OUR PICK OF FESTIVALS
With sunny weather slowly seeping in, it’s getting us all excited for the kick off of festival season and Summer 16 looks set to be an exciting one. With both of us heading to Glastonbury this year (it being Natania’s first time), we’ve already started preparing for the 'festival of the Summer' but so many others have been catching our eye, take a look at which ones …
9th - 12th June
Electronic music and arts festival Gottwood prides itself on being in the middle of nowhere. So if you’re up for a sense of true escapism, this is the festival for you. With the usual suspects playing including Move D, Craig Richards, Ben UFO, Roman Flugel and Joy Orbison expect to dance your socks off. Stages will be lit up with visual treats from Matilda Skelton Mace who will be taking over with her abstract 3D mapping. With a woodland cinema, restaurant and art gallery - what more could you possibly want to find in the woods!
16th - 18th June
Whilst Sonar has become more and more commercial over the years, focus has now turned to 'Off Sonar' which is where the real party is at. Rooftop and beach parties held by top organisers with the likes of El Row and Secretsundaze all hosting events as well as taking over Barcelona's top clubs. With parties scattered all over the city with acts such as Boys Noize, Booka Shade, Bicep and DJ EZ, be prepared for some of the best electronic music around at the moment.
The Garden Tisno, Croatia
4th - 8th August
We love a 2 for 1 deal and that’s what you get with a beach festival. We are super excited about this year's Soundwave festival and have already started chewing our flatmates ears off about what bikinis we'll be taking. Set in the beautiful and enchanting Garden Tisno, a mesmerising piece of paradise hidden along the Dalmatian coastline. Sound-tracked by the some of the world’s finest exponents of reggae, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and more. Soundwave is revered for its eclectic range of bookings and its laid back attitude. This years line up include Mala, Fatima & The eglo band, Gentlemens Dub Club and Pharoah Monch.
4th - 7th August
When you think of Amsterdam, I’m sure a festival doesn’t spring to mind at first… Dekmantel is one of the best kept secrets in the electronic music world. Dekmantel is an Amsterdam based music company that hosts global events including Dekmantel Festival. The festival is a hub for electronic and dance music with people travelling across the globe to enjoy sets from renowned electro DJ’s. Hopefully 2016 will be the year we actually make it out there. With the site being just a 20 minute drive from the city centre you could enjoy festival life with a mini city break. If you’re not a camper no worries just grab an Air BnB in town! With Motor City Drum Ensemble, Nina Kraviz, Moodymann and Theo Parrish and so many more unmissable acts.
FESTIVAL NO 6
1st - 4th September
The location is the real wow factor with this festival. Set amidst the Italianate multicoloured homes in the valley village of Portmeirion in Wales. Expect stages set amongst picturesque scenes with the ‘Estuary stage’ overlooking River Dwyryd and ‘Lost in the Woods’ stage nestled deep in the woodlands. There’s plenty to do than just see music, with talks, performance art, readings and more. You can enjoy the spa, take a dip in the lake or swim in the pool at the Estuary stage. Labelled by Beck as ‘the coolest, most surreal, funkiest, freakiest festival’. Coming from one of the quirkiest men in the industry is surely saying something! With Hot Chip, Cassius, Roots Manuva and Echo & The Bunnymen along with a selection of electronic and dance music to carry you through the night.
Secret Location, Oxfordshire
2 - 4th September
One of the UK dance scenes best kept secrets, Field Maneuvers will have all the best in house, techno, electro and disco with the likes of Jane Fitz, Mark E and Ryan Elliott. Keeping the location under wraps and only revealing to ticket holders two weeks prior to the festival, the suspense makes it all the more thrilling. One of the best sound systems the DiY Collective will be present as will a take over from Dance Tunnel Soundsystem. Early bird tickets at £59 may have sold out but £89 for the entire weekend is a bargain with your average festival normally costing more around the £200 mark.
D.A & N.B