Revealed: Parklife is officially the best value UK music festival



  • Parklife is the best value music festival in the UK this summer, saving festivalgoers a huge £234.74 vs seeing the headliners individually on tour.
  • Isle of Wight has dropped from 1st place to 3rd since 2018, whereas Download has fallen from 2nd place down to 6th place since last year.
  • Glastonbury returns in 5th place this year, and attendees can expect a saving of £182.41 seeing their favourite acts, along with a ticket price drop of 2% since 2017.

Festival season is almost upon us, and this year’s line-ups haven’t failed to impress – with the likes of Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, and Kylie gracing stages across the UK.

As thousands flock back to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury’s return, the demand for festival tickets has been as high as ever. And, while most will agree that a festival is all about the music, it’s also useful to know where you’ll find the best value for your hard-earned money this summer. Analysis from compares the cost of each festival ticket to the price of seeing the top nine headline acts individually to determine which one gives fans the best value for money. And the results may surprise you.

Manchester’s Parklife has topped the podium this year, offering the biggest saving of £234.74 – leaping up the rankings from 5th position in 2018. The all-star line-up this year includes Cardi B, The Streets, Khalid, and Disclosure to name a few. As well as offering revellers the biggest saving vs seeing the headliners on tour, Parklife’s also one of the cheapest festivals to attend in the UK – with weekend tickets (8th-9th June) costing just £139.50. Sadly, there’s no on-site camping, so for those outside of Manchester, it’s likely you’ll spend a bit more on accommodation and travel – but it’s a great value option for Mancunians and those who live close by!

A stone’s throw away in Liverpool is Fusion Festival, which enters the chart for the very first time, saving attendees £204.25 and bagging the title of second-best value UK festival. The pop-focused weekend features the likes of Little Mix, Rudimental, Kings of Leon, and Jonas Blue. Again, this is a non-camping event, but tickets are a modest £102.95 to make up for that.

Festival Saving Position in 2018
1.       Parklife £234.74 from 5th
2.       Fusion Festival £204.25 New entry
3.       Isle of Wight £197.53 from 1st
4.       TRNSMT £184.58 – from 4th
5.       Glastonbury £182.41 New entry
6.       Download £157.51 from 2nd
7.       Wireless £155.70 from 10th
8.       Creamfields £151.63 from 11th
9.       SW4 £144.73 from 8th
10.    Cambridge Folk Festival £132.55 from 13th
11.    Lovebox £106.91 from 3rd
12.    Bestival £100.53 from 7th
13.    Reading and Leeds £95.43 from 9th
14.    Latitude £85.17 from 12th
15.    Wilderness £75.52 New entry
16.    Greenman £52.10 from 14th


Download has dropped from second to sixth place this year, offering a saving of just £157.51 compared to £225.70 in 2018. Being the UK’s most popular rock festival means that their headliners are more unique and there’s less competition for their target audience, so this figure shouldn’t deter any loyal attendees.

The good news for many is that Glastonbury is back this year! It re-joins the chart in 5th place. It is the most expensive festival on our list this year with tickets costing £253, but that includes five days of camping, so it’s an extra few days of music. With headliners including Kylie, Miley Cyrus, and The Killers; festivalgoers will still be saving £182.41 seeing their favourite acts in one place.