10 Somerset music festivals that aren’t Glastonbury

Party into the night at NASS festival.

Party into the night at NASS festival. - Credit: Archant

Glastonbury festival may grab the headlines, but nestled in fields and farms around the county, Somerset’s quirky independent festivals promise some of the best festival experiences of the summer – we pick 10 favourites

The festival flags fly at Priddy Festival. (Image by Duncan Simey)

The festival flags fly at Priddy Festival. (Image by Duncan Simey) - Credit: Archant

1. Priddy Folk Festival

10-12 July 2015

Priddy village

The Priddy Folk Festival began life as a fund raiser in the village hall and still tries to remain true to those roots today. The volunteer run festival is dedicated to bringing good music into Priddy. For the real ale lovers among you, this festival is a winner, with its well stocked bar of the very best local ales and ciders. @PriddyFolkFest

Priddy Festival (Photo by Duncan Simey)

Priddy Festival (Photo by Duncan Simey) - Credit: Archant

2. NASS festival

10-12 July 2015

Bath and West Showground

Held at the Bath and West Showground, NASS fuses music, skating and BMXing into a 15,000 person strong celebration. The action sports and music festival is packed with attractions, from purpose built skate and bike parks to the five music stages playing everything from dubstep and drum and bass to punk and rock. @NASSfestival

Expect action sports on the line-up at NASS festival.

Expect action sports on the line-up at NASS festival. - Credit: Archant

3. ArcTanGent

20th-22nd August

Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin

The award winning ArcTanGent is the festival for connoisseurs of Math-rock, Post-rock, Noise-rock, Alt-rock and everything in between. With over 70 bands across 4 stages, plus a silent disco – headline acts this year include the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deafheaven, 65daysofstatic, Deerhoof and Helms Alee. @ATGFestival

Evening scenes from ArcTanGent Festival (Photo by Nathan Gevers, 2014)

Evening scenes from ArcTanGent Festival (Photo by Nathan Gevers, 2014) - Credit: Archant

4. Priston Festival

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18 - 20 September 2015


Anon Amos, Buffalo Gals Stampede and the Djanan Turan Band will all be playing this year at Priston Festival. Formed as a charitable society by local people in 2008, the festival allows a celebration of local music and artistic talent. With acts hailing from the nearby cities of Bristol and Bath, in addition to nationally-renowned acts from further afield. Expect a wide range of music from folk, jazz and blues to reggae, choral and classical music. @PristonFestival

Crowds gather at Priston Festival.

Crowds gather at Priston Festival. - Credit: Archant

5. One World

3 -10 August

Brymore Academy, Cannington

Organised by the not-for-profit One World Health Foundation, The One World Health and Wellbeing Festival all happens from its rural location among 120 acres of nature, woods and farmland. Made up from 200 plus workshops, with a focus on Holistic Health and Macrobiotics, performing arts and music and dance – One World is not your average festival. @OneWorldFest

One of many group activities at One Love festival.

One of many group activities at One Love festival. - Credit: Archant

6. The Godney Gathering

18 July 2015

Garslade Farm, Glastonbury

UB40 and Dr Meaker are headlining at The Godney Gathering this year. On for one day only, this festival is a good shout if camping really isn’t your thing. Boasting 75 acts playing across five live stages and one giant silent disco dome. There are also kids and circus skills areas, plus a world food market and festival bazaar.

7. FarmFest

31 July - 1 August 2015

Gilcombe Farm

Farm festival started 10 years ago as a party for friends – a vibe that the organisers have tried to retain. Holding the belief that festivals shouldn’t be merely a platform for inflated prices, the FarmFest team present a genre-defying selection of music from emerging talents, cult heroes and local gems – plus showcasing local produce and a range of activities to try. This year, they are aiming to raise £4500 in support of charity Send a Cow – reaching this target will benefit over 100 farmers in Africa. @Farmfestival

8. Outcider Festival

July 31 – August 2 2015

Fernhill Farm

Leading the fight “out of England’s cold, conformist, consumerist majority” the Outcider Festival welcomes free-thinkers, drinkers and music lovers to their no nonsense festival. With eclectic music, local cider, ale and food, this festival promises a great time, free from the commercial restraints of many of today’s larger festival experiences. @OutCiderFest

9. Watchet Festival

28 -30 August


Headliners this year include Boomtown Rats, Doctor and the Medics plus everyone’s favourite Somerset band, The Wurzels! Run by Watchet LIVE Community Interest Company, the festival aims to help make the town of Watchet a vibrant, diverse and lively place to live and visit for both residents and visitors alike. @WatchetLIVEfest

10. Sat in a Field

28 - 30 August 2015

Near Cheddar

This family orientated festival is known for its great atmosphere. The LeyLines, N.U.M.B and Matt Woosey are among acts confirmed to play at the Cheddar based celebration. Sunday is fancy dress day at this festival, so don’t forget to raid the dressing-up box before leaving home! @sat_in_a_field

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