The weather’s getting more palatable every week, and across the country a rising bubble of excitement is palpable; summer is surely on the way, and that means a barrage of music festivals are making the final preparations before welcoming a new swathe of party goers through their doors. Coming up in June, Manchester’s Parklife returns to carry celebrations into a new realm, Field Day welcomes some of the most interesting noise-makers around to Victoria Park, and the festival season also gets underway with the help of friends in Greece and Croatia.
With a fair few events to set the heart racing, here are a few Ticket Arena picks from the tantalising festivities going on in June:
London’s a city of stark contrasts, and Junction 2 juxtaposes some of the city’s most striking features as it matches brutalist structures and naturally beautiful surroundings. Bars, art, top quality food, and of course, phenomenal music, will all be thrown together in a diverse mix of woodland wonders and concrete constructions, with Drumcode commanding a main stage full of reinforced techno whilst The Hydra and Closer stages look to more delicate selectors to fit with their leafier locations. Putting much needed emphasis on longer sets, great sound and a unique setting, the new festival avoids the tendency to cram in big names that so many summer festivals fall foul of, instead giving the DJs ample time to craft something as stunning as the Boston Manor Park location. Junction 2 will be held on the 4th of June.
Lineup: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Ida Engberg, Dixon, Âme, Move D, Mr. G (Live), Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz, Scuba.
Offering a lovely balance between electronic dance music and live bands across a variety of different genres, Victoria Park’s Field Day is another standout fixture in London’s summer schedule. A beautiful surrounding is matched with fantastic artists from the worlds of folk, funk, jazz, indie, hip hop and electronica, as well as DJs skilled in the arts of techno, house, disco and a shedload more. The over 18s only festival runs from 11:30 until 22:45 on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, with guests still able to buy weekend or individual tickets for the non-camping festival.
Lineup: James Blake, Ata Kak, Dean Blunt, Floating Points (Live), Gold Panda, Jackmaster b2b Gerd Janson, KiNK, Mount Kimbie (DJ Set), Mura Masa, Roman Flügel, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Roots Manuva, PJ Harvey, The Avalanches, Air, Mbongwana Star, The Temper Trap, Empress Of, Daphni, Mystery Jets, Optimo, Little Simz
As the horrors of exam season are joyously replaced by summer freedom, the student masses descend on Heaton Park in Manchester for two days of unadulterated clubbing euphoria. Taking pretty much every artist you’d expect to see in a full summer of billings and cramming them into 8 sweltering arenas, Parklife continues the Warehouse Project ethos of sparing no expense on getting the big names through the Heaton Park gates, and is rewarded with unwavering support from the visiting crowds. This year the dates have been set to Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June, with after parties scheduled in the city for those whose buzz extends long into the night.
Lineup: The Chemical Brothers, Ice Cube, Soul II Soul, Bastille, Seth Troxler & The Martinez Brothers, Solomun, Jasper James, Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Dixon, Yousef, Kaytranada, Todd Terje, Groove Armada, Pusha T, Major Lazer, Skepta, Annie Max, Busta Rhymes, Jamie xx, Jamie Jones, Joy Orbison, MK, Armand Van Helden b2b Jackmaster, KiNK, Eats Everything, Four Tet b2b Floating Points, Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, The Black Madonna.
Supa Dupa Fly x Santorini
Transporting a cherished 90s and 00s RnB & Hiphop night from London to the spectacular island of Santorini in Greek waters, Supa Dupa Fly x Santorini offers four parties amidst the 3000 year old remains of a volcanic eruption. A haven for fans of divine food, turquoise seas and pristine sandy beaches, the island is an idyllic setting for a trip away, and a dreamy enclosure for an extended weekend of partying. Super Dupa Fly has become a perpetual sell-out at its London home, attended compulsively by garage, hip hop and RnB lovers, earning it widespread media commendations and stages at festivals such as Lovebox. Often colluding with big names such as Rita Ora, Disclosure, Amerie & Professor Green, Supa Dupa Fly has made a modern success of throwback tastes, and there’s little chance that uprooting to a utopian Greek island is going to have anything but a benefitial effect in helping it reach even greater heights.
Springing up in Nottingham, the Detonate brand brings the best in bass music to audiences up and down the country. Also hosting the city’s biggest underground music festival at Colwick Country Park, each year Detonate welcome a variety of floor-rumbling acts to perform the cutting edge in DnB, hip-hop, dub, R&B and house. This year taking place 11am to 11pm on Saturday 4th June, Detonate Festival can show off an enviable list of previous guests including Nas, Bonobo, DJ EZ, Âme, Mike Skinner and countless more, and each year complements the main event with the official after party ‘Detonation’.
Lineup: Chase & Status, Craig David’s TS5, Stormzy, David Rodigan, Shy FX, DJ Hype, Noisia, Redlight, DJ Zinc, Chris Lorenzo, Mr Mendel, Novelist, TQD (Royal T/DJ Q/Flava D), DJ Koza, Mala, Paleman & Chunky, Kahn & Neek, Hodge
Running since 2003, Download has become the UK’s biggest summer festival for heavy metal and rock, showcasing bands that are etched into rock history with the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Muse, AC/DC, Kiss, Thin Lizzy and Guns N’Roses having all taken headline slots in previous years. Located at Donington Park in Leicestershire, the festival offers 3 and 5 day camping, with the 2016 event taking place between 10-12 June. This year’s event will also feature a tribute to Motorhead lead singer Lemmy Kilmister, whom the main stage will be named after following the legend’s death earlier this year.
Lineup: Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deftones, Korn, Nightwish, Disturbed, Twin Atlantic, Breaking Benjamin, Architects, Killswitch Engage, Black Foxxes, Counting Days
Fold Festival boasts the curation of Chic’s Nile Rodgers, with three performances from the band across the three days at Fulham Palace (24th-26th of June). Presenting many of Rodgers’ famous friends and hand-picked new favourite artists, Fold celebrates dance music through the ages at a beautiful location by the Thames, with street food and artisan drinks as a perfect accompaniment.
Lineup: Chic, Beck, Alison Moyet, Labrinth, Jesse Rose, Emin, Anne Marie, Nicole Moudaber, Angie Stone, John Newman, Incognito, Krystal Klear
Croatia’s Hideout Festival has been one of the top European festivals for a good few years now, with its perfect location on the beaches of Novalja providing ample opportunities for musical mayhem across 6 arenas, pool parties and boat parties. The brainchild of Sound Channel and The Warehouse Project, Hideout provides the pick of electronic acts from the UK and Europe, with a mixture of huge parties and more intimate affairs on offer. Few places are better suited to summer electronics than Croatia's Adriatic coast, and so there is no surprise in the fact that Hideout has gone from strength to strength without ever looking back.
Lineup: Jamie XX, Skepta, Andy C, Jamie Jones, MK, Gorgon City (DJ SET), DJ EZ, Hannah Wants, Stormzy, Adam Beye, Dusky, Hot Since 82, The Martinez Brothers, Joris Voorn, Julio Bashmore, Steve Lawler, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler), Bicep, Midland, Heidi, Richy Ahmed, Catz N Dogz, Monki, Plastician, Last Magpie, Tom Rio
Words by Andrew Kemp
Main photos courtesy of Parklife