weekend camping £57, day tickets £35


When 27-29 July
Where Week St Mary, near Bude, Cornwall
What Grassroots gathering held in a hidden valley
Who Fenech-Soler, Brother & Bones, Turbowolf, Crowns, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Karima Francis
How much Three-day ticket £50, day tickets from £15

Lode Star

When 31 August- 2 September
Where Lode Fen, Lode, Cambridgeshire
What Three nights of music in beautiful fenland countryside
Who The Go! Team, Animal Kingdom, Bob Geldof
How much Weekend camping £65


When 21-22 September
Where Broomfields, Ullapool, Highland
What Bold mini-fest in the far north of Scotland
How much Weekend camping £75

Lounge On The Farm

When 6-8 July
Where Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent
What Family-friendly fest with locally sourced food
Who Mystery Jets, Roots Manuva, Emeli Sandé, the Charlatans, Dexys
How much Weekend camping £115

The Magic Loungeabout

When 27-29 July
Where Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire
What A luxury playground for the discerning festival-goer
Who Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lucy Rose, Jenny O
How much Weekend camping £112


When 1-3 June
Where Glynde Place, Lewes, East Sussex
What Cutting-edge music, from hip-hop to drum'n'bass
Who LTJ Bukem, Speech Debelle, Lamb, Fink
How much Weekend camping £85, day tickets from £45


When 6-8 July
Where Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
What The UK's only skate, BMX and music festival
Who DJ Fresh, Andy C, Roni Size, Pulled Apart By Horses
How much Weekend camping £79

No Direction Home

When 8-10 June
Where Welbeck Estate, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
What Brand new festival from the End Of The Road team
Who Richard Hawley, Andrew Bird, the Low Anthem
How much Weekend camping £105


When 5-8 July
Where Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex
What A cutting-edge arts and music extravaganza
Who Jessie Ware, Fink, Soul Jazz Sound System, Tune-Yards, Ghostpoet
How much Weekend camping £139


When 27-29 July
Where Bromyard, Herefordshire
What Four days of play with a myths and legends theme
Who The Proclaimers, the Correspondents, Son Of Dave
How much Weekend camping £80


When 1-4 June
Where Oswestry Showground, Shropshire
What Jubilee weekend bash with a funfair
Who Razorlight, Dappy, Hard-Fi, Delilah, Stooshe, Angel
How much Weekend camping £69.50, non-camping £65, day tickets £40

Play Fest

When 1-3 June
Where New Eccles Hall, Quidenham, near Norwich
What Relatively new festival with a mix of big-name acts and local artists
Who Ash, the Pigeon Detectives, Roots Manuva, Reverend & The Makers, the Big Pink, Shy FX, Zinc
How much Weekend camping £80, day tickets £35


When 3-5 August
Where Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
What Low-key experimental party with music and art. This year's theme is "lost toys"
Who Submotion Orchestra, the Herbaliser, Belleruche, DJ Format, Nedry
How much Weekend camping £95


When 20-22 July
Where Robins Cook Farm, Redhill, Surrey
What A teen-friendly bill with emo and dance acts
Who Modestep, Kids In Glass Houses, Young Guns, the Skints, Natives, Clement Marfo & The Frontline
How much Weekend camping £65

Rough Beats Festival

When 8-10 June Where Crina Bottom Farm, Clapham, North Yorkshire
What Intimate and eclectic musical celebration on a "lush green island" in Yorkshire
Who Pulled Apart By Horses, Gruff Rhys, Django Django, Francois & The Atlas Mountains
How much Weekend camping £65, day tickets £30

Sound Island

When 28-29 July
Where Quex Park, near Margate, Kent
What Homage to Madchester and the 90s
Who James, Echo & The Bunnymen, Inspiral Carpets, Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks
How much Saturday £35, Sunday £32.50

Standon Calling

When 3-5 August
Where Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire
What Discerning music choices with a swimming pool and fancy dress parade
Who Death In Vegas, Beardyman, Crazy P, Willy Mason, Trojan Sound System, Greg Wilson
How much Weekend camping £99

Strummer Of Love

When 17-19 August
Where Secret location, Somerset
What A one-off festival to commemorate the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer
Who The Pogues, Badly Drawn Boy, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg, Roots Manuva, KT Tunstall, Alabama 3, Dreadzone, Emmy The Great
How much Weekend camping from £101-£175

Sunrise Celebration

When 21-24 June
Where Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset
What The UK's leading sustainable do
Who Gaudi, Warsaw Village Band, the Imagined Village, Dizraeli And The Small Gods
How much Weekend camping £115


When 20-21 July
Where Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire
What Intimate festival, with a reputation for spotting early talent
Who The Temper Trap, Mystery Jets, British Sea Power, Villagers, the Low Anthem, Guillemots
How much Weekend camping £69


When 25-27 May
Where Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Bristol
What The world's biggest vegan event, with an impressive musical lineup
Who Finley Quaye, Neville Staple (the Specials), Johhny Clarke Meets Soothsayers
How much Free


When 13-15 July
Where Boughton House, Northamptonshire
What A glamorous celebration of the best of vintage British culture
Who Sergio Mendes, Aloe Blacc, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Nouvelle Vague, Cameo, St Etienne, the Damned, Betty Wright
How much Weekend camping £139, non-camping £125


When 6-8 July
Where Cardigan Bay, North Wales
What Wakeboarding extravaganza by day, big-name bands by night
Who Dizzee Rascal, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Katy B, Zane Lowe, Rizzle Kicks
How much Weekend camping £125, non-camping £100


When 20-21 July
Where East Kirkcarswell Farm, Kirkcudbright
What Scotland's "most eclectic" festival with arts and entertainment for all ages
Who Scissor Sisters, Texas, the Levellers, the View, Cast
How much Weekend camping £90


When 10-12 August
Where Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
What Wide-ranging celebration of the arts, from music and food to theatre and performance
Who Rodrigo y Gabriela, Wilco, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Crystal Fighters, Field Music, Jenny O
How much Weekend camping from £129


When 29 June-2 July
Where Secret location in Gloucestershire
What Mini-midsummer extravaganza in a secret(ish) location, with "extremely comfy camping" and a night woodland trail
Who Casiokids, London Afrobeat, Oh! Gunquit, Stillhouse Orchestra, the Shoestrung
How much Weekend camping £105, limited under-25s tickets £60

Y Not

When 3-5 August
Where Pikehall, Derbyshire
What Intimate indie festival in the Peak District
Who The Wombats, We Are Scientists, the Pigeon Detectives, the Subways, Vintage Trouble, British Sea Power, Ghostpoet, the View, Rolo Tomassi
How much Weekend camping £75

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