JUN 01,2013 - SEP 30,2013 (122 DAYS)
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
26-30 of June
The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. It features live music as well as dance, comedy, theatre, and other arts. The first festival in 1970 was organized by Michael Eavis, a farmer in Somerset Valley, after he attended an open air Led Zeppelin concert. The festival has taken place almost every year since, and today is attended by around 150,000 people.
The 2013 lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Portishead, Public Image LTD, The Horrors, Public Enemy, Sinead O’Connor, Devendra Banhart, Rodriguez, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Johnny Marr among others.
The Reading Festival
23-25 of August
The Reading Festival originated from a jazz and blues festival organized by the National Jazz Federation and London's Marquee Club and is inspired by the Newport Jazz Festival in the United States. By 1965, the festival had become more Rhythm and Blues oriented, with performers such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart. After changing locations through the years because of noise complaints, the festival finally reached Reading in 1971. The Reading Council granted permission to the promoter, Harold Pendleton, to hold the festival by the Thames as part of the town's Festival of Arts. Today, the festival draws almost 90,000 people every year.
The 2013 lineup includes such names as Eminem, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, System of a Down, Deftones, Phoenix, Johnny Marr, Chase and Statue, Fall Out Boy, and White Lies.
The Leeds Festival
23-25 of August
The Leeds Festival, which is held at the same time as the Reading festival, was first organized in 1999, after the site in Reading became too small for the amount of people in attendance. The festival takes place in Bramham Park, near Wetherby, the grounds of a historic house. It features the same line up as Reading, with the bands from Reading playing Leeds the following day, and the bands from Leeds' opening day playing the final day in Reading. The festival draws around 75,000 people.
Photo by Ian Wilson from London, England
The lineup for 2013 is the same as in Reading, and includes Eminem, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, System of a Down, Deftones, Phoenix, Johnny Marr, Chase and Statue, Fall Out Boy, White Lies, and others.
13-15 of June
Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, taking place in Barcelona every June. The first Sónar was held in 1994, and gave attendees “a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends”. Sónar takes pride in keeping a finger on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape, and unites established artists with emerging talent in all areas of musical and audiovisual production. The Festival is divided into two main locations: Sónar by Day in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts, showcases, and an area for professionals, the essence of which is discovering and tracking new talent; and the larger shows at Sónar by Night in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, which stage the leading names in the current international music scene. The festival attracts more than 80,000 people each year.
The 2013 lineup includes, among other artists, names such as Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Jurassic 5, Chromatics, Liars, Jamie Lidell, Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, and Soulwax.
Rock am Ring
Rock am Ring (together with “Rock im Park”) is the largest music festival in Germany and one of the largest in Europe. Rock am Ring was originally planned as a one-time festival celebrating the newer, shorter version of the Nürburgring racetrack in 1985, but after its commercial success, it was decided to make the concert an annual event. The combined attendance of the simultaneous festivals is just over 150,000 people.
Photo by Herr Stern
Rock im Park
The first Rock im Park in 1993 took place in Vienna. For the 1994 event, Rock im Park moved to the unused Munich-Riem airport, and the following year to Munich's Olympiastadion, where it found a home for the 1995 and 1996 event. Since 1997, Rock im Park has been held at the Frankenstadion (Grundig Stadion) or the surrounding area in Nuremberg.
Photo by Fileri
The lineup for 2013 for both festivals features performers such as The Killers, Green Day, The Prodigy, Fun, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Wombats, Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Bush, and others.
The Nova Rock Festival
14-16 of June
The Nova Rock Festival, which has existed since 2005, is Austria's biggest rock music festival. It is located in Burgenland, the easternmost federal state of Austria, near Nickelsdorf and the Hungarian and Slovakian borders. The event draws around 90,000 people each year.
At Nova Rock in 2013, you will find artists such as Kings of Leon, Kiss, Rammstein, Papa Roach, Stereophonic, Steven Wilson, Bullet for My Valentine, and Airborn.
4-7 of July
Rock Werchter is one of the biggest annual rock festivals in Europe. The festival started in 1974 as a one-day event with performances from Banzai and Kandahar, but over the years it has become Belgium's largest music festival. Since 2003, Werchter has been a 4 day festival. The festival won the Arthur award for best festival in the world 4 times between 2003 and 2007. The festival attracts almost 140,000 people each year.
The 2013 Rock Werchter lineup includes Blur, Depeche Mode, Green Day, Sigur Ros, The Editors, Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal, The National, Jamie Lidell, Bloc Party, Balthazar, and others.
24-26 of June
INmusic is Croatia's biggest international open-air festival, and is held each year in the capital Zagreb, on Youth Island (Otok hrvatske mladeži) in the middle of Lake Jarun. The festival started in 2006 and includes several genre-specific stages with internationally renowned indie rock, heavy metal, and electronic artists. In 2008, The Times included INmusic among the top 20 European summer festivals.
The lineup for 2013 includes, among others, Arctic Monkeys, Iggy and the Stooges, Basement Jaxx, Block Party, NOFX, Editors, and Atheist Rap.
29 June - 7 July
Roskilde Festival in Denmark was created in 1971 by two high school students and a promoter, and is today one of the biggest music events in Europe. The festival is organized by the Charity Society, which supports initiatives benefitting children and young people as well as humanitarian and cultural work. The festival is attended each year by almost 110,000 people, including about 21,000 volunteers.
Photo by Bill Ebbesen
In 2013, the festival is featuring artists such as Henry Rollins, Animal Collective, Peter Bjorn and John, Crystal Castles, Of Monsters and Men, and Bobby.
Sziget Festival (“island” in Hungarian), which started in 1993 as a relatively low-profile student event, has become one of the largest music festivals in Europe. It is held every August in northern Budapest, on Óbudai-sziget ("Old Buda Island"), a leafy island in the Danube. In 2011, Sziget was ranked one of the 5 best festivals in Europe by The Independent and one of the 10 best by the European Festival Awards. The festival, which is a 7 day event, attracts almost 400,000 people each year.
Photo by Gregely Csatari
The 2013 lineup features headliners such as Blur, David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal, Calexico, Chase & Status, Bad Religion, Peter Bjorn and John, The Cribs, and Regina Spektor.
A ticket for the whole week is €229 (with camping), whereas a ticket for 5 days (7-12 August, without camping) will cost €199. A one day ticket is €49, and to get into the camping area (includes a swimming pool) you will need to add €130. There is also an alternative, cheaper camping site for €45.
EXIT Festival (also known as "state of EXIT”) was founded in 2000 by the Student Union from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, and quickly grew in stature and reputation. Keeping faithful to its grassroots political beginnings, the festival still sticks to its initial mission – providing relevant musical entertainment to Serbian youth, while bringing pertinent social topics to the front. In 2007, EXIT won the "Best European Festival" award by UK Festival Awards and Yourope (Association of the 40 largest festivals in Europe). EXIT is attended each year by around 150,000 people.
Photo by Landii (www.flickr.com/photos/landii)
The 2013 lineup includes names such as Cee Lo Green, Block Party, Atoms for Peace, Snoop Dogg, Fat Boy Slim, Chase & Statue, Diplo, and Pan-Pot.