One of the UK heavyweight festivals Parklife is a brilliant weekend for outstanding music diversity with some of the most exciting artists. Taking place at Heaton Park in Manchester during 7th and 8th of June expect incredible performances from Snoop Dogg, The Foals, Bastille, Rudimental, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, Soul 2 Soul, London Grammar, Chromeo, Bonobo, Jamie Jones, Nero, Flying Lotus, Moderat, Carl Cox, SBTRKT & so much more. Parklife has got bigger and better with four new stages including the amazing Treehouse Stage and new VIP tickets with exclusive viewing platforms and parties making Parklife a must! Sunday tickets and VIP Sunday are still available www.parklife.uk.com.
Completely new crowd funded festival; Alt-Fest in Kettering, Northamptonshire (15th – 17th Aug) is full of festival exclusive performances. Amazing acts including Marilyn Manson “UK Festival Exclusive”, The Cult “Only UK 2014 show”, Gary Numan, Peter Hook & The Light, Arch Enemy and VNV Nation, this is set to be a massive festival. Weekend tickets start at £115. For more information please visit www.alt-fest.com/2014.
Celebrating 10 years of family, folk and world music, Wychwood Festival is set in the beautiful location of Cheltenham racecourse from the 31st May – 2nd June, and is one of Britain’s best-loved family festivals. Legendary acts performing this year include The Boomtown Rats, The Strangler and The Levellers. Folk master Newton Faulkner and soul kings The Real Thing will also be featuring. The Big Top Stage will play host to the best emerging and emerged talent including Bipolar Sunshine, Wolf Alice and Glitches. The amazing Children Literature Festival and Roald Dahl museum is a must for all children. Weekend tickets start at £125 and can be purchased from www.wychwood.co.uk.
Legendary rock festival Sonisphere is back. Taking place at Knebworth Park over the 4th, 5th and 6th July the weekend’s line-up includes only the best rock heritage performers. Iron Maiden, Metallica “ONLY UK show in 2014”, The Prodigy, Slayer, special guest Limp Bizkit, Alice in Chains, Mastondon to name a few is set to have an explosive 2014. Knebworth Park is celebrating an amazing 40 years of music. Weekend tickets start at £180 and can be purchased from www.sonisphere.co.uk.
One of the UK’s best small festivals, Standon Calling in Hertfordshire has amazing headliners. Public Enemy, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Maximo Park, Clean Bandit, Peace, Ella Eyre, Eliza and the Bear and so much more will take place 1st – 3rd of August. The theme this year is ‘Lost in Latin America’. Expect dog shows, a swimming pool and excellent fancy dress. Weekend tickets start from £119. For more information please see www.standon-calling.com.
An experimental and incredible new festival to take place in Somerset from 19th – 20th July, Orchestival is set to revolutionise the modern day festival bringing an exciting, engaging and transformative musical journey for all ages and tastes. Blurring the lines between Classical and other music genres, Orchestival is a true one-of-a-kind. Charles Hazelwood leads this innovative event with The Unthanks, Squarepusher and Goldfrapp who will be recreating their own and other work into something that have never been done before. Full weekend tickets start from £25. For more information and tickets please visit www.orchestival.com.
One of the biggest festivals in Croatia, Hideout has made a huge impression selling out in only two weeks with resale of tickets that were made available in March. Set in Pag, Croatia from the 30th June – 3rd July Hideout’s line-up is brilliant, showcasing the best in electronic music. Artists announced include Disclosure, Rudimental, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Sasha, Loco Dice, Duke Dumont, Soulclap, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid plus over 100 more. This beautiful festival has incredible boat parties and this year amazing VIP packages are available to make the perfect ‘Hideout Experience’. For more information please visit www.hideoutfestival.com.
Way Out West Festival
Gothenburg, music capital of Sweden plays host to the beautiful Way Out West Festival from the 7th – 9th August. Winner of the Green Award at the European Festival Awards and top ten European festival to visit, Way Out West is a firm favourite. International acts performing this year include Outkast, Robyn & Royksopp, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Janelle Monae, Shlohmo, Blood Orange, Little Dragon, Ella Eyre & more. Tickets start from £180 and for more information please visit www.wayoutwest.se.
Tauron Nowa Muzyka
Tauron Nowa Muzyka in Katowice, Poland is set in the epic landscape of a disused coalmine that is littered with water towers for a unique location experience. Amazing credible artists including Chet Faker, Kode9, Dixon, Ben UFO, Mouse on Mars, Jackson & his Computerband, Kelela, and so much more. Four day tickets start at only £40. For more information please visit www.festiwalnowamuzyka.pl/en.
Unknown in Rovinj, Croatia is unlike any other Croatian festival. Bringing the best of live and electronic music to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. From the 5th – 7th September Unknown’s music spectrum will include performances from Nile Rogers, CHVRCHES, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie, Jungle, Erol Alkan, Seth Troxler, TEED, London Grammar, Disclosure, Jamie XX and so much more. Beautiful boat, beach and forest parties, art installations and mystical adventure make Unknown the perfect festival experience. Weekend tickets start at £129. For more information can be found from www.unknowncroatia.com.
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