Missed out on Glastonbury this year? You can still catch Muse, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ellie Goulding and more across Europe this summer – for the same price (or less) of a Glastonbury ticket
Brits late to the festival party can see Glasto performers with the sun in the sky and over £100 change in their pocket reveals a new study. The research, conducted by money-saving website, Voucherbox.co.uk, looks at the European festivals where you can still catch some of the top names on the Glastonbury line-up at a similar or cheaper price.
Got Glasto FOMO?
Of the 24 acts investigated, including the headliners across the four main Glastonbury stages, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Lowlands in the Netherlands have 10 acts performing. Pyramid stage performers Tame Impala, Beck and Ellie Goulding can be caught at Rock Werchter on 30th June, while Lowlands on 19th August can offer you Muse, Foals and The Last Shadow Puppets.
Voucherbox.co.uk examined the cost of the ticket, camping, travel and transfer to the festivals where at least four or more Glastonbury stars are performing and tickets are still available for the whole period.
Of the eight possibilities, the cheapest festival is Rock en Seine in Paris, 26th-28th August, which if you’re willing to jump on a coach will only cost you £179.44. That’s £107.56 cheaper than the cost of getting to and in to Glastonbury and you can see the likes of Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets and Sigur Ros.
Flash the cash and make a week of it
The most expensive festival is Sziget in Budapest on 10th-17th August at £407.57 – although as a seven-day festival with camping it doesn’t seem unreasonable. Here you can see seven of the 24 acts, including Muse, Bastille and Jake Bugg.
Something for a long weekend
The almost sold out Les Eurockéennes in Belfort, France, still has tickets remaining for the Sunday, 3rd July, which includes main Glasto acts Tame Impala, ZZ Top and M83, as well as up and coming acts like Blossoms, Mac Demarco and Kurt Vile. As a complete package of £119.45, including camping from Friday-Monday allowing you to make the most of the surrounding area, this may not be an option to be sniffed at.
Keeping Radiohead on the radar
Whilst Radiohead fans heading to Glastonbury this year will be eagerly awaiting to see if the rumours of their secret performance are true, others can hop on a plane to Berlin. Festivalgoers at Lollapalooza Berlin in September can see the band, as well as other Glastonbury highlights The 1975 and James Blake, for just £62 (or £109 if going for both days) – a mere snip of Glastonbury’s £228 ticket price.
For the eclectic music tastes
If you’re after a completely different experience you may consider heading to Montreux Jazz in Switzerland which is the second largest jazz festival in the world. It’s a 16-day event and you can see an array of artists, including Glastonbury headliner Muse, as well as ZZ Top and PJ Harvey. However, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny as the ticket for the full festival is £1,013.94, and that doesn’t include accommodation.
Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager stated: “Tickets for this year’s Glastonbury festival sold out in a record 30 minutes, leaving many disappointed, and even more unaware they were ever available. Since then as the line-up has been announced and the festival approaches, it’s hard not to let the envy creep in. But we’ve discovered that you can not only see the top acts, you can do so abroad at a similar price or cheaper. On top of that, if you choose a sunny climate, who’s going to be the smug one?”
*Glastonbury stages include Pyramid, Other, West Holts and John Peel. Cheapest form of transport calculated between 6th-10th June 2016, from London to festival destination. Ticket information correct during this period.