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Like a phoenix from the ashes, 2019 is set to be the year of revivals. From the Spice Girls regroup to the resurgence of our favourite festivals, those dry January days are finally behind us and the future is wild and wet.

1. The Shed, New York, US

Dates: 5 April 2019

The Shed is Manhattan’s new ultra-trendy cultural centre. Housed in an adaptable movable structure, expanding and contracting to suit the needs of its catalogue of events, audiences can enjoy a varied programme of hip hop or classical music, theatre and literature. Catering to any creative conjecture, the vibe here is fresh and progressive.

2. AMP Lost & Found Festival, St Paul’s Bay, Malta

Dates: 2 – 5 May 2019

Carefully curated by Annie Mac, Malta’s St Paul’s Bay is transformed for the May bank holiday into a sun-drenched paradise of dance. There aren’t many other places where you can vibe in a hot tub, bougie at a craggy coastline castle and see J Hus throw himself head-first into an adoring crowd. From techno and house to hip-hop and garage, trust Annie to mix in a bit of everything.

3. Glastonbury, Somerset, UK

Dates: 26 – 30 June 2019

After a fallow 2018, Glasto returns to Pilton from 26 to 30 June. You may think you know the drill – British charm meets anything-goes eccentricity – but the headliners this year come with a twist. Those confirmed so far include Stormzy, Kylie and Janelle Monae, but founder Michael Eavis has hinted that two or three of the bigger acts to play in 2019 have never played the festival before. If you’ve missed out on tickets, there is a small resale in April.

4. Hove Festival, Tromøy, Norway

Dates: 28 – 29 June 2019

After a five-year hiatus, Norway’s beloved Hovefestivalen is back and under new management. Perched on the island of Tromøy, the four-day gallivant will feature tunes by the Foals, Muse and Vampire Weekend, plus some niche acts you’ll learn to love. Hopes are high the rejig will restore its reputation as one of the largest and most popular Scandi festivals around.

5. Balaton Sound, Zamárdi, Hungary

Dates: 3 – 7 July 2019

Though the festival scene in Hungary has become fiercely competitive, Balaton Sound is holding fast to its leading position. One of Europe’s largest open-air electronic music festivals, if the stunning backdrop of Lake Balaton isn’t enough to beckon you to Balaton Sound, perhaps affordable flights and festival tickets will seal the deal. In between boat parties and beachside bathing, catch acts ranging from DJ Snake and Chainsmokers to Marshmello.

6. Woodstock, New York, US

Dates: 16 August 2019

The epitome of 1960s hippie counterculture, Woodstock is set for a big return this year. Infamous for its sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll rep, the festival – Woodstock 50 – is back to commemorate its 50th anniversary in the swelter that is August in New York. Expect an eclectic bill, including legacy bands plus a reunion or two from the original lineup. With acts yet to be announced, rumours are flying fast as to who might play. Here’s hoping those $7-a-day ‘69 prices hold up.

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