Splendour in the Grass
WHEN? July 22-24, 2016
WHERE? Byron Bay, Australia
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches, James Blake, At the Drive-In, Violent, Soho
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you like good music, love to dance around barefoot and are familiar with hippie vibes, then Splendour In The Grass if for you. Take a break from dancing to the festival’s line-up by soaking up some culture and enjoying the “Splendour In The Arts” program. Oh yeah, and Byron Bay itself is pretty damn amazing…
Fuji Rock Festival
WHEN? July 22-24, 2016
WHERE? Fuji, Japan
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Sigur Ros, Stereophonics, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Wilco, James Blake, Disclosure
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Japan’s biggest music festival is hidden in the misty mountains of the Naeba Ski Resort. The Fuji Rock Festival offers more than you would expect: forget long queues, overpriced drinks and dirty toilets, and dive into the beauty of the forests of Naeba, take in the superb line-up and celebrate life with Japan’s ever-friendly, happy crowd.
WHEN? July 15-17, 2016
WHERE? Ferropolis, Germany
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Deichkind, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Illesnoise, Jamie XX, Dr. Rubinstein, DJ Koze, Schwarz Dont Crack, Bomba
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Melt! is a MUST for fans of alternative and electro. The festival takes place in “Ferropolis” (also known as “the city of iron”), a jaw-droppingly impressive open-air museum of huge industrial machines located south of Berlin. You won’t be dissappointed.
WHEN? July 28-31, 2016
WHERE? Chicago, USA
J. Cole, Lana del Rey, G-Eazy, Radiohead, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The festival is known for its atmosphere and its massive line-up. The city also offers the perfect escape if you want to take a break from all the dancing.
Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts
WHEN? June 22-26, 2016
WHERE? Glastonbury, UK
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, Foals, ZZ Top, Adele, Coldplay, Beck, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, New Order, James Blake, Santigold, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Glasto is the largest green-field open-air music and performing arts event in the world - the variety of people and the hippie spirit that can still be felt make this festival definitely worth a trip, even though it has become quite mainstream. Enjoy the advantages of a huge festival with top quality headliners, insane production value and amazing energy.
Festival International Benicàssim
WHEN? July 14-17, 2016
WHERE? Benicàssim, Spain
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Mr. Oizo, The 1975, Bloc Party
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: What we love about music festivals taking place in the Spanish summer is that you have about a 99,9 percent chance that it is not going to rain. So forget muddy fields and enjoy sunny beaches. During the day you can hang out at the beach and get your tan on, and party into the night once the sun finally sets.
Coachella Valley Music And Arts festival
WHEN? April 8-10, 2016 (weekend one), April 15-17, 2016 (weekend two)
WHERE? California, USA
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Underworld, Sia, Kills, Foals
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: See and be seen amongst celebrities, trendsetters and music-lovers at Coachella, one of the most popular festivals in the world, and not without reason. The line-up is often hard to beat, and who doesn’t want to rub shoulders with hollywood’s finest in a pair of wellies?
Rock in Rio
WHERE? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: The line-up for the next festival hasn’t been announced yet, but some major bands to have graced the stage include: Metallica, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Slipknot, System Of A Down, OneRepublic
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Rocking out since 1985, Rock in Rio has become the largest music festival in the world. The first “City of Rock” was set up in Rio de Janeiro and has since spread to Lisbon and Madrid.
Isle of Wight Festival
WHEN? June 9-12, 2016
WHERE? Isle of Wight, UK
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: The Who, Queen + Adam Lambert, Faithless, Stereophonics, Richard Ashcroft, Iggy Pop, Feeder
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The festival’s reputation is legendary: starting as the ultimate hippie-spectacle in the late 1960’s, The Isle Of Wight has still got this easy-going atmosphere. Attracting modern hippies, as well as any laidback-music-lover, this festival is the perfect place to take home some life-long memories.
WHEN? August 10-17, 2016
WHERE? Budapest, Hungary
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Rihanna, Muse, David Guetta, Manu Chao La Ventura, The Chemical Brothers, Sia, Kaizer Chiefs, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Pitch your tents at the banks of the Danube at Old Buda Island (“sziget” means island) and escape the humdrum of every-day life by dancing at Eastern Europe’s biggest festival.
WHEN? The original Ultra takes place annually in Miami: March 18-20, 2016 - other Ultra festivals are held around the globe - for more information, check out their website.
WHERE? Miami, USA
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Still to be announced - but last year’s lineup included: Tiesto, Afrojack, Boys Noize, Axwell & Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Steve Aoki
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Named after the Depeche Mode album Ultra, the festival was founded in 1999 - since then Ultra has spread like wildfire around the world - for a reason: great electronic music, a good vibe and a crowd that knows how to party.
WHEN? June 16-18, 2016
WHERE? Barcelona, Spain
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Fatboy Slim, James Blake, New Order, Skepta, Laurent Garnier, DJ EZ
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Sónar has become a pioneering festival in the electronic music landscape over the last 22 years. Taking place in the vibrant city of Barcelona this event combines awesome music, sun-drenched beaches and a buzzing city life.
WHEN? July 22-24, 2016
WHERE? Boom, Belgium
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Fedde La Grand, Vangelis, DVBBS, Alesso
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Taking place in the small town of Boom in Belgium, Tomorrowland is considered the ultimate rave haven. Dance for three days straight with an international party-loving crowd and let yourself be transported into a different world by the pyschedelic carnival atmosphere that surrounds the festival.
WHEN? July 7-9, 2016
WHERE? Algés, Portugal
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Arcade Fire, Tame Impala, Pixies, The 1975
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Formerly known as Optimus Alive, this festival may not be as famous, but leaves little to be desired. Taking place in the city of Algés near Lisbon, you can enjoy the beautiful weather on top of the awesome line-up and once there, you can check out Portugal’s awesome beaches.
WHEN? August 28–5 September 2016
WHERE? Nevada, USA
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: No acts confirmed yet - but this is also part of the magic of Burning Man …
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Burning Man is the epicentre of three things: sexual experimentation, psychedelic drugs and futurism. If you are into that, off you go to Nevada!