Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK
Featuring: The Cure, The Human League, Hot Chip, Bastille, Ride, Lady Leshurr & more
Taking place on the Isle of Wight, thus guaranteeing you some sand and sea, Bestival is the premiere boutique festival offered up from the UK. Winner of numerous awards, this 4 day festival has a knack of attracting an eclectic mix of heavyweight and up-and-coming artists with the likes of The Cure, Wiz Khalifa, Animal Collective and many more featuring this year. Furthermore, spread out over a large area, the various stages take in much more than just music to include “electrifying gig-theatre, sketch comedy, dance-theatre, sketches, songs and versification”.
Lollapalooza, Berlin, Germany
10 & 11 September
Featuring: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, New Order, James Blake & more
You’re probably familiar with the American version of this festival started by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell which takes place annually in Chicago. Europeans can finally rejoice as Germany joined Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international Lolla location. The first German edition took place last year and this year continues the tradition of “bringing incredible music, food, art and social responsibility” to Europe.
Apple Music Festival, London, UK
Featuring: Britney Spears, The 1975, Elton John, Chance The Rapper & more
Formerly know as the iTunes Festival, this year marks the 10th edition of the festival, and Apple have pulled out all the stop, securing Britney Spears to headline this 10 day extravaganza in London. The only catch, you need a UK iTunes account in order to buy tickets, however, Apple are running a number of promotions to win tickets in the build up to the festival, so get over to their site pronto!
Neighbourhood 2016, Manchester, UK
Featuring: Circa Waves, Twin Atlantic, Kate Nash, Tall Ships, Little Comets & more
Our last mention of a UK festival (Brits love their fests) takes us to the north of England to Manchester for a brand new festival which takes place over 1 day, spread across 10 venues and featuring over a 100 artists. Your ticket gets you access to all venues which are all located rather closely, so you will probably spend the day venue hopping catching a mix of established artists as well as a load of bright new bands all tipped for great things.
Paris Pitchfork, Paris, France
Featuring: MIA, Moderaat, Bat for Lashes, DJ Shadow, Minor Victories & more
Another European incarnation of a renowned American festival takes us to Paris, right in the heart of Autumn. Created by the hugely influential taste making magazine Pitchfork, a challenging and diverse line-up is always guaranteed, and this year is no exception with MIA headlining alongside a mix of dance and rock heavyweights. And what could be better than Paris in autumn, good food, good wine, beautiful sites and some wonderful music.
Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
Featuring: PJ Harvey, Múm, Of Monsters and Men, Santigold, Warpaint & many more
The Northern lights, spas, breathtaking views are amongst the delights you can take in if you choose to visit this growing Icelandic festival. Iceland Airwaves has flourished in the last few years, and this is demonstrated by the combination of internationally known bands that choose to play the festival alongside the best music Iceland has to offer.
Le Guess Who, Utrecht, Netherlands
Featuring: Wilco, Tortoise, Bo Ningen, Fennesz, Julia Holter, Beak> & many more
Utrecht is described by many as Holland’s hidden gem, known for its city views, cathedrals, canals and historic town squares, Le Guess Who? celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2016 in the city centre of Utrecht with venues ranging from churches and galleries to theaters and pop venues. The 4 day festival sounds like the perfect way to take in some new music and avoid facing the reality of winter for a last few minutes.