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Firefly, Boston Calling & Free Press Summerfest Offer Cheaper Festival Tickets for Music Fans

by Emma Gaedeke   Mar 31, 2016 16:15 PM EDT

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If you're still planning to attend one of the countless music festivals this summer and aren't interested in dishing out hundreds of dollars for sold out festivals like Coachella and Electric Forest, you're in luck, because several smaller festivals like Firefly, Boston Calling and Free Press Summerfest tout similar lineups for significantly less money. Although many of the smaller festivals aren't particularly new to the scene, passes to the festivals are much easier (and cheaper) to come by on the primary and secondary ticket market.

Below are three upcoming U.S. festivals that are sure to keep your piggy bank intact, according to pricing information provided by TiqIQ:


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Firefly Music Festival | Dover, Delaware | Face Value Price: $299 | Average Resale Price: $449

Firefly is one of the best examples of the festival boom over the last few years. Entering its fifth year in 2016, Firefly is one of the most sought-after summer events, boasting huge names like Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine, deadmau5, Blink-182, ASAP Rocky, CHVRCHES, Disclosure and Death Cab For Cutie. If you're not sold on the music alone, Firefly also showcases some of the best on-site craft brews served up by Dogfish Head as well as offering a brand new Beercade for drinks and arcade games.

The festival provides several food trucks that include veggie, vegan and gluten-free meals. Although the 4-day festival isn't cheap by any means, general admission passes are certainly less expensive than some its competitors. Currently, a face-value pass to Firefly Music Festival is going for $299, but prices are expected to increase by the end of March. On the resale market, passes to Firefly are now averaging $449.

Boston Calling | Boston, Mass. | Face Value Price: $185 | Average Resale Price: $259

Although the 2016 Boston Calling Festival is one of the smaller live music events this summer, the festival offers some of the best price points both on the primary and secondary market. The Boston-based festival kicks off on Memorial Day weekend at City Hall Plaza and features headlining acts Sia, Disclosure and Robyn. Sufjan Stevens, HAIM, Janelle Monáe, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Battles and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are also on the bill. Three-day general admission passes for Boston Calling are going for $185 while 3-day VIP passes can be purchased for $375. On the resale market, passes to Boston Calling are averaging $259.

Other acts set to take the stage at Boston Calling include Miike Snow, BØRNS, ODESZA, City and Colour, Elle King, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, The Vaccines and The Front Bottoms. For festival attendees traveling into the city, the festival trip can be made an even cheaper experience by securing parking in Boston through parkwhiz.com, where rates for the weekend begin as low as $5.


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Free Press Summerfest | Houston, Texas | Face Value Price: $157.50 | Average Resale Price: $418

If you haven't heard of the Houston-based festival, Free Press Summerfest, chances are that 2016 will be the year it finally hits your radar. Although the festival is now seven years old, it is well on its way to becoming one of the most popular urban festivals in the U.S., and this year's lineup is certainly a step in the right direction. The two-day music festival will take place June 4-5 at Eleanor Tinsley Park and features major acts like The National, Leon Bridges, Young the Giant, deadmau5, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Modest Mouse, Refused, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Built to Spill, Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram), ASAP Ferg, Against Me!, Thee Oh Sees and The Black Angels.

Two-day passes to Free Press Summerfest are currently priced at $157.50, while an Advanced Fancy Pants Pass (VIP) is priced at just $193 and includes access to air conditioned tents and special bar areas. On the resale market, a two-day pass to Free Press is currently averaging $418. Festival goers driving into the city for Free Press can secure parking in Houston through parkwhiz.com, where rates begin for as low as $5.

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