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Festival-ing: the 5 best places to practise the sport of the season

Summer season is here and, with it, some of those assets we’ve been waiting to enjoy for a whole year. Herds of tourists, annoyingly-warm weather, overpriced ice cream and mosquitoes? Indeed, but also the best excuse ever for daytime drinking and fashionblogger-esque outfits: music festivals! There’s no doubt that festival-ing is the sport of the season, and the many events organized around music all over Europe assure that, whatever your taste is, there’s one made just for you…and a couple of thousands more. To help you find your ideal spot, here’s a list of the hottest festivals of the summer 2015.

Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Past edition of Tomorrowland

Electronic lovers cannot miss the Belgian festival Tomorrowland, a classic that each year brings around 200.000 people from up to 75 different nationalities together. This event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, is known as the biggest one of its kind and offers a wide range of subgenres within electronic music. In its 2015 edition, it will feature artists such as David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Martin Solveig, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Oliver Heldens, NERVO, Bob Sinclar, Hardwell,  Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke or Solomun, amongst many others.

When: 24th, 25th, 26th July

Where: Boom (Belgium)

Glastonbury (United Kingdom)

Glastonbury and its lovely weather

Glastonbury and its lovely weather

What can we say about an event that featured Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono and Metallica in its last edition? There’s not much more to add, also because we are talking about the (lets forget about other-side-of-the-world Coachella) planet’s most famous music festival, that one we all have heard some lucky friends of friends talk about (with a really bad kind of jealousy spreading quickly through our bodies) and seen a thousand images of, including those ones of Kate Moss covered in mud (remember this is England we’re talking about) which made Hunter boots a (made-of-rubber) style icon worldwide. Of course, Glastonbury. If you’re going (don’t even dare to tell us) this is what you’ll find: Florence + The Machine, Motörhead, Alabama Shakes, Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, The Who, Patti Smith, Mark Ronson, The Vaccines, Dead Maus, Clean Bandit, Belle and Sebastian, FKA Twigs, Ryan Adams, Chet Faker, Texas…

When: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th June

Where: Glastonbury (United Kingdom)

Bilbao BBK Live (Spain)

Crystal Fighters at the BBK Live 2014

Crystal Fighters at the BBK Live 2014

The North of Spain hosts one of the best indie-pop festivals of the country, the BBK Live, which takes place just outside the beautiful city of Bilbao. Around 120.000 people attend this event annually, yet its design makes it still enjoyable and not too massified. After bringing bands like Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, R.E.M., Placebo, Pearl Jam, Coldplay or The Cure; its tenth edition will count with Mumford and Sons, Counting Crows, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Muse, Of Monsters And Men, Ben Harper, The Ting Tings and James Bay. A perfect option for those who want to discover a different area of Spain -outside of the usual Mediterranean tourism- and some very interesting national artists such as Delorean, Novedades Carminha, Arizona Baby or Grises.

When: 9th, 10th, 11th July

Where: Bilbao (Spain)


Lowlands (Netherlands)

Lowlands festival

Lowlands festival

Not only music but also a great amount of performing arts fill the schedule of A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, a veteran three-day festival held in the Netherlands since 1993. Besides rock, pop, dance, hip hop and alternative concerts, Lowlands also offers indoor and outdoor cinema, theater, cabaret, ballet and literature in what we could consider one of the most complete events of the summer, bringing together hundreds of artists of different specialties. Amongst the bands whose directs will be enjoyable this edition, we can name Bastille, Ben Howard, The Chemical Brothers, Imelda May, José González, Mighty Oaks, Paolo Nutini, Passenger, Tame Impala or Tove Lo.

When: 21st, 22nd, 23rd August

Where: Biddinghuizen (Netherlands)


Roskilde (Denmark)

Danish people really know how to have fun!

Danish people really know how to have fun!

The largest festival in Northern Europe, Danish Roskilde was created in 1971, and has evolved from its very hippy roots to a rock-oriented event, always maintaining the target of supporting arts, culture and humanism. It gathers around 130.000 visitors per year, and more than 3.000 artists in each edition. One of its most-known actions is the Naked Run, whose winners get a ticket for next year’s event. This 2015, Nicky Minaj, First Aid Kit, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Pharrell Williams, Muse and Disclosure are amongst the announced artists.

When: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th June; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th July

Where: Roskilde (Denmark)


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The Minimalista

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