Hello There! from the Ticket Factory

Welcome to our 2012 Summer Festival microsite, which is 100% dedicated to the joys of the UK summer festival calendar. We’ve designed this with you in mind to help make sure you’ve got enough info to decide which is the best festival or open air concert for you.

Whoever you are dying to see live, whatever your budget, wherever you live, whoever you want to go with there’s a festival for you! So take a look at what’s in store and imagine the sun, the music and the memories waiting to happen...

Sonisphere must have been feeling Under Pressure



Download boss on Sonisphere axing: 'Don't expect me to revel in their misfortune'


Sorry for the Queen pun there but we're also really sorry to hear that Sonisphere has been cancelled... another one bites the dust indeed! This news is sure to have disappointed thousands of rock fans, who will no long get to see the likes of Queen, Kiss and Faith No More, but a statement issued by the promoter confirmed that:


"Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere's audience would rightly expect."


So where does this leave music fans of the heavier persuasion? Fear not, there's still plenty out there for you and here are a few alternatives for you to choose from…



Leeds Festival


Download Festival


Isle of Wight Festival


Hard Rock Calling Festival


Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Become your own Michael Eavis....

Become your own Michael Eavis....


The festival season is edging closer and closer, and we're all getting pretty excited about it....but it is still TOO far away!!


So to pass the time and to get us even more raring to go, we've been playing this awesome Festivals game on facebook:




Build and manage your own festival, including tents, toilets, shops, decorations and the all important stages...Including The Ticket Factory's very own stage!




Choose your favourite bands to play the stage, listen to the music and become your own Michael Eavis!!

The Final Countdown to Download??


Download have announced an extra 12 acts


Making their Download debut and leading the charge are Sweden Rock Legends Europe.


The band will feature on the Second stage after Terrorvision on Friday June 8th


Other bands added are:




Theory of a Deadman

Stellar Revival

Anti-Nowhere league


Lizzy Hale

Turbowolf (TTF top pick)

Mallory Knox




For more info click here


Where is Glastonbury and where do I go instead?

Due to the Olympics, Glastonbury is having a year off. This is great news for the rest of us as all the other festivals can get pick of the headliners.


Below we have outlined the biggest names and where they are playing, because we are nice like that.


Foo Fighters, Kasabian & The Cure

Black Sabbath, Metallica & The Prodigy

Kiss, Queen & Faith No More

Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status & SKRILLEX

Razorlight, Dappy & Hard-Fi

Elbow, Bon iver & Paul Weller

Behemoth, Alice Cooper & Testament

James Morrison, Elvis Costello & Jools Holland


Plus many more coming soon ...

Grass Roots Festivals - The NEW alternative

Beyonce headlining Glastonbury! Rihanna second on the bill at V!


Sometimes it's nice to go back to the roots, where it all started... stripped back to just the music, a field and good company. With all the giants of the festival world around: Glastonbury, V Festival, Reading & Leeds (to name a few) it is hard to know where to go and sometimes things may get that bit too much . . .


Below is a list of the best grass roots festivals from around the UK

( The capacity of all of these festival put together equals under 30,000 capacity)




12 - 14 Aug

Beacons festival is the new kid on the block. In it's first year and taking place in North Yorkshire. Beacons comes from the people that brought you Moor Music Festival and Field Day. This festival boasts a broad range of diverse genres and can provide something for every fan of alternative music.  

Line Up Picks: Jamie Woon, Tom Vek, Jamie XX, Willy Mason, Mr Scruff and Benjamin Francis Leftwich



12 - 14 Aug

Wilderness with its folk-heavy line up is proving that this genre is on the up. Set in the famous Cornbury Park and from the people that brought you Secret Garden Party, Wilderness will bring together music, food, learning, literature and rejuvenation.

Line Up Picks: Anthony & the Johnsons, Mercury Rev, Gogol Bordello, Laura Marling & Guillemots


Just missed, but one's to catch next year...


2000 Trees

The modestly sized 2000 trees festival takes place in the beautiful countryside just south of Cheltenham. With a limited

capacity this festival feels very intimate and has a big focus on 'grass roots' and also the festival joined the likes of  Glastonbury & Latitude in winning the "A Greener Festival" award. 

Line Up Highlights: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Frightened Rabbit, The King Blues, Twin Atlantic and The Cape of Good Hope


Y Not

A similar offering to 2000 Trees, taking place in the Peak District in August (it's no surprise that these festival

are twinned). The festival boasts a vast array of music from country folk, to indie rock and everything in-between and, as

the sun goes down, the lights go up for an evening in the dance tent.

Line Up Highlights: Feeder, Maximo Park, The Rifles, Viva Brother and Tellison

Hello to our blog fans

Hello to our blog fans! 

First of all, we want to say a massive 'thank you' to everyone that's been using TTFestivals.com over the last few weeks. We launched in June and promised to be a one-stop-shop for all your festival needs; with everything from last-minute tickets to top advice.

With the festival season in full swing, we're now launching this wonderful blog to keep all you festival fans entertained throughout the year. So once we hit that autumn lull, you can still turn to us for stories, comments, features and links to keep your festival dreams alive.

We're also keen to get you guys involved in the blog so keep an eye out for opportunities to do reviews and guest posts.

That's it for now - we're off buy some new wellies ahead of our next festival (we've got to keep our festival look fresh after all!)

Appy festival season

'Appy festival season!apps


As much as we love festivals, we're not as keen on camping and for one reason alone... no phone chargers! But now, thanks to the power of technology (and the willingness of phone networks) most festivals have charge points so you can make sure you're always at the end of


To ensure you don't end up wandering around a field in the dark sobbing, "Where's my tent?" , here are the essential tools to help you make the most of festivals this summer


1. Tweetdeck: This Twitter aggregator is one of the quickest ways to keep informed of news on site. Free


2. Battery: Breaks down the time remaining on your phone's functions including playback and Wi-Fi. 59p


3. Met Office Weather: Find out whether you need to pack flip-flops or wellies. Or both. Free


4. Spotify: To help you educate yourself on bands' music - no one likes a fair-weather fan. £9.99 a month


5. Torch: Useful for zipping up your tent in the dark. Also good for the night-time toilet run. Free


6. Tentfinder: Stand next to your tent and log its location, then use this app to guide you in at 2am. 59p


7. Glympse: Upload your location, say how long you'll be there and wait while your friends find you. Free


8. Pingchat!: Instant chat, pictures and video messaging, so you can see the bands you're missing. Free


9. Bump: Share contacts, photos and apps with a simple touch of iPhoneto iPhone. Free


10. Vimeo: A video editor to upload live footage of bands for your friends at home to feel jealous. Free


11. Virtual Lighter: Because burning your fingers isn't cool. Especially if it's to the sounds of Bon Jovi. Free


12. Hipstamatic: Take vintage pictures and make it look like you were at Woodstock. £1.14