Starting off your summer vacation right, here are the best and brightest music festivals taking place this June!
1. Governor’s Ball
Where: Randall Island Park, NYC
When: June 5 to 7
Lineup attractions : Tame Impala, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Florence + The Machine, KIESZA
Possessing a roster that look a lot like Coachella’s, GovBall is one of the country’s most anticipated gatherings. Pitted along with the likes of Lollapalooza (notice the curiously similar font on the flyer), Ultra, Coachella and TomorrowWorld, the festival is now in it’s fifth year, and with the acts they’ve signed this time, it’s surely heading in the right direction. As NYC’s flagship festival, Governor’s ball has gained some serious brownie points over the years, with its star studded lineups and popularity, a perfect festival kicking off the USA summer season.
2. Parklife Festival
Where: Manchester, UK
When: June 6 to 7
Lineup attractions: FKA Twigs, Rudimental, Chet Faker, Jungle, Nicholas Jaar, Mark Ronson, Fatboy Slim
The Parklife Weekender is an independent music festival held annually in Manchester. Originally born out of the Mad Ferret festival, it has since grown to around 70,000 people per day and moved from Platt Fields Park, Rusholme to Heaton Park, Prestwichin 2012 in order to accommodate the increased numbers attending.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: June 18 to 20
Line-up attractions: From A$AP Rocky to the Chemical Brothers, The popular Catalonian extravaganza has it all and will also feature Flying Lotus, Skrillex and a special blast from the past with Duran Duran.
In a time when headline acts sell tickets, Sonar stands out and maintains its image as one of the best musical experiences on the globe. In order to move enough tickets, most festivals of its size lean hard on big and sometimes obvious names. And yet Sónar, has managed again and again to pack its two huge venues with impressively bold lineups. This year’s three-day event in Barcelona will be one of the most uncompromising yet. Their big names are beyond reproach: Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Seth Troxler are just some of them.
4. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Where: Manchester, Tennessee
When: June 11 to 15
Line-up attractions: Flume, Hozier, Slayer
In the middle of 700 acres of nowhere, there is a special gathering called Bonnaroo which attracts more than 80,000 festival-goers annually. A less corporate and a more free-spirited festival as compared to its other north American counterparts, Bonnaroo won over a wide range of critics.
5. Glastonbury Festival
Where: Somerset, England
Line-up attractions: The Foo Fighters, Fatboy Slim
Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most loved festival’s in the world, there aren’t many events—of any kind, anywhere in the world—that could pull off a charming spell on you like Glastonbury. But then, now in its 44rd edition, it still stands head and shoulders above so many others. Hosting upwards of 150,000 people, the gathering offers an infinitely diverse range of cultural, social and musical experiences. Plus this year? You’ll get to see Kanye West and The Foo Fighters in action.
Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
When: June 28 to July 2
Line-up attractions: The line-up is as killer as ever Loco Dice, Nina Kraviz, Duke Dumont and Gorgon City all set to headline the spectacular event this July.
Croatia is slowly but surely becoming the new Ibiza, with a variety of destination for beach and music festivals sprouting up all over its shores. Among the many taking place in the beautiful country Hideout is definitely one of the best and will return to its home on the island of Pag. Set around two clubs located on the beachfront, the pools and palm trees make it feel tropical – a place to let go and breath the fresh sea breeze.
7. Download Festival
Where: Donington Park, UK
When: June 12 to 14
Line-up attractions: A Day To Remember, A, Apocalyptica, Fighstar, Enter Shikari
The rock festival that kicks off summer, Download is specifically dedicated to everything to do with metal and headbanging.
8. Bestival Canada
Where: Toronto, Canada
When: June 12 to 13
Lineup attractions: Jamie XX, Nas, Flosstradamus
This popular British festival heading for its first Canadian edition will also make the month of June a lot more exciting. And featuring artists like Florence + The Machine, Flume B2B SBTRKT, Caribou B2B Banks, Jamie XX B2B Nicole Moudaber, Nas and Flosstradamus among others, the indie and dance cred of the festival is at an obvious high. Electronic music lovers especially will dig the affair that Bestival will be!
9. Tall Tree Music Festival
Where: Canada, Port Renfrew, BC
When: June 26 to 28
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What’s a country like Canada boasting of some breathtaking locales without a boutique festival, right? Tall Tree Music Festival is one such boutique festival bringing together a culmination of brilliant artistic talent, substantial creative spirit and celebration of the environment. Immerse yourself in nature with this one, as you experience the best of local and international musical talent, and feel good to be a part of such an earthy festival spirit.
Where: Villa Arconati, Milan, Italy
When: June 12 to 14
Line-up attractions: Charles Cohen, Mark Ernestus, Aquaplano
A beautiful fest, in an equally beautiful location – Terraforma may just be Italy’s best kept secret. The intimate gathering pays homage to the best of techno and thus features artistes like Donato Dozzy and Neul. The event is curated with a food market and has a very offbeat vibe to it, perfect with it’s surroundings.