As the sun blazes down, it may only be April but we can’t help but let our minds drift into the throws of summer. Whether it be days by the river or evenings in a beer garden, Summer very much means smiles. Summer also bring a plethora of festivals, perhaps more now than ever before. Whilst at least a couple of major festivals (IOW, V, Reading, T in the Park etc.) were on everyone’s Summer list, rising costs and lacklustre line-ups have meant they are not so high on everyone’s list. Instead, smaller festivals and those a little more boutique have been the real winners in recent years. We choose our top ones as we rekindle summer.

The Rise of the Mini Festival

Now mini can be defined in many ways, but what we ultimately mean is small and or quirky. Different. A place where you can go without having to spend £200+ on a ticket yet have an awesome time in the sunshine with all of your very best.

Eden Sessions.

For a select number of dates, music and lights take over one of the coolest and most unique places in the UK. The Eden Project. This year sees dates including Ben Howard, Paolo Nutini and the one and only Elton John. All proceeds go towards the Eden Project Education charity as well.

Field Day Festival.

As well as live music including Ride and Django Django, you will also find a village fete theme in central London. How good were you at tug of war, egg & spoon or the master sack race?

Latitude Festival.

The biggest festival on the list, but one of the first to push comedy and the arts alongside it’s music. This year the likes of Alt-J, Jon Richardson and Jack Dee come to the sleepy little Southwold in Suffolk.

What is your secret festival or best festival experience? Let us know with Rekorderlig Cider and using the hashtag #BrighterNights or head over to their Facebook Page.




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