With Glastonbury taking a year off and some of the bigger festivals like Sonisphere and The Big Chill getting cancelled, this is a good year to take advantage of what the smaller, more reasonably priced festivals have to offer - stunning surroundings, a relaxed atmosphere and the chance to discover some lesser known acts. These are just three of the many small festivals taking place this summer in spectacular surroundings.
1. Loopallu 21st - 22nd September
A fairly small festival that manages to attract big name acts, Loopallu (Ullapool backwards) is located 57 miles north west of Inverness. One of the last festivals of the season, it's a lovely way to end the summer against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. You can camp at the Broomfield campsite by the water.
Ullapool and the Broomfield campsite
2. Kendal Calling 27th - 29th July
The Lake District's Kendal Calling began in 2006 as an intimate farm festival that has since moved to the 1,000 year old Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, a larger space to accommodate its increasing crowds. Nestled amongst ancient trees and a herd of deer, this award winning small festival is hard to beat for scenery.
Lowther Castle on the Lowther Estate
Kendal Calling website
3. Green Man Festival 17th - 19th August
Set in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, The Green Man festival has grown massively since it started in 2003 but still retains a friendly, folky feel despite its growth. Although it's probably fairer to call this a medium sized as opposed to small festival now, we've included it because of its glorious setting and relaxed atmosphere.
Green Man Festival 2008 (image Jethro Collins)
Green Man Festival website