So, Uni’s over and obligations and responsibilities go out the window for summer to begin. And what better way to while away your time than getting blitzed out of your mind in a muddy field somewhere listening to some great music, or something similar. That’s right, it’s festival season and we here at SOTONIGHT have scoured the land to find you the best selection of local, national and international festivals for you to throw your hard earned cash at.
Here is the SOTONIGHT 2013 Festival Roundup, continuing with festivals that have outsourced in search of cheaper beers and better weather …
When: 10th — 14th September
Tickets: £99 via Ticketarena
New this year, Unknown is the product of a tripod of forces: Hideout, The Warehouse Project, and Field Day. In line with the apparent current trend the festival has settled on the shores of Croatia. Similarly styled festivals (Outlook et al.) have demonstrated this model is a formula for success. However, Unknown have made some slight adjustments: While the festival doesn’t boast the most extensive lineup of some, it does provide a diverse lineup, incorporating a number of live bands into the mix to supplement the carefully selected world-class DJs. While the likes of Joy Orbison and Scuba are undoubtedly going to keep you moving, a large part of the lineup goes in a more subtle direction.
Headliners: The Horrors, Four tet, Disclosure
SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Scuba, Jackmaster, Erol Alkan
When: 1oth — 14th July
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Tickets: £95 via EXIT Festival
EXIT Festival started in 2000 as a protest against the Miloševic regime and since then it has grown into a world renowned festival that hosts a changing variety of artists. The festival takes place in a Petrovaradin fortress, providing festival goers with an interesting playground. The majority of the action takes place in the main arena, a venue with staggering capacity in an interesting setting. Unlike a lot of the other foreign festivals mentioned in this article (and indeed in general), EXIT is not predominantly populated by the British.
Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Bloc Party
SOTONIGHT Top Picks: SBTRKT, Fatboy Slim, Dub Phizix feat. Strategy
When: 5th — 9th September
Where: Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia
Tickets: via Leedstickets
Occurring on the weekend straight after Outlook (see below), Dimensions is the so called sister festival to Outlook. The lineup deviates from the dub-and-hip-hop-centric lineup of Outlook, taking the house/techno branch. They take the Outlook recipe and tweak it to cater to a different genre of taste buds. It’s a more intimate affair as compared to Outlook (with a slightly smaller capacity) and seems to attract a broader European crowd. Last year saw the festivals debut and with it came glowing reviews, the praise aimed at its finely tuned lineup and top notch sound systems installed on every stage. Like its older sibling, Dimensions hosts unmissable boat parties that take you on musical journeys over the Adriatic Sea.
Headliners: Model 500, Mount Kimbie, Theo Parrish
SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Moodyman, Darksky, Pearson Sound
When: 29th August — 2nd September
Where: Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia
Tickets: £145 via Leedstickets
Now in its sixth year, Outlook has established itself as the bass-orientated music festival of Europe. It has provided crowds with it an encyclopedic cohort of artists that span the entire spectrum of bass music and its influences. This year is no different with the lineup ranging from Bonobo to Jay Electronica to via Boddika. The festival has a distinct reggae undertone that can be felt throughout the day and night paying homage to the roots of bass music. Now, if you haven’t heard about Fort Puno Christo then you’re in for a surprise, Outlook has made this abandoned fort its home utilising the dungeons, courtyards, docks and moats (yes, moats!) as platforms for their venues. And, as mentioned: They have the infamous boat parties too. The cocktail of diverse music and a mystical setting may fool you into thinking that you’ve been transported to a hedonistic paradise. Travel costs can mount up so maybe it’s worth investigating the many volunteering schemes on offer to earn yourself free tickets.
Headliners: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Bonobo
SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Gentleman’s Dub Club, Dusky, Submotion Orchestra
When: 19th — 21st of July
Where: Ferropolis, Germany
Tickets: Via Melt
Nestled upon the sunny shores of Croat- … No, this one’s not a Mediterranean affair! Melt, in Germany, established itself as one of the top European festival destinations in 1997. The international lineup brings you artists from many realms of the music spectrum: Hip-hop, industrial techno and indie go side-by-side. Melt doesn’t take place in abandoned fort but rather a decommissioned coal mine in the middle of the German countryside. The disused, gargantuan mining machinery makes for an unquestionably epic backdrop and with no one nearby to complain, the party doesn’t stop until long after the sun has risen. From our perspective, Melt is truly a foreign festival with only about 20% of attendees coming from outside of Germany. If you fancy a break from the antics of larger-infused Brits and wish to sample a pocket of Europe’s diverse culture then Melt may just be for you.
Headliners: Atoms for Peace, Ben Klock , Disclosure, Modeselektor, Alt-J
SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Bicep, The Knife, Ben Klock, Amon Tobin
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