As the Globe heats up, so does our desire to hit the outdoors, pitch our tents, fill our cool boxes full of alcohol and wave goodbye to housed civilisation for a few days, heading to the music festivals that play out all Summer long. But, where to go during June?
Rockness – Loch Ness, Scotland 8 – 10 June
Making noise in the Highlands since 2006, Rockness is one of the youngest festivals around but that doesn’t mean that it’s got any problems drawing in the crowds. Playing out across the lake this year are headliners Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5/Justice and Biffy Clyro with the likes of Etienne De Crecy, The Rapture, Riton, Metronomy, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and The Cuban Brothers also in attendance. Mixing up the genres is how we like our festivals these days and Rockness does not disappoint. Want to listen to your favourite musicians against one of the most breathtaking backdrops that Scotland has to hire? Then, Swide suggest you get your hands on those last minute tickets.
Glade Festival – Norfolk, England 14 – 17 June
If electronic music and just going for it is your kind of thing, then Glade Festival is where you should pitch your tent this June. If the Summer for you is a mix of epic drops, fist pumping, living fast and sharing all of this with people that respect the scene and play hard, then Glade Festival is for you. Vitalic, Rusko, Pretty Lights, Dub Pistols, Toddla T and a load of others, guarantee that your feet will barely touchdown on the English Countryside. If you want the middle of June to be one to remember (sort of) then get yourself on down to Glade Festival.
Isle of Wight Festival – Isle of Wight, England 21 – 24 June
You can almost pretend that you’ve left the British Isles, heading towards one of England’s most loved islands and there is no better time to do than during June for the Isle Of Wight Festival. Kicking off in 1968, the festival gained notoriety when Bob Dylan joined in the on the fun in 1969. It was in 2002 that the festival had a revival and, since then, it’s built up a reputation of being more than just a holiday. Playing host to an eclectic range of artists, the Isle of Wight Festival sees the likes of Tom Petty, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Example, Tinie Tempah, Joan Armatrading and, not forgetting, the formidable Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Fancy mixing your nostalgia with current sounds? This is the festival for you!
Solidays - Paris, France 22 – 24 June
Entertaining Parisians and those from further afield, Solidays is an explosion of sound and colour that is all about inclusion, appealing to those looking for familiar sounds and new discovers. Mixing Garbage, The Kills, Birdy Nam Nam, Kavinsky and Twin Twin with Selah Sue, Huoratron, Loud Cloud and Skip The Use, will keep those craving to fall in love with new music, happy. So, if you’re in Paris during these dates, then make sure you head on down to Hippodrome de Longchamp to catch some sounds.
InMusic Festival – Zagreb, Croatia 28 – 30 June
Echoing across the Croatian lake of Juran is the InMusic Festival. Known to be one of the best places to be at the end of June, Swide can’t think of anything better than listening to music on the Island of Youth in 2012 to see Ireland’s The Cranberries share the stage with Franz Ferdinand, Gogol Bordello, Fanga, General Elektrics and Reptile Youth, amongst other, local talents. Centered around modern rock and urban music and, with its message of multiculturalism in music, InMusic Festival is as much about relaxing with friends as it is letting yourself go with the revellers.
Written by Ben Taylor