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Summer is coming. And to prepare you for the five-month festival season, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide that is your one-way ticket out of the real world. We’re here to take you on a journey through mystical wonderlands, sun-soaked desert islands and Arctic mountains.
4 to 6 May
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Located in the musical heart of the Caribbean in the incredible Heredia Complex, Mañana Cuba assembles some of the most respected Afro-Cuban artists in the country, as well as a strong contingent of international electronic acts. The festival will take place across a handful of selected stages and cultural institutions that perfectly reflect Santiago de Cuba’s glittering charm. Only a two-day festival, it leaves time for you to explore the island and the surrounding cities of Baracoa, Guantanamo and Holguín where you can meander through rustic, historical town centres, parks and cafés.
Nicolas Jaar / Phrased / Plaid / Quantic / Jesse Royal / Jose Marquez / Soundwave Records / Gappy Ranks/ Jeremy Sole
27 to 30 May
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Washington
Taking place annually on Memorial Day weekend, this is a festival you won’t forget. Sasquatch! showcases an impressive compilation of alternative musical gurus. The festival is set against the backdrop of Washington’s mountainous landscape and most attendees camp in the fields nearby.The emphasis is on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters but also includes alternative rock, hip hop, EDM and comedy acts. Feast your eyes on the line-up.
Florence and the Machine / The Cure / Disclosure / Major Lazer/ Alabama Shakes/ ASAP Rocky / Sufjan Stevens / M83 / Grimes / Jamie XX / Tycho / Four Tet / Savages / Matt Corby
9 to 12 June
A music and arts festival in Manchester, Tennessee attracting 80,000 devoted fans every year. Venues include the Kalliope, 70,000 watts of ecstatic light show; The Foundation; a colourful cool-off and meeting point and The Groove, a natural oasis and refuge from the whirlwind of Bonnaroo. There are a range of camping options including a VIP campground. Not only does it have more than 150 musical performances, there are also tonnes of other ways to get involved, including comedy, cinema and sustainability workshops.
J. Cole / Ellie Goulding / Death Cab for Cutie / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / Tame Impala / Bryson Tiller / Band of Horses / Two door cinema club / Sam Hunt / Lucius/ Hermitude / Twin Peaks
10 to 13 June
Polkovnik Serafimovo, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Featuring three days of live acts and DJs across the musical spectrum, this festival is set in the jaw-dropping vistas of Bulgaria’s Rhodopes Mountains. Taking place in the small village of Polkovnik Serafimovo, this festival has been going for six years yet still maintains a sense of magic, mystery and community. It’s an adventure to get there (which might include donkey carts) and an adventure when you’ve arrived (which might involve staying with a local family).
Chelou/ Henry Wu (Rhythm Section)/ Jake the Ripper / Last Japan/ Bruno Schmidt / Saoirse/ Zulu / Lucas Crowe / Lion Club / Subculture Sage (Twisted Hearts)
4 to 10 July
Théâtre de la Mer, Sète, France
Worldwide Festival in Sète is an unmissable event for fans of electronic music.The magical Théâtre de la Mer will be the heart of the festival, offering a unique vantage point for a week of sunsets and open-air concerts. After the beach, live acts will kick off the evening before handing over to the dancefloor. Enjoy the celebrated South of France art de vivre while basking in the festival’s music, sunshine and delicious cuisine.
Four Tet / Ben UFO / Mala in Cuba / Anderson .Paak / Kamasi Washington / Dynamite MC / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Yousef Kamall Trio live
18 July to 10 September
Fly to Zadar or Split airports, then catch a ferry from Sibenik to the island of Obonjan, Croatia.
Croatia is a sun-soaked festival hotspot. And this summer the co-founders of Hideout and Unknown have taken the scene to the next level. Deserted for a decade, Obonjan (pronounced O-bon-yan) is a “curated island destination” that brings together everything you love in one beautiful natural setting. It’s not strictly a festival, rather a destination party island where you can sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of waves. There are only 800 guests at a time so get in there early.
