The snow has finally subsided, we’ve had our first days of spring sunshine, along with a dose of good old British sunburn, and now heads turn to the summer months. Festival season kicks off soon and the recent sunshine has reminded us just how much fun you can have in a park in the sun with friend and a cold beverage or two, add some great music and you’re well away. Festival season really kicks off inJuneand if you’re still undecided on which field, beach or mountain (yes mountain) you want to be partying on this summer then we’ve got a few of the top festivalpicksfor our first glorious summer month.
Field Day Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd June Brockwell Park, London
First up is Field Day, often seen as a relatively new event this highly eclectic festival is actually in its eleventh year now and this year’s lineup is one its best to date. A female-led R&B and Hip-hop dominated cast on the Friday sees the majestic Erykah Badu bring her soulful, insightful and subtle brand of tone to a rare UK headline set. She’s joined by a wealth of incredible artists and DJ’s including Loyle Carner, IAMDDB, Children of Zeus and legendary Madlib. Saturday takes a turn for the 808 with a collection of genre spanning DJ’s such as Helena Hauff, Jayda G and Kurupt FM line up alongside live sets from AJ Tracey, Earl Sweatshirt and Mount Kimbie. In addition to the aforementioned, there are respective live sets on the Saturday from pioneering electronic artists Floating Points and Four Tet who always deliver a solid performance. All this and much more, the full lineup boasts a huge amount of talent and is not to be missed.
This festival does what it says on the tin, electronic music spread across eleven venues in the city of Leeds. Venues will be hosting some of the biggest names on the house and techno scene right now including Midland, Leon Vyehall and Joy Orbison all DJing. In addition to this there will be live sets from Dopplereffekt, Autarktic and Radioactive Man as well KiNK putting on a ‘masterclass’ live performance. The city of Leeds has a history in Dub music and there will be big representation from Subdub, Iration Steppas soundsystem and the Dimensions crew in addition to the dub masterclass from legend Prince Fatty. One day, one city, one vibe, Inner city electronic is set to be a huge event this year so do not miss out on one of the biggest and best city festivals in the UK has to offer.
Depot in the castle is first and foremost a family friendly, festival taking place in the historic Cardiff Castle there’s live performances from the Fratelli’s and Sister Sledge as well as DJ sets Fleetmac Wood(no, you didn’t read that right) and Horse Meat Disco. There’s also heaps entertainment for the children as well street food from some of the city’s finest eateries. Plenty to see, do, hear and eat for the whole family.
If you’re looking for a real escape then this is the festival for you, Meadow in the Mountains in Bulgaria. As the name suggest this festival takes place on a mountain and the scenery surrounding the festival location is beyond idyllic. The festivals place away from mainstream society is echoed by its lineup with a clear avoidance of big name DJs, instead a host of cherry-picked underground and local artists populate this lineup. Meadow in the mountains is step into the beautiful unknown musically and geographically, this festival will be a life experience you do not want to miss.
ABODE on the rock sees the UK tech-house record label branch out to the festival scene after a successful stint putting on shows the world in addition to this they’ve released a host of hugely popular records as well support from Radio 1 and Mixmag. The festival is set to bring tech-house stalwarts Infinity Ink, Richy Ahmed Sidney Charles and many more, with ‘a few more surprises to come…’. With Abode residents shelling out the bangers this is set to be one of the biggest parties of the year and it’ll all be happening in the beautiful Maltese sunshine.
Detonate Saturday 9th June Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
Nottingham based label Detonate showing no signs of slowing down with another hometown festival this year boasting bigger and better acts than ever before. A headline set from grime don Giggs is accompanied by a variety of DJ sets from a few select genres including big names like Andy C, Eats Everything, Sub Focus and Chris Lorenzo. Spanning genres from Grime, DnB, Dub, Reggae and House this is bound to be one of Nottingham’s biggest music events of the year.
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June Heaton Park, Manchester
Parklife festival is Manchester’s music event of the year and this year it’s more Mancunian than ever. A headline set from Liam Gallagher in his own backyard is set to be the talking point of this year’s festival but beyond this there’s a rich quality and diversity to Parklife’s lineup. Huge artists from numerous genre can be found across the Parklife lineup including The XX, Skepta, NERD, Lorde and J Hus. The festival will also house performances from the world’s finest DJ’s including the likes of Eric Prydz, Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Annie Mac and Four Tet to mention a few. Parklife has slowly become one of the most in demand festivals in the UK, get your tickets while you can.
Drum and bass label Hospitality off you their hospitality for the Bristol BBQ. With a lineup that represents the best in drum and bass across three stages outside Bristol’s infamous Motion nightclub. Sets from Danny Byrd, Hazard, DJ Marky and Benny Page are set to bring the vibe for what will be a one of this summer’s biggest drum and bass events.
In its third year now, London’s Junction 2 festival is proving itself as a solid contender for the city’s number one techno festival. A well balanced lineup with a focus on no nonsense techno, no VIPs, extended sets and a general appreciation for all things techno. Big names on the lineup this year include Adam Beyer, Carl Cox. Dixon. Tale of Us and Maya Jane Coles. If the success of the first two years is anything to go by this festival is set to get better and better is not one to be missed.
Next up is the Southport Weekender taking place at Finsbury Park in our fine capital this festival is celebration of culture and musical roots. A lineup that is plastered with legendary DJ’s who pioneered a sound as well as a nod to those who are keeping it alive. Highlights include a headline set from Sister Sledge and a set from David Morales and Hector Romero with special guest vocalists such as house vocal legend Alison Limerick. The festival will be a joyous event with an irresistible vibe that will not be matched by any other festival in the UK.
If you’re looking for something different for a festival this year then we’ve got just the thing for you, MDRNTY Cruise a festival on a cruise ship. An all-inclusive cruise with a host of big name DJ’s, cruises travel from Genova to Sardinia, Italy, France and Corsica. DJ’s include Ricardo Villalobos, Black Coffee and Pan-pot.
Tranzmission will return to Finsbury park again this year providing sounds of Drum & Bass, Grime, Garage, Jungle, House, Old Skool and UK Funky. With big names such as D Double E, Jammer and P Money already announced and the headliner yet to come this is a huge one for the grime heads which also presents a huge offering of top DJ’s from the aforementioned genres.
Hideout Monday 25th - Saturday 30th June Zrce Beach, Croatia
Beach holiday and music festival rolled into one, bought to you by the same people who run Parklife and Warehouse Project this festival takes place on the beautiful golden coast of Pag, an Island off Croatia. Not only does the festival have tremendous weather and scenery the line-up isn’t bad either. A blend of house and grime with sprinkle of drum and bass makes up the bulk of the lineup, artists include AJ Tracey, Bicep and Skream. The festival also offers a number of amazing boat parties, which you’d be mad to miss.
The Queens of the Stone Age are doing a huge gig in London this year and they’ll be joined by some top talent as well. Iggy Pop, Run the Jewels, The Hives, Miles Kane and more all join Josh Homme et al in London this summer for a good old-fashioned rock n roll tear up.
Made in Leeds is a vibrant and colourful affair that brings together club brands from around the city to put on wild show. The festival tell us to expect secret gardens and forbidden forests with all manner of mystical performers, visuals and scenery combined with sounds that have help to shape the club scene of the West Yorkshire metropolis.
Hip hop fans rejoice! There's a festival dedicated to your favoured genre headed to the Netherlands this June, boasting a lineup of Wiz Khalifa, French Montana Big Sean, T-Pain - and that's just scratching the surface. The day long festival also offers sounds from Stefflon Don, Maleek Berry, Frenna and so much more.