Festival season is now in full swing. In July, The World’s Biggest Disco ball heads to Leeds, Bluedot look to combine science and music like never before, Lovebox and Citadel take over Victoria Park and UES makes its debut on Croatia's Zrce Beach. Here are our festival picks for the month.
Duke Studios, Leeds
Friday 1st July
The world’s biggest disco ball will be travelling to Leeds for a huge party on July 1st as part of The Yorkshire Festival. On loan from Bestival, who first unveiled the massive 10.33m diameter structure a couple of years ago, the mirror ball will hover above the masses gathering at Duke Studios on Sheaf Street for an 8-hour party, which sees the likes of Craig Charles, Alex Metric, Greg Wilson, Utah Saints and much more playing whilst the disco ball spins. With a synchronised Yorkshire-wide dance set to take place, as well as an after party that welcomes Justin Robertson and Mighty Mouse, The Big Disco is set to be a highlight of the summer and will even get credited in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
(The Worlds Biggest Disco Ball - Photo: The City Talking)
Kalypso Bar, Zrce Beach, Croatia
Friday 1st- Sunday 3rd July
United Electronic Sound Magazine will be taking over Kalypso Bar on Zrce Beach for 3 whole days of house, garage and techno. The festival has enlisted the turntable skills of duo Solardo who will be joined by a host of local and UK based talent over the course of the festival. A newcomer to the scene, UES will no doubt be one to watch in the coming years.
Cocoon In The Park
Temple Newsam, Leeds
Saturday 9th July
Cocoon In The Park is the annual house and techno gathering at Temple Newsam in Leeds, which has grown into a national highlight for fans of the sound. This year sees a more diverse line up with Cocoon spearhead Sven Väth leading the pack, which compromises the festival’s special guest Green Velvet, as well as The Martinez Brothers, Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Rossko and Enzo Siragusa. Expect fireworks, confetti, the cocoon dancers and 12 hours of music from some of Mint Clubs favourite and most revered guest DJs.
(Sven Vath - Cocoon In The Park 2015 - Photo: CG Photography)
Victoria Park, London
Friday 15th July – Saturday 16th July
Lovebox is one of London’s biggest music festivals and is curated by British dance legends Groove Armada. You can find stages hosted by Hannah Wants, Fabric, Elrow, Thump and Corona with a huge list of acts on. Highlights include Jack Garratt, Luciano, Norman Jay, Zip, Ricardo Villalobos, Goldie, LCD Soundsystem, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Kano and Major Lazer. Don’t forget to check out the long line of after parties around London too.
Electric Daisy Carnival UK
The National Bowl, Milton Keynes
Saturday 9th July
Returning to The Milton Keynes Bowl for the third year is the UK instalment of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival. With four stages that boast sounds panning from EDM to trance, drum & bass, house and garage, this is one of the most epic multi sensory festivals to have come to the UK in recent years. Known for its jaw dropping production, EDC constructs huge stage structures, art installations, invites roaming performers and plasters the whole site in neon to create a feast for the eyes. DJs include the likes of Duke Dumont, Andy C, Paul Van Dyk, Avicii, Martin Garrix, John O’Callaghan, Noisia, Pendulum and DJ EZ.
Finsbury Park, London
Saturday 9th July – Sunday 10th July
Wireless Festival takes over Finsbury Park for 2 days in July again this year, returning with a line up that is one of the most far reaching ever. World famous headliners this year come in the form of Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J.Cole, Boy Better Know and Kygo, with a whole host of other live artists and DJs set to perform over the weekend. The 1975, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne, Kurupt FM, Sigma, Krept & Konan, Action Bronson, Disciples, Lady Leshurr and Craig David’s TS5 are just some of whom will be taking to the stage.
Exit’s Magic Adventure
Novi Sad, Serbia
Thursday 7th July – Saturday 16th July
Exit Festival returns to the magical fortress in Nova Sad, Serbia, whilst Sun Dance takes hold of Montenegro once again this year for The Exit Adventure, a double festival whammy that has won countless awards over the years. With a keen interest in electronic music, you will be able to hear the likes of The Prodigy, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz and The Vaccines headlining a long line of dance music greats from the underground and more well known areas of the spectrum.
Streatham Common, London
Sunday 10th July
For one day only the One Dance Festival turns Streatham Common in London into a dance music hotspot as four stages showcasing the best in old school garage, house, bass, and D&B will be in action all day and evening. Garage Nation hosts the Main Stage with Wookie, Oxide & Neutrino as well as DJ Luck & MC Neat, whilst Hazard, Max Chapman and The Rat Pack play on other stages.
Victoria Park, London
Sunday 17th July
Also taking place in Victoria Park, the family festival Citadel is back for its second year with another rally of bands, DJs and live artists including exclusive London performances by Sigur Rós and Caribou. Other areas of the festival see the likes of Lianne La Havas, Battles, Andrew Weatherall and Friendly Fires playing across several stages. There are also talks, Sunday feasting, theatre and performance shows and sports.
Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
Thursday 28th July – Monday 1st August
Lowther Deer Park is where Kendal Calling has resided for a number of years, this year welcoming headliners Rudimental, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Charlatans. There’s plenty more to see too as Hospital Records takes over a stage for the D&B fans as well as appearances from Kelis, Everything Everything, Band Of Skulls and Sugarhill Gang amongst loads of others.
The Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham
Saturday 30th July – Sunday 31st July
Birmingham’s Digbeth district is the clubbing nucleus of the city and the venue for MADE Festival that launched a few years ago. Taking place across Saturday and Sunday there are a number of stages showcasing grime, house, D&B, garage and bass music with headliners including Rudimental, Stormzy, Kano, Dusky and Shy FX. MADE My Night will also be returning with a 2 very special lineups.
El Dorado Festival
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury
Friday 1st July – Sunday 3rd July
The first ever El Dorado Festival will be hosted by Cirque Du Soul on the first weekend in July, the all encompassing celebration that will see Eastnor Castle transformed into a city of gold. Several areas including The Boudoir, Main Stage, Lost Ruins and Treasure Island will a line up boasting the likes of Basement Jaxx, Kano, Artful Dodger, Blonde, Craig David’s TS5, David Rodigan, Eton Messy, Harry Wolfman, Jungle, Tensnake and more.
The Garden Tisno, Tisno
Thursday 7th July – Monday 11th July
Electric Elephant returns to the picturesque setting of The Garden Tisno in Croatia for an intimate yet exciting weekend of music welcoming Andrew Weatherall, Bicep, Boo Williams, Jane Fitz, Margaret Dygas and a whole host of house and techno favourites.
Brockwell Park, London
Saturday 9th July
Sunfall takes to Brockwell Park for a celebration of the underground with the daytime festival and a number of parties across the city in the nightime hosted by the likes of Young Turks, Outlook, Dimensions and Deviation. Highlights include Ben Klock, Omar-S, Jamie XX, Digital Mystikz, Joy Orbison, Goldie, Fatima Yamaha and Moodymann.
Various Venues, Sheffield
Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July
Tramlines Festival is making huge expansions in Sheffield this year with new venues and more stages meaning more music and more fun. Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and The Bottlemen, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Kelis and Jurassic 5 headline.
Jordell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
Friday 22nd July – Monday 25th July
Bluedot is the new festival taking place in the grounds of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, with a huge line up set to perform in its shadow. Headlining the pack is three legendary dance music figures in Jean Michelle Jarre, Underworld and Caribou.
Words by Josh Plews
Main photos courtesy of Cocoon In The Park