This #festivalfriday is all about #augustfestivals! With festival season now in full flow there’s still time to book yourself the ultimate festival getaway this August.
For huge headline performances look to Sziget in Hungary with performances from pop superstar Rihanna, Sia, Muse and Brit music icon Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, or head to Amsterdam’s Mysteryland or WECANDANCE in Belgium for standout electronic lineups that offer big name artists alongside some of the hottest underground acts. OFF in Poland is truly a festival for the discerning music fan with an eclectic musical lineup that includes The Kills, Anohni, Minor Victories, GZA & Lush and it is the perfect place to discover the best alternative acts from across the world. Head to Sziget or Mysteryland for the best in arts and cultural programmes, with everything from performance artists, art installations, street performances, movies and much more! For the best in festival gastronomy, the bar has been raised by WECANDANCE, with pop-up restaurants staffed by michelin-starred chefs, expert mixologists and even beach roaming sommeliers!
Here’s 4 of the best music festivals in August..
OFF FESTIVAL | POLAND
OFF Festival returns with another bold and eclectic lineup, with everything from the vital hip hop of Flatbush Zombies and grindcore legends Napalm Death through to much lauded producer Machinedrum and Philadelphia punks Beach Slang, Also taking to the stage is Anohni, The Kills, Mudhoney, GZA, Lush, GusGus, Thundercat, Jaga Jazzist, SBB, Sleaford Mods, Lightning Bolt, Willis Earl Beal, Kaliber 44, DJ Koze, Show Me the Body, Fidlar and more! OFF is truly a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world.
OFF Festival takes place from 5-7 August 2016. 3-day tickets from £70 available at off-festival.pl.
SZIGET | HUNGARY
Winner of ‘Best European Lineup’ (2016) and ‘Best European Festival’ (2015) at the European Festival Awards, it’s set to be another standout year for Sziget festival. Situated on the picturesque Óbuda Island in Budapest, this is the go-to cultural event for arts and music lovers. For their 24th edition Sziget are excited to welcome sensational pop superstar Rihanna, singer-songwriter Sia, British music icon Noel Gallagher, plus Muse, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Bloc Party, David Guetta, Chvrches, The Last Shadow Puppets, Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Travis Scott, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, MØ, Sum 41, Molotov, Crystal Castles, Wilkinson, Aurora, Oscar and the Wolf and many more.
Sziget takes place from 10-17 August 2016. 7-day tickets from £175 available at szigetfestival.com.
WECANDANCE | BELGIUM
Taking place on the sun-kissed golden sands of Zeebrugge Beach in Belgium, WECANDANCE fuses together the very best in music, food, art and style for a one-of-a-kind festival experience. An exceptional line-up of quality electronic music and hip hop, this year’s festival features acts including Dixon, DJ Tennis, Eduardo Castillo, Jamie Jones, Maribou State, Recondite, Roy Davis Jr, Pachanga Boys, Young Marco, Vaal and more. Food, Art and Fashion are also a big part of the #WCD16 experience, with an international range of signature dishes developed by premium restaurants and chefs, expert mixologists and roaming sommeliers, plus Belgium’s rising fashion stars and impressive art installations from some of Belgium’s most respected artists.
WECANDANCE takes place from 13-14 August 2016. 2-day tickets from £65 available at wecandance.be.
MYSTERYLAND | THE NETHERLANDS
Mysteryland takes visitors on a creative journey, combining the finest electronic music with an extensive arts and culture line-up. With over 350 acts, criss-crossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, this year’s line-up includes everything from big name acts like Diplo, Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt and Afrojack to underground acts such as Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Detroit Love (Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen), Green Velvet, Karenn, Tom Trago and Surgeon ft. Lady Starlight. Plus there’s theatre, movies, street performers, and art installations from revered artists such as Kate Raudenbush, best known for her work on Burning Man Festival and balloon artist Robert Bose, famed for his Balloon Chain at Coachella.
Mysteryland takes place from 27-28 August 2016. 2-day tickets from £95 available at www.mysteryland.nl.