Our pick of music festivals worth travelling the world for
Summer has officially begun, which means music festival season is upon us. With hundreds of events spread across the globe, we’ve done the hard work for you, sifting through endless itineraries to introduce our pick of this year’s most exciting and anticipated events.
The pioneering, laid-back Suffolk music and arts festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Discover new and emerging talents across areas of music, film, comedy, literature and theatre against the magical backdrop of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside. Known as one of the most diverse and family-friendly festivals, Latitude is known for its upbeat spirit and genuine wholesomeness. 2015 marks the introduction of the new Solas area – offering a holistic spa experience by day and a party area by night – and festival goers can swim in the lake for the first time. As for the music, expect stellar performances from English favourites alt-J and Portishead.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Osheaga is set in Montréal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau – a park on a tranquil island in French Canada’s most exhilarating city. If the venue isn’t enough to lure you in, the eclectic line-up is designed to contrast today’s emerging artists with international headliners, meaning there’s something for everyone across all genres. With over 100 acts performed across six stages, expect shows from names including Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, Nas, Interpol and Caribou. For those that want to take it all the way, a platinum pass gets you access to elevated viewing platforms, air-conditioned bathrooms and exclusive shuttle service to after-parties.
A newcomer to the music festival scene, Zürich Openair is due for its fifth edition this summer. With past acts including The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and The xx, the festival delivers an unforgettable experience to all of its 75,000 visitors over the four-day period. Combining both legends and emerging artists within rock, indie and electro, 2015 welcomes Bastille, Fatboy Slim and The Libertines to the stage. It takes place in a vast 95,000 square-metre patch of grass in Rümlang near Zürich Airport, and has just the right balance of atmosphere and music to ease in festival newbies gently.
Named after the longest-running PBS concert series, the ACL Music Festival takes place in the award-winning concert venue in Zilker Park. Covering rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop and reggae, the festival occurs during the extreme tail end of summer. What this means is a more chilled-out crowd, cooler temperatures and an all-round pleasurable festival experience. Despite its more low-key reputation, make no mistake that 2015’s line-up is set to be as epic as ever with performances by Drake, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper. It’s even chilled-out enough to bring the little ones to, with local eats, free kid-friendly activities and plenty of green grass for all.