Splendour in the Grass
WHEN? July 26-28, 2015
WHERE? Byron Bay, Australia
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Blur, Florence And The Machine, Mark Ronson, The Wombats, Earl Sweatshirt, Tame Impala
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you like good music, love to dance around barefoot and are familiar with hippie vibes, get in your element at Splendour In The Grass. Take a break from dancing around to the festival’s fantastic line-up and enjoy the “Splendour In The Arts” program, SITG is also famous for. Besides that Byron Bay is legendary itself.
Fuji Rock Festival
WHEN? July 24-26, 2015
WHERE? Fuji, Japan
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, FKA Twigs, Flume, Joey Bada$$, Rudimental, The Vaccines, Motörhead
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Hidden in the misty mountains of the Naeba Ski Resort, Japan’s biggest music festival takes place annually. The Fuji Rock Festival has got way more to offer than you would expect: forget about long queues, overpriced drinks and dirty toilets, instead 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 17-19, 2015
WHERE? Ferropolis, Germany
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Alt-J, Bonobo, Flume, Kylie Minogue, Kwabs, Giorgio Moroder, Jamie XX, La Roux, Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Melt! is the ultimate alternative music fan’s haven – taking place in “Ferropolis” (also known as “the city of iron”), an impressive open-air museum of old huge industrial machines south of Berlin, there is always something to see and of course killer music to be heard - you won’t be dissappointed.
WHEN? July 31-August 2, 2015
WHERE? Chicago, USA
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Paul MCartney, Sam Smith, Kid Cudi, Metallica, A$ap Rocky, Kygo, Nero, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX, Hot Chip
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The festival is known for its pumping atmosphere and its massive line-up. Plus, after a heavy day of dancing, facing Chicago’s skyline, you can check out the city. Good to know: this year the first Lollapalooza on European grounds will take place. Want to know more? Click here.
Rock in Rio
When? September 18-26, 2015
WHERE? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Metallica, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Slipknot, System Of A Down, OneRepublic
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Taking place since 1985, Rock in Rio has become the largest music festival in the world. The first “City of Rock” has been set up in Rio de Janeiro and meanwhile been spread out to Lisbon and Madrid - from this year on Las Vegas will be the fourth location - we say, rock on!
Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts
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 killer headliners, insane production values and an amazing energy.
Festival International Benicàssim
WHEN? July 16-19, 2015
WHERE? Benicàssim, Spain
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Florence And The Machine, Clean Bandit, Stromae, The Prodigy, A-Trak, Blur, Crystal Fighters, Bastille, Mark Ronson
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: What we love about music festivals taking place in the Spanish summer is that with a probability of approximately 99,9 percent it is not going to rain. So forget muddy fields and enjoy the sunny beaches the FIB is held at. During the day you can hang out at the beach and get your tan going and when the sun finally sets you will be dancing the night away.
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: Still to be announced - last year’s line-up included: AC/DC, Kygo, Azelia Banks, Chet Faker, Gesaffelstein, Drake, George Ezra, Hozier
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Coachella is probably the musical and fashion trendsetter’s mecca - dance in a celebrity-zoo to - and this is what we love about the festival - seriously good, if not to say the best music. Coachella’s awesome reputation is by no means just a matter of chance.
Isle of Wight Festival
WHEN? June 11-14, 2015
WHERE? Isle of Wight, UK
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Fleetwood Mac, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, Blur, The Black Keys, Prodigy
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, hippie atmosphere attached to it. 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, 2015
WHERE? Budapest, Hungary
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams, Alt-J, Foals, Marina And The Diamonds, Avicii, SBTRKT, Tyler The Creator, José Gonzalez
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Pitch your tents at the bank of the Danube at Old Buda Island (“sziget” means island) and escape the humdrum of every-day life 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? July 18-20, 2015
WHERE? Barcelona, Spain
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Skrillex, Jamie Jones, A$ap Rocky, Duran Duran, Jamie XX, FKA Twigs, Hot Chip, Henrik Schwarz
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Taking place for the 21st time this year, Sónar has become a pioneering festival in the electronic music landscape. Taking place in the vibrant city of Barcelona this event combines awesome music, sun-drenched beaches and a buzzing city-life.
WHEN? July 24-26, 2015
WHERE? Boom, Belgium
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Avicii, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Solomun, Axwell & Ingrosso, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Tiesto, Robin Schulz
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Taking place in the small town of Boom in Belgium, Tomorrowland is considered as the ultimate heaven of rave. Dance for three days straight with an international party-loving crowd and let yourself be abducted into a different world by the pyschedelic carnival atmosphere that surrounds the festival.
WHEN? July 9-11, 2015
WHERE? Lisbon, Portugal
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, The Prodigy, Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Metronomy, Tiga, James Blake, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Sam Smith
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 kickass lineup and once there, you can check out Portugal’s awesome beaches.
WHEN? June 11-14, 2015
WHERE? Tennessee, USA
LINE-UP-HIGHLIGHTS: Bill Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Amazing lineups, a comedy tent stacked with the greats (Chris Rock, Daniel Tosh, Aziz Ansari), breathtaking artist showcase, a silent disco and surprise superjams.