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Festivals that offer the most band for your buck

GOOD VALUE: Glastonbury

MUSIC FESTIVALS are two things – an unforgettable, life-altering experience, and expensive.

Thanks to new research from GoCompare, you can find which festivals offer the most artists and days of music for the least costs, so you can focus on the memories, and not on the price tag.

A music festival can be a time for adventure, to hang out with your friends, or to hear your favourite artists live, but which one is really the best use of your money?

GoCompare finds the festivals with the lowest cost per artist and the lowest daily cost, to give you the overall cheapest (and best) experience. See if your preferred festival is Money for Nothing, or if you’ll be leading the Good Life.


Selected from the most popular festivals in the UK, a total of 15 iconic festivals have been investigated to find the one with the overall lowest costs.

These are the top five:

1. Glastonbury

While Glasto has the most expensive tickets on raw cost, at £243, there were 1,643 artists across all the stages in 2016, making it cost just under 15p per performer – the cheapest option from the top 15 festivals. Not to mention that this year, Ed Sheeran is one of the headliners – a ticket to his concert at the O2 costs £84.75, making 15p quite the bargain for his whole performance!

2. Bestival

Bestival did pretty well on daily cost thanks to four days of music and partying. The ticket is much lower than Glastonbury’s at only £170, making the cost per day £42.50.

3. One Love Festival

Celebrating Bob Marley’s influence on music, the UK’s biggest reggae festival is also one of the best value festivals – and has the best daily cost at £36.67 for each of the three days, as well as the cheapest ticket overall at £110.

4. Festival No. 6

Taking place in the town of Portmeirion in Wales, Festival No. 6 can take a little time to get to – but it’s worth it for the range of music and for the reasonable cost per day and cost per artist: £48.75 and £0.69 respectively for its £195 ticket.

5. Latitude Festival

Run by the same company that runs the Reading and Leeds festivals and who previously worked on Glastonbury, Latitude has a vast array of musicians, but also features a number of other performers. It offers a cost of £0.60 per billing and £51.38 per day – with the total ticket costing £205.50.

“Festivals can cost a lot of money, especially for young people who are still in education or on starter salaries,” said Matt Oliver, from GoCompare van insurance.

“We wanted to look into the UK music festival scene to find out which event gives people the most bang for their buck.”

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