[Aimone Sharif | Contributing Writer]
Music festivals are present all around the world, so why not check some out? Here is a list of recommended festivals to go to this summer.
- Glastonbury (Somerset, UK. 24th – 28th of June)
Glastonbury is a five day music festival that takes place in Somerset. It is known worldwide for hosting a large number of iconic musicians such as The Smiths, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. Glastonbury is also a platform for up and coming artists as there is the main stage but also a multitude of smaller stages and performance areas. The full Glastonbury line up is yet to be confirmed but the Foo Fighters, Kanye West and Lionel Ritchie will definitely be headlining this year.
Also, Glastonbury does not only host musicians. It is a festival for any kind of performing art, such as comedy, dance, theatre, the circus and many more. So if the music is slowly getting on your nerves, you can enjoy something else.
Tickets on sale now at: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
- Melt festival (Ferropolis, Germany. 17th – 19th of July)
Melt festival is one of the biggest open air electronic music festivals in Germany, which started in 1997 and ran until 2002. Since its return in 2004 it has gone from strength to strength. Melt is held in the giant Industrial museum Ferropolis also known as “the city of iron”. The event spreads over 6 floors and has a line up of over 80 live acts over the weekend every year.
The first act announcement has just come out, featuring Alt-J, Kylie Minogue, Flume, Jon Hopkins, Kwabs and many more!
Melt also offers an eco friendly alternative to camping called “green camping”, providing bins and buckets for the various recyclable materials such as glass, aluminium and plastic. From 2am to 8am the volume of the music will be decreased to give you a good night sleep to be able to tackle the next days excitement with energy.
Tickets on sale now at: meltfestival.de
- Positivus (Salacgriva, Latvia. 17th – 19th of July)
This annual three day festival is gaining popularity in Europe, especially in the UK. Positivus combines a variety of genres such as indie, pop, folk, electronic and every style in between.
The line up is yet to be confirmed, but as of recent rumours this summer’s Positivus Festival can expect a real Brit invasion: celebrated UK heavyweights Placebo and Kasabian are set to perform alongside Manchester’s contemporary rock quartet Everything Everything as well as London’s dark underground princess Charli XCX. Alongside them, you can expect a massive performance from the Estonian International heavyweights Ewert and The Two Dragons, as they are returning from their performance two years ago.
For more details and to book your ticket go online now at: positivusfestival.com
- Lollapalooza ( Grant Park, Chicago. 31st of July- 2nd of August)
Lollapalooza is a music festival like no other, bringing the music to the people. It was first founded in Chicago but now has extended its borders, the festival has taken place in Chile, Brazil and in 2014 Lollapalooza came to Europe for the first time (Berlin). The annual music festival features popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands. It has also provided in the past a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists.
This year, Lollapalooza takes places in Grant Park (Chicago), and has an incredible list of headliners such as Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, Alt-J, Florence and the Machine and many more.
If you want more information about this festival, check out the following website: lollapalooza.com
Please note that selfie sticks were banned at this festival, it’s time to go old school!
- Lake of Stars ( Malawi, 25th-27th September 2015)
The Lake of Stars festival has been taking place since 2003 and has since then inspired so many people across the globe. Held on the shores of Lake Malawi, combined with the warm friendly locals, beautiful weather, a laid back atmosphere and an eclectic mix of musicians with a small intimate crowd and you just got yourself a slice of aural paradise. Not only the music but the environment makes you peaceful and relaxed, just in time for another year at University!
For more information go to: lakeofstars.org/
- Chorégies d’Orange ( Orange, France. 7th July- 3rd of August 2015)
The “Chorégies d’Orange” is a summer opera festival taking place in the Roman theatre called “Le Théâtre Antique D’orange” ; situated at the historical town d’Orange near Marseille in the South of France. Its traditional semi circular auditorium structure enables it to accommodate 9,000 spectators every year.
The Festival of Orange is the oldest festival in France and is recognised as one of the best French festivals and has an indisputable international reputation. Every year the Theatre accommodates the best opera and theatrical works. This festival is for people that enjoy classical music and symphonies; the whole atmosphere leaves you peaceful and makes you feel part of a different century.
For more details and dates check their website: choregies.fr/en/saison_2015-3.html.
- Coachella (Indio ,California. 10th -12th of April and 17th-19th of April )
When the sun is out, you know what it means… that’s right! Coachella is Back!
Coachella is the annual music and arts festival taking place in the Coachella valley in the Colorado Desert, due to the large space the festival hosts a lot of different stages. It is the home of many genres such as Rock, Indie, hip hop, electric and dance music; adding to this it is platform for art installation and sculptures. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States. In 2014, the festival tallied an attendance of 579,000 and grossed a record-breaking $78.3 million.
This year’s line up feature AC/DC, Azealia Banks, Alabama Shakes, Belle and Sebastian, Clean Bandit,Drake and Jack White and many many more.
For more information check their website: coachella.com
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