Festival season is kicking off around the world and music-lovers everywhere are booking buses, trains, and flights to listen to their favourite artists in the sun. There is an ever-growing number of festivals every year and it can be pretty confusing knowing which one suits you. We’ve devised the ultimate festival guide for the UK, Europe and USA summer 2018 to help you choose the perfect event for you.
Picking the right festival is the first decision, and then there comes your wardrobe. We’ve slipped in some of our top picks for festival eyewear 2018 to make your choice a little easier.
When: 13th – 22nd April
Where: California, USA
Cost: 3-day pass for $429
Coachella is the Queen of festivals and kicks off the season every year. The sunny location of California attracts huge crowds including celebrity guests and an outstanding line-up. This years headliners include: The Weeknd; Beyonce; Eminem; Kygo; Jamiroquai; Miguel; Cardi B; alt-J; and many more. Coachella style is iconic and fills our Instagram feeds and sparks our jealousy. If you’re looking for the ultimate festival experience then Coachella is the one for you.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When: 27th April – 6th May
Where: New Orleans, USA
Cost: weekend ticket for $70
For a more relaxed vibe, the Jazz Fest is ideal. The event is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana and there are a variety of stages and lively tents. The Jazz Fest do food as well as they do Jazz, with stalls selling the finest soul food and local fair and plenty of summery drinks. This year’s line up includes: Aretha Franklin, Jack White, Bonnie Raiit, Aerosmith, and many more.
When: 4th – 6th May
Where: Memphis, USA
Cost: 3-day pass from $174
Beale street is a laid-back festival with plenty going on. Great food, flowing drinks, and an eclectic line-up every year. Join the huge cheering crowds, or lay on a rug by the river, and enjoy your favourite bands in the Tennessee sun. This year’s line up is diverse and inviting: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Erykah Badu, Alanis Morisette, Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Odesza, and loads more.
When: 30th May – 3rd June
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Cost: full access ticket for €215
Primavera Sound is the ideal festival for indie fans. They support new music and pride themselves on pushing forward creative and alternative acts. Their acts usually stand out from those touring the festivals throughout the year and draw a crowd looking for something unique. This year they welcome Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Morrissey, Father John Misty, Björk, Migos, The National, Arcitc Monkeys, Cigarettes After Sex, Belle and Sebastian, Nick Cave and the Seeds…. the list goes on.
When: 1st – 3rd June
Where: New York, USA
Cost: 3-day pass from $315
Governors Ball takes place on New York’s Randall’s Island and had made history for facing a tropical storm and a flash flood and still taking place in full force. Major performers from around the globe come every year and so do celebrity spectators so you’ll be fan-girling all weekend. For 2018, acts like Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey, James Blake, 2 Chainz will be gracing the stage in the Big Apple.
When: 7th – 10th June
Where: Manchester, TN, USA
Cost: 4-day pass from $337.50
Bonnaroo festival is one of the country’s largest music and arts gatherings and it offers an unbeatable camping experience in a large farm south of Nashville. Not only are there fabulous acts every year, but Bonnaroo also lays a focus on offering arts and crafts booths, homemade food and drinks. educational workshops, seminars, silent discos, restaurants, yoga classes and a cinema. The festival is like a mini city and really has something to keep you entertained every hour of the day. If you are all about the music though, you won’t be disaapointed as this year Bonnaroo have Dua Lipa, The Killers, Eminem, Bon Iver, Alt-J, Nile Rodgers and Chic performing.
When: 30th June – 7th July
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
Cost: full access ticket DKK2100
Roskilde isn’t always a festival name recognised, yet it continues to be one of the largest music events in Europe with a solid fan base. Located in a city near Copenhagen, Roskilde is renowned for the intense sense of community created among the audience, also known as the “Orange feeling.” They have a deep sense of history and invite people back year after year for music, food and other exciting activities. This year’s headliners include: Bruno Mars, Eminem, Gorillaz, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and many more.
