We are all very aware that festivals abroad look far more fun that our own UK ones. Whether it be in close reach in Europe or overseas in New York, we’ve selected the festivals not on UK ground that we believe are a must-do for your summer itinerary. Check out our HISKIND guides to the UK’s best boutique, major and metropolitan festivals if you’re after something a little bit closer to home too.
Who’s headlining: Radiohead, Frank Ocean, The Prodigy
Who we’ll be down the front for: Off Bloom, Mø, James Blake, Run The Jewels, Liss
Where and when: Denmark, 9 – 11 June
Radiohead, Frank Ocean, The Prodigy, Run The Jewels, James Blake, The 1975 and MØ all on one line-up? Right in the centre of the beautiful Danish city of Aarhus, the 2017 European Capital of Culture, this 100% organic festival moves ever-closer to its goal of becoming an entirely sustainable event. Nothing to not love here, nab yourself a ticket ASAP.
Who’s headlining: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The XX
Who we’ll be down the front for: Grace Jones, Cigarettes After Sex, Miguel, Metronomy, Solange
Where and when: Barcelona, 31 May – 4 June
We dare you find a festival line-up and impressive as the one on offer here. Taking place at Parc Del Forum on the Spanish Coast in the city of Barcelona, this year’s event will see the likes of Aphex Twin, Glass Animals, Grace Jones, Mac DeMarco and Sampha take to the stages in the sun whilst Frank Ocean makes an appearance as headliner along with his London’s ‘exclusive’ Lovebox slot. Further information is available from right here.
Who’s headlining: The XX, Bastille, Mumford & Sons
Who we’ll be down the front for: Oh Wonder, Tove Lo, Flume, London Grammar, Clean Bandit
Where and when: Belgium, 16 – 19 Aug
Situated in the depths of Belgium’s countryside, Pukkelpop is country’s second largest music festival and one whose line-ups have always been strong enough to mark itself as a yearly highlight. Tove Lo, London Grammar, Nicholas Jaar and Perfume Genius are among the names set to don their wellies for this August bash. Tickets and info available from here.
Who’s headlining: The XX, Justice, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, A Tribe Called Quest
Who we’ll be down the front for: Lorde, Bonobo, Tinashe, Nicholas Jaar, Sigrid
Where and when: Denmark, 24 Jun – 1 July
We all know that Denmark are one of the best countries for churning out ace music. Same goes for their festivals given 2017’s Roskilde boasts one of our favourite line-ups that we’ve seen this year. Stretched over 8 days (best make sure your shoes are comfy) for 130,000 goers, we’d argue this as one of those ‘tick off the bucket list’ events. Find your tickets here.
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim
Who’s headlining: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weeknd, Kasabian
Who we’ll be down the front for: Dua Lipa, Kaytranada, Declan McKenna, Mura Masa, Mykki Blanco
Where and when: Spain, July 13 – 16
More commonly recognised as the simple ‘FIB’, Festival Internacional de Benicàssim returns with Years & Years, Dua Lipa, Kaytranada and a whole load more of impressive acts for 2017. Expect sun, sea and a whole array of fab music. Tickets and further info available from here.
Who’s headlining: Tegan & Sara, Patti LaBelle
Who we’ll be down the front for: Years & Years, Roisin Murphy, Gallant
Where and when: 23 – 25 June
This one is pretty much a given… No doubt the most iconic and trailblazing LGBTQ+ pride event in the world, this year’s NYC Pride’s theme is “We Are Proud” and unifies the LGBTQ+ spectrum in a way that pays homage to our diverse community of people and the progress made for queer rights. Years & Years, Roisin Murphy and Tegan & Sara are among the highlights set to perform this year. Tickets and info from here.