1. Weather Festival (3rd-5th of June)
Diverging from the usual cold warehouse ensemble type of rave, Weather Festival takes place in a portion of forest around Paris and promises an exquisite experience for high-end techno and minimal lovers. With acts like Apollonia, Dixon and Pender Street Steppers, this is in the slightly more pricey range since it is targeted at the young workers with academic studies. Five stages promising a more profound experience rather than the kandi movement.
2. Green Man (18th-21st of August)
Located in Becon Beacons, Wales, this is the place for young liberals who want to meet halfway through between hippies and civilians. This year the line-up comprises of Belle and Sebastian, Warpaint, Unknown Mortal Orchestra just to name a few, and next to it there are plenty of other activities such as theater, art boutiques, vegan food and local cider, as well as family friendly designated areas. It’s a green, mean, fun machine!
3. Mutek (1st-5th of June)
A colorful mix of edgy electronica and other digital artistry, the location of this particular event takes place in a very well chosen museum of modern art in Montreal. This year, Ash Koosha, Dawn of Midi and AtomTM will be performing next to workshops, showrooms and a myriad of technologically groundbreaking exhibitions.
4. Itadaki (4th-5th of June)
The Shizuoka eco-friendly bio-diesel powered festival brings together Western and Eastern culture in a contemporary setting. The music scene is obviously not for the faint-hearted, but it a fresh breath of air from the usual K-pop image Japan is worldwide known for.
5. Blaze ‘N’ Glory (4th of June)
Hard to pack such artists on a single day (Nas, Atmosphere, Radical Somthing), but if your love of old school hip-hop has to deal with a tight schedule, this is the place to be. Based in San Bernadino CA, be ready to mingle with a pot aficionado crowd and enjoy the music on a hot sunny day.
6. Meadows in the Mountains (10th- 13th of June)
The Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria are hosting the gathering of peace and nature loving people. By combining chilled out house with dub, jazz, funk and plenty of acoustic sessions, this greatly enhances the natural scenery.
7. Way Out West (13th-15th of August)
Way up North in Gothenburg Sweden, you can join the calm spirited crowd that embodies the best of the 90’s post-rock, shoe-gaze and all its avant-garde subgenres. The art-deco/park surroundings merge with the simple camper life and bring warmth into the Nordic weather. Prepare yourself to act polite and dress clean, as well as bringing along some extra cash, but for acts like PJ Harvey, Massive Attack and The Tallest Man on Earth, it’s quite worth a treat.
8. Outlook (31st of August- 4th of September)
Held in a Roman Amphitheater in Pula Croatia, this is where the underground music scene gets together and shows more camaraderie than any Western EDM fest. This year, with Noisia, Hiatus Kaiyote and High Contrast be ready to experience the nitty-gritty of youth culture. Highly advisable to opt for Airbnb accommodation in favor of camping.
9. Sziget (10th-17th of August)
If you still think you’re young at heart and can go through a whole week unattached to society, then Sziget might be the dream place you’re looking for. In Budapest Hungary, this festival offers more than 50 venues with over 200 daily performances, and amazing acts such as Crystal Castles, Bloc Party, Years&Years and other different genre artists that make up for the unique cultural haven.
10. Sonar (16th-18th of June)
The festival gives a perfect balance between the daytime and nighttime music scene, filled with kind people and beautiful weather.