Summer may nearly be over by September but festival season will still be going strong as there is still plenty of fun to be had all over the country, even reaching to other parts of the world. From the bottom of Fort Punta Christo’s moat to Wetherby Racecourse, there will be music flooding the fields, streets and ears of music fans from a number of locations, with the pick of the September happenings listed here.
Mint Festival returns to Leeds this year, to the delight of those who regularly flock to Leeds’ best nightclub and to the festival that has been running since 2012. After a number of relocations the brand will be moving to Wetherby Racecourse this year, just on the outskirts of the city. With the addition of an extra day, the festival is looking to further its line-ups that already consist of a length line of great DJs and live artists playing the best in house, techno, trance, drum & bass and more. Last year, despite the move to Lincolnshire, the festival experience its smoothest year yet, so this year could just be the best yet.
Line Up: Luciano, Apollonia, Ricardo Villalobos B2B Zip, Henrik Schwarz, Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler B2B The Martinez Brothers, Premiesku, Craig Richards, Eats Everything, Sub Focus, Paul Oakenfold, Cajmere, Joris Voorn, W&W, Duke Dumont & More.
Taking place in Maidstone’s idyllic Mote Park, The Social is the dance music festival headed up by Nic Fanciulli and Saved Records, a brand that has been throwing parties all over Kent for the past few years, with The Social being the natural next step that was first taken in 2013. This years festival brings the biggest line up ever with several of dance music’s most in demand heavyweights taking to the three stages that will be pumping out top quality house and techno all day and evening long.
Line Up: Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Cassy, DJ Koze, DJ Tennis, Monika Kruse, Richy Ahmed, Rødhåd, Solomun, Tom Trago, Paco Osuna, Die Vogel & More.
Taking place at Fort Punta Christo in Croatia, Outlook is a 5-day festival set in an environment like no other of its kind. Music can be heard in a number of unlikely arena locations set inside and around the fort that include its cavernous moat, a circular turret known as Noah’s Ballroom, the main For Arena and in surrounding hills, which takes the name The Void. The music at Outlook festival brings together rich sound system culture with cutting edge dance music, as DJ Sets and live artists play upon their own systems as well as the festivals own. There is also a selection of beach and boat parties to carry on the fun at sea.
Line Up: SBTRKT, Jurassic 5, Roni Size Reprazent Live, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Trojan Sound System, Run The Jewels, Beenie Man, Boy Better Known, Pete Rock, J Rocc, Moodymann, Wiley, Shy FX, Dusky, Congo Natty, Tenor Fly, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Iration Steppas, Digital Mystikz (Mala & Coki), DJ EZ, Mount Kimbie, Loefah, David Rodigan & More.
Festival Number 6
Festival No.6 is another festival that is set in an otherworldly location, this time being in the quaint Welsh town of Portmerion. Boasting more than just a music programme to die for, Festival No.6 offers activities and attractions for all ages, with live bands, DJs, talks and discussions, theatre spectacles, art installations, comedy, health & healing, award winning food & drink and the surrounding Gwyllt woods that will host intimate pop up parties, all providing entertainment and nourishment from familiar names and famous faces.
Line Up: Belle & Sebastian, Grace Jones, Metronomy, DJ Harvey, The 2 Bears, 808 State, Irvine Welsh, Ardal O’Hanlon, Katherine Ryan, Catfish & The Bottlemen, James Bay, Mark Ronson, Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Optimo, Andrew Weatherall, Greg Wilson & Kermit, Everything Everything, Maurice Fulton, Mark E, Dom Joly, Kate Tempest, The No.6 Carnival & More.
As the first prominent international music festival to take place in the Dominican Republic, Groovefest is one that has gained a unique reputation after only two years, as masses of music festivals continue to take place in now common grounds, countries and cities. This weeklong stay at Puerto Plata’s Lifestyle Holidays Vacation club is all about hearing music in luxurious surroundings, as DJs immerse with the guests and play amongst villas, pools, bars and beaches. With several high quality accommodation options available you can tailor your stay to your group size and taste. What’s more, festival tickets are all inclusive.
Line Up: Alexis Raphael, Anja Schneider, Art Department, Cuartero, Darius Syrossian, DJ Pierre, Green Velvet, Hector Couto, Kenny Dope, Kevin Saunderson, Lee Foss, Nick Curly, Norman Jay MBE, Osunlade, Patrick Topping, Randall M, Route 94, Skream & More.
Bestival is one of the largest festivals in the UK and one that has won a long line of awards that include Best Major Festival, Fans Favourite Festival and Best Medium Sized Festival, the latter of which has been won on 4 separate occasions. The music line up is an amalgamation of cutting edge electronic artists and some of the most popular bands on the planet, however there is a whole host of other cultural and artistic delights, including music, comedy, discussions and more. This all takes place over 4 days on the Isle Of Wight, with the site transformed into an otherworldly environment scattered with visual and aural treats.
Line Up: The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, Rudimental, Skrillex, Annie Mac, Mark Ronson, Jungle, Jurassic 5, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs, Róisín Murphy, Boy Better Know, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont, Jamie XX, Seth Troxler, Tale OF US, Neneh Cherry, Four Tet, Jackmaster, Hospitality Takeover, Daniel Avery & More.
Finsbury Park will welcome United Festival mid September, which will play host to a swarm of DJs playing house, drum & bass, jungle, hard dance and more. There will be appearances from some of the most iconic and important DJs of the last three decades as well as some of the hottest new school names to be rising up the scene as we speak. The action will be split up into 8 stages with hosts that include Promised Land, One Nation, Moondance and TwiceasNice
Line Up: Marshall Jefferson, Robert Owens, Hazard, DJ Hype, 808 State, Lisa Lashes, Graeme Park, The Harry Shotta Show, SASASAS, Hamilton, Lisa Pin Up, Indecent Noise, Jordan Suckley & More.