Where are the best small music festivals in Europe this summer. In my ideal world there is a reasonably priced festival with a half decent line up that hasn't got too big for its britches.
This summer, I would like to take Mrs MM to a music festival. I don't mind if it is in the UK or somewhere in Europe. The US/Canada are too far away (for this year; however if something is *so* amazing it is worth spending that much more on the airfare I'll take note for next year). My requirements are:
- a mix of music in the line up, low fi is good; not
heavy metal, not
full bore dance music
- Preferably one band I've heard of*
- Less than 30,000 people; ideally less than 20,000; better still - 10,000
- Toilets / showers are not a bloodbath
- A quiet camping space; if not formally, then somewhere where you can pitch with an expectation of some kip
- Relatively easy to get to from London; flying is OK, a driveable distance within 12 hours is better
- Preferably in July/August if in northern Europe - i.e. less chance of rain, more chance of sunshine is good
- Not overrun by w*nkers
- We're basically looking for somewhere with a nice vibe to spend a long weekend listening to music and having some fun
Some additional info:
We are in our late thirties but have never knowingly been described as hip. We are reasonably plugged in London's cultural scene and go to gigs, the theatre, the cinema, galleries etc.
We went to the Big Chill
nearly 10 years ago and enjoyed it. We'd have liked to have gone when it was smaller and more intimate.
We have camped before a lot and have our own kit. We do not expect toilets/showers to be pristine - we just want to be able to wash etc without queuing for ages or the facilities being disgusting. We don't mind spending a bit more for facilities, but are not in the market for spending £500+ for access to a posh tent and 'luxury' showers.
Yes, reader, we are middle class. No, we don't really need a literature or debate space or a magic garden or a bar serving champagne cocktails, or to dress up. Edible food and some things to see, do and listen to are really the only requirements. Some of the more boutique festivals seem to be very pretentious. I'm prepared to be persuaded otherwise.
We aren't going to be popping pills or snorting lines.
* Reasonably broad music tastes
; Line ups like this
are fine, as were successive Big Chill lineups. More than happy to look at more niche music festivals and explore genres of music.