7 student-friendly festivals to book for 2019


Festival period is what summer is all about, right? And with 2018 festival season coming to an end, now is the perfect time to get those early bird tickets for next year. But on a student budget, festivals are inevitably going to be a bit of a luxury. So, here is a compilation of some of the best student-friendly festivals. Get your student discount at the ready!


Located in the heart of Manchester, you do not want to miss out on Parklife festival. Popular with students from all over the country, you can count on making friends. Plus, with day tickets only costing a bargain £60, you can pick and choose which day suits you best, so the weekend won’t be too expensive… Result!


With 10 chapters of this iconic festival over, join Boomtown for the 11th time – it’s promised to be sensational. This festival is a sparkling metropolis of paradise, and if that doesn’t persuade you to get on down, I don’t know what will! The line-up (which this year had Blur as the headliners) will never fail - its eclectic and varied choice of artists hold something for everyone.


This amazing festival in Sheffield is super cheap for us students (and has absolutely nothing to do with trams)! With previous acts such as Primal Scream, The Magic Gang and Kano, not only is the line-up always super cool and diverse, but being based in Sheffield, attendees have the amazing benefit of affordable pubs and clubs to divulge in once the festival has died down.


Bestival used to take place in the Isle of Wight, which was magical, but let’s face it: it was a massive hassle to get there (not to mention more expensive to get the ferry over). However, now that it’s moved to Dorset, it’s much easier to get to. This festival is like a fairy tale, with areas like the Love Bot, the Ambient Forest and HMS Bestival. You’ll never be bored of exploring and the line-up is always the stuff of dreams.


It might not be the cheapest, but I’m not sure I could write about festivals without including Glastonbury, could I? Bring your wellies and be prepared for a bad view of your favourite artists, but trust me, it’ll all be worth it in the end. This is the festival that’s on everyone’s bucket list, and with that said, if you want get tickets for Glastonbury 2019, I’d join the registration list now. Tickets go on sale in October, so you should have your first loan instalment by then… just saying.


The name of this festival might have you picturing tractors and cattle, but trust me, Farmfest is all about the music. Set on (you guessed it) a farm in Somerset, it’s the perfect ‘mini’ alternative to Glastonbury – smaller, easier to navigate and SO much cheaper. Earlybirds can get a weekend ticket for a bargain £69 – get in there quick!

Dot to Dot

This festival has not one, but three locations – so you can pick the one that’s closest to you! Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol have their own Dot to Dot festivals in May, and although exam season is fully in swing by then, give yourself a weekend off and get on down there. With the likes of The Horrors, Ady Suleiman and Pale Waves hitting us in 2018, you can be sure that 2019 will be equally as amazing, if not better.