Summer music festival season is almost in full swing and, it goes without saying, that there are some amazing things going on during July. Here are Swide’s top 5 Music festivals.
Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland 4 – 7 July
Since it’s birth in 2002, Open’er festival’s reputation quickly grew and before long the line-up had expanded beyond expectation and, those attending, had forced the event organisers to find bigger grounds in 2006, the Babie Doly – Kosakowo Airfields. This year, the three-day festival has got an outstanding line-up, featuring; Bat For Lashes, Iza Lach, The xx, Orbital, The KDMS, Public Enemy, M83, Major Lazer and many many more. Not bad, hey? Well, boasting seven stages and a line-up that leaves little room for music snobbery, Open’er Festival should definitely be on your list of things to do.
Wakestock – Cardigan Bay, Wales 6 – 8 July
Happening at the same time as the Open’er festival is Wales’ electronic, indie and urban music, three-day party, including some of the best names in the music industry and also welcoming rock and indie acts from overseas. You can catch Calvin Harris, Breakage, Funeral For A Friend, Jakwob, Chruch and many more. And seeing as this festival takes place in Wales, Swide highly recommended that you prepare yourself for all weather conditions, putting wellington boots high on your priority list. What better reason to explore the Welsh coast than to dance the weekend away with mates, watching some amazing acts onstage.
T in the Park – Balado, Scotland 6 – 8 July
Another one from the ol’ UK for you here and, this time, it’s bonny Scotland. This festival has something for everyone, with Sunday 8 having the strangest mix to pick from; Kasabian, Elbow, Nicki Minaj, Orbital, Keane, Happy Mondays, McFly and Swedish House Mafia… Brilliant. One of the most mixed line-ups I’ve seen for July but not one to be laughed at. T in the Park have pulled in some of the most popular acts at the moment and also some legends of the music scene (New Order and The Stone Roses to name a couple). Pay attention to those listed at the end of the bill, where you’ll find Zulu Winter, Teengirl Fantasy, Dry the River and Fake Blood in the mix. Splendid.
Latitude – Suffolk, England 12 – 15 July
Priding itself on being more than just a music festival, Latitude is the perfect blend of the arts, culture and different forms of expression, happily being known as the multi-arts festival. Don’t quite get what I mean? Well, this year Sadler’s Wells presents an amazing excerpt from ‘The Most Incredible Thing’, a collaboration between pop legends Pet Shop Boys and innovative choreographer Javier De Frutos… wow! Focusing on music, also on the bill are Bon Iver, Elbom, Paul Weller, Wild Beasts, The Antlers, Kurt Vile, Zola Jesus, Tune-Yards etc… it takes a while to actually stop oneself salivating. If the multi-arts is your kind of thing, Latitude is the place for you during July.
GlobalGathering – Stratford Upon Avon, England 27 – 28 July
Since its humble beginnings in 2001, GlobalGathering is now, what you could call, a mobile festival. 2008 saw Poland, Ukraine, Malaysia, Russia and some other lovely places to that this festival now descends upon, living up to its name. But, it doesn’t get better than the original, which takes different genres of electronic and divides them amongst seven stages, according to their sound, with exceptions of course. Here the crowd will be kept up all night by Tinie Tempah, Knife Party, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (a must see), Magnetic Man, Chase & Status, High Contrast, Benga and oh so many many more. So, if the thought of dancing the night away with a load of fist pumping, glow stick waving, neon paint smeared electronic music fans takes your fancy, think GlobalGathering.
Written by Ben Taylor