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, so it’s time to feast your eyes on June. From dance festivals on Croatian sands and indie-knees-up’s t’up North, we’ve got it all under control.
When: Wed June 4th – Sun June 8th What: Located in Nyon, Switzerland, Caribana festival plays host to a string of un-missable festival aficionados, this year including Jessie J, Passenger and Queens of the Stone Age. Aside from these acts, Caribana will see the world famous Pixies make a rare appearance on their new tour, where they will be performing their EP due for release this month. £€$: Four day pass: €280
ROCK AM RING
When: Thurs June 5th – Sun June 8th What: You canalways count on Germany’s Rock am Ring for your summer festival dosage of Rock n’ Roll and this year is by no means an exception. With Kings of Leon, The Offspring, Iron Maiden, Pennywise, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age in the mix you really won’t know who to start head banging to first. Our advice – go see all of them. £€$: Four day pass: €335.
OPTIMUS PRIMERVA SOUND
When: Thurs June 5th – Sun June 8th What: A festival institution, Optimus Primerva Sound returns to the second biggest city in Portugal this year – Porto. So whilst you are guaranteed the sun, you’re also guaranteed a stellar line up – Haim, Mogwai, Pixies and Spindle favourite Jagwar Ma amongst many others – to be more exact. As ever, Primerva is not one to be missed. You can thank us later. £€$: Weekend pass: €105.
THE GOVERNORS BALL
When: Fri June 6th – Sun June 8th What: Located on Randalls Island, NYC, Grovenor’s Ball has one of the most exciting line up’s of the summer and this is not a statement made in vein. Outkast, Phoenix, Damien Marley, Disclosure, The Kills, The Naked and Famous, Vampire Weekend and James Blake have all cemented themselves a spot and that’s just the headliners. What are you waiting for, buy a ticket and hop on that ferry to Randall Island. £€$: Three day pass: $500.
When: Sat June 7th – Sun June 8th What: Having teamed up with London’s Street Feast this year, not only will there be a culinary feast at Field Day, but also a stellar line up including Jamie XX, Neneh Cherry, Blood Orange and Spindle favourite East India Youth, amongst others. Located in Victoria Park, East London it’s the perfect festival escape for city dwellers. £€$: Weekend ticket £78.
When: Sat June 7th – Sun June 9th What: If there is oneplace that knows how to throw a party, it’s Manchester. Taking over Heaton Park again this year, Parklife 2014 will see Snoop Dogg perform alongside house aficionados – Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles and Maceo Plex and if you throw in performances from Bastille, London Grammar and Foals, you really have a diverse line up like no other. If you have been before, you won’t need convincing, but if you are a Parklife virgin – go pop that cherry, now. £€$: Weekend ticket £79.
ISLE OF WIGHT
When: Thurs June 12th – Mon June 16th What: Sister festival to Bestival, Isle of Wight is just as kooky, magical and fantastical no matter what your age. From Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon to Duke Dumont and Cyril Hahn – both moshing and bopping are accommodated for, depending which mode of dance tickles your fancy. With a Bog Top, a beach, outdoor hot tubs and indoor tea rooms – you won’t know where to start. £€$: £202.90 (Children under 12 are free).
When: Thurs June 12th – Sat June 14th What: Sonar 2014 marks Barcelona’s 21st international festival of advances music and new media art. In other words it’s a bit of a festival institution and with a line up including Massive Attack, Richie Hawtin, Rudimental, Lykke Li and Bonobo we can see why. If you’re looking for a European festival this June – Sonar is your go to for guaranteed fun. £€$: Three day pass: €195.
When: Thurs June 12th – Sun June 15th What: Bonaroo takes over Manchester this June (just to clarify that’s Manchester Tennessee), promising a weekend of nothing but diversity. Realistically at which other festival could you get down and dirty with Kanye to ‘Golddigger’ followed by a mellow sway-along ‘Candle in the Wind’ with Sir Elton John? £€$: Weekend pass: $284.
When: Fri June 13th What: When it comes to Download, it’s safe to say it is not for the fainthearted. If your idea of festival fun is frolicking in a field with flowers in your hair and a rainbow painted on your face, then think again before purchasing a ticket, because the only thing in your hair will be sweat, but we can guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face. Plus Fall Out Boy are playing – teen nostalgia at it’s best. £€$: Weekend camping ticket: £205.
When: Sat June 14th What: A festival with it’s roots firmly grounded in East London, FOUND will be returning for 2014 with a mammoth line-up which more impressive than ever, including Crosstown Rebels’s Damian Lazarus, Heidi, Noir, Darius Syrossian and Ben Pearce amongst countless other house, techno and disco aficionados. This year there’s an added quirk for those in VIP – Krankbrother will present ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ – we’ll leave it to the imagination but lets just say we are more than excited. £€$: Tickets range from £40 – £55.
