Glastonbury: The Most Expensive Music Festival in Europe

GLASTONBURY IS BACK . . . BUT AT £700 IT’S NOW THE MOST EXPENSIVE FESTIVAL IN EUROPE

  • Glastonbury and Roskilde are Europe’s priciest music festivals this year, costing £701 and £699 respectively
  • This year’s Glastonbury faithful can expect to shell out £53 per day on food and drink alone, and £149 on travel
  • Poland’s Open’er festival is a bargain in comparison – with admission, return flights and subsistence together all coming in at half the price of Glastonbury
Galstonbury price in 2022

Glastonbury 2022

London, 16th June 2022 – Glastonbury returns next week after a two-year Covid hiatus — but the total cost for music fans attending has soared to a mike-dropping £701.

Tickets for this year’s Worthy Farm event sold out in minutes, with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and American songstress Billie Eilish among the acts booked to perform.

But new research by the travel money specialist No1 Currency has revealed that Glastonbury is now the most expensive event of its kind in Europe for Brits to attend, taking into account ticket prices, travel and food and drink.

Glasto’s soaring costs mean it has now leap-frogged Denmark’s Roskilde (£699), which previously held the dubious distinction of being Europe’s most expensive music festival.

And though the two events are almost neck-and-neck in terms of costs, Roskilde offers eight days of music compared with Glastonbury’s five, making it better value on a per day basis.

Travelling from London to Glastonbury alone will set you back £149, and that’s assuming the trains are running at all. Nationwide rail strikes are currently due to take place on June 21, 23 and 25.

The £149 return rail fare is roughly the same price as admission to see Dua Lipa and The Killers at Poland’s three-day Open’er festival, which is the cheapest festival of its kind across the continent.

In fact, the total cost for anyone travelling to Open’er (£294) from London is less than half the amount you’d spend attending Glastonbury (£701), meaning you and a friend could rock out in Poland for less than the price of doing Glasto on your own.

While more than 200,000 people are expected to flock to this year’s Glastonbury, No1 Currency’s analysis reveals that the best combination of bands and bargains can often be found further afield.

Admission to Serbia’s four-day Exit Festival costs just £105, with headliners including Calvin Harris, James Arthur and Nick Cave. Getting there from the UK will cost you only slightly more than a train from London to Glastonbury, with return flights priced at £166.

Budget-conscious Brits might also like to consider Romania’s Electric Castle event, which will be headlined by Twenty One Pilots, Gorillaz and Deftones in July. Total costs, including return flights from the UK, come in at just £318.

Meanwhile for dance music aficionados, heading to Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival to see Afrojack and Jamie Jones will cost UK ravers £514, around £200 less than going to Glastonbury. Moreover, Tomorrowland has expanded from two weekends to three, meaning music fans can catch their favourite acts on either 15–17 July, 22–24 July, or 29–31 July.

News of Glasto’s unwanted accolade as Europe’s most expensive festival will raise questions over whether the spirit of the original event has been overtaken by commercialism.

Ironically, Glasto creator Michael Eavis launched the event in the 1970s when it was briefly known as the ‘Glastonbury Free Festival’ with campers handed out complimentary milk.

The following table shows the breakdown of costs for the top festivals in Europe and the rest of the world this summer:

Festival Date Headline artists Currency Entry Travel Daily food and drink Total
Glastonbury, UK 22 to 26 June Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish Pounds £285 £149 £53 £701
Roskilde, Denmark 25 June to 2 July Dua Lipa, The Strokes Krone £257 £33 £51 £699
Tomorrowland, Belgium 15 July to 1 August Afrojack, Jamie Jones Euro £262 £139 £37 £514
Hideout, Croatia 3 to 7 July Gorgon City, Mike Skinner Kuna £185 £166 £29 £500
Way Out West, Sweden 11 to 13 August Burna Boy, Nick Cave Krona £177 £61 £50 £389
Flow, Finland 12 to 14 August Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, Nick Cave Euro £182 £54 £48 £380
Best Kept Secret Festival, Holland 10 to 12 June The Strokes, Nick Cave Euro £194 £27 £46 £361
Exit, Serbia 7 to 10 July Calvin Harris, Nick Cave, James Arthur Dinar £105 £166 £18 £343
Electric Castle, Romania 13 to 17 July Twenty One Pilots, Gorillaz, Deftones Leu £160 £69 £17 £318
Open’er, Poland 29 June to 2 July Dua Lipa, The Killers Zloty £151 £53 £22 £294

Source: No1 Currency

Simon Phillips, Managing Director at No1 Currency, commented: “Glastonbury may be the most legendary music festival on earth, but it’s far from the best value for money.

“With Covid restrictions now safely behind us, you can jump on a budget airline to a European festival and catch the best live acts on the circuit for under half what you’d pay to wade through the fabled Glastonbury mud.

“If you are heading overseas to get your live music fix, remember that outside the UK cashless payments are not accepted everywhere. Cash is still very much king in much of Europe, so make sure you take some local currency with you to pay for taxi fares and festival essentials.

“The queues at festival cash machines tend to be even longer than the queues for the loos, so it makes sense to buy your foreign currency before you leave. This also gives you the chance to shop around for the best deal, helping your Pounds go further, and you’ll avoid the terrible exchange rates typically offered at airport bureaux de change.”

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