The Indian festival season is nearly upon us. Here’s a list of likely portable homes that will accompany you through Ziro festival and beyond.

Good tents are difficult to find, and good tents for camping festivals, even harder. But we’re here to make the task a tad bit easier for camping noobs and outdoor experts alike. The Sherp has compiled a list, for the budget buyers to those who fancy something fancy, of tents that will see you through the trials of music festival camping.


I. Budget Friendly Tents

1. North Gear Camping Mono Tent

Capacity: 2 adults

Price: £19.99 (on Amazon)

After a festival ticket and travel expenses, the last thing you want to do is spend more money, we get it. This tent is affordable, and value for money. It can withstand a reasonable amount of rainfall and takes no longer than 20 minutes to pitch. Not one to be used and reused in harsh conditions for long, this may be a good option for a festival camping noob, but not a frequenter.

2. Eurohike Stripe Pop-Up Tent

Capacity: 2 adults

Price: £35

This tent can withstand harsher conditions better than other pop-up tents. With a hydrostatic head rating of 3,000mm, it’s perfect for certain British music festivals prone to unpredictable weather conditions. (Ahem, Glastonbury.) It also has an amicable, retro demeanor that deems it easy on the eyes and is quite reasonably priced.


3. Quest Eagle Peak Tent

Capacity: 4 adults

Price: £37.49 (here)

Durable with an easy set up, this tent is one of the best ones available in its price range. Just right for four people and roomy for two, this freestanding dome tent is quick, cheap and an easy affair for a festival-goer. It has a bathtub style floor and will withstand three seasons id used moderately.



II. Fit For The Fancy

1. Tepee Tent

Capacity: 2 (?)

Price: $2,200

Exotic and extraordinarily fabulous, this tent is crafted for festival attendees who crave a little (or a lot) flamboyance in their shack. With none or minimal impact on the surrounding landscape, this tent was crafted for DWR Tools for Living by Dave Ellis, who spent 10 years working in the canvas business before creating his own line of tents and tepees in 1982. Think of it this way, with the tent’s unique exterior, at least you won’t lose sight of it easily.

2. Orange Solar Tent

Capacity: 4 adults

Price: TBA

The Orange Solar tent holds three blanks of photovoltaic cells that harness, you guessed it – solar energy. This energy can provide power to multiple devices at once. In addition to this awesomeness, this tent has enough space for four average adults (or two sumo wrestlers) to sleep comfortably. And it glows in the dark. Unfortunately, this undeniably convenient invention hasn’t been launched yet.


3. Collapsible Woven Refugee Tent

Capacity: 4-6 (?)

Price: TBA

Abeer Seikaly has just created a tent that you would want to live in. No longer do you have to worry about rain and snow, water power, or even lug a heavy tent around the next time you go to a camping festival. Made of weather-proof fabric, it collects solar energy to charge batteries, harvests rain water and folds up easily, so you can easily carry it with you.


4. Decathlon 2-Second Tent

Capacity: 2-3 adults

Price: $129 (on Amazon)

Effortless and incredubly cool, this tent requires no set up or fussing whatsoever. Just remove the plastic strap and throw it in the air. The Decathlon 2-second Tent is waterproof, ventilated, durable and the right size for 3 adults, very comfortable for 2 people. Folding it after use only takes about 15 seconds.


III. Out Of The Box And Into The Tent

1. The Das Parkhotel

Some tents are practical while others are outrageous (quite like people). Here are some of the most outrageous tents we came across, including this ridiculously cool Das Parkhotel tent. The Das Parkhotel, created by Austrian designer Andreas Strauss, is basically a pipe dropped in the middle of a park in the city of Ottensheim – but with the added luxury of a double bed, storage space, light, power and a sleeping bag. This, obviously, cannot be carried to the desired camping festival, but is brilliant to look at, nonetheless.

2. The Tree Tent

For those who are tired of the pitched-up tent design, we have the tree tent, this aerial tent that’s perfect for those who like to be close to nature. This odd looking tear drop shaped tent was designed by sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar. Its made of a steel frame wrapped in canvas and inside it has a hardwood sleeping platform and a round mattress. For a festival surrounded by a forested area, this could actually be plausible.


3. The Sydney Opera House Tent

This tent is the Four Seasons of tents. This utterly idiosyncratic tent is designed to resemble the Sydney Opera House and does a fabulous job. Uber-luxurious and undeniably stylish, this tent is like a portable suite. Probably not the most practical option, albeit quite extraordinary.



Check out our guide to tenting-up at camping festivals here!