Summer is right around the corner and festival season is upon us. But with near infinite festivals to choose from, and only finite money and time, deciding where to go can be tricky. To help you out, here are 5 European festivals you can’t afford to miss.
When: 16-19 June
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
Who: Radiohead, Jamie Jones, Action Bronson, Kerri Chandler, Lil Louis, Voyeur, Robert Owens, Stephane Ghenacia, General Levy
Secret Solstice returns for a third year. The Icelandic festival has attracted big names in the past, including Skream, Zero 7, and Wu-tang Clan. This year’s lineup is equally impressive. Radiohead, whose new album will be released in June, have top billing, but Secret Solstice will also see performances from MN2S’s own Kerri Chandler & his labelmate Jamie Jones, along with other great MN2S artists such as Lil Louis, Voyeur, Stephane Ghenacia, Robert Owens, and General Levy.
The festival will be an unforgettable experience, and the chance to visit one of the world’s most beautiful countries is icing on the cake.
When: 11 June
Where: Brockwell Park, London
Who: Kerri Chandler, Derrick May, Theo Parrish, Ron Trent
Found takes over London’s Brockwell Park for the fourth year running. This time, the festival brings us six stages of techno, house, tech house, disco, bass, and much more. Kerri Chandler takes the headlining slot, and the lineup includes some of the finest acts around, expertly curated by London’s electronic community.
The day-long festival will be followed by the official after party, Found Festival: Later, at Electric Brixton. The lineup for this is yet to be announced, but rest assured it will feature some phenomenal DJs.
When: 20-27 July
Where: The Garden Tisno, Croatia
Who: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Joey Negro, Louie Vega, Black Coffee, Derrick Carter, Osunlade, The Black Madonna
The finest DJs in the world head to the Croatian shoreline for the seventh SuncéBeat festival. The festival prides itself on bringing great DJs from Chicago, Detroit and New York to Europe, as well as showcasing homegrown talent from across the continent.
This year the headliner is MN2S artist DJ Jazzy Jeff, who will bring his trademark turntable techniques to the festival. Also performing is fellow MN2S artist Joey Negro and house legend Louie Vega. Fans of sun, sea and DJs should not miss this one.
When: 16-18 June
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Who: Section Boyz, New Order, Kerri Chandler, Kelela, Roots Manuva, Fatboy Slim, Jean-Michel Jarre
Dubbing itself the ‘International Festival of Advanced Music and Congress of Technology and Creativity,’ Sónar seeks to explore the way electronic music culture intersects with technological innovation and development. With this in mind, it is no wonder this year’s Sónar lineup includes some of the best acts from the global electronic scene. Veterans like Fatboy Slim, New Order and Jean-Michel Jarre are on the bill alongside up-and-comers like Jamie Woon, Kaytranada and Kelela.
Several grime stalwarts will be performing at Sónar, including Section Boyz, Stormzy, Skepta and Lady Leshurr.
The unstoppable Kerri Chandler will also make an appearance.
When: 22-26 June
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset
Who: Adele, Coldplay, Skepta, Stormzy, James Blake, Annie Mac, DJ Deeon
No top festival list is complete without Glastonbury. The festival lives up to its reputation year after year with fantastic lineups pulling in the best acts from across the musical spectrum.
Pyramid stage headliners this year include Muse, Coldplay and Adele, but the festival represents a far broader range of genres than these acts would suggest. The current Glastonbury poster boasts over one hundred stages, and it is on these other stages that festival-goers can find music to suit their own personal taste.
Electronic music fans cannot miss the all night partying of the festival’s dance-dedicated Block 9 areas, and the grime/garage leaning Silver Hayes area. Highlights this year are sure to include MN2S artists DJ Yoda, Chez Damier and DJ Deeon, dance icon Fatboy Slim, garage favourite Craig David and two of grime’s biggest names at the moment: Stormzy & Skepta.