Within a few short weeks the leaves on the trees will be turning brown, Christmas cards will appear on shelves and Mary Berry will be back on our TV screens. But festival season is not finished just yet. For those of you who still have a few parties left in you, we’ve picked out a few of the best below. So rage against the dying of that light, and squeeze the last out of this superb summer.
Wed 5th - Mon 10th Sep
Croatia is home of the European electronic music festival. While Amsterdam, Ibiza, Berlin and London are clubbing institutions, nowhere has perfected the summer soiree like Croatia. Pula Amphitheatre is the venue for a stellar opening party, featuring a live performance from Bonobo, as well as grime pioneer Wiley and veteran party starter David Rodigan. Once the festival gets fully underway, the likes of J Hus, Goldie and Andy C are among the many highlights. Many have followed in Outlook’s footsteps, but there really is no substitute for a DJ, a Soundsystem and the Adriatic ocean.
Run All Day
Sat 8th Sep
One for Bristol’s many drum & bass aficionados. After a hugely successful first year, the Motion team return with three open-air stages. For those of you who appreciate your BPM a touch higher, Sub Focus plays a mix of commercial and underground cuts, Danny Byrd is spinning a jungle set and Benny Page plays b2b with Serial Killaz. With a stacked roster of MCs at hand to keep energy levels up, this will be raucous.
Sat 8th Sep
Wymeswold Forest, Loughborough
Forbidden Forest continues house music’s current retreat into the woods. It’s a formula which has worked perfectly for Lost Village and Houghton Festivals; the space beneath the treetops becoming secluded hotspots for late night revelry. MK hosts a stage featuring rising stars Latmun and Will Clarke, as well as more experienced party starters Shadowchild and Huxley. Holy Goof will be bringing a selection of bass heavy edits alongside My Nu Leng and Ibiza comes to Leicestershire in the form of Camelphat, Darius Syrossian and the Kaluki family.
Hospitality in the Park
Sat 22nd Sep
Finsbury Park, London
Hospitality in the Park showcases the diversity and ingenuity of the drum & bass scene. The one day festival pulls together all sorts of D&B fans from across the country. Danny Byrd launches his latest album Atomic Funk alongside a live performance from High Contrast. Outlook Festival invite turntable legend Goldie along for the ride and the liquid side of drum & bass is represented throughout the seven stages. The one day event has built a reputation as one of the finest in Finsbury Park’s stacked roster of festivals. Beneath the commercial success of house and techno, the drum and bass scene is as strong as ever.
Sat 22nd Sep
Church Fenton RAF Airport, Leeds
Mint Festival is a Leeds staple. The location, lineup and format have changed throughout the years, but the team behind the club and the warehouse have been delivering festivals since 2012. This year is perhaps bigger than ever. Dixon & Adam Beyer cater for your techno needs, while DJ EZ and Tom Zanetti have bass & garage covered. There’s an awful lot going on under one roof; there’s even space for Moodymann to deliver a typically eclectic set for Set One Twenty’s disco stage. There’s also the small matter of the Arcadia afterburner and Skreamizm hosting the bunker, all taking place at the brand new location of the RAF Church Fenton within Leeds East Airport.
ABODE in the Park
Sat 23rd Sep
Finsbury Park, London
13,000 ravers will once again descend on Finsbury Park as the ABODE family takes centre stage once again. If tech house is your thing, this is certainly the place to be. The one day festival follows the familiar format of having some of the continent’s most revered house labels curate their own stages. Danny Howard, ABODE, Warriors and Hot Bed have each curated stages in their own image. Nathan Barato, Sante & Sidney Charles, Steve Lawler and Cuartero will all be showcasing cutting edge house music.
Sat 29th Sep
Stanmer Park, Brighton
One of the very last stops on a journey through England’s summer music festivals, Boundary Festivals returns for its third instalment on Brighton’s picturesque coast. This year features the dextrous mixing of DJ EZ and liquid house from Jax Jones. Split across one day, three stages and ten hours, Boundary serves as an antidote to those autumn blues.
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