Our breakdown of the 2012 festivals
The cold has crept in, you’ve swapped your Havaianas for winter boots and instead of spending evenings having BBQ’s with friends you’re huddled under a duvet in front of the fire. Unfortunately, summer is long gone and those winter blues are on their way.
With the short days and cold nights, moods are at an all time low at this time of year.
By the time November arrives, everyone is fully involved in studying and those carefree summer days seem a million miles away. There is no better way to keep your spirits high and keep that summer smile on your face than by planning summer 2013.
Whether you’re planning on travelling, working abroad or getting work experience, make sure you put aside time for some of the biggest festivals the UK has to offer. Here is our breakdown of the best and what you can expect from each one, now start that countdown to your summer of music.
To throw you in at the deep end we’ll start with Download festival. Not for the faint hearted, this is a three-day rock festival held usually in the second week of June in Donnington Park, England. Download has been satisfying rock-heads insatiable appetites since 2003 with bands such as: Black Sabbath, Megadeath, Sebastian Bach, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down and We are the Ocean. A ticket cost £190 for three days and includes camping.
T in the park is next on the list, a three-day festival in the not-so-sunny Scotland. The rain won’t dampen any spirits though with a self described ‘line up to end all line ups’ T in the park knows how to mix up genre’s to keep everyone happy. 2012 saw a great mix of rock and dance with acts including: The Stone Roses, Kasabian, Chase and Status, The Vaccines, Nicki Minaj and David Guetta. Tickets are available as day passes or weekend passes, Day tickets cost £77.50, weekend with camping will set you back £189.00 and they release early bird tickets which gains you entry into the park a day before everyone else. Priced at £199 these tickets are worth getting hold of, for £10 more you get entry into the campsites before anyone else, bagging the best camping spot and ensuring another night of festival fun.
Creamfields, is a hugely popular dance music festival held in the August bank holiday weekend. Based in Daresbury, Chesire, it was born in 2007 and has been regarded as the UK’s best dance music festival ever since. This is easy to believe when you look at the amazing back catalogue of DJ’s that have graced the stages of Creamfields such as; Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Paul Van Dyk and Deadmau5. It is a personal favorite of University Compares’ and we believe it’s truly worth the cheap price tag of £135 for a weekend camping ticket.
Fancy a few days of music without getting covered in mud? Benicassim is the festival for you. Located on a beach between Barcelona and Valencia in Spain (Yes, a beach, put away the wellies!) it combines fantastic music with even better weather. It combines a four-day festival with eight days of camping starting on the second Monday of July. Since opening in 1995 this beachfront festival has seen some impressive acts including; The Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Killers, Florence and the Machine, The Stone Roses and Dizzee Rascal. Tickets are priced at £155, this includes 8 days camping and four nights of music all located a stones throw from the beach. What’s more, the acts begin at 5pm and continue through the night until 4am; this gives you sun worshippers plenty of time to chill and top up your tan during the day and really come to life at night.
For those who are pretty easy going when it comes to music, V festival will suit you well. The lineup changes yearly from dance to rock but in general, it has something for everyone. With no specific music genre this appeals to a mass of people and is in turn a hugely popular festival. It’s held on the last week of August, over two different parks that share the same bill: Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. The first V festival took place in 1996 and has seen some huge names from rock, pop, and dance including: Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Eminem, The Stone Roses, The Killers, Oasis and The Prodigy. Priced at £180 for a three day weekend camping ticket, it’s pricier than other festivals but worth the money for a long weekend of friends, drinking and dancing (and seeing Cher Lloyd covered in all sorts of liquids!)
The UK is home to a huge number of festivals and these are just a few of them, don’t take our word for it, pack some wellies and a crate of cider and get exploring your home country!