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11 Underrated UK Music Festivals to Go to This Year

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 19 June 2017
With such a wide range of music festivals happening annually, the UK is spoilt for choice. But away from the big-hitters of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, there are plentiful small festivals catering for diverse tastes. Read on to discover 11 of the most underrated UK music festivals to attend this year.

Beyond The Tracks

15th – 17th September 2017

One of the country’s newest weekend festivals makes its debut in Birmingham this September, featuring a trio of impressive headliners. Appearing at the very first Beyond The Tracks are headliners Orbital, Ocean Colour Scene & Editors, with the likes of Leftfield, Wild Beasts, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, Peter Hook & The Light, The Twang and much more set to play this rare city centre weekend event.

Y Not

July 27th – 30th 2017

Boasting various awards including the best toilets is Y Not Festival, situated in the picturesque Peak District. This year’s headliners are the popular Vaccines, Stereophonics and Two Door Cinema Club, with Clean Bandit, Happy Mondays, Maximo Park and Twin Atlantic also on the bill. Tickets are sold-out, but keep an eye out for spares as you won’t want to miss this.

Y Not Festival 2017
Y Not Festival | © Y Not/Facebook

Kendal Calling

July 27th – 30th 2017

The twin sister of Y Not, Kendal Calling offers a similar mid-sized band festival in the Lake District, further north of the Peak District. With firm favourites like Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Manic Street Preachers and Franz Ferdinand, it’ll be a while before you see a line-up this good again at such a small festival.

Festival Number 6

September 7th – 10th 2017

In one of the most unique festival settings that the UK has to offer, Festival Number 6 is an exemplary music, arts and culture festival in the quaint Welsh coastal town of Portmeirion. This year’s acts on offer include headliners Bloc Party, Flaming Lips and Mogwai, who top a bill that includes Laura Mvula and Rag’N’Bone Man. Be prepared to be amazed by the island which is flanked by trees, beautiful buildings, rolling countryside and of course, natural water.

Portmeirion, Festival Number 6
Portmeirion, Festival Number 6 | © Festival No.6/Facebook

Secret Garden Party

July 20th – 23rd 2017

You’ve heard about the Secret Garden Party but this is your last chance to go, as they’ve announced it’s their final year. This year’s music lineup features headliners Metronomy, Crystal Fighters & Toots and the Maytals, but SGP offers so much more than just the music. It’s often referred to as more of a ‘party’ than a festival, with its wild hedonism and ethos of being an alternative event to the mainstream festivals. You’ll step inside and never want to leave.

LeeFest

August 10th – 12th 2017

Humble beginnings. If any festival could stake claim to that it’s LeeFest. Starting as an event in the founder’s back garden when his parents went away in 2006, LeeFest has grown from local bands to internationally renowned breakthrough artists. Acts on the bill this year include Jake Bugg, Annie Mac, Kate Tempest and so much more. LeeFest is an experience, not just a festival!

2000 Trees

July 6th – 8th 2017

For those who like the heavier side of the musical spectrum, 2000 Trees is for you. Proudly showcasing the best in both up-and-coming and established heavy rock, hardcore and punk bands, 2000 Trees welcomes Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana, Pulled Apart By Horses & more to its picturesque Gloucestershire location.

Moseley Folk

September 1st – 3rd 2017

A shining light in Birmingham’s music scene, Moseley Folk takes place each September and brings the best in acoustic, folk and blues to Moseley Park. Held over three days, this year’s festival features headliners Laura Marling, Amy MacDonald and Jose Gonzalez.

Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham | © Moseley Folk Facebook
Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham | © Moseley Folk/Facebook

Green Man

August 17th – 20th 2017

Green Man is an independent music, arts and culture festival held in the Welsh Brecon Beacons each August. Hosting a wealth of ‘cool’ alt and experimental artists, this year’s line-up includes performances by PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, The Shins, Future Islands, Ride and so much more.

Latitude

July 13th – 16th 2017

The English counterpart of Ireland’s Longitude Festival, Latitude is held in Suffolk and brings the best in indie, folk and alternative artists to the county. This year’s festival features previous Glastonbury headliners Mumford & Sons as well as Fleet Foxes and The 1975, with a varied range of internationally known acts also on the bill.

Latitude Festival site | © Latitude:Facebook
Latitude Festival site | © Latitude/Facebook

End of the Road

August 31st – September 3rd 2017

Perhaps suited for the hipsters among us, End of the Road is an annual music event held in Wiltshire’s Lamer Tree Gardens. Often featuring American and British alternative artists, this year’s line-up is no different; with Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco and Bill Callahan topping the bill.