Battling against the mud and rain, we help festival goers every year lead the crowds to see headliners take the stage. As the summer is upon us, we continue our 28 series with our run down of festivals encompassing music, art and film in the US, UK and beyond.
1. Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, June 25-29, 2014
We begin with one of the most iconic festivals in the world. Pictured above, Glastonbury transforms the small town of Pilton into a metropolis of festival goers. Starting in 1970, with 1,500 attendees, it has grown hugely, selling out of over 100,000 tickets in a matter of hours.
2. Fuji Rock Festival, Japan, July 25-27, 2014
First established in 1997, Fuji Rock showcases hundreds of Japanese and international rock acts. Held among the beautiful surroundings of Mount Fuji, where it gets its name, partakers can ascend the mountain in the cable car to experience panoramic views from the heights of the mountain tops.
3. Festival No. 6, UK, September 5-7, 2014
The line-up for Festival No. 6 is diverse, with music acts as well as poetry and film with headliners Beck, The Pet Shop Boys and London Grammar. Set in a picturesque town on the coast of Wales, the surroundings resemble more the Italian Riviera than the UK seaside with the town’s designer Sir Clough Williams-Ellis taking inspiration from the Mediterranean.
4. Vivid Sydney, Australia, May 23 - June 9, 2014
Transporting us to the other side of the globe is Vivid Festival in Sydney. Dubbed the festival of light, this event not only offers the best in live music, but spectacular light installations beam over the iconic sails of Sydney Opera House.
5. ATP Festival, Iceland, July 10-12, 2014
ATP, or All Tomorrow’s Parties, is a London-based organization who have been promoting records and concerts for over ten years. The event travels to different locations and has featured pioneering acts such as My Bloody Valentine, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Battles. This year the festival takes place in Keflavik, Iceland.
6. Indietracks, UK, July 25-27, 2014
Not the usual setting for a festival, Indietracks takes place in the Midlands Railway center. There are four stages including the Train Stage, where music lovers can grab an acoustic set in a running steam train, as it travels across the Derbyshire countryside.
7. Cambridge Folk Festival, UK, July 31 – August 3, 2014
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running of its kind. Today it attracts over 10,000 every year and is family-friendly with a wide range of entertainment especially for kids.
8. Bestival, UK, September 4-7, 2014
Taking place each year on the Isle of Wight, Bestival attracts some of the biggest names in music and among this year’s headliners are Outkast, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and Foals. The festival has become well known for its fancy dress carnival that runs through the site on the Saturday. There’s a different theme for every one – this year it’s Desert Island Disco.
9. Loopallu, UK, September 25-27, 2014
Situated on the coast in a remote area in the far north of Scotland, the Loopallu festival is small and boutique, yet attracts big names. This year Mumford and Sons, The Enemy, and Echo and the Bunnymen are headlining.
10. Field Day, UK, June 7-8, 2014
Field Day takes place in the UK capital in London’s Victoria Park. Featuring many smaller acts from the young and creative hub of east London, it has become known as the place to go to catch new, up-coming talent.
11. Wilderness, UK, August 7-10, 2014
A little different to the loud music and raucous crowds of many festivals, Wilderness offers a dose of calm and serenity in the midst of an Oxford park. While presenting an array of live acts, it also offers theatre productions, spa treatments and foraging lessons in the woods.
12. Wakestock, UK, July 11-13, 2014
Against a backdrop of the peaks of Snowdonia, Wakestock started as a small party in North Wales culminating in a wakeboarding event the next day. Now it attracts some of the biggest stars in British music with headliners including Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris.
13. Hop Farm, UK, July 5-6, 2014
Nestled in the Kent countryside, Hop Farm is back this year with after a year’s absence acts including Grace Jones, Echo and the Bunnymen and Maximo Park taking to the stage.
14. The Big Feastival, August 29-31, 2014
Ex-Blur bassist, Alex James, opens up his Cotswolds farm for this weekender featuring two things close to his heart – music and food. Though having a certain flair himself in the kitchen, he has teamed up with chef Jamie Oliver to add further culinary expertise.
