Festival Guide: Not going to Coachella? No problem try one of these major European festivals instead
No need for FOMO. From partying in a fortress or dancing the night away in a glacier, there’s something for everyone. Who needs Coachella? There’s a festival something for every festival adventurer, are you ready?
EXPERIENCE THE SURREAL MIDNIGHT SUN AT SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL IN ICELAND
Celebrating their fifth anniversary, 2018 promises to be Secret Solstice’s biggest edition yet! Taking place in Reykjavik from 21-24 June during the surreal summer solstice (meaning the sun never sets), the festival has firmly established itself on the bucket list for every true festival-geek wanting to be a part of this truly unique experience. Secret Solstice is Iceland’s premiere music festival, each year welcoming an eclectic lineup to the naturally breathtaking country for main stage sets, glacier raves, lava tunnel parties, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon blowouts. By combining a high caliber of music talent alongside side events that showcase the incredible Icelandic landscape, Secret Solstice have created a not-to-be-missed festival experience in one of the most breathtaking corners of the world.
Line Up: Slayer, Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Clean Bandit, Bonnie Tyler, Death From Above, Steve Aoki, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jet Black Joe, 6lack, GoldLink, J Hus, Charlotte de Witte, Skream, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, A-Trak, Masego, IAMDDB, Högni, Gentleman’s Dub Club and many more.
Secret Solstice takes place from 21-24 June 2018. More info available at secretsolstice.is
Press Accreditation: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/secret-solstice/application_pressint/new
PARTY IN A FORTRESS OVERLOOKING THE RIVER DANUBE AT EXIT FESTIVAL IN 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 soundsystem and into your soul!. EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism.
Line Up: David Guetta, Grace Jones, MIgos, Fever Ray, LP, Ziggy Marley, Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg, Alice Merton, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Slaves, Solomun, Take of Us, Amelie Lens, Asian Dub Foundation, Asphyx, Ben Klock, Bombers, Boris Brejcha, Brujeria, Burak Yeter, Carl Craig, Cockney Rejects, Dog Eat Dog, Elderbrook, Grave Digger, Idles, Jax Jones, Lions’s Law, Madball, Mahmut Orhan, Ofenbach, Rodhad, Sevdaliza, Slapshot, The Adolescents and many more.
Exit takes place from 12-15 July 2018. More info available at exitfest.org.
PARTY WITH THE DUTCH AT THE LEGENDARY LOWLANDS FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS
Get ready for A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise 2018. Taking place next to the Walib Fairgrounds, Biddinghuizen Lowlands features some of the biggest headliners, impressive installations including the new iconic armadillo food and drink area, plus unique covers for every stage 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. As well as all the amazing artists, Lowlands has so many others things to do from enjoying a soak in the hot tubs, to taking part in science experiments! The festival has also been shortlisted for several awards in the European Festival Awards including ‘Best Major Festival’ and ‘Best Line Up’, Tickets include festival entry, camping + shuttle bus from / to railway station or Dronten Lelystad. Save the date now!
Line Up: Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, James Bay, Bonobo, Dropkick Murphys, Gavin James, Gogol Bordello, Grizzly Bear, Jacob Banks, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nick Murphy Nils Frahm, Patti Smith, Rag’N’Bone Man, Richie Hawtin Close, Spinvis, Stormzy, Tom Odell, $uicideboy$, Âme II Âme, Ben UFO, Bicep (live), The Blaze, BROCKHAMPTON, Charlotte De Witte, Daniel Avery, David August, Fatima Yamaha, Floating Points (solo live), George FitzGerald (live), Ho99o9, Jarreau Vandal, Jordan Rakei, Kiasmos and many more.
Lowlands takes place from 17 – 19 August 2018.. More info available at lowlands.nl
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity