Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety

19th Apr 2014 | 09:31

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Intro
One size fits all

When most of us are asked what kind of music we like, the classic (if perhaps clichéd) answer is that, actually, we tend to like a diverse range of genres.

So with that in mind, let's take a look at the festivals that are aware of this maxim: the ones that throw together a broad range of genres to create an eye-opening experience. These are the events with an instinctive awareness that, if the music's good, it just don't matter what label you stick on it.

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Bonnaroo
12-15 June, USA
Headliners: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White
Location: Great Stage Park, Manchester, Tennessee, USA
Best reason to go: Jack White's back with a new album this year, and this could be one of the first live opportunities to hear the thing.
Other line-up highlights: Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Damon Albarn
Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Bestival
4-7 September, Isle of Wight

Headliners: OutKast, Chic Ft Nile Rodgers, Foals, Beck

Location: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Best reason to go: Fancy dress is a huge part of Bestival and this year's theme is 'desert island disco'. That aside, you'll find films in the forest, musical bingo and loads more.

Other line-up highlights: Busta Rhymes, Disclosure, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Caribou

Tickets:Adult passes from Thursday are £195

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Green Man Festival
14-17 August, Wales

Headliners: Beirut, Anna Calvi, Simian Mobile Disco + more TBA

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Best reason to go: Green Man has evolved from being a folk festival to becoming one of the best alternative events around - plus the scenery is superb.

Other line-up highlights: Bill Callahan, Teleman, Real Estate, Lanterns On The Lake

Tickets: Adult tickets are £166.50

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Lollapalooza
1-3 August, USA

Headliners: Eminem, Kings of Leon, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Skrillex

Location: Grant Park, Chicago, USA

Best reason to go: The greatest line-up of cross genre talent that isn't called 'Glastonbury'.

Other line-up highlights: Broken Bells, Interpol, White Denim, Royal Blood

Tickets: Sold out, although platinum passes and travel packages are available

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Glastonbury Festival
25-29 June, UK

Headliners: Kasabian, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, The Black Keys, Pixies

Location: Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK

Best reason to go: The festival's green area is like a wild west of underground arts, yoga, debate and ethical lifestyle ideas.

Other line-up highlights: Massive Attack, MGMT, Warpaint, Lily Allen, Disclosure,Dolly Parton, Blondie

Tickets: General admission tickets are £215. Although Glastonbury is sold out, there will be a re-sale of any cancelled tickets from 27 April

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
T In The Park
11-13 July, Scotland

Headliners: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys

Location: Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland

Best reason to go: If you're young this festival's ideal, as it features a diverse range of contemporary dance and rock acts.

Other line-up highlights: Pixies, Disclosure, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand

Tickets: Weekend camping from £203.95

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Latitude
17-20 July, UK

Headliners: Damon Albarn, The Black Keys, Two Door Cinema Club, Mogwai

Location: Henham Park, Suffolk, UK

Best reason to go: With stages dedicated to comedy, theatre, film, poetry and even literature, Latitude boasts much more than top musical acts.

Other line-up highlights: Bombay Bicycle Club, Haim, Jon Ronson

Tickets:Weekend adult tickets are £195.50

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Main Square
3-6 July, France

Headliners: David Guetta, The Black Keys, MGMT, Iron Maiden

Location: Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France

Best reason for going: A diverse but strong bill under guaranteed sunny skies.

Other line-up highlights: Skrillex, Alice in Chains, Foals

Tickets:Tickets are €49-€59 per day, camping for four nights is €25 on top

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Where to find variety
Isle of Wight Festival
12-15 June, Isle of Wight

Headliners: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Calvin Harris, Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro

Location: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Best reason for going: Since starting in 1968 with Jefferson Airplane headlining, the festival has grown with the times, now boasting diverse acts, a kids' zone, a forested area and bathing tubs.

Other line-up highlights: Peace, Suede, Katy B

Tickets:Adult weekend passes are £290

Official site

Share this Article
Google+

Most Popular

Edition: UK
TopView classic version