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- Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Summer Music Festivals
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Summer’s here and with it comes its usual endless supply of events, festivals and sporting occasions! So that means it’s time to root out your rarely used wellies, test that your tent still stands up by itself and check the best line-ups for the biggest parties of the year! We’ve rounded up some of the biggest music festivals from around the globe and put them all in one place, so all you’ve to do is pick where’s best for you!
Sonar, Spain: 14th - 16th
There’s no denying that a music festival in the rain can be a bit of a pain, trudging around in mud and coming back to a leaking tent with only wet clothes to wear isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. So why not bring the fun indoors? Sonar Festival is split into two parts, Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. By day you’ll be in the Centre and Museum of Contemporary Arts while by night the action moves away from the city centre and the party keeps on going!
Hultsfred Festival, Sweden: 14th - 16th
One of Sweden’s largest and most successful festivals has been running since 1986 and has attracted some pretty big names along the way. Radiohead, Bjork, Blur, Black Sabbath and Oasis have all played the Hultsfred Festival in the past to crowds of around 30,000. The small town of Hultsfred is the location and the festival is certainly the highlight of the local calendar!
Provinssirock Festival, Finland: 15th - 17th
The Finns love their rock music and Provinssirock is the countries biggest rock music festival and traditionally kicks off the whole summer festival season. Big names are guaranteed with past performers being Foo Fighters, David Bowie, The Prodigy and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Rock Werchter, Belgium: 28th (June) - 1st
Belgiums biggest, baddest (in a good way) and loudest festival now spans four days and boasts over 60 international acts on two stages. For the 80,000 folk lucky enough to be in attendance at Rock Werchter there’s nearly always sun beating down and you’re sure to find something to suit your taste at a festival Belgians believe to be the best in the world!
Roskilde Festival, Denmark: 5th - 8th
One of the big 4 music festivals in Europe (the others being Sziget, Rock Werchter and Glastonbury) the Roskilde Festival annually attracts crowds of over 100,000 a day to a big field south of Roskilde, Denmark. The campsites usually open on the Sunday, four days before the event kicks off, so as to let everyone bed down and find their bearings. Although these bearings may be lost during the 4 days of gigging!
T in the Park, Scotland: 6th - 8th
T in the Park is Scotlands major music event featuring over 120 acts playing to 85,000 revelers outside the small town of Kinross between Perth and Dunfermline. The festival takes place on the same dates as Oxygen in Ireland and usually features similar acts as well!
Benicassim Festival, Spain: 12th - 15th
Benicassim is a small beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona on the Costa De Azahar. While most festivals carry the danger of flash floods and unwanted mud baths, Benicassim takes the best of bits of most festivals and sticks them beside a beach in sunny Spain. What could be better?
Lollapalooza, USA: 3rd - 5th
Lollapalooza has been having something of a rebirth in recent years after suffering some dark years at the end of the nineties. Since it’s rebirth as a three day, weekend long, standalone festival the crowds have started to flock back and the big acts starting to roll in. This festival became famous for unearthing the best in alternative music talent when it first started and that tradition continues with many unknown bands, dance acts and comedians sharing the stage with some of the worlds biggest acts.
Sziget Festival, Budapest: 6th - 13th
Sziget stands for island and an island is exactly where you’ll be for this week long super festival which is fast becoming one of the biggest in the world. Set on the Danubes Óbudai-sziget, a tree filled island in Budapest, Hungary this festival requires serious stamina to last the entire 7 days. Are you up to it?
The Burning Man, Nevada, USA: 27th - 3rd (Sept)
The Burning Man is an annual event held, lasting 8 days in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. It gets its unique name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. It started out as friends burnt a wooden man on the summer solstice in 1986 and has since turned into arguably the world’s most unique festival. Those who wish to attend need to have an open mind and be ready to experience anything from music, artwork, spiritual exploration, street theatre and self expression in the most bizarre forms.
Electric Picnic, Ireland: 31st (Aug) - 2nd
Electric Picnic is, wait for it, a boutique arts and music festival. Don’t let that fool you though, this festival is extremely popular in Ireland and caters to a slightly older crowd who enjoy the extra comfort compared to the madness of Irelands biggest festival, Oxegen. The picnic has won international acclaim as one of the best festivals in the world and each year it just gets better!
Electric Zoo, NYC, USA: 31st (Aug) - 2nd
Wondering what to do over Labor Day weekend? Living in or going to be in New York at the beginning September? Well, if the answer to either one is yes then get your skates on and pop over to Randall’s Island Park to celebrate 2 days of fun filled music. Starting at noon until late, Electric Zoo is a popular open-air electronic music festival located a short distance from Manhattan. In addition to the 4 stages there will be outdoor tents where the entertainment will be provided by over 50 artists. If dance is your thing get a move on to Electric Zoo!
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Texas, USA: 12th - 14th
Come the start of October there is only one place to be for music lovers. That place is Zilker Park in Austin, Texas which plays host to the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. This award winning concert series is currently in its 35th season and year 2009 is surely one not to be missed. ACL Music Festival is a three-day music bonanza taking place over eight stages event with up 130 bands playing. It is one of the biggest and best collections of musical talent and diversity in the world while it embraces a wide range of musical styles, the primary focus is rock. So come on down to Austin this October, you won’t be disappointed!