Optimus Primavera Sound
Where?: Porto, Portugal
When?: 7th – 10th June
Line up: Baxter Dury, Death Cab For Cutie, M83, Spiritualised, The XX, Veronica Falls and many more.
Price: €99 – although accommodation isn’t included.
This festival looks perfect for the more cultural among you. The city of Porto itself is a UNESCO world heritage site, boasting many attractions in its own right. Combine this with some of the best off-the-beaten-track music acts and an irresistible weekend awaits. With the low ticket price as well, this could be a good option if your funds are running a little low.
Where: Arras, France.
When?: 29th – 1st July
Line up: Kasabian, The XX, Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka and many more.
Each year Main Square Festival in Arras, France (near Calais) boasts an incredible line up –yet few Brits have even heard of it. With two large stages less than 30 seconds from each other, clashes are rarely a problem. Be warned though, French crowds can be reserved and the carefree hippy attitude will almost certainly be absent.
Where?: Werchter, Belgium.
When?: 28th June – 1st July
Line up: Can only be described as mindblowing. Acts include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Skrillex, Mumford and Sons, Chase and Status, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, plus most of the Main Square Line up.
Price: €79 per day + €25 for 4 nights camping.
Organised by the same folks that throw Main Square, the line up for this festival will make any music fan hyperventilate. If this couldn’t get any better – the festival hosts an unprecedented 4 nights of headline acts. Some of the clashes already look heartbreaking though, so maybe you can have too much of a good thing. Having said this, when else are you ever going to go to Belgium?
Where?: Island of Pag, Croatia
When?: 29th June – 1st July
Line Up: Chase & Status (DJ Set), Annie Mac, Skream &Benga, SBTRKT, Sub Focus, Skrillex, DJ Fresh, Simian Mobile Disco, High Contrast, Jack Beats and more.
Only a year old, Hideout Festival offers all the best dance music of the moment in just one festival. Held on the beautiful Zrce Beach, it is no surprise that the festival sold out of tickets in just a few weeks. Hideout features two main stages, an indoor club and two outdoor swimming pools. Croatia has recently been dubbed ‘The New Ibiza’ making Hideout one of the leading dance festivals of the season, and at only £99 – unmissable for students.
Where?: Lisbon, Portugal.
When?: 13 – 15th July
Line up: The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Snow Patrol, Florence and the Machine, The Cure and more
Price?: £103 (£89 without camping)
Not to be confused with Primavera Sound in Porto, Optimus Alive offers yet another stellar line up to dent your student loan on. With a line up like this, and a ticket price that low – it is really difficult to find reasons not to go to Optims Alive.
Where?: Boom, Belgium
When?: 27 – 29th July
Line Up: Pendulum, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack, Emalkay, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke.
Tomorrowland has been going since 2005 and has gradually built up its reputation throughout the years. The impressive line up and unique fairyland style theme is said to be what attracts so many festival goers, as tickets sold out within half an hour of being online. There are many stages to choose from suiting a diverse musical palette, let this being a warning to get on the waiting list for next year as early as you can.
Where? Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
When?: 16 – 18th August
Line up: Foo Fighters, Bjork, Bloc Party, Flux Pavilion, Two Door Cinema Club, The Black Keys and many more.
Pukkelpop offers one of the broadest line ups on offer this year – providing a lot of dance acts alongside blues, indie, alt rock and pop. The range of bands is more than enough to distract from the infamous and tragic stage collapse of last year, and you can be sure that organisers will be extra careful this time around. Prices and other info are yet to be confirmed, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on…
Emma Wood & Larissa Huggard