Every year since 2008 I’ve been to at least one festival with some year’s seeing my visit up to eight of them from May to September. This year was a little odd for me as I did three but they were over by the second weekend of June which left me itching for more music. I find that not as many bands tour over the summer time which means my live music consumption tends to go down. Over the year’s I’ve been to 5 different UK day festivals, 5 UK camping festivals and 3 festivals outside the UK but there’s still so much more to experience. Here are four festivals which I really want to go to.
Isle of Wight Festival
I’ve never even been to the Isle of Wight never mind ventured to the festival but it always looks like such a nice lineup with a mixture of acts playing across dance, indie, and pop. In my mind, it’s the closest to a mini Glastonbury you can get with the type of music, the dressing up vibe and the mixture of people who seem to go. I’m not as fussed on the headliners this year – David Guetta, Arcade Fire and Rod Stewart – but it’s usually pretty great.
Sziget is not only located in one of my favourite European cities, Budapest but it’s also one of those festivals with such a mixture of music one year both Bring Me The Horizon and Rihanna played! The festival is located on an island in the middle of the Danube river which runs down the middle of Budapest meaning you’re so close to the main city but also in your own little world. The festival has a mini cruise where you can see the city lounging on bean bag chairs or going crazy in the party while the city passes you by. This year the festival has acts like Pink, Billy Talent, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis playing so I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open in 2018 for this festival.
Another UK festival located just outside of Winchester the festival images just like amazing with a carnival type of vibe. The festival had nine districts which bring you from relaxing folk music to heavy drum & bass the next second. It’s the type of festival I know would be an experience full of vibrant people and a complete escapism feeling even if the music isn’t my number one choice. Acts like Cypress Hill, Skindred, and Frank Turner are playing this summer alongside a whole load of DJ’s and being so close to a main city centre means it would probably be pretty easy to nab a hotel and not have to camp.
Now I couldn’t have a festival list without including one of the most iconic; Coachella. Every March/ April time the festival takes over space in Indio, California. There are two identical three days of music which spans over two weekends which saw Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lemar headline earlier this year, and the whole experience looks insane. Firstly you could easily combine it with a California holiday, it’s a long way to go for a weekend. The whole festival is about so much more than just the music, like Glastonbury in the UK with so many activities going on as well. One day I’ll make it here.