This #festivalfriday we highlight some of the best festivals in August. If you still haven’t had your festival fix and are interested in discovering new music try OFF Festival in Katowice or if you want to see lots of big names acts with nop notch facilites try Lowlands in Holland and if you prefer to immerse yourself in a wonderland with want a huge variety activities you can’t miss Sziget Festival in Hungary.
OFF Festival Katowice, Poland 4th – 6th August
OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. OFF is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, and the ethos of organiser Artur Rojek is firmly aimed at supporting art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. OFF Festival’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy and it’s bold and eclectic lineups. From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music.
Line Up: Anna Meredith, Anna Von Hausswolff, Arab Strap, Batushka, BEAK>, Boris Graja “Pink”, Carla Bozulich, Circuit des Yeux, Conor Oberst with Band, Daniel Johnston, Duzy Jack, Feist, Group A, Helando Negro, Jessy Lanza, Kikagaku Moyo, Kwadrofonik I Artur Rojek, Lvl Up, Made in Poland “Martwy Kabaret”, Michael Gira, Moor Mother, PJ Harvey, Preoccupations, PRO8L3M, Royal Trux, Shame, Sheer Mag, Shellac, SIKSA, Silver Apples, Spoiwo, Swans, Taleb Kweli Live, The Black Madonna, The Oh Sees, Ulrika Spacek, Wolves in the Throne Room, Wrekmeister Harmonies + many more!
OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. 3-day tickets from £52 available at off-festival.pl.
Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary 9th to 16th August
Proud winner of the ‘Best Major European Festival’ award in 2015 and 2011, and ‘Best Festival Line Up’ in 2016, Sziget Festival is one of the biggest multicultural events of Europe. Taking place on the picturesque Óbuda Island in Budapest, Sziget welcomes over 490,000 visitors from over 100 countries to express themselves on their self-proclaimed Island of Freedom. Sziget is not just about music, with more than 50 program venues offering festival goers the chance to experience many different things including; circus, theatre and dance, art and installations, yoga and sports and a huge variety of food. There is also has a beach area where fans can truly enjoy the summer and the Danube. With so much on offer in the heart of Budapest, Sziget provides a complete festival-holiday experience with a week long party, great live concerts and all the attractions the city has to offer such as beautiful historic buildings, thermal spas and special ’ruin pubs’.
Line up: Line up: Alex Clare, Allah-Las, Alt-J, Andy C, Anne-Marie, Bad Religion, Bakermat, Bassjackers, Bear’s Den, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Birdy, Breaking Benjamin, Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, Chef’Special, Clean Bandit, Crystal Fighters, Danny Brown, De Staat, Dimenson, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Shadow, Don Diablo, Dubioza Kollektiv, Flume, Fritz Kalkbrenner, George Ezra, GTA, GusGus, HVOB, Interpol, Jagwar Ma, Jamie Cullum, Kasabian, Kensington, Leningrad, Leon, Mac Demarco, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer, Mando Diao, Materia, Maurice West, Metronomy, Nervo, Nothing but Thieves, OH Wonder, Oliver Heldens, PiNK, Paul Van Dyk, PJ Harvey, Rita Ora, Rone, Rudimental live, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, The Courteeners, The Kills, The Naked and Famous, The Pretty Reckless, The Strypes, The Vaccines, Tom Odell, Two Door Cinema Club, Tycho, Valentino Khan, Vince Staples, W&W, Watsky, Weval, White Lies, Wiz Khalifa + many more.
Sziget takes place from 9-16 August 2017. Tickets from £175 available at szigetfestival.com.
Lowlands Festival, Netherlands 18th – 20th August
Get ready for A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise 2017, as they festival prepares to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary edition. Taking place next to the Walib Fairgrounds, Biddinghuizen Lowlands is the Dutch answer to Reading & Leeds, but with impressive installations including the renowned red and white chimney stacks, plus unique covers for all stages so you can enjoy all the music rain or shine. Just over an hours drive from Amsterdam you can easily mix your festival trip with a few days city break in Amsterdam. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk and include festival entry, camping + shuttle bus from / to railway station or Dronten Lelystad. More acts will be announced soon with over 250 acts in total performing at this years event.
Line Up: Mumford & Sons, The xx, Editors
alt-J, Bastille, Chef’Special, Cypress Hill, Elbow, Flume, Halsey, Iggy Pop, Kovacs, London Grammar, Michael Kiwanuka, Migos, Moderat,Nicolas Jaar, Sean Paul, Skepta, Solange, A Blaze of Feather, Architects, At The Drive-In, Ben Klock, Billy Talent, Black Sun Empire, Car Seat Headrest, Carl Craig Presents Synthesizer Ensemble, Cashmere Cat, Chronixx, CLARK – Death Peak Live, Death Grips, Dixon, Feist, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Job Jobse, Jonna Fraser, Konstantin, LÉON, Mac DeMarco, MHD, Midland, Mura Masa, Nina Kraviz, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nothing But Thieves, PVRIS, Robert Hood (DJ-set), Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience Band, Sampha, Talaboman, Tash Sultana, The Bloody Beetroots Live, The Pretty Reckless, The Shins, The Veils, Tove Lo, Ty Segall, Tycho, X Ambassadors, Abra, Altin Gün, Aurora Halal, Bonzai, Black Foxxes, Colin Benders, Cubicolor Live, Culture Abuse, Baloji, Canshaker Pi, Deniro, Denzel Curry, D.D Dumbo, Dj Deeon, Dj Firmeza, Eden, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Giegling Night: Ateq Live, Dustin, A Blaze of Feather, Architects, At The Drive In, Ben Klock, Billy Talent, Black Sun Empire, Car Seat Headrest, Carl Craig Presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble, Cashmere Cat, Chronixx, CLARK – Death Peak Live, Death Grips, Dixon, Feist, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Job Jobse, Jonna Fraser, Killbox (Ed Rush + Audio), Konstantin, LÉON, Mac DeMarco, MHD, Midland, Mura Masa, Nina Kraviz, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nothing But Thieves, PVRIS, Robert Hood (DJ-set), Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience Band, Sampha, Talaboman, Tash Sultana, The Bloody Beetroots Live, The Pretty Reckless, The Shins, The Veils, Tove Lo, Ty Segall, Tycho, X Ambassadors + many more.
Lowlands takes place from 18th – 20th August. Tickets from £150 available at lowlands.nl
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity