January’s winter’s icy hands may already be gripping the world with its unforgiving relentlessness, but it doesn’t mean that there’s little to look forward to. Summer will be in-bloom before you know it, and with it a furor of exotic festivals, set on beaches, deserts, boats and in urban, industrial playgrounds. DJB takes a look at 10 of the best festivals we’re personally looking forward to, taking into account some excellent newcomers, festivals with excellent programming and those set in the most unique locations.
September 1 - 5
Dekmantel does Croatia. Set in Tisno, the masterminds behind one of the world’s leading, underground festivals have brought their new Selectors project to the Adriatic. Selectors focuses on the art of DJing, and will see the label also release a new compilation series with the same name launched this year. Already confirmed for the festival are Antal, Jon K, Tom Trago Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco and more.
Negev Desert, Isreal
Part of the official Burning Man community, Midburn is for those who can’t afford to hang out with the likes of Kanye and Elon Musk in the Nevada Desert. Only in it’s third years, Midburn adheres to the same Burner principles and holds just under 2,000 people, all of which work together to create, survive and to party – while leaving nothing behind, in the stark yet serene Israeli desert.
3. Love International
June 29 – July 6
Building on the back of Garden Festival’s incredible 10-year success, comes Love International, established by Team Love. Using the same successful principles that Garden helped establish, Love International is once again set in the idyllic paradise setting of Tisno, Croatia, with the stages set amid beach coves, boats and islands. Dave Harvey, one of the main figures from Garden has stayed on board to oversee the new festival, so one can expect more of the same, and a bit more.
4. Tauron Nowa Muzyka
Kotowice - Poland
There’s more to experimental music festival in Poland than just Unsound, and TNM proves that with their finely programmed nu-jazz and electronica dance festival. Located in a stunning, disused coal mine, with stages set in between two beautifully preserved mine shafts, TNM makes for a stunning locale, with great music to boot. Already confirmed this year include Snarky Puppy, Battles, Levon Vincent, The Orb and more.
June 9 -12
A charming, boutique festival set in the welsh countryside, Gottwood has been receiving rave plaudits in its brief existence. With no sponsors, and the finest in underground dance music, Gottwood has been described (by us, of course) as ‘the jewel in the festival summer calendar’. This year you can catch Andy Weatherall, DJ Deep, Beautiful Swimmers, Tama Sumo, Ben UFO and more.
Tilburb, the Netherlands
It’s one of the most exciting dates in the Dutch festival calendar, and is renowned for having the most adventurous programming when it comes to its line-up. Styles range from black metal, to jazz and electronica, and last year the festival hosted the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, The Melvins, Wire, Samuel Kerridge, William Basinski, Acid Arab and much more.
June 2 -4
With such an insanely, amazing line-up, this festival set just off the beautiful Catalan shoreline is a must-see this year. Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Kamasi Washington, Tortoise, HudMo, Shellac, Brian Wilson and far, far more are there. DJBroadcast is too busy drooling all over the keyboard to write anything more.
8. What the Festival
June 17 – 20
Described as ‘a summer camp for adults’, this outdoor hullaballoo comes replete with an outdoor pool, art installations, workshops and even, er…yes, yoga. The music ranges from dubstep, to house and chill out – last year’s line-up included Machinedrum, Justin Martin, Tokimonsta and more. With a wild array of activities, colourful characters and settings, it’s already being likened to a woodland Burning Man.
9. Secret Garden Party
Not such a secret, this English festival is a comedic, and entertainment bomb-blast full of activities for adults and kids a like. With no sponsorship, and set in an idyllic countryside setting, with lakes, woods and the sort, SGP has gained the reputation for being a full-on, hedonistic, jaunt. This year Primal Scream and Maribou State are confirmed headliners, with more still to come.
10. Flow Festival
Set in a disused power station, Flow prides itself on being synonymous with the arts and great cuisine – as well as providing the wonderful amenities Helsinki has to offer. This year, you can catch Ata Kak, Four Tet, Jamie xx and much more, while eating fine Finish sushi, hanging out in a hot-tub soaking up the wonderful Scandavian hospitality. Do you need anything more?