I saw the Glastonbury line-up last week and it made me tear up. Against better judgement I decided I wasn’t done feeling sad about amazing music festivals so I decided to go on an internet trip around the world and I had a look at all the music festivals that I’d like to go to. I have come up with my own list of festivals that you should know about. This list is made up of festivals that could be completely new or have been around for a while. Tim and I will be going to festivals off this list and Lucy has been to another one. So let’s get on with it, I can’t keep suffering by myself.
Free Press Summer Fest
Free Press Summer Fest is a downtown, inner city music festival that has been around for quite a while now. Its debut festival took place in Houston, Texas back in 2009. You probably haven’t heard about this music festival because people only really choose to focus on Texas when SXSW is happening. I’m actually heading down to this music festival and I’m quite excited about it. The line-up is broad and includes: Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Childish Gambino, Cage The Elephant, Die Antwoord, CHVRCHES, DMX, The 1975, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, The Naked and Famous, Adventure Club, Flosstradamus, Lord Huron, Ying Yang Twins, Sky Ferreira, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Robert DeLong, The Orwells and Classixx. I like this festival because it has a wide variety of musicians and it has a great focus on smaller acts. I might cry when I see Lord Huron.
Dates: 31st of May – 1st of June 2014
Tim will be covering Northside Festival this year and I’ve been a fan of this music festival for quite some time now. It’s essentially New York’s version of SXSW hosted in Brooklyn. You will experience an incredible amount of music, film and innovation in a short time period. The music line-up is way more alternative than some of you will be used to but I would be excited to see: The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Talib Kweli, Albert Hammond, Jr., Perfect Pussy, Lust for Youth, Pharmakon, Benjamin Booker, Diane Coffee, Ava Luna, YVETTE, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Courtney Barnett, Omar Souleyman and Mas Ysa.
Dates: 12th – 19th of July 2014
Moogfest has already happened. I’ve put this festival on this list because I could have gone to this music festival, but chose not to and now I hate myself. Moogfest is a three-day electronic music festival in Asheville, North Carolina. The festival has been around since 2004. The festival brings music, art and technology together to pay tribute to the creativity of Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer and a founding father of electronic music. This year the festival dived into including a conferencing aspect into the event which extended the duration of the festival. The line-up for this year’s festival included: Kraftwerk 3D, Kaytranada, Dillon Francis, M.I.A., YACHT, Janelle Monáe, Giorgio Moroder, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus, Riff Raff, TOKiMONSTA and many more.
Dates: 23rd – 27th of April 2014
The Falls Music & Arts Festival
Lucy attended the The Falls Music & Arts Festival last year. The Falls Music and Art Festival is an annual New Year’s festival that happens across Australia in Lorne, Byron Bay and Marion Bay. If you’re looking for Australia’s art and scene kids then you will find them at this festival. Once again there is a focus on more alternative acts but I like this festival a lot because of the heavy emphasis on Australian music. When I go to Australia I must go to this festival. The 2013 line-up included: MGMT, Wave Racer, Vampire Weekend, Solange, Tom Odell, Crystal Fighters, Bonobo, Grizzly Bear, Flight Facilities, London Grammar and many others. We’ll just have to patiently wait for the details on the 2014 line-up.
Dates: 28th of December 2014 – 3rd of January 2015
Sauti Za Busara
Sauti Za Busara, also known as the Zanzibar Music Festival, has also already taken place but the reason it’s on this list is because it’s a great African festival to go to. It takes place in Zanzibar which is already a beautiful and touristy setting in Tanzania. I like this music festival because they also have a film focus. I also like that they showcase so many African artists. I guess you would go to Sauti Za Busara for the experience and not because you’re dying to see your favourite acts live.
Dates: 13th – 16th of February 2014
The Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
People always make such hilarious Canadian jokes but I think they would bite their tongue if the full extent of Osheaga whacked them in the face. Osheaga has been around since 2006 in Montreal, Quebec and it continually draws amazing acts. This year’s line-up includes: Outkast, Jack White, Artic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Modest Mouse, Chase & Status, Chromeo, Lykki Li, CHVRCHES, Band of Horse, SBTRKT, Haim, The Glitch Mob, Flume, Gesaffelstein, Volcano Choir, Clockwork, Shlohmo, Kaytranada, Ryan Hemsworth, Kongos, St. Lucia, Kate Nash and many more. I actually think this is the best line-up I’ve seen all year.
Dates: 1st – 3rd of August 2014
Øya is a large outdoor music festival in Oslo, Norway. It’s one of Norway’s biggest festivals and it began in 1999. The venue was previously a medival park where the capital of Norway was founded a thousand years ago but will be Tøyenparken for the first time year. Øya is rad because of its line-up. This year’s line-up features: Todd Terje, Outkast, The National, Janelle Monáe, Neutral Milk Hotel, Queens of the Stone Age, Clean Bandit, Blood Orange, St. Lucia, John Wizards and many more.
Dates: 5th – 9th of August 2014
Unknown Festival in Rovinj, Croatia has a beatiful music festival setting by the Adriatic Sea. This effectively converts the festival into five nights of concerts, island, boat and forest parties. The line-up includes: Disclosure, Moderat, Dixon, Clean Bandit, London Grammer, Jamie xx, CHVRCHES, Eats Everything, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Seth Troxler and many more.
Dates: 8th – 12th of September 2014
Secret Solstice will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, the most northerly capital city on the planet for the first time. The line-up includes Massive Attack, Disclosure (DJ Set), Woodkid, Eats Everything, Skream and many more. The most interesting thing about Secret Solstice is that the sun will not set at all during this festival. That’s 72 hours of daytime mayhem. The sun sets into twilight for about 40 minutes around 2am and then rises again. I don’t know what that will do to those dance moves that you whip out when it’s dark but it sure sounds like a different kind of music festival.
Dates: 20th – 22nd of June 2014
We have a South African version of VOLT Festival. VOLT Festival is essentially RAMFest scaled up 1000 times. Both festivals artfully manage to combine the rock, electro and alternative music scenes into one music festival. VOLT Festival has a line-up that includes MGMT, Foals, Hurts, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Noisia, Excision, Steve Aoki, Netsky and Artic Monkeys. VOLT is huge and will be temporary home to +100000 fans this year in Sopron, Hungary.
Dates: 2nd – 6th of July 2014
I hope you’re feeling as terrible as I am about this top festivals in 2014 list. Have a great day!