The end of summer spells good news for festivals around the globe. Here’s The Sherp’s list of some of best international music galas that are coming up next month
When : September 4 – 7
Where : Isle of Wight, UK
Line-up attractions : Chvrches, Beck, Outkast, Disclosure, Major Lazer, SBTRKT and Annie Mac
The mother of all boutique festivals, Bestival is a music and art extravaganza that could well be called Beastival. Situated on the Isle of Wight, the festival venue can be reached only by taking a ferry to the festival island. Once you have escaped to this quaint, magical little land, prepare yourself for a beastly line-up of party music, comedy, a custom built ballroom and even a burlesque tea room!
2. Berlin Festival
When : September 5-7
Where : Outskirts of Berlin, Germany
Lineup Attractions : Warpaint, Trentmoller, Nina Kraviz, Chase & Status (DJ set), Crystal Fighters and Darkside
It’s a two-day outdoor rock/electro music event which is located near the city of Berlin, Germany, on a former airfield-turned-community park. It was first organised in 2005, and since then, its audience has grown to about 20,000 visitors. The festival was awarded the honour of ‘Best European Festival Line-Up’ at the European Festival Awards in 2013.
3. Festival No. 6
When: September 5-8
Where: Portmeirion, Wales, UK
Line-up Attractions: Beck, London Grammar, Bonobo, Michael Mayer, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Prosumer, Ashley Beedle and Awesome Tapes From Africa
Timed right at the end of the UK summer, and with the tiny village of Portmeirion as a backdrop along a Welsh coastline, this festival is supposed to have the most stylish setting imaginable. The Italian-style village comes alive with spontaneous performances, installations and bizarre street theatre. This festival could easily be considered one of the most beautiful festivals in the UK. Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.
When: Late September to October
Attractions: Beer, beer and more beer
Not the usual summer festival but definitely something taking a sabbatical from work for, Oktoberfest is pretty much the largest beer-centric festival in the world held annually in Munich, Bavaria and Germany. It is a 16-day affair and runs from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.
5. Outlook Festival
When: September 3-7
Where: Pula, Croatia
Line-up attractions: Alix Perez, Busta Rhymes and Buraka Som Sistema
Hosted at an ancient Austro-Hungarian fort in Croatia, Outlook is the largest bass music and sound-system culture festival in Europe. Featuring the biggest names in genres ranging from electronica, dubstep and reggae to hip-hop, garage and grime, Outlook promises to be a weekend of incredible music, with a landscape to match.
When: September 26-28
Where: Atlanta, USA
Line-up attractions: Richie Hawtin, Tiesto, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo, Avicii and David Guetta
As the sister festival of Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld is also a premier dance music extravaganza featuring the biggest acts in dance music today.
When: September 24-28
Where: Various venues, Seattle, USA
Line-up attractions: Pete Tong, Scuba and Steffi
The annual Seattle festival of electronic music is starting to earn the reputation as being one of America’s best electronic, visual art and new media festivals there is. Over the years, Decibel has booked around 800 artistes from varying backgrounds of dance music and visual art.
When: September 13-15
Where: Niigata, Japan
Line-up attractions: Donato Dozzy, Phonaut, John Osborn and Kangding Ray (Live)
Held on a grassy mountainside in Niigata, Japan, the Labyrinth festival is dedicated to featuring the best and brightest techno and experimental artistes. Organised and run by American national Russ Moench, everything about Labyrinth displays perfection and attention to detail. Artistes and live performers are carefully picked out, the soundsystem (The Funktion-One) is exemplary and the venue is a perfect setting for the music and vibe.
9. Riot Fest
Where: Chicago (USA), Toronto (Canada), Denver (USA)
Line-up attractions: Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, The Offspring, Tokyo Police Club, Weezer and The Cure
Riot Fest is the quintessential rock and pop-punk festival and has a fantastic line-up for anyone interested in bands like The Cure or Jane’s Addiction. Much like the Indian NH7 Weekenders, the fest takes place in three venues in the same month and comes with carnival rides, Lucha Libre and much more.
10. Unknown Festival
When: September 5-6
Where: Rovinj, Croatia
Line-up attractions: Mount Kimbie, Disclosure, Chvrches and Moderat (Live)
Here’s another festival in Croatia that makes full use of a beautiful location,The Amarin Resort, which is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and forested hideaways. Add a few world-class DJs, Live acts, art installations and long days of sunshine, and you have a perfect Croatian holiday.