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Red Bull TV is airing some of the summer’s top music events. Here’s who to look out for, according to giants of the scene

The insider schedule for true music fans: Red Bull TV will be broadcasting many of the world’s major festivals live throughout the summer.

Here, some of the world’s greatest stars, past and present, reveal which legends in the making should be on your hit list.

Find out which festivals the following four stars recommend:

  • Calvin Harris
  • Prince
  • Jimmy Page
  • Drake
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“Firebeatz are in my top five dance producers right now. They have many original ideas and a unique understanding of groove”
Calvin Harris on Firebeatz

calvin harris: firebeatz @ Electric Daisy Carnival

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Energy, groove… and fire! The Dutch electric house duo say these are the main ingredients of their club tracks. And in view of hits like Sausage Fest back in 2013, we couldn’t agree more. The bass rumbles, the beat is relentless and the track builds towards a crescendo before setting off an explosion.

What makes Firebeatz different is the playful element of their music, regardless of how hard-core they might be. Sometimes the throbbing bass drum is interrupted by a breakbeat, or a double bass might pop up in the middle of all those synthesized sounds.

The pair’s unorthodox thinking has, in recent years, brought them remix gigs with stars such as Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Pitbull and their champion here, Calvin Harris. Not a bad launch pad to a great career. Harris is, after all, currently the world’s most successful DJ.

Electric Daisy Carnival
June 16-18, Las Vegas, USA

EDC started 20 years ago with 5,000 revellers. It is now the largest dance-music festival in the world, attracting some 400,000 ravers and there are spin-off events in countries from Mexico and India to the UK.

The line-up: Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Tommy Trash, Afrojack, Green Velvet, Zomboy, DJ Khaled

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“She is Joni Mitchell to me, the way she tells a story, the way she puts those interesting guitar chords underneath it”
PRINCE ON LIANNE LA HAVAS (2012)

prince: Lianne La Havas @ Montreux Jazz Festival

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If we were to believe the trend researchers, this 27-year-old Briton shouldn’t really be successful at all. Her gentle, soulful songs often only have a guitar for accompaniment. Age, for example, ought to be much too fragile to find listeners in the gimmick-laden pop world. 

Thankfully, right from the get-go, she had renowned fellow musicians turning the spotlight on her talent. Indie rock giants Bon Iver took La Havas along with them on their 2011 tour of the US. Prince († 2016) was so taken with her that he invited her to perform live with him on legendary US comedy show Saturday Night Live and in 2014 he fired the opening shot of his UK tour from her humble home in London. 

La Havas’s second album – Blood – took her to number 2 in the UK charts in 2015 and with her new, more chart-friendly sound, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world also falls under her spell.

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Montreux Jazz Festival
June 30-July 15, Montreux, Switzerland

Legendary festival organiser Claude Nobs († 2013) was never too strict about the jazz part in the name. In 1967, he began inviting musicians, regardless of genre, to come together once a year by Lake Geneva. Legends such as Santana and Van Morrison have been festival regulars for decades.
 
The line-up: Usher & The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Kasabian, Brian Wilson, Erykah Badu, Sampha 

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The main stage at Roskilde festival is called the Orange Stage. In 2017 it’s opening act is Danish RNB star Phlake

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“Blessed to know you, blessed for the wisdom you share, blessed for the music you create, blessed to witness the rise of a LEGEND“
Drake to Popcaan on Twitter

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Caribbean sounds are big in pop right now. Justin Bieber and Drake both use Jamaican dancehall grooves on their latest hits. They got hooked via 28-year-old singer Andrae Sutherland, better known in his hometown of Kingston as Popcaan.

His breakthrough on the domestic stage came in 2010 with the song Clarks. The track was so popular that sales of the shoes shot up in Jamaica. When Popcaan released his debut album Where We Come From in 2014, the world’s trendsetters already had their eyes fixed on him.

And he didn’t disappoint. The light, poppy, electronic beats and vocals, gentle by the standards of dancehall, revolutionised the Caribbean genre and unleashed a global trend.

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Roskilde
June 24-July 1, Roskilde, Denmark

At 46 years of age, Roskilde is one of the oldest ongoing music festivals in the world. But its organisers are known to have a good nose for talent. Every year, the 200 performers often include many of the world’s most exciting newcomers. 

The line-up: Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest, Arcade Fire, Solange, The Weeknd, Justice 

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“I WENT TO HEAR THEM IN NEW YORK. THEY WERE FANTASTIC, ABSOLUTELY RIVETING. THEY’RE SUCH FINE MUSICIANS. THEIR ALBUM HAS TAKEN THE GENRE UP A SERIOUS FEW NOTCHES” 
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) on Royal Blood

jimmy page: royal blood @ lollapalooza

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Drums, bass guitar and vocals. That’s all it takes for this British duo to get huge festival stages rocking. In fact, it’s precisely this purist approach that makes the band so appealing.

Whereas young rock musicians are increasingly turning to electronic sounds to be on trend, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher can still find vital inspiration in the blues-rock bands of the 1970s. 

You can hear the duo’s heavy sound on a debut album that took them to number 1 in the UK charts back in 2014 and elicited comparisons with rock heroes such as Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age.
 

Their new album, How Did We Get So Dark?, is out on June 16.

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Lollapalooza
August 3-6, Chicago, USA

Rock star Perry Farrell started Lollapalooza in the ’90s as a tour of small joints in the US. It is now held in the centre of Chicago and is famous for its party atmosphere. 

The line-up: Chance The Rapper, The Killers, The xx, Muse, Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean

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How Lollapalooza Became One Of The World's Most Successful Festivals

Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza co-founder and lead singer of Jane's Addiction: By mid-1990, I wasn't getting along with the other members of Jane's Addiction. I was sad and depressed. I tried to cooperate and be democratic, but I've always had a difficult time being in a group.

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