When: 12th – 15th July
Where: Suffolk, England
Cost: weekend tickets with camping for £197.50
Latitude is an award-winning festival in the English countryside. The idyllic setting is only part of it, because Latitude use creativity and innovation to produce an event like no other. There’s DJs hidden in the woods, opera on the lake, film debuts, dance troupes and always a full programme of new music. Latitude us perfect for families too, with lots of activities for any age. Attend this year and see Solange, Alt-J, The Killers, Belle and Sebastian, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Wolf Alice and The Vaccines.
When: 12th – 15th July
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Cost: Early bird for £98
Exit festival is an event for its people. The festival was founded in 2000 as a student movement to fight for freedom and democracy in Serbia. It was the first place youth gathered at from all former Yugoslav republics after a decade of civil wars. Its community and spirit though are only part of its uniqueness; Exit is in a mind-blowing location – the Petrovaradin Fortress. The fortress is considered one of the best festival locations in the world and celebrates artistic diversity and local life. This year Exit welcomes acts like Grace Jones, Ziggy Marley, LP, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer and many more.
When: 13th – 14th July
Where: London, England
Cost: full access for £115
Lovebox is a festival for party-lovers, starting in the day in sunny Victoria Park, and stretching into the night at after-party venues around London. It’s reasonably small, so easy to see the acts you want to see and not too over-crowded. Lovebox is one huge colourful party, a hub of creativity, and welcomes acts this year such as Childish Gambino, Skepta, Annie Mac, Mura Masa, and N.E.R.D.
When: 20th-22nd & 27th – 29th July
Where: Boom, Belgium
Cost: full access for €225
Tomorrowland is one gigantic show. It’s the biggest, and most-famous, electronic music festival in the world. Each year the event organisers create a mesmerising wonderland of light, sound, colour and illusion. Videos of Tomorrowland stream through our social media accounts constantly, displaying the an outstanding festival world like no other. This year acts like Martin Garrix, Alesso, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Carl Cox are all heading to Tomorrowland.
When: 2nd – 5th August
Where: Lulworth Estate, England
Cost: full access for £225
Bestival is a legend for its playful approach to festivals. With masses of fancy dress, lit up lakesides, piano performances in the woods, after-dark mischief, theatre, comedy, poetry, pranks and general silliness it is the festival for those who just have a zest for life and laughter. This year Bestival welcomes London Grammar, Grace Jones, Mura Masa, Silk City, M.I.A, Jorja Smith, Bicep and lots more.
When: 8th – 12th August
Where: Newquay, England
Cost: weekend ticket for £169
Boardmasters is a chilled festival for surfers and skaters. Located by the waves and in the sunshine of the south-west coast of England, Boardmasters mixes the best boarders in the world with fantastic music. There’s cliff-top sessions, surf shack shows and an absolutely unbeatable vibe. This year Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra are among those performing.
When: 8th – 15th August
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Cost: 7-day pass for €310
Budapest is an incredible city to visit, but combined with a lively music festival it makes the trip of a lifetime. Sziget is every-growing in popularity and sells out every year attracting bigger and bigger names each time. For 2018 the headliners are: Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, and Kygo.
When: 9th – 12th August
Where: Winchester, England
Cost: full access for £236
Boomtown is a legendary fair of fantasy, vibrancy, uniqueness and colour. It showcases diverse and non-commericalised musics whose roots stretch around the world. The festival is split into nine different districts, each with their own personality, so you can wander the festival flitting through chilled out folk scenes, to hard core D&B around the corner. This year the Gorillaz are headlining, as well as Die Antwoord and Limp Bizkit. Each year the fair returns with a unique story and this year is Chapter 10: The Machine Cannot Be Stopped.
Made in America
When: 1st-2nd September
Where: Philadelphia, USA
Cost: full access for £236
Made in America was founded by Jay Z and if that isn’t enough to grab your attention then its list of huge acts certainly will be. The emphasis is on pop, hip-hop and electronic arts and the vibe is lively and infectious. The talent is getting even greater every year and Made in America is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Acts for 2018 are yet to be announced.
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