Best Festival Tents for 2018

Reviewed: Some of the best festival tents for 2019

19th March 2019 Off By

You might have bought some festival tickets by now, so if you haven’t already found a decent tent it’s already on your to-do list. We’ve reviewed some of the best festival tents for 2019, so get something that’ll last for years before you start to panic.

You don’t wanna be stuck with whatever tent you can get from Tesco the night before again, do you?

At a festival, if not at all times, you want to cut the number of people a tent says it can sleep in half. You’ll need somewhere to store all that beer, and even without much stuff, a supposedly 4-man tent would be far too cosy with four people sleeping inside it.

We’d always avoid single-skin tents, such as most pop-up tents or cheap tents found in supermarkets. These tents have only a single layer of fabric between where you sleep and the outside world. Decent tents have two layers with a gap between the two, which prevents water from getting inside.

If it rains, you’ll get very wet in a single-skin tent. They’re cheap tents, not decent tents. All your stuff will get soaked. It’s a festival. It will almost definitely rain, perhaps lots. If you really must take risks, there are some super cheap tents at the bottom of the list.

We’ve reviewed some great quality festival tents at decent value prices, from online stores and high street retailers.

Oh, and if there’s a few of you going to your next festival, get everyone to chip in. Then you can get a nice tent, with room to sit about on your chairs and charge your phones inside when it rains all day.

High-quality tent for 2-3 people

Coleman 3+ Coastline Tent

Coleman Coastline 3+

This has become my go-to festival tent. It’s big enough for two people to have plenty of room and easily sleeps three if needed, though it’s small and light enough to carry, build and pack away easily on your own.

The bedroom walls are miles from the sides of the tent, which is probably why it was one of the only tents in the Kendal Calling crew campsite that didn’t get soaked through by the thunderstorms last summer. There’s even a porch area big enough to sit around on camping chairs inside.

I used it through the summer in 2018 and expect to take it to pretty much every festival I go to this summer.

It’s a high-quality product from a well-known brand so if you go to multiple festivals every year, or go camping, spend the extra on this. If you’re off to Reading with your mates from college for the first time, maybe get one of the cheaper and bigger tents below.

When you’re used to cheaper tents you notice some of the luxuries the Coleman brand offers, like nicer zips that don’t get stuck and colour-coded poles. This one-man tent even gives you a choice of two side doors and one larger, front-facing door. If you get fed up of the view you can look the other way and you can use the door where the rain doesn’t blow inside. Fantastic.

It’s available from Amazon, Argos and pretty much anywhere else with a decent range of tents on offer.

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Best value tent for 2-4 people

Charles Bentley 4 Person 2 Room Tunnel Tent

Charles Bentley Tunnel Tent
Image credit: Charles Bentley

This tent from Charles Bentley gives you the essential ‘bit-in-the-middle’ where you can socialise and store stuff, whilst giving you separate sleeping compartments on either side.

You’ll have festival luxury with only two people, with the space and privacy of a bedroom each and a spacious living area. With three or four people, you should still be ok, as you’ve got the big central area to store your (non-valuable!) stuff!

It’s a pretty tried-and-tested design for a budget festival tent. It’s not too hard to build either, just get the poles into the outer shell, hook up the sealed bedroom compartments, and lay out the groundsheet in the living area.

And it only weighs 7.6KG, so taking turns, it’s not too bad for carrying into a festival campsite from the car without a trolley, and it’d be manageable on public transport.

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Best value tent for 3-6 people

ProAction 6 Man 2 Room Tent

Proaction Tunnel tent
Image credit: Argos

This tent is a lot like the 4-man tent featured above, so if you’ve read what we’ve said about that one, you’re off to a great start.

This is a slightly bigger 6-man tent, with room for three in each bedroom on opposite sides of the living and storage area. There’s doors on both sides, which can be opened out into an awning with included poles.

It’s currently on offer in Argos for £79.99, and if you’ve left it until the last minute, you can check stock in stores near you online and reserve one to pick up immediately.7

Really want one? Single-skin tents

Two kinds of cheap festival tent examined

Ok, so you want a really cheap tent. If you get any heavy rain, it’ll leak, but yeah, you’re willing to take the risk. You’ve read our list of good yet still reasonably priced tents, but you don’t care, you just wanna know about cheap tents anyway.

You should never leave your tent behind after a festival. They go to landfill, not charity, and on average contain 8,750 straws worth of plastic. If the weather isn’t horrendous and you avoid the very cheapest, it’s perfectly possible to look after a single-skin tent and use it again and again. Just don’t take too much stuff, anything touching the sides will make it leak.

We’ve found some of the cheapest decent quality small, single-skin tents around.

The dome tent

Argos Dome Tent at Boomtown in the Rain
ProAction 4-man Dome Tent

These are often sold as ‘festival tents’ and are a common sight amongst the festival campsites, but should perhaps come with a ‘you will get wet’ warning like an Alton Towers ride.

To be fair, some of the larger ones like pictured above can actually stand up pretty well to the rain, provided there’s absolutely nothing anywhere near the sides of the tent.

Danny brought that one to Boomtown because it was £25 in Argos (usually £30) and he needed to buy one en-route. It was totally dry inside through the worst downpours, but keep in mind that’s one man in a 4-man tent.

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Pop-up festival tent

A pop-up tent at Boomtown

The pop-up tent is slightly more expensive, but totally worth it, as it literally pops into place in about 5 seconds. Just stick some pegs in and you’re done.

Every cheap pop-up tent is pretty much the same, so I guess these count as some of the best pop-up tents around?

There’s also a pop-up tent with awning available from Argos if you don’t fancy buying online.

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Main image creditÉamonn Ó Muirí

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