FESTIVALS: HOME (England and the United Kingdom)
12 – 14 JUN, LOCH NESS, SCOTLAND
The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Flaming Lips, Dizzee Rascal, Super Furries and more against an eye-poppingly gorgeous Loch Ness backdrop.
13 – 21 JUN, SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON
Curated by Ornette Coleman and sporting Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, Patti Smith and thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Yo La Tengo and more.
24 – 25 JUN, LONG MARSTON AIR FIELD, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
The Prodigy, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Digitalism, Tiga and like a billion cocks – including Dan Black.
24 – 28 JUN, WORTHY FARM, PILTON
Animal Collective, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Passion Pit and so much bad stuff you wouldn’t dream of watching in a million years, except it’s fucking Glastonbury and you might be on TV trying to neck one of the Killers, so you might as well push to the front.
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
2 – 19 JUL, VARIOUS VENUES, MANCHESTER
One for the connoisseurs, with Steve Reich, Kraftwerk, Antony and the Johnsons and It Felt like A Kiss, an intriguing collaboration between Damon Albarn, Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk Theatre where you find yourself "inside a film". Like George Clooney, but without the looks or money.
LOUNGE ON THE FARM
10 – 12 JUL, MERTON FARM, CANTERBURY
Alright, you might have to sit through Mr Scruff to do it, but we’ll give someone a fiver if they push one of the Horrors in a cow pat. The Aliens, Edwyn Collins and Hack and Hacksaw will all be watching.
10 – 12 JUL, BRIGHTON DOVE & VICTORIA GARDENS, BRIGHTON
Imagine if the Loop festival consisted of just loops? William Basinski could headline for a hundred hours, and we’d never get bored. Oh well. Instead you’ve got Squarepusher, Herbert, The Field, Sian Alice Group, Tuung, Plugs, We Have Band and Samim. That’s pretty good. I mean it’s not a hundred hours of Basinski, but it’s pretty good.
MAGIC WAVES: THE ITALO FESTIVAL
10 – 11 JULY, CORSICA STUDIOS, LONDON
The chaps behind Magic Waves radio have assembled a dream line-up of over 40 acts to celebrate the lasting legacy of italo-disco. As well as live performances from originators like Fred Ventura, Fockewulf 190 and Alex Novaga, modern-day devotees like Alden Tyrell, Legowelt and Heartbreak will be hammering out heavily synthesized jams for your dancing pleasure. Totally unmissable.
16 – 19 JUL, NEAR WINCHESTER
With a new venue and later hours, this year’s Glade is shaping up to be one of the most memorable yet. Music from Femi Kuti, Booka Shade, Digital Mystikz, Dave Clarke, Juan Atkins and more.
16 – 19 JUL, HENHAM PARK, SUFFOLK
Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bat for Lashes, Spiritualized, Little Boots, 65daysofstatic, !!! and more.
18 – 19 JUL, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON
Alright, Lovebox always has its dodgy headliners (though this year’s choice of Duran Duran are preferable to most) and it attracts a load of twats, but really, what festival doesn’t? Ladyhawke, Secretsundaze, Friendly Fires and N.E.R.D should be good enough for any local punter.
24 – 26 JUL, LULWORTH CASTLE, DORSET
If festivals were women, some – Exit, Bangface – would be the sort of wenches you’d want to spend a weekend in a sex dungeon with armed with nothing but poppers, viagra and PVC, and then never see them again. Camp Bestival, on the other hand, is the sort of homely lass you would gladly marry, live on a farm with, and introduce to your parents every week. Measured, reliable and family friendly, this year’s Camp sports PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Bon Iver, Phoenix and more.
24 – 26 JUL, VARIOUS VENUES, BIRMINGHAM
Corrupted! Head of David! Skullflower! Scorn! Jarboe! Goblin! And more vaguely connected heavy-as-fuck acts that we love. Yes.
31 JUL – 2 AUG, STANDON, HERTFORDSHIRE
Standon returns to the Herts countryside for its ninth year in action with Friendly Fires, Femi Kuti, Ladytron, Sun Ra Arkestra, and best of all, Hawkwind.
1 AUG, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON
Field Day’s third year is shaping up to be its best to date, with Toumani Diabate, Erol Alkan, Fennesz, Final Fantasy, Aeroplane and more making the trip to Victoria Park.
2 AUG, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON
Santigold, Patrick Wolf, Little Boots, the Horrors, Mystery Jets, and hopefully no paedos.
SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER
14 – 16 AUG, LEICESTER
Best thing to happen to Leicester since Steve Guppy, sporting Mystery Jets, Chairlift, The Streets, Bon Iver, Dananananaykroyd, Micachu and the Shapes and more.
THE GREEN MAN
21 – 23 AUG, GLANUSK PARK, WALES
Hey Beard, what are you smiling about? What, you’re going to a festival soundtracked by Wilco, Bon Iver, Wooden Shjips, British Sea Power, Beach House, Peter Broderick and the Amorphous Androgynous? Okay, we’ll let you off this time.
22 – 25 AUG, DEVIL’S DYKE, BRIGHTON
Beachdown returns to Devil’s Dyke with Grace Jones, Super Furry Animals, Saint Etienne, Laurent Garnier (live), Prince Buster, Grandmaster Flash, Mutalu and the Heliocentrics, and, well, the Zutons, but you can pretend they’re just four Justin Lee Collins doing karaoke.