When: Thurs June 19th – Sun June 22nd What: Celebrating it’s 5th year as an electronic music and arts festival, Gottwood returns to Anglesey, Wales pioneering another batch of emerging underground artists which will be finding their way to your Summer 2014 playlist before you can say ‘I hate shufflers’ (we don’t get many of those in Wales fortunately – trust me I’m a native n’ all). From Maribou State, Artwork and Craig Richards to the perhaps lesser known, more experimental sounds of Larkin & The Sky – Gottwood is a festival renowned for forward thinking. £€$: Weekend ticket: £105.
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
When: Fri June 20th – Sun June 22nd What: If the madness, extremity and sheer exhilaration of Las Vegas floats your boat, then Electric Daisy Carnival is the festival for you. Branded as ‘Las Vegas Motor Speedway – From Dusk till Dawn’, I get the feeling it’s some sort of cult gathering which you have to attend to be in the know… The line up isn’t released until at least May. Ooh the suspense. £€$: Tickets start at $225.
When: Fri June 20th – Sat June 22nd What: Located in the remote location ofScheeßel, Germany, Hurricane is boasting a line up including Lykke Li, James Blake, Lily Allen, White Lies, Passenger, Bad Religion, Bonaparte, Bombay Bicycle Club, London Grammar and so the list goes on… It’s becoming a solid go-to on the European festival scene, but be prepared for a tasty dosage of weird and wonderful German rock amongst the usual suspects. £€$: Tickets start at €200.
FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: Fri June 20th – Sun June 22nd What: Nestled in the lush woodlands of Dover, Delware, USA, Firefly boasts 840 acres of unadulterated fun. With acts ranging from Foo Fighters, to Outkast and Jack Johnson it’s hard to find time to soak up the atmosphere in between dancing. We recommend finding a spot of grass, sitting back and listening to the sounds of City and Colour. Perfection. £€$: Four day pass: $279.
When: Sat June 21st What: With a main stage built of Biomes that wouldn’t look out of place in the Science Museum, the usually calm and tranquil land of Cornwall is taken over this year, by the likes of Dizzie Rascal, Elbow, Pixies and Ellie Goulding. So far they have kept schtum about the rest of the acts, but if previous years are anything to go by, it will be impressive. £€$: Tickets sold per act/Biome starting at £35.
When: Mon June 23rd – Thurs June 26th What: Another festival dominating the Croatian music scene, this time in-land at Lake Jarun, Zagreb rather than on the sands; InMusic brigs us an eclectic range of artists including MGMT, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Fighters, Jagwar Ma and Bombino. What’s more it was voted as one of the worlds top three music festivals by the National Geographic Traveler – meaning it is most definitely one to tick off the list. £€$: Tickets start at €60.
When: Wed June 25th – Mon June 30th What: Where do I even start? Glastonbury is the festival of all festivals and don’t let anyone tell you different. From mud-wrestling, mural painting and circus acts, to enchanted forests and healing fields – Glasto offers everything you could ever possibly want from a festival. Fact. Plus Blondie has been confirmed – just yes. £€$: Don’t even ask because you will probably never manage to get one.
When: Thurs June 26th – Sun June 29th What: Psychedelic, hypnotic, weird and wonderful. Sherwood Forest, Michigan transforms into a neon fantasy land when Electric Forest opens it’s gates each year. Explore the alternate realm to the sounds of Art Department, Booka Shade and Steve Angello, for an experience you will never forget. £€$: Weekend ticket: $264.
When: Sat June 28th – Thurs July 3rd What: Combining music, nature, beaches and idyllic surroundings into one knock out festival, Hove, Norway offers quirky art scenes, emerging sounds and mouth-watering food all tied in with an ethos of environmental awareness. It’s a festival with a cause and a good one at that. Plus you can choose from M.I.A, Azelia Banks, Disclosure, Bastille and spindle favourite, Banks – we’ll take a one way flight to Norway please. £€$: Full pass: €320.
When: Mon June 30th – Thurs July 3rd What: First things first, if you haven’t experienced a Croatian festival yet – you need to. Secondly, Hideout is our recommendation for pure hedonistic pleasure. Located on the infamous Zrce Beach you’ll be dancing from the minute the sun comes up until it goes back down. Sleep is no longer a necessity and all sense of reality goes out the window when your listening to the likes of Pillowtalk, Route 94, Jamie Jones, Soul Clap… on second thoughts, who isn’t at Hideout this summer? £€$: Full pass: €129.