The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and the air is feeling (a little) warmer. It’s almost that time of year again where sleep becomes a distant memory and where shoes, inhibitions and personal hygiene get thrown out of the window. That’s right, festival season is fast approaching and we could not be happier about it. We have already brought you our essential festival guide for May and June, so it’s time to feast your eyes on July. From dance festivals on Croatian sands and indie-knees-up’s t’up North, we’ve got it all under control.
When: July 10th – 14th What: Another festival on the Croatian line-up, Electric Elephant is a five day and five night extravaganza of sun, sea, boat parties and of course music on the sun sparkled Adriatic coast. Wether it’s Simian Mobile Disco of Horse Meat Disco who tickle your fancy, there is a toe-tapping beat for every taste. £€$: Full ticket: £120.
When: July 10th – 14th What: A firm mainstay on the eastern European summer festival agenda, Exit transports us to a fantasy playground fueled by deep and dirty beats. This year the fast expanding festival has attracted the likes of Disclosure, Skrillex, Carl Cox and Afrojack, along with an array of underground artists who will be making their way into your summer 2014 playlist immediately. £€$: Camping ticket: €59 / Hostel ticket €74.
BILBAO BBK LIVE
When: 10th-12th July What: In a unique setting; the mountain tops which surround the city of Bilbao, North of Spain. What: Your headliners this year will be The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand and The Prodigy. You will also have the pleasure of seeing band like MGMT, White Lies, Phoenix, Foster the People, Crystal Fighters, The Lumineers, John Newman, Jack Johnson, Bastille, Band of Horses…Also, bands start nice and late and the DJs are on till the early hours of the morning. Remember, you’re in Spain; early nights do not apply! £€$: 3 day tickets including camping will come at the moderate price of £97 + booking fee. Day tickets (inc camping) come at £52.50 + booking fee and you can purchase them at See Tickets, Ticketweb and Eufest. Both Easyjet (from Stansted or Manchester) and Vueling (from Heathrow) fly to Bilbao and you’ll be there in 90mins! Ryanair flys to Santander, which is just an hour bus ride from Bilbao.
T IN THE PARK
When: July 11th – 13th What: Boasting a bill which includes Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Paulo Nutini, Arctic Monkeys, Pixies, London Grammar, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Human Leage – T In The Park is in the running for possibly the most diverse and eclectic line-up of the summer. There’s someone to dance to, sing along to, chill out to and even to mosh along to (if that floats your boat) – there really is something for everyone. £€$: Camping ticket: £214.
When: July 17-21st What: If you’re looking for a Spanish festival this summer, Benicassim is our number one recommendation. With four days of festival and eight days camping, you end up starting the festival earlier than necessary, but that’s the point. Kasabian, M.I.A, Jake Bugg, Lily Allen and even the Manic Street Preachers will be entertaining the crowds this year, but we have one word of advice – camp in the shade. £€$: Four day ticket €150.
When: July 17-20th What: If you fancy drinking cider and listening to bands by day and raving all night, Lattitude ticks all the right boxes. Located in Henham Park in Suffolk, this year Lattitude plays host to Two Door Cinema Club, The Black Keys, Kelis, Clean Bandit and Spindle favourites RY X and East India Youth. But don’t forget about the alt-entertainment, aside from the music, there’s dance, theatre, poetry reading and literary fixtures to choose from. £€$: Full ticket: £195.
When: July 17-21st What: Soundwave is your go-to for all night dancing on the sand until the sun comes up and the sea sweeps over your toes. One of the more intimate forays on the Croatian festival scene, Soundwave incorporates reggae, hip-hop, dance and electronic music all on one beach. Spindle recommendation – Mr. Scruff, whatever your music preference you’re sure to appreciate one of his eclectic funk driven sets. £€$: Full ticket: £125
When: July 17-21st What: A five day camp of music, adventure and outdoor living to some of the most mellow and relaxing sounds of the summer. If you’re in search of sonic pleasure, Somersault should be on the top of your festival agenda. From Jack Johnson and Ben Howard to Half Moon Run, it’s the perfect form of escapism. £€$: Full five day ticket: £123.
When: July 18-21st What: If you’ve seen the promo video for Tomorrowland, you will be more than desperate to go. Belgium’s bizarre, weird and wonderful high-octane extravaganza seems to be on everyone’s bucket list and with a line up which includes Afrojack, Loco Dice, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Carl Cox along with about a hundred others, we can totally see why. Tomorrowland is a non-stop-party and there is most definitely no time for sleep. £€$: It’s like Glasto, impossible. Our advice – Ebay.
When: July 18th-20th What: Located just outside of London, Farr is the perfect festival if you’re looking to stay close to the city, plus there is a Disco bus from the capital for all your transport requirements. As a boutique festival it offers an intimate setting with a string of emerging dj’s heading the bill along with bigger names like Waze & Odyssey and Detroit Swindle. Located in a deserted woodland, it’s the perfect festival for escaping the daily grind. £€$: Weekend Pass: £99.
When: July 18th -19th What: Chase & Status, Bonobo, M.I.A, Crystal Fighters, Route 94, Breach, Ben Pearce, Jess Glynne… the list goes on. Lovebox is one of those festivals that everyone wants to be seen at, plus it’s in London so it’s easily accessible and it boasts a string of parties after-dark. We recommend catching Spindle favourite, Banks – she’s our one to watch for 2014, you heard it here first. £€$: Weekend Pass: £77.
When: July23rd -24th What: It’s a ravers institution, the one and only non-stop forty-eight hour party for hedonistic pleasure seekers the world over. It may not have an enchanted garden or a fancy dress parade, but it does have a stellar line-up and music is most definitely Global’s main focus. From Jamie Jones, Dixon and Richy Ahmed to Green Velvet and Noir, Global Gathering attracts some of the biggest names in the business, so if you’re a dance or house music aficionado, this is the festival for you. £€$: Weekend Pass: £195.
SECRET GARDEN PARTY
When: July 24th-27th What: Glitter, mud-wrestling, art, fancy-dress parades, care-free vibes and fun-loving criminals. The Secret Garden Party extravaganza is not to be missed. Think Little Dragon, Maya Jane Coles, Rudimental, Disclosure and Spindle Introducing fave, Fickle Friends. There is something for every fine tuned music palette and who doesn’t love glitter in the masses? £€$: Full Pass: £175.
STOP MAKING SENSE
When: July 31st– Aug 3rd What: Four days and nights of dancing on the sand under the stars, Stop Making Sense is yet another festival to add to our Croatian wishlist. With Maribou State, Mosca and Marcus Worgull to choose from you won’t be disappointed. Plus (as with all Croatian festivals) there are some wild boat parties to keep you entertained along the way. £€$: Full Pass: £120.
When: July 31st– Aug 3rd What: Sister to our beloved Bestival, Camp Bestival is as weird, wacky and wonderful, just a little more family orientated which is by no means a bad thing. Taking place in a castle, the surroundings are as fantastical as the stream of events taking place across the four days and with both Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Basement Jaxx making a come back this year, it would be rude not to wouldn’t it? £€$: Full Pass: £195.
Words: Brooke McCord