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Feature: Festival Previews

Friday 15 March 2013
Words Spindle

Festival season is still pretty far off, but given that lineups are being announced and updated every day we thought we’d highlight some of the best in Europe for 2013. Check out our previews, grab your tickets and cling onto the fact that the hazy summer sun and fizzy festival highs will soon be upon us.

The Great Escape, 16th – 18th May, Brighton, UK

Offering a medley of sounds from the legendary Billy Bragg to Iggy Azalea to Little Green Cars, with many more acts still to be confirmed, TGE has something to offer everyone. Now in its 8th year and playing across 30 venues in Brighton, TGE has earned reputable status as Europe’s leading festival for new music. In previous years the likes of Adele, The xx and Alt-J have given seminal performances while on the cusp of universal success. TGE is the perfect platform for emerging talent with a strong international focus.

Super Early Bird tickets have now sold out but there is still the opportunity to snap up Early Bird tickets at only £45 for three-day access to the festival until Friday 22nd March. This small run of cut-price tickets can be purchased via www.mamacolive.com/thegreatescape/or in person at Resident records in Brighton.

Parklife Weekender, 8th – 9th June, Manchester, UK

Set to be bigger than ever this yearas the festival moves to a new and larger location to accommodate its sell-out success of previous years, Parklife is sure to start your summer off in style. So far the line up features Bicep, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, George FitzGerald, John Talabot and many more. With more arenas, DJ’s and bands than ever before, 2013’s Parklife looks to be a stunner.

Day tickets from £55

Hideout Festival, 3rd – 5th July, Pag, Croatia

Hideout is a must for electronic music fans. The line up includes stellar acts: Four Tet, Chase & Status, Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Soul Clap, Netsky, Bicep, High Contrast, DJ Hype, Joker and many more. With its beach location, surrounded by a mountainous backdrop, it is of little surprise that this is a favourite amongst festival goers and tickets have already sold out.


Exit Festival, 10th – 14th July, Novi Sad, Serbia

Having started in 2000 as a protest against the Milosevic regime, Exit festival still continues to be a NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation)and strives for political change and freedom while in the process delivering a quality music line up and great festival vibes. Exit is the festival where hedonism meets activism.

A treasure trove for music fans, Exit festival has 20 stages featuring acts from all genres. The first acts for Exit’s acclaimed Dance Arena have been revealed as including the likes of Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Subb An b2b, Adam Shelton, Apollonia & DenizKurtel.

Standard 5 day ticket: £95 (+ booking fee)|Camping pass: £25 (+ booking fee)

Sonar, 13th – 15th June, Barcelona, Spain

Culminating in Barcelona in June, the global Sonar festival featured in Reykjavik in February and will be passing through Tokyo and São Paulo within the next three months.Sonar is a pioneering festival unique in its format and content; it brings together both emerging and established artists in music and multimedia art. Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Two Door Cinema Club and Hot Natured have so far been confirmed to play, with more still to be announced.

Standard 3 day ticket: £147 (+ booking fee)

Flow Festival, 7th – 11th August, Helsinki, Finland

Flow festival has all things covered, froma superb line up of music by both established and emerging names toa focus on the visual arts, film screenings and quality food and drink.  Acts so far announced include rap’s man of the moment Kendrick Lamar, as well as The Knife, Haim, and AlunaGeorge.

Early bird 3 day ticket: £126.50|4 day ticket: £154

Vertigo Festival, 15th – 17th August, Pragelato, Italy

Set in the heart of the Italian mountains and playing host to an array of underground electronic dance music, Vertigo will deliver a festival like no other. Confirmed acts so far include DJ T, Reboot and M.A.N.D.Y.

Standard weekend ticket: £99 (+ booking fees) |Various other packages available

TauronNowaMuzika, 23rd – 26thAugust, Krakow, Poland

Two times winner of Best Small European Festival for 2010 and 2012, the TauronNowaMuzika festival is now in its 8th year and is set to play host to some of the hottest names in modern electronic music. This year Jimmy Edgar, Gnucci, JETS, Moderat, Holly Herndon, Day Night Dawn, Darling Farah, and Kamp! Are confirmed to play with more acts still to be announced. Set in a disused coal mine, the success of this festival lies in its combination of contemporary music and architectural heritage surroundings.

Standard weekend ticket 150 PLN | £30 | Day ticket options available

Bestival, 5th – 8th September, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

No longer a small boutique festival, Bestival has achieved heavyweight status in the festival world, winning the ‘Best Major Festival’ award in both 2010 and 2012. With a new theme set (HMS to be precise – think sailors, mermaids, sea creatures….) and a whole new spectacular line up, the 10th year of Bestival promises to be as magical as ever. This year’s confirmed acts include Elton John, Snoop Dogg, The Knife, M.I.A, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan and many more.

Standard ticket with entry from 5th September: £190

Unknown Festival, 10th – 14th September, Rovinj, Croatia

New for 2013, this festival is full of promise, having been put together by the creators of Hideout Festival, The Warehouse Project and Field Day. Unknown festival comprises oflive acts, band performances and DJ sets along with bespoke design projects in a setting where beauty, creativity and hedonism are combined. Acts include Disclosure, Django Django, Jessie Ware, Totally Enormous Dinosaurs, and Jamie xx, plus many more.

Standard weekend ticket: £109 | Various accommodation packages available

Words: Kitty Lungley

Illustration: Estelle Morris