Best Small, Lesser-Known Music Festivals

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There is a time and a place for a big music festival and they can be the highlight of your year. However, the really big festivals of the world can also be a monumental effort to attend. With big crowds, large distances and big expenses, sometimes you just want something on a smaller scale.

That’s where the smaller, lesser-known festivals of the world come in, allowing you to get your festival fix without all of the chaos. Of course, you may have to sacrifice some bigger headliners and some diversity of performers, but it is a totally worthwhile experience for many.

Here are our favorite small, lesser-known music festivals to try out this summer:

Meadows in the Mountains (Bulgaria)

Dates held: 2-5 June 2022

Location: Bulgaria

Lineup: Not yet announced

Træna Music Festival (Norway)

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Dates held: 7-9 July 2022

Location: Træna, Norway

Lineup: Not yet announced

Green Man (Wales)

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Dates held: 18-21 August 2022

Location: South Wales

Lineup: Kraftwerk, Michael Kiwanuka, Beach House, Metronomy

Secret Garden Party (England)

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Dates held: 21-24 July 2022

Location: Cambridgeshire, England

Lineup: Not yet announced

Electric Forest (USA)

Electric Forest festival
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Dates held: 23-26 June 2022

Location: Michigan, USA

Lineup: Disclosure, Griz, Porter Robinson, Louis the Child

Astropolis (France)

Astropolis festival

Dates held: 2-6 February 2022

Location: Brittany, France

Lineup: Jennifer Cardini & Damon Jee, Mano Le Tough

Igloofest (Canada)

Igloofest
Photo credit: Francis Bourgouin

Dates held: Not yet announced

Location: Montreal

Lineup: Not yet announced

Rattler Fest (England)

Rattler Fest

Dates held: 21-24 April 2022

Location: Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow, Truro, Cornwall

Lineup: The Feeling, Scott Mills, Utah Saints, Dub Pistols, The Busketeers, The Mighty Offbeats, Bob Marley Revival

The Great Estate (England)

The Great Estate Festival - boy dancing with robot

Dates held: 2-5 June 2022

Location: Scorrier House, Redruth, Cornwall

Lineup: Manic Street Preachers, Electric Six, Craig Charles, Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel’s Furious 5, DJ Yoda

Kappa Futur Festival (Italy)

Kappa Futur Festival

Dates held: 1-3 July 2022

Location: Turin, Italy

Lineup: Carl Cox, Diplo, Amelie Lens, Peggy Gou

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