Now that exam season has finally come to an end (phew), students all over the UK will be rejoicing at the prospect of a fiesta filled summer and the chance to let loose after pulling all-nighters memorising equations and hefty Shakespeare quotes. And since we’re mad keen for the upgrade of our event app yada, we thought we’d share our knowledge for the hippest happenings across the country. So to aid both your frenzied frolics and your pockets, we’ve rustled up a hassle free guide to the UK’s best student friendly festivals.
Freshers’ Festival: 20th-21st September
If you’re keen for a two day event packed with free grub, interactive experiences and the country’s best clubs, pubs, fashion brands, accommodation, job opportunities and more then you’ll be psyched for this year’s Freshers’ Festival held in George Square, Glasgow. Nab freebies, discounts and offers from your fave brands, grab FREE Papa John’s pizza and soak up some sweet sounds with live entertainment. If that’s not enough, the annual festival is completely FREE and open to students all over the globe.
Freshers’ Fringe: September 2017
For more sensational city events in Scotland, then make sure to check out the Freshers’ Fringe, a month-long festival featuring 60+ events from club nights and menu tastings to employment seminars, personal development workshops, shopping events and arts events. Keep an eye out here for dates and tickets.
Doune the Rabbit Hole: – 18th-20th August
Hidden in the hills of Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire, and surrounded by ancient oak trees and bubbling glens, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival is one of Scotland’s most-loved events among indie, folk and reggae lovers. If you’re looking for a music festival with an intimate vibe, chilled sounds and lovely people, then this party is the place for you. As well as being dog friendly and featuring delicious locally sourced nosh from the likes of Glasgow’s popular Tchai Ovna, the three day festivities are teeny in price compared to other larger festivals with weekend tickets at a mere £125.
Edinburgh International Film Festival: 21st June – 2nd July
Finding its humble beginnings in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival, celebrating its 70th birthday this year. So whether you’re a film student or you’re simply a movie buff with a passion for the big screen, this event will surely satisfy your creative cravings. The festival hosts international film premieres for a myriad of indie and studio films, and also gives you the chance to submit your own movies for consideration. Tickets are priced according to the film and often very reasonable.
Tafwyl: 24th June – 2nd July
As the best and most popular culture and arts festival in Wales, Tafwyl Festival is held in Cardiff over a whopping nine days, with events held around the city in museums, galleries, cafes and libraries. The festival is totally free and showcases an eclectic mix of live music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food & drink. A perfect event for local students or holiday-goers.
Blissfields: 6th-8th July
Can’t manage to fork out the cash for Glastonbury? Blissfields is the ideal alternative for students on a summer budget. Showcasing new and up coming bands on five stages as well as food and drink from local restaurants and cafes. This is one of the best offbeat happenings in England and priced at only £110 for a full weekend ticket.
Lovebox: 14-15th July
Slap bang in the middle of Victoria Park, London, in the height of summer, you’d think this festival would cost a few pennies more than your bank is comfortable with. Think again! With a sick line up including Solange and Jamie xx, Lovebox offers two-day tickets for £126. Not bad for some of the biggest names in the music industry.
So be sure to download the yada app to keep up to date on all of the best event happenings around the UK and of course for exclusive competitions and more from the Freshers Festival.