15. Just So Literary Festival, August 15-17, 2014
Just So is a family festival to explore literature, theatre and performance art. It takes place on the grounds of Rode Hall, Cheshire, where stages, theatres and screens are built creating surroundings worthy of the fairy tales being told.
16. Beacons Festival, UK, August 7-10, 2014
A festival with a focus on creative discovery, this four day event in the Yorkshire Dales presents an array of music and art. Beacons provides a platform for new talent to debut their works alongside many established artists who exhibit at the festival. Another family-friendly affair, there are a host of activities for kids including story-telling, fancy dress parades and craft activities.
17. Port Eliot, UK, July 24-27, 2014
A blend of music, literature, fashion and art, Port Eliot offers a diverse cross-section of the creative arts. One of the few festivals with a fashion focus featuring The Wardrobe Department, it has attracted industry luminaries including Stephen Jones, Anna Sui and Luella Bartley.
18. Wicker Man, UK, July 25-26, 2014
Entering its 13th consecutive year, Wicker Man has ten stages of music catering a diverse taste, as well as mountain biking, circus performances and not to forget, the burning of the 40ft Wicker Man on the final day.
19. Coachella, USA, April 17-19, 2015
Coachella is one of the largest American festivals, attracting huge numbers of people each year. Set in the Colorado Desert in California, it provides a unique environment with pool parties by day and stages by night.
20 . Sundance Film Festival, USA, January 22 - February 1, 2015
Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Film Festival is a non-profit organization, supporting new filmmakers and bringing their work to wider audiences. Presenting both short and feature-length films, many go on to commercial success launching from this platform.
21. Boomtown, UK, August 9-12, 2014
Boomtown presents a new interpretation of the usual festival with acts playing alongside an immersive theatre experience. Boomtown is a fictitious city split into different districts, including WildWest, Barrio Loco and Mayfair Avenue each with a different musical genre. Within the town a cast of hundreds play out scenes while revellers enjoy music including folk, reggae, ska and jazz.
22. Edinburgh Fringe, August 1-25, 2014
From its beginnings in 1947, the Edinburgh Fringe has grown to be the largest arts festival in the world. Featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment to new acts looking to be discovered, the festival includes comedy, theatre, dance and music.
23. Winterwell, UK, June 14, 2014
Winterwell Festival began 8 years ago with the simple aim of creating the best party possible. At first a single occasion, Winterwell now does a number of themed parties throughout the year with upcoming events including Hallowe’en 2014 and an Eccentric English Country Garden Party.
24. SXSW, USA, mid-March, 2015
South By Southwest takes place in Austin, Texas and is split into a collection of events and conferences centered on interactive technology, music and film. Started in 1997, it has become the place to discover new talent, often before they go on to achieve global success.
25. Primavera Sound, Spain, May 28-31, 2014
Established in 2001, Primavera Sound showcases the best in rock and dance music, with previous acts including Pixies, Aphex Twin and PJ Harvey. The surroundings of this festival are in the dock quarters of the Parc Forum with its modern architecture and views out onto the Mediterranean Sea.
26. Isle of Wight Festival, UK, June 12-15, 2014
Starting early on in 1968, the Isle of Wight festival was banned because of the huge crowds that flooded onto the island. In 1970, a number of 600,000 are said to have arrived, which resulted in the banning of crowds of more than 5,000. It was revived in 2002 and this year’s acts feature Biffy Clyro, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon.
27. Rock en Seine, France, August 22-24, 2014
Situated on the banks of the river Seine just 10 minutes from the center of Paris, this festival presents a grand line-up featuring the Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy and Lana Del Rey.
28. Burning Man, USA, August 25 - September 1, 2014
The legendary Burning Man takes place deep in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada with scorching temperatures and sandstorms. The festival becomes its own world. A city is constructed and there is no exchange of money – everything is traded. The week-long event reaches its pinnacle with the igniting of its namesake Burning Man, the 40ft effigy that creates the central point of celebrations.