Who says Glastonbury is the only good Festival in the South West?
When most people think of music festivals in the South West they think of that one big shindig North of the border beginning with a ‘G’.
These folks are probably not aware of a whole raft of excellent (slightly smaller) festivals that happen every year, just a few miles South. There’s a thriving music scene in the heart of Devon, one that is supported by a series of well-organised festivals. Whether you fancy slumming it in the muddy fields of Escot House or dancing in the streets of Sidmouth, there’s sure to be a music festival for you here – just make sure you buy your tickets well ahead of schedule!
90s Folk Rock band the Levellers set up this family-friendly festival over 15 years ago and, despite it’s continual success, the event has remained a medium-scale affair, making it ideal for young teenagers and kids.
The lineup is uniformly eclectic, with the only constant being the Levellers themselves who headline the final night of every festival.
There are tonnes of fun arts activities to get involved, as well as a decent range of acts including political debate and stand-up comedy.
Where? Escot Park, Talaton
When? 17th-19th August 2018
Sidmouth Folk Week
One of the longest running festival of it’s kind, the Sidmouth Folk Week has been running in some shape or form since 1955, bringing thousands of visitors into the seaside town for the entire week.
With the Summer in full swing, this is a great chance to soak up some traditional Devonshire culture (as well as some sunshine). Some of the biggest names in Folk music have graced the various venues of Sidmouth, but it’s the street-based frivolities that make this a festival worth seeing.
When? 3rd-10th August 2018
Chagstock Music Festival
Once described as ‘The best little festival in the South West’, this tiny festival (only 5,000 tickets are sold for the event each year) offers the music festival experience in a nutshell.
Set on the very edge of Dartmoor, you’ll feel like you’re on the brink of civilisation with as much music and activities as you could dream of handling.
An ever-changing lineup of retro bands and folk legends keeps the one stage busy – and because of the remote location partying often drifts far into the early hours!
Where? Chagford, Dartmoor
When? 20th-21 July 2018
Dart Music Festival
The story of the Dart Music Festival is a long one. Started by couple Rob and Di Lyon (who now serves as the Mayor of Dartmouth), the event runs over three days and encompasses the whole town of Dartmouth. Each year over 100 acts flock to the seaside town, to play in over 20 different venues. This is a weekend not to be missed and a great way of discovering all the hidden gems that Dartmouth has to offer. The lineup regularly features local talent, as well as other upcoming acts from around the country.
When? May 2018
Sea Change Festival
Although Sea Change Festival has only been running for the past 2 years, it’s already attracted some of the hottest up and coming acts from around the world. Set over a handful of venues in the peaceful market town of Totnes, this festival transforms its usually quiet host town into a thriving hub of pop culture and empowerment. Acts that have played at Sea Change include: Aldous Harding, Ulimate Painting and Temples.
When? August 24th-25th 2018