Roy Ayers / DJ Shadow / Dilated Peoples / Matthew Herbert / Saul Williams / Policia
22 to 24 July
Byron Bay, Australia
Offering a mini-holiday smack-bang in the middle of Australian winter, Splendour in the Grass is a music festival in North Byron Parklands. Strong believers that a little bit of everything make a good festival, it offers a collaboration of some of the most brilliant minds from around the world with comedy sketches and debates. Great for getting your brain massaged and intellectually stimulated.
The 1975 / At the Drive-In / Sigur Rós / Lana Del Rey / Leon Bridges / James Blake / Santigold / Jake Bugg / Flume / The Cure
29 July to 31 July
Sätra Dalhallavägen 201, 795 91 Rättvik, Sweden
House and electronic music festival Into The Valley lies 280km northwest of Stockholm. The festival takes place in a dramatic limestone quarry (the result of a gigantic meteor collision) and is nestled in a forest surrounded by a turquoise lake. Complete with the finest DJs, exhilarating sound systems, lights and visuals, this is an out-of-this-world experience.
Ben UFO / Four Tet / La Fleur / Nina Kraviz / John Talabot / Fred P / George Fitzgerald/ Hunee / Omar S/ Dixon / Paranoid London
4 to 8 August
Set in the enchanting Garden Tisno, Soundwave is revered for its eclectic range of headline acts and laidback attitude. Festival goers spend their days relaxing by the Adriatic Sea to some of the world’s best broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, hip-hop and soul. We like to think of it as a sublime holiday that seamlessly merges with a musical escape.
Pharoahe Monch / Calibre / Mala / Gentleman’s Dub Club / Channel One Sound System / Riot Jazz / Romare / Clap Clap / Rogan / Shanty / Henry Wu
5 to 7 August
San Francisco, California, United States
Situated in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is a music and arts festival; an otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. Unlike any other music festival, Outside Lands offers wine and beer tents where you can discover dozens of regional goods as well as solar-powered stages to educate the public about eco-friendly movements. Rejoicing in everything that’s great about America, the festival will take you on a journey across a nexus of USA musical eras and genres – from 90s pop to rock n roll.
Taste of the Bay Area / Wine Lands / Beer Lands / Outsider Art / Live Painting / Dr. Flotsam’s Hell Brew Revue / The Barbary Comedy
Radiohead / Chance the Rapper / Beach House / Miguel / Major Lazer / Lana Del Rey / Wet / Moon Taxi / Grimes
26 to 29 August
TheSoundYouNeedFestival in Malta is a music festival that breaks away from the standard electronic format to deliver one of the most carefully curated line-ups of the season. Set in one of Europe’s most idyllic settings, this open-air festival is set between clifftop pre-historic sites and a glinting seaside. With music venues scattered across the island, the festival will bring you three days of island sun, pool parties, boat parties and the best new music.
Flight Facilities / Bondax / Hermitude / Jungle / Karma Kid / Kidnap Kid
31 August to 4 September
Cariocas Beach, Alkionas, Greece
The picturesque cove of Cariocas Beach is the perfect setting for this new music festival welcoming a collection of house and disco DJs to Greece. With a secluded bar and shore-sided stage in a bay which has remained a secret until now, this hidden gem of a festival is paradise for those wishing to escape. Attendees are advised to stay in the nearby Loutraki resort.
DJ Harvey / Body & Soul / Gilles Peterson / Benji B, Boo Williams / Maurice Fulton / Midland / Kyle Hall / Delano Smith / Detroit Swindle / Jeremy Underground / Josey Rebelle
8 to 13 September and 16 to 21 September
Restival is a ‘spiritual retreat’ in Arizona offering an opportunity to connect with diverse global cultures through dance, drums, artistic creation and yoga. It is a six-day digital detox located in the land of the Navajo tribe, encouraging you to “reimagine our world from a fresh and fascinating perspective”. Attendees are encouraged to live with and off the land, eating local produce and sleeping in tipis under the stars. In an effort to keep the experience intimate, spaces are limited so register now.
Sweat Lodge / Massage and Healing / Sound and Healing / Songbird / Sound Healing / Storytelling / “The Art of”
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