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 for danger we spontaneously combust.
So, over the next few weeks we will be bringing you the Spindle edit of the very best festivals of 2014, month by month from May until September. From dance festivals on Croatian sands and indie-knees-up’s t’up North, to the weird and wonderful across the waters in the USA and of course, Spindle favourite The Great Escape in our beloved Brighton…
When: Fri May 23rd – Sun May 25th. What: After a successful inaugural year, Boston Calling will be returning to the festival season a second time with a line up which includes Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse, who will be taking over Boston City Hall Plaza this Memorial Day weekend. Each day the festival takes place over two alternating stages to ensure no overlapping sets, meaning you won’t miss out on any of the fun. £€$: Tickets range from $150 – 375
When: Fri May 23rd – Sun May 25th. What: This year Radio One will be dominating Glasgow Green with the 60,000 music fans who are lucky enough to win tickets to the festival dedicated to current dance and pop music. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, keep your eyes on all Radio 1 social media channels and your ears on the radio. There are already Rita Ora and Paula Nutini rumours to get you excited… £€$: Tickets must be won via the Radio one competition.
When: Fri May 23rd – Sun May 25th. What: Judging by the fact that Sasquatch! sold out in just 90 minutes in 2013, this is not one to be missed, especially if you have been looking to take your festival wardrobe all the way to the states. Located in the award-winning concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA with headliners to include Outkast, MIA, HAIM, Foals Spindle Introducing favourite Banks and the wierd and wonderful Die Antwoord, we can see why it has become such an institution. £€$: Ticket for May festival $325 or $550 for both.
When: Fri May 23rd – Sun May 25th. What: The first music festival to return to the hallowed grounds of Woodstock, Mysteryland incorporates world music and culture for an overall engaging and immersive experience. With a Psychadelic Big Top, Healing Fields, The Boat and the Smorgasburg Food Fest and a line-up to include Dimitri Vegas, Dirtyphonics, Chase and Status and Nicky Romero, for me this festival screams three words – Bestival on acid. £€$: Weekend ticket – $199.
When: Sat May 24th . What: Priding itself on the fact that it is ‘different to any other festival’, Love Saves the Day is the result of years upon years spent in clubs, in fields, at festivals and on dancefloors around the world – essentially the LSTD team know the ingredients for the most appetising variety of party and they bring exactly that to the heart of Bristol. With Subtrkt, Clean Bandit, Jamie XX< Neneh Cherry, Eats Everything, Eton Messy and Cryil Hahn on the roster – who exactly isn’t there? £€$: Day ticket – £39.50
When: Sat May 24th – Sun May 25th What: After making its debut on the UK the festival scene last year and winning the award for Best New Festival, the 15,000 capacity dance festival is back again this year, this time for two days. If your not a fan of getting down and dirty (in the campsite that is), then this is the festival for you, located just outside of London it’s easy to get to and it is potentially hosting the best world-class dance and house line up of the summer with Jamie Jones, MK, Pleasurestate, Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Hot Since 82, Rob Da Bank and Lee Foss all on the bill. Impressive. What’s more, this year we have been told to prepare for unexpected twists and surprises nestled away such as dress-up boxes and play areas for those who want to blend seamlessly into their fantastical surroundings, what more could you want? £€$: Weekend ticket – £149
When: Wed May 28th – June 1st What: Taking place twice this summer with the first installment in May, Nuits Sonores has been known as one of the great European meetings in the realm of innovative music and creativity. Pioneering independent electronic music and innovative artists, they also represent the genres of hiphop, indie rock and pop. They stress the idea that a festival should be a percolator of innovative culture from the past, present and future. Incorporating a swimming pool and an ice-rink, it’s like one giant playground which hosts a grand total of 80,000 festival goers, 250 artists and 1000 professionals, during 5 days and 5 nights. £€$: Full pass – €135
When: Wed May 28th – May 30th What: Barcelona’s annual music festival, Primavera Sound is noted for its eclectic line up with its heart in independent music. The range of musical genres include alternative, indie, electronic, pop, hip hop, dance, folk, jazz, metal, and experimental music and this year the line up includes long-haired dreamers Haim and rock-legends Queens of the Stone Age alongside the likes of Metronomy and Mogwai. £€$: Tickets start at €190
When: Fri May 30th – Sun June 1st What: Located on Cheltenham Racecourse, Wynchwood festival is a soil all-rounder ticking all the essential boxes – good line-up, an ale festival and camping below the Prestbury Hills, alongside that Wynchwood prides itself as a family festival so it really is suitablt for everyone. We recommend watching Wolf Alice and Spindle Introducing favourite Bipolar Sunshine. £€$: Weekend adult ticket – £125 (kids under 5 go free).
When: Saturday May 31st. What: This years Camden Rocks Festival sees the come-back of British power-trio, The Subways who will be headlining the event alongside other rock and indie names, including The Blackout, The Graveltones, Eureka Machines, Baby Godzilla, The Hell and Rat Attack. The festival takes over the streets of Camden for the day – that’s one whole mile of music for your ears. £€$: Tickets cost £25.
Illustration: Brittany Molineux