No Ticket for Glastonbury? No Problem…

– Written by Victoria Philpott

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 have sold out.

But here at HostelBookers we’re looking at it in a positive light. Take a look at all the other events you could enjoy on the penultimate weekend of June 2013 for the price of a Glastonbury ticket. Who needs The Rolling Stones crumbling all over the stage when you can join the druids at Stonehenge or camp it up in a parade in Berlin?

Looking for more festivals? See our pick of the coolest music festivals for summer 2013

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK

Glastonbury Festival was originally created to worship Britain’s summer solstice, the year’s longest day. But there’s no better place to celebrate this than at Stonehenge near Salisbury.

On Tuesday 21 June the sacred monument is opened up to the public for free every year. At night around 20,000 people gather to see the sunrise above the stones.

At dawn the central Altar stone aligns with the Slaughter stone, Heel stone and the rising sun to the north-east.

The spiritual event is very popular in England – people stay nearby for the week to ensure a good spot. There’s a bespoke regular bus service and toilets and a few food stalls on site.


There’s no accommodation near the Stonehenge site, including camping sites. The YHA in Salisbury is just nine miles away and you can get a bus in. Deep in the depths of the Wiltshire countryside and near the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral, the YHA is in a 200-year-old secluded villa where evening meals are available.

Dorms start at €21.13 | Book here

Hard Rock Calling Festival, London

Day ticket: Saturday £51.75, Sunday £69.75. Buy here.

Hard Rock have got Bruce Springsteen and Kasabian to headline their two-day celebration on the 29th and 30th June at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Also confirmed are Alabama Shakes, Klaxons and Paul Weller, and other acts are still to be announced.


Ibis Style London Leyton is a great hotel to collapse in after an evening rocking out to The Boss. It’s a short walk or tube ride from the Olympic Park, and has deluxe double and triple rooms.

Rooms start at €30pppn | Book here

Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London

This year’s Tennis Championships run from 24th June to 7th July. All pre-bookable tickets sell out by ballot by December the year before. So, there’s only one option left, join ‘The Queue’.

‘The Queue’ is for the 1000 tickets available daily at the turnstiles for Centre Court and Number 1 and 2 Courts. There are also several thousand Ground Admission tickets available depending on previous sales, the number of courts and the weather.

To be in with a chance of getting your mucky paws on one you need to get down to the gates before 8am each day. It’s one ticket per person and cash only, but a golden ticket could gain you access to the likes of Andy Murray and Venus and Serena Williams. And the legendary strawberries and cream, of course.


The nearby Queen Elizabeth hostel is just four stops away from Southfields (the underground stop for Wimbledon). It has kitchen, Wi-Fi and a discounted bar just ten minutes from the River Thames.

Dorms start at €10.59pppn | Book here

See our comprehensive guide to Wimbledon, including where to go for a drink afterwards.

Edinburgh International Film Festival and The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, Scotland

Highland show earlybird £22. Buy here. More info on film festival here.

It’s a good time to be in Scotland’s capital city. The Film Festival takes place throughout the city’s cinemas from 19th – 30th June. Get in there fast and you could be witness to premieres, parties and special events brimming with film stars.

Featuring a wide range of British Cinema from horror to erotic to biopics and comedies, last year they also featured a 0D film. Events are staged to share insider knowledge and look behind the scenes of your favourite films.

While you’re in Edinburgh check out The Royal Highland Show from 20th – 23rd June – 190,000 people went last year and enjoyed a range of entertainment. The self-proclaimed Greatest Show on Earth features music, song and dance.

Who needs Glastonbury when you have terrier racing, livestock competitions and falconry shows with bagpipes and marching bands providing the tunes?


Princes Street East Backpackers is one of our most popular hostels in Edinburgh. Communal and colourful, the staff are backpackers themselves and offer a chilled environment for you to enjoy the festival. There are also loads more cheap hostels in Edinburgh at reasonable prices

Dorms start at €12.91pppn | Book here

Roskilde Festival, Denmark


Full ticket: €256.20

Running from 29th June to the 7th July, Roskilde is Europe’s Glastonbury in terms of big acts, scale of the site and folk history. This year Rihanna’s headlining alongside Kraftwerk, The National and Queens Of The Stone Age – it promises to be an eclectic and hectic four days of music!


Camping for the duration is included in the ticket price, but if you want to take a city break in Copenhagen either side of the festie, we’re here for you. Check in to one of our favourites Copenhagen Downtown – it has private rooms and dorms plus  a cool bar and sweet location in the centre of town.

From €20.92pppn | Book here

See the line up and find more festivals in 10 Unmissable Music Festivals in Europe 2013

Festival of Saint John/Festa di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy

Every year on 24th June Florence is given over to religious parades, boat races, dances and legendary medieval-style and dressed football matches. By night a marvellous fireworks display is put on in Michelangelo Square all in commemoration of Florence’s patron Saint John.

After all this excitement the Florentines like to indulge in some delicious gelato as an unofficial tradition.

Locals decorate their houses, set up food stalls and boutiques and museums stay open until midnight all in aid of the all-day and night carnival. Live music and parties continue through the city all weekend.


7 Santi hostel is close to the action of the city centre housed in a recently converted convent. Just 10 minutes from the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and the Museo Accademia it’s a tranquil hostel with wi-fi and a homely atmosphere.

From 19.90pppn | Book now

Christopher Street Day/Gay Pride, Berlin, Germany

On 22nd June it’s the Berlin Gay Pride Festival, featuring Europe’s biggest parade and street party.

Starting at 11am, the free parade travels through the city in all its elaborate and colourful glory. Around the city you can also enjoy art installations, musical performances, lectures and exhibits all relating to LGBT life.

There’s loads of market stalls and booths selling food and drink until the late-night hours and around 500,000 people turn out to join in the party.

Check out what happened at Christopher Street Day, and see Your Guide to Berlin Gay Pride 2012 for more.


There’s are loads of cheap hostels in BerlinPlus Berlin is located in Friedrichshain – the coolest part of the city. Near the East Side Gallery it has all the artsy cafes and vintage shops at hand. There’s an indoor swimming pool and sauna, on-site bar & restaurant and a big chill out area to meet fellow travellers. The 100-year-old neo-gothic building has been recently refurbished to create 2, 4 and 6-bed en-suite rooms.

From €10pppn | Book here

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