Mint Festival has cemented itself into the running of high quality dance music festivals since its first occurrence in 2011. Primarily taking place in Lotherton Hall just outside Leeds city centre, Mint Festival was a special one-day getaway for the many fans that hold Mint Club as one of their esteemed local nightspots. Now after two venue changes, Mint Festival have decided that they need to go bigger, consequently moving out of Yorkshire to Lincolnshire Showground, nevertheless bringing the tip top selection of electronic music producers and DJs. There will be tents hosted by revered local brands such as System, Distrikt, Teknicolor, Set One Twenty and Jungle Jam, playing a variety of sounds from house to trance and drum and bass to dubstep. Some of the names that are cropping up throughout the day include the likes of Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Paul Van Dyk, Sander Van Doorn and Hot Since 82. Their music will be able to be enjoyed with the help of luscious green surroundings, chill out areas and a selection of food stalls.
Croatia is now helmed as one of the most idyllic countries that many festivals have laid their eggs on over the past few years. Unknown Festival is snugly located by the old town of Rovinj, bordering the Adriatique Sea with a golden beach that is the setting for Unknown’s 5 days of beach parties. Forest and island parties are also adventures that need to be embarked upon as some of the most in demand electronic and live music artists play throughout the day and night in several unique locations. There is one live stage, five other stages and the Villas Rubin whose line up will be released in the coming weeks. These areas will host the likes of Chic Feat. Nile Rogers, Dixon, Seth Troxler, Chvrches, Moderat, Âme, Eats Everything, Henrik Schwarz and Jackmaster amongst many others. During your stay at Unknown Festival there are several accommodation options that range from on site camping to luxury villas just a few minutes from the festival site. Back onto the coastal site there will be a generous splatter of art installations, games, performances, bars and areas to take some well-earned rest.
The Isle of Wight, more specifically Newport’s Robin Hill is the setting for the 4-day annual festival that is Bestival. Having been nominated as the UK’s ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ 4 times, and the UK’s ‘Best Major Festival’ in both 2010 and 2012, Bestival is now amongst the elite when it comes to music festivals in Great Britain. With a huge choice of live music acts and DJs that cross a number of genres, Bestival will sate the appetite of any music fan. Live guests include the ilk of Outkast, Foals, Beck, Dub Pistols, Busta Rhymes and Basement Jaxx whilst electronic delights are brought by Sven Väth, Damian Lazarus, Derrick Carter and many, many more who will be setting sail on The Port stage. “It’s not just about the music” though, that is spread over a huge total of 21 stages, there is also a hefty number of performances and activities to get involved including theatre shows, cabaret, comedy performances (including Andrew Maxwell, Nina Conti and Abandonman), poetry sessions and even Mr. Motivator. The list of things to do is endless. Curated by BBC Radio’s Rob Da Bank, this is a master class of a weekend and not one that you should be missing.
Festival No. 6
Half an hour from Bangor in North Wales lays Portmerion; a village situated on a beautiful peninsula that encapsulates a feeling of solidarity and escape, which is the reason why 250,000 people flock here each year. A high number of art and culture shows adorn the festival site that spreads over a large expanse, adding to the beauty and exoticness that is already seen in mass over the many areas. Comedy, theatre, filmmaking and poets are just some of the things you can see whilst taking a break from the many SJ and live music acts that are playing over the four days. Focusing on the aural festivities that are coming to Festival No. 6, none other than London Grammar, The Pet Shop Boys and Beck are headlining live music duties, with strong support from bands and solo acts like Bonobo, Neneh Cherry, Jon Hopkins and Temples. DJs will also be taking over their own area at Festival No. 6, and more world class talent will be making up the bill, including Laurent Garnier, Todd Terje, Prosumer, Michael Mayer, Greg Wilson and Andrew Weatherall. In between each of your adventures, you can also feed yourself from the many street food stalls that will be available, or travel to local restaraunts and eateries such as The Portmerion Hotel and The Castle Deudraeth Brasseries.
International electronic music festivals have never before settled on the Maltese island of Gozo, until now, Sunscape Festival is the new venture that will see a number of renowned electronic music artists and DJ playing on the coastal village that is adorned in history and culture. There will be an adornment of activities you can also take part in that include holistic activities like yoga and Pilates, art installations, outdoor pursuits such as zip lines and archery, fireworks, an outdoor cinema and so much more. Between each of your escapes to these activities in this unique environment you will be able to see and hear house and techno heroes of the ilk of Mr. Scruff, Velentino Kanzyani, Carlo Lio, Camiel Daamen, Pig & Dan, M.A.N.D.Y, La Fleur, Alexi Delano and David Labeij amongst many others. These performances will take place on the three headland stages, an area guarded by a 17th century watchtower that will only allow locals and festivalgoers into the area during the week of the festival. There will be parties through the day and night in the Maltese heat with opportunities to explore the rest of the island at your fingertips.
Good Times In The Park
Brought to us by Norman Jay MBE, Good Times In The Park is the two-day festival in Wormwood Scrubs Park in London, where the royally recognised DJ has invited a plethora of high quality artists from all corners of the musical spectrum. Norman Jay is widely considered one of the finest DJs in the world, and with his years of musical knowledge and worldwide touring, he knows a think or two about having a good time. On the 13th and 14th of September you will able to see and hear a vast variety of music from jazz to drum & bass, soul to house and funk to disco. From each genre the curator has invited highly revered performers from all over Great Britain and further afar. These include Groove Armada, Chaka Khan, David Rodigan, The Cuban Brothers, Dub Pistols, Fabio & Grooverider, Maurice Fulton, The Brand New Heavies, Goldie, Terry Farley and Seb Fontaine amongst many others. If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that good times are guaranteed.
Words by Josh Plews
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