27-30 AUG, SECRET LOCATION, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Completely free of advertising and sponsorship, Shambala is a rare breed of festival. The intimate, defiantly green affair takes place in a secret location in the Northamptonshire countryside, and features music from The Bays, The Bees and The Egg, plus over a 100 diverse live acts and DJs still to be announced. Look out for all the other weird creative business going on, including a series of video performances powererd by, er, bicycle pedal power. Skream called Shambala his favourite festival of 2008, so there…
READING AND LEEDS
28 – 30 AUG, READING AND LEEDS
Radiohead, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and the inevitable feeling of everyone enjoying it more than you.
GET LOADED IN THE PARK
30 AUG, CLAPHAM COMMON, LONDON
Orbital headline their zillionth festival of the summer, plus Carl Craig, Count and Sinden, Crookers, Magnetic Man, Laurent Garnier, Bloody Beetroots, other stuff.
11 – 13 SEP, ISLE OF WIGHT
Kraftwerk headline and heavyweight support comes in the form of Massive Attack, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Bat for Lashes, Klaxons, Future Sound of London, 2ManyDJs and Soulwax, Michael Nyman, Altern 8, Heartbreak, Pole, Little Boots, The Beat, Diplo, Skream, 65daysofstatic, Buraka, etc.
END OF THE ROAD
11 – 13 SEP, LARMER TREE GARDEN, NORTH DORSET
Fleet Foxes, Dirty Projectors, Leisure Society, Neko Case, Malcolm Middleton and more.
FESTIVALS: AWAY (Europe and Beyond)
27 – 31 MAY, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Villalobos & Zip, Moderat, Mala, Appleblim, Moderat, Robert Henke, SND and more.
28 – 30 MAY, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Primavera’s strongest line-up to date features Gang Gang Dance, ArielPink, SunnO))), Michael Mayer, Ponytail, Neil Young, Bat for Lashes,Magik Markers, Fucked Up, Aphex Twin, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth,Shellac and more.
BAD BONN KILBI
29 – 31 MAY, DUDINGEN, SWITZERLAND
Half the dudes from Primavera – Sonic Youth, Gang Gang Dance,SunnO))), Lightning Bolt, etc – but with added neutrality and probablyless drugs.
12 – 14 JUN, ATHENS, GREECE
Greece’s answer to Sonar, Synch this year features Herbert and BigBand, Friendly Fires, 3 Chairs (Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite,Marcellus Pittman), Merzbow
The Bug, Mr Oizo, Fenneszand more.
18 – 20 JUN, BARCELONA, SPAIN
The big one, featuring a Raster-Noton showcase with Atom TM, SND,Alva-Noto and Byetone, then Animal Collective, Marcel Dettman, Shed,Grace Jones, Carl Craig, Crystal Castles, Fever Ray and more at night.Then there’s a Brainfeeder off-Sonar party, a Phonica one, you know thedeal.
2 – 5 JUL, ROSKILDE, DENMARK
Look there’s plenty of good here – Faith No More, Fucked Up, BlackDice, Dungen – but we can’t take a festival seriously that’s actually booked Slipknot.
9 – 12 JUL, NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Kraftwerk, Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet, Heidi, Dubfire, plus it’s in adisused fort in Serbia and they sell you pills of ketamine. But likeRoskilde with Slipknot, they’ve booked fucking Korn. Is there some sort of nu-metal renaissance going on in Europe, or just a running joke?
16 – 19 JUL, DOUR, BELGIUM
Aphex and Hecker, Animal Collective, Deerhoof, I’m From Barcelona, Joker, Mercury Rev, Pet Shop Boys, St. Vincent and more in Dour surroundings. Har har.
5 DAYS OFF
15 – 19 JUL, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Santigold, Crystal Castles, Jamie Lidell, Chris Cunningham, RichieHawtin, Simian Mobile Disco (live), Moderat (live – Modeselektor,Apparat & Pfadfinderei), Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & JesseRose), Goose (dj-set), Magnetic Man (live – Skream,Benga & Artwork), Mad Decent Soundsystem (feat. Diplo, Fake Blood,Boy 8-Bit & Maluca) and loads more. Five days off? More like five days on it!
16 – 19 JUL, BENICÀSSIM, SPAIN
Impossibly dad-friendly line-up this year with Oasis, Franz Ferdinand,The Killers, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Psychedelic Furs, Glasvegas et al. Whatever.
17 – 19 JUL, GERMANY
Aphex and Hecker continue their impressive live collaboration from BlocWeekend, and are joined by Whitest Boy Alive, MSTRKRFT, Matias Aguayo,A Critical Mass (Dixon, Ame and Henrik Schwarz), Ellen Allien, HudsonMohawke and, erm, Oasis.
WAY OUT WEST
13 – 15 AUG, GOTEBORG, SWEDEN
Everyone loves a trip to Sweden, and now you have Wilco, My BloodyValentine, Fever Ray, Antony and the Johnsons and Grizzly Bear tosoundtrack your perving.
LA ROUTE DU ROCK
14 – 17 AUG, SAINT-MALO, FRANCE
Route du Rock kind of sounds like what we imagine Wayne’s World would be called if it was made in France. Except the film wouldn’t besoundtracked by My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors, Camera Obscura,Grizzly Bear and Tortoise. It’d feature Boss MC or someone.