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4 really cool and cheap festivals that won't break your bank!

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By now, most of the big festivals such as Glastonbury have been and gone and emptied the pockets of the fortunate few who got the tickets. Whilst these festivals are worth the hype with the big name line-ups and impressive celebrity sightings, they are also ridiculously expensive. Like most students now, I am currently working a part time job to save as much money as I can over summer for the next year, and the lack of student loan can be felt. However, that shouldn’t stop you (or me!) to experience that open-air live music experience. So here is a list of some of the smaller, but by no means lesser festivals that can give you that experience without burning your pocket!

Summer Series at Somerset House
When: 7-17 July 2016
Where: Somerset House, London
Price: From £29.50

London is home to many festivals, including the sold out and expensive British Summer Time. Set in one of London's most iconic landmarks, Summer Series has a set of fantastic line-up acts including James Morrison, Everything Everything, and Laura Mulva. This is the perfect place to get that open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, without the mud and the cost!

Tramlines
When: 22 - 14 July 2016
Where: Sheffield
Price: From £23

Tramlines is the inner city, up north fun festival minus the camping. Given its name for its easy access via the tram system in Sheffield, this is a fantastic festival to just visit for the day. Dizzee Rascal has just been announced as a headliner with the line up including Young Fathers, Toddla T, Goldie and more.

Standon Calling 
When: 29 - 31 July 2016
Where: Ware, Hertfordshire
Price: £107 - £147

Standon Calling started as a private birthday party for 30 people in 2005, and rather unimaginably turned into a huge festival that keeps coming back each year. Held in the grounds of a 16th-century mansion, this festival certainly has a house party feel especially with a swimming pool available. This year headlining is the likes of Jess Glynne, GhostPoet, Everything Everything, and Blossoms. Dressing up is a must, and festival-goers will be delighted at the variety of performances, crafts, and activities that you can get stuck into throughout the day.

Boardmasters
When: 10 – 14 August 2016
Where: Fistral Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Price: From £15 for the beach sessions to £225 for the full VIP experience.

This 5 day event is situated across two beautiful beaches in Cornwall and has been a growing festival favourite. Not quite reaching the heights of Glastonbury, the line up still has some amazing musical acts including James Bay, Kaiser Chiefs, Deadmau5 and Sigma. The best part is that there is no muddy field in sight, just a gorgeous beach with the live music and option to surf! Weekend tickets, camping tickets, as well as beach session tickets are all available and vary to suit your different price budgets. Not only is the festival playing host to 2016 pro surf competitions but you can also skate the half pipes or jump on a BMX if that's your thing. 

Get in there quick before these festivals sell out or you get priced out! Put on your wellies, or grab a surf board? Hmmmm...

Jasmin Vincent lives at Liberty Dock, Leeds. She is studying History of Art at The University of Leeds, and is currently in her 2nd year.

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