With festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park recently unveiling their headline acts, UK music fans are now pondering whether to stay at home or fly abroad for this year’s festival fix.
Many European festivals boast impressive line-ups and a ticket price that won’t break the bank.
Skyscanner has taken a closer look at the costs involved in a selection of this year’s festivals, both for the whole weekend and per day, and counts down to the best value festival for the savvy music fan.
5. T in the Park, Kinross, Scotland (8-10 July) – £98 per day
Scotland’s annual knees-up boasts one of the world’s biggest line-ups with acts such as Foo Fighters, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys performing, but despite no flights being included in the package it was still the most expensive of all the festival options.
Ticket including three nights camping: £195
Beer: £3.50 per pint (£45)
Food: £6 per meal (£54)
Total cost of festival essentials: £294
4. Exit, Novi Sad, Serbia, 7-10 July – £89 per day
Serbia’s Exit festival is set in a scenic location by the Danube, and regularly wins awards for its party atmosphere and world-class line-up which this year includes Arcade Fire, Jamiroquai and M.I.A.
Ticket including four nights camping: £109
Beer: £1.30 (£26)
Food: £4.50 per meal (£54)
Return flights from London to Budapest: £166
Total cost of festival essentials: £89
[pic: exitfest.org / Global Publicity]
3. Melt Festival, Ferropolis, Germany, 15-17 July- £85 per day
The unique backdrop of Melt, an open-air museum full of huge industrial machines, is an attraction in itself, as is the impressive electronic-meets-rock line-up featuring Errors, Plan B, Pulp and very cheap beer.
Ticket including four nights camping: £97
Beer: £1.80 (£27)
Food: £4.50 per meal (£41)
Return flights from London to Berlin: £89
Total cost of festival essentials: £254
2. Glastonbury, Somerset, England 22-26 June – £75 per day
While Glastonbury is the second cheapest festival per day, it is traditionally a five-day event in total. Fans will witness the amazing site of Beyoncé shaking her booty to a crowd of mud-soaked revellers on the final night of the festival.
Ticket including five nights camping: £195
Beer: £3.50 (£87.50)
Food: £6 per meal (£90)
Total cost of festival essentials: £373
1. Open’er Festival, Gydnia, Poland, 30 June – 3 July, – £62 per day
Topping our list for real value is the award-winning Heineken Open’er Festival in northern Poland, which features top bands such as Coldplay and The Strokes as well as cheap beer. Reasonably priced flights are also available to nearby Gdansk airport. *UPDATE 6 MAY 2011: Prince is to headline Open’er Festival on 2 July**
Ticket including four nights camping: £92
Beer: £1.20 per pint (£24)
Food: £3 per meal (£36)
Return flights from London to Gdansk: £96
Total cost of festival essentials: £248
[pic: www.opener.pl / Promoter Alter Art]
Flight prices from Skyscanner.net correct as at 13/04/2011. No flights included for UK events. Beer/food prices from exitfest.org, suite101.com, Promoter Alter Art, answers.yahoo.co.uk. Estimated consumption of five drinks per day and three meals.