Festival season is upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to forget all your worries, sit in a field, enjoy the music and maybe get a little bit intoxicated. However, it might be difficult to forget your worries if you think about all the money you spent to be there. Some UK festivals cost upwards of £200 - and that's not including the cost of all the kit you need to take with you.
To make it all a bit easier on your wallet, I've fished around for some festival deals that should help you get kitted out for festival season for a bit less. All deals and prices were present and correct on 14.06.2013 - but could've been changed or removed by the retailer since then. Prices may or may not include VAT, postage and packaging. This list can also be used as a detailed festival checklist.
I'm afraid I can't find you any deals on your festival tickets. In fact, I'd encourage you to be wary when looking for 'cheap festival tickets' - as there are a lot of scams about. This is just a reminder - because your ticket is the most important thing to remember to take to a festival. Otherwise you won't get in! I do suggest checking whether your festival ticket retailer offers cashback on portals like Quidco or Top Cashback, though.
Also in this 'must not forget' category is your I.D., cash, credit/debit cards, map/directions and your keys.
There's an extra 20% off camping equipment at Halford's for a limited time. This 2-man tent pack is reduced from £74.99 to £49.99 anyway - but with the 20% off (applied automatically when you add it to your basket) it goes down even further to £39.99. It includes:
- A 2-man tent
- 2 sleeping mats
- 2 camping chairs
If you want something spacious that takes seconds to put up, try this 4-man pop up tent from Sports Direct. It's £59.99 down from £119.99 - saving you £60.
If you're camping at a festival in Britain - rain or shine - you'll benefit from the shelter of a gazebo. This 'pop up' garden gazebo from Argos is easy to assemble and it's less than half price - £25.49 instead of £59.99. Just check that the festival you're going to allows gazebos.
Other camping equipment
If you've got the tent - you just need everything else - this 'Lazy Buddy' kit from the Lazy Camper is £39.99 and includes a:
- Sleeping bag
- Self-inflating sleeping mat
- Blow-up pillow
- Camping chair
- Waterproof poncho
- LED headlamp
- First aid kit
If you need to, you can buy two for £29.99 each and save 26%.
This festival cook set should have everything you need to prepare the food you bring along with you. That way you can avoid having to spend loads on food inside the arena. It includes two large aluminium mess tins, two knife/fork/spoon sets, a solid fuel cooker, 24 fuel tablets and a box of 16 waterproof safety matches in a carry bag. It's £12.99 (RRP £22.99).
In the Aldi 'Specialbuys' on 16th June you can get this multi-functional knife for just £1.99. It has 17 different functions including a knife, scissors, nail file, can & bottle opener, saw, screwdriver and tweezers.
The 'little things'
Even if you've never used baby wipes before, they will become your best friend at a festival. You might end up looking forward to your 'baby wipe bath' every day. Aldi are selling baby wipes for 79p for a pack of 80.
Superdrug is selling dry hair shampoo for 99p. Good for keeping your hair fresh for a bit longer.
When you wake up in the morning with a pounding headache, you might be glad of 3 packets of 16 Ibuprofen tablets for £1 from Poundland. Just remember to read and follow the instructions.
There are lots of other little things you need to take to a festival. Instead of picking them all up separately from different shops, try this ultimate festival survival kit from ultimatefestivalkit.com for £24.95. It includes:
- A PVC rain poncho
- Shower gel
- Pocket-sized tissues
- Ear plugs
- Lip balm
- Hand wipes
- LED keychain torch
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
- Chewing gum
- Condoms (you never know!)
- Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
- Emergency blanket
- 10 toilet seat covers (you'll see why)
- Mini First-Aid kit
It's not strictly essential to take some of these camping gadgets with you - but they could help make your weekend easier.
There's a good chance you're going to lose track of your friends at some point, so it'll help to make sure your phone is charged so you can arrange to meet up again. This solar charger can charge your phone and other gadgets using the sun. It's £17.99 from Nigel's Eco Store.
This wind-up camping lantern has three different brightness settings, and you won't have to worry about finding replacement batteries - as it charges when you wind the handle. It's £9.99 (RRP £19.99) from Robert Dyas.
This Vivitar 5.1MP camera from Tesco is ideal for capturing those funny festival moments. It only costs £19 - so you won't have to worry unduly about losing it.
To listen to all of your favourite music outside of the arena, try this portable wireless speaker from Currys. It's £24.99, down from £29.99.
Deals on festival fashion
If you're looking for a few festival fashion essentials, I suggest you look for wellies or really sturdy walking boots, a waterproof coat with a hood, a sun hat, sunglasses, a nice warm jumper, lots of changes of underwear and garments with lots of pockets.
If you're looking for a whole new festival wardrobe, there's:
- 30% off 'summer steals' at ASOS
- 20% off festival equipment and accessories at Blue Banana with the code EXCEITEFEST until 20th June
- Savings of up to 20% on festival essentials at USC and up to 50% off selected women's festival fashion
- 20% off at Urban Outfitters with the code JUNE20 - they do a lot of 'boho' stuff that'd look good at a summer festival. Hurry because the code expires tomorrow (15.06.2013)
Enjoy the festivities!
We hope this checklist of deals has helped you kit yourself out for your festival of choice. Which festival are you thinking of going to - and are you taking anything I haven't included in this list? Is there a little-known festival essential you couldn't do without?