This #FestivalFriday is all about festivals in July. From festivals in a fortress, picturesque woodland or on beautiful beaches, wallet friendly European hotspots and amazing city festivals to combine with long weekends of culture, gastronomic delights and sightseeing, there’s something for every festival adventurer. Need some inspiration? Here’s what not to miss this July!
EXIT FESTIVAL | SERBIA
Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, the magical Petrovaradin Fortress set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad provides the perfect setting for the EXIT Festival. Started as a student protest in 2000 fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT continues to spread positive vibes, promoting change and positive education, supporting many community and humanitarian missions, while throwing a damn good party. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with a diverse mix of artists performing on numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels. Also renowned for it’s amazing atmosphere and energy the Dance Arena champions the who’s who in the electronic music world set in the awe inspiring moat of the fortress, it’s that special moment when the sun’s rays shine over the fortress walls and your favourite tune is belting through the sound system and into your soul! EXIT continues to deliver the most adventurous and value for money festival experiences in Europe so keep your eyes peeled for the first acts to be announced soon. EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism.
Line Up: The Killers, Years & Years, Alan Walker, Hardwell, Jason Derulo, Jeff Mills, Liam Gallagher, Nina Kraviz, Paul Kalkbrenner, Rag’n’Bone Man, Roisin Murphy, Solomun b2b Dixon, Jesus And Mary Chain, Black Coffee, Duke Dumont, Ellen Allien, Faithless Dj Set, Hot Since 82, Jake Bugg, Jamie Jones, Lost Frequencies, Nicole Moudaber, Noisia “OUTER EDGES”, Paula Temple B2B Rebekah, Recondite, Robin Schulz, RÜFÜS, Rodhad, Antigone B2B Francois X, Arkona, Bjarki, Charlotte de Witte, Dax J, Dejan Milicevic B@B Marko Milosavijevic, Destruction, Discharge, Egypt, Elemental, Foreign Beggars, Function, Godsleep, Kungs, Lag B@B UVB, Massimo Savic, Princess Nokia, Samuel, The Damned, Tijana T, Van Gogh, Vatican Shadow + many more!
Exit Festival takes place from 6-9 July 2017. 4-day tickets from £97.90 available at exitfest.org
EXIT Aftermovie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1cD03iKVk
POSITIVUS | LATVIA
Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia, Positivus is the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States, transporting chart-topping headliners, underground emerging talent and exciting art and dance stages to their unspoilt atmospheric coastal setting amid stunning woodland. Festival goers can dip their toes in the Baltic sea or take in the atmosphere in a hammock beneath the trees while enjoying a rich diversity of international chart toppers and underground emerging talent in this idyllic holiday location. Positivus also offers art and dance stages giving festival goers a variety of activities and stalls selling locally made designer clothing and accessories, giving festival goers plenty to see and do during the 3 day event. Positivus was also recognised in the 2013, 2015 and 2016 European Festival Awards being a finalist in the ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ category and also for ‘Best Festival Line Up’ in 2013. First acts for 2017 will be announced soon.
Line up: Pixies, Ellie Goulding, Alt-J, The Lumineers, Rae Sremmurd, Maxïmo Park, Mew, José González, Grandmaster Flash, Jp Cooper, Kamasi Washington, Cigarettes After Sex, Nothing But Thieves, Austra, Rhye, Aeroplane, Crookers, Kingdom, Araabmuzik, L.A. Salami, Ray Blk, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Jacklin, Trad.Attack!, Raimons Tiguls & Moonlight Sound Design, Dzelzs Vilks, Dagamba, Pienvedēja, Piedzīvojumi, Satellites Lv, Bandmaster, Mesa, Fakts, Eska, DJ Aspirins vs Toms Grevins, Marcis Auzins, Singapūras Satīns, Edavardi, Teachers, Daddy Was A Milkman, Get Your Gun, Francobollo, Bucharest, rachel Claudio & Rick Feds, Beyond Beyond (TMW), Go Away Bird (TMW), Chris Noah, Makree, Okym & TIIU (TMW), Mauno Meet (TMW), Lepatriinu (TMW), Sudi, Tina Sipkevica, Matiss Cudars + many more!
Positivus takes place from 14th to 16th July. 3 day festival passes from £70 positivusfestival.com
Positivus Aftermovie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdx0vX0bObY
SEA DANCE | MONTENEGRO
Recently listed by Skyscanner as the number 1 cheapest holiday destination for 2017 this country is well worth checking out. Montenegro has towering mountains perfect for hiking and mountain biking as well as some of the world’s best unspoiled beaches on the Adriatic Sea. And if that wasn’t enough Montenegro featured in the James Bond Film Casino Royale and if it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for us! Award winning Sea Dance festival gathers each year fans from over 50 countries from all over the world, and impressive line up of more than 100 hottest international music stars. This year, fourth edition of the festival, will be held in Budva from 13th to 15th July, in Budva, Montenegro with acts including John Newman and Sean Paul. Voted best European medium-sized festival, Sea Dance has proven much within just three short years. Stunning location, world renowned artists and outstanding productions make this festival a must see. Save the date and experience Sea Dance festival on Europe’s hottest summer destination, city of Budva, Montenegro.
Line Up: Sean Paul, Fatboy Slim, John Newman, Amelie Lewis, Denis Horvat, South London Ordnance, Space Dimension Controller, Bad Copy, Filip Xavi, Insolate, Tkno, Who See, Ana RS, Bodzie, Darko Milosevic, Dino R, Iks_Oks, Jan de R, Fahrudin Krcic, Mtech, Millok, P.S, Proximus, Rayo, Soft 85, Tanya Moss, Techno Klinika + many more!
Sea Dance Festival takes place from 13-15th July 2017. 3 day festival passes from £42.90 seadancefestival.me
Sea Dance Promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlkDb8VidgUwww.youtube.com/watch?v=MlkDb8VidgU
DAVE CLARKE PRESENTS AT TOMORROWLAND | BELGIUM
Taking the helm of the ‘Arch Stage’ on Sunday 23rd July Dave Clarke will continue to bring his passion for techno to Tomorrowland, flying the flag for the sounds of the underground. Joining the previously announced Ben Klock, Ken Ishii and Len Faki will be Blade & Beard, Charlotte de Witte, Fabrice Lig and Rebekah. Tomorrowland 2017 will take place at take place in Boom on two consecutive weekends from 21 – 23 July and 28th – 30th July. This year’s theme, ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’, will make the domain De Schorre enchant you as you dance and bond together with friends to the tune of the finest melodies. It literally means gathering friends and artists at unique times and in exceptional settings. In a few months’ time, ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’ will reveal more of its magical secrets…
Dave Clarke Presents will be at Tomorrowland on Sunday 23rd July. More info and tickets here: http://www.tomorrowland.com/
Dave Clarke Presents at Tomorrowland video: https://datatransmission.co/blog/road-dave-clarke/
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity