Summer Festival Guide
It’s that time of year again where you need to brush the cobwebs off your tent or research cheap places to stay in the centre of cities while you work out which festivals to attend this year. After The Great Escape opened the festival season with a bang this May, we decided to uncover some of the best festivals for summer 2016...
11 – 12 June 2016
Victoria Park, London
Field Day presents an eclectic range of the best alternative artists from around the world and it’s no surprise that the festival sells out every year. This June Air, Deerhunter, Beach House, Skepta and Roots Manuva are part of the all star line-up. Although you can’t bring food and drink into the festival, there is excellent high-end artisan beer, coffee and international street food once you’re in. This London city and over 18s only festival started out in 2007 making this summer its 10th year anniversary. If you’re into high-quality music then you will not want to miss this festival.
16 – 18 June 2016
Sónar Festival takes place right in the heart of the city so you should leave your tents at home for this one. The festival started back in 1994 and has developed into a prestigious cultural scene for avant-garde and experimental music lovers. Sónar is a multi-faceted festival; situated in the centre of Barcelona, Sónar by Day offers concerts, showcases and DJ sets while the international conference Sónar+D aims at bringing together professionals within the creative, technological and cultural industries. Finally, Sónar by Night lets you enjoy live music until the early hours of the morning in the outskirts of the city. Artists to look out for this year at Sónar include Four Tet, Anohni, James Blake, New Order, Kelela and our favourite newcomer, Lafawndah.
29 – 30 July 2016
For the second year running, Berlin’s queer music festival YO! SISSY will hold another two night event of LGBT-inclusive music and performances in the city centre. YO! SISSY focuses on showcasing trans-identified and gender non-conforming artists from all over the world and from a diverse range of genres, and headliners include Mykki Blanco, Zhala and Le1f. We definitely recommend heading to Berlin in July to participate in this eclectic, versatile and artistic experience and “Dance together” (this year’s theme).
Way Out West
11 – 13 August 2016
Slottsskogen Park, Gothenburg, Sweden
In the core of Sweden’s music and alternative culture capital is an incredible three day festival. Way Out West by day and Stay Out West by night, this festival features a variety of artists from different genres playing in the park and performing in venues nearby in the evening. The festival is known for its environmentally friendly ethos and all food served inside the event is vegetarian. Daughter, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Kills and PJ Harvey are a few of the many artists on this bill this August to celebrate the festival’s 10-year anniversary!
18 – 21 August 2016
Brecon Beacons, Wales
Founded in 2003, Green Man festival is situated in the welsh countryside with breathtaking views so while enjoying a brilliant line-up of artists, you also get to admire spectacular landscape. This festival is free from teenagers passed out in tents and instead has a pagan-like set up and family vibe which creates a fun and pleasant environment. Green Man is an independent music and arts festival that is sure to introduce you to an artist you haven’t heard yet that you will love. This year’s line-up includes Warpaint, Belle & Sebastian, White Denim and Fat White Family. When the ‘paganesque’ weekend comes to a close, there is a traditional burning of the Green Man.
Rock en Seine
26 – 28 August 2016
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris, France
The name says it all, the French pun of the word ‘Seine’ which is the river flowing through Paris is also the same pronunciation of ‘scène’ meaning stage. This rock music festival started in 2003 in Paris and hosts well known artists every year. In previous years Arcade Fire, Pixies, The Black Keys and Radiohead have performed at Rock en Seine. This year the line-up features Foals, Sigur Rós, Peaches and Slaves to name a few of the best acts. Time Out has described this festival as France’s version of Glastonbury and we would agree that Rock en Seine is incredibly underrated for the music it hosts. The event is also concerned with its impact on the environment and focuses on developing ecological and sustainable actions – even more reason to go!
Words Paula Dunne