The Ticket Factory - Festival Guide


The Ticket Factory - Festival Manual


Always make sure you buy your tickets from an official vendor, like The Ticket Factory, or you may end up very disappointed. Official ticket agents can usually be found on the festival's own website. Here at The Ticket Factory we are a member of STAR (The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers), which is a self-regulatory body designed to help protect customers. For advice on buying tickets, visit


Type of Ticket

Festivals offer many different varieties of tickets, you can usually get: weekend tickets (with or without camping, day tickets, children's tickets, VIP tickets, & even quieter family camping

There are also a number of additional upgrades available - early bird, campervan & parking passes.


Getting There

It's best to plan your journey before you set off, whether you are travelling by car or public transport. Most festivals will have a travel section on their website providing information of the nearest train/bus stops etc, so take a look to help you plan.

Top tip: try and book your train, bus or car parking tickets early as they will most likely be cheaper in advance!



When camping at a festival remember, you are there for a few days so be practical - That flower hippy tent maybe great for chilling on the beach but how would it survive after a big downpour in the Scottish Highlands at Rockness?

Also remember if you do forget anything: tent pegs, roll mat etc, most festivals will have stores that sell this equipment (but don't take our word for it!)


Health and Hygiene

Most festivals these days have showers and all will have washing facilities so don't worry too much if you are new to festivals! The horror stories about festival toilets are probably from jealous individuals who want all the festival tickets for themselves.

Wet wipes and toilet roll are essentials for any festival!

Also remember that as most festivals take place in the summer there's a good chance it will be sunny so make sure you take sun cream and a hat & drink plenty of water - although it wouldn't hurt to take a poncho in case the sun doesn't have his hat on!

Most festivals will have a first aid/welfare area - these will be clearly sign post and skilled professionals will be there to help! Look after yourself and those around you, even those people you don't know, if someone looks like they need help they probably do!



The weather in the UK can be temperamental so it is important to pack for every outcome - It could be glorious sunshine but equally it could be thumping it down with rain. Wellies are a festival essential for a reason!


Food & Drink

Some festivals will have restrictions on fires/stoves etc so make sure that you check this before you buy your festival provisions. Also make sure that you take sensible food and not food that needs to be refrigerated or is likely to go off. Tins of beans or packs of noodles are firm festival favourites!

 All festivals will have food outlets but some can be expensive so think ahead.



Festivals are exciting, fun and happy places to be in the summer but make sure that you are careful.

Keep you wallets, phones, cameras etc with you at all times and try not to take any expensive personal items with you, chances are you will only sleep in your tent and spend minimal time in it. Don't leave that new ipod you just bought lying around in your tent all day!!

Make friends with your neighbouring campers and look out for one another and most importantly have fun.


The Ticket Factory - What sort

If you're still unsure which is the right festival for you this summer, why not take our fun quiz and let us suggest what's best for you...


What music do you listen to?

A) Rock / Indie

B) Metal

C) Indie / Dance

D) Pop

E) Folk


Who are you going with?

A) Mates - we are all students/ youngsters wanting to party

B) The lads from the biker/ beard growing / leather wearing society

C) Mates who like to throw shapes & bust - a - move (yes there's a difference)

D) The Family - taking the little ones

E) The Poetry/ Spoken word crew ( we all wear scarf's and trilbies)


How big do you want to go?

A) The bigger the better (you will get lost)

B) Pretty big and really loud (you might get lost)

C) Big - Big Venue, Big Names (good chance you will get lost)

D) Relatively small (you will be with the family anyway)

E) Smallish (there is still a chance you could get lost, I don't know your navigation skills)


Where would be the best location?

A) Northern

B & C) Midlands

D) South East


Which band would you most want to see?

A) Muse

B) Metallica/ Motorhead

C) Arctic Monkeys

D) Status Quo

E) Anthony & The Johnsons


Who would you most like to meet at a festival?

A) Julian Casablancas

B) Simon Neil

C) Eminem

D) James Blunt

E) Laura Marling


Which TV show do you watch?

A) Skins

B) LA / Miami / London Ink

C) Hollyoaks

D) Midsummer Murders

E) Country File


What's your ideal festival activity?

A) Roll around in the mud

B) A 3 day headbang-a-thon

C) Dancing with your shirt off

D) Picnic with the family

E) Restorative healing treatments and yoga workshops



Mostly A's

Leeds Festival


Mostly B's

Sonisphere or  Bloodstock Open Air


Mostly C's

V Festival


Mostly D's



Mostly E's




outdoor events

  • The Pogues
    The Pogues
    14 Jun 2014 | High Lodge, Thetford Forest
    The Pogues are the latest act to be announced, performing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live annual concert series this summer where bands play in beautiful woodland settings across the country.
  • Little Mix
    Little Mix
    20 Jun 2014 | Westonbirt Arboretum Nr Tetbury, Glos
    Pop sensations Little Mix are the latest act to announce their participation in the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert calendar where bands perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country each summer.
  • Deacon Blue
    Deacon Blue
    28 Jun - 19 Jul 2014 | UK Tour
    Deacon Blue have announced concerts as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series. Performing in spectacular woodland locations around the country the shows will be their only headline shows in England this Summer.
  • Katherine Jenkins
    Katherine Jenkins
    12 - 20 Jul 2014 | High Lodge, Thetford Forest, National Arboretum, Westonbirt
    Superstar diva, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced a special concert this summer, appearing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert calendar.
  • BBST Neil Young
    BBST Neil Young
    12 Jul 2014 | Hyde Park, London
    Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park: Neil Young & Crazy Horse + The National + Tom Odell + Caitlin Rose + Phosphorescent + Flyte + Ethan Johns + The Webb Sisters + Jack Savoretti + To Kill A King + Hero Fisher + Midlake + Bruno Major + Lucy Rose + Half Moon Run
  • BBST Sir Tom Jones
    BBST Sir Tom Jones
    13 Jul 2014 | Hyde Park, London
    From the day he arrived on the scene with his first smash hit ‘It’s Not Unusual’, it was clear that one of the all time great singers had arrived. Still in a class all of his own, he has stayed contemporary by collaborating with a succession of new artists that see him as a true musical hero, from Cerys Matthews, to The Stereophonics, and his last album ‘Praise & Blame’ was produced by Kings of Leon’s man, Ethan Johns.
  • Boyzone
    18 Jul 2014 | Forestry Commission Live Music
    Boyzone have announced their Forest Live debut this summer. In a continuation of the celebration of their ‘BZ20’ anniversary, Ronan, Keith, Shane & Mikey will be performing in four spectacular woodland locations as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series.