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Midsummer Festival Dream (part 1)
What’s better to survive this cold (really really cold weather for us folks living in London) than to think about summer...long days…warm nights…cold beers…sandy beaches…and music festivals! Because yeah, summer is coming guys and its time to start preparing your agendas, planning your holidays, buying tickets!..so you don’t miss your favorite festivals this season. To help you decide here is a list of some of the best European festivals and what they have lined up for us this summer 2012!
And to start with lets go south to the beautiful, sunny, passionate, tasty and also my home country Spain! Every summer you can enjoy a lot of festivals, but I’ve chosen 3 to start.
Fiberfib - Benicassim 2012: One week to enjoy alternative rock and electronic music besides the beach in the Spanish Costa Azahar. It started being local but now FIB is getting bigger and bigger every year.The tickets cost around 155 pounds and include the camping in the site and many activities. According to the official website this year line up goes with The Stone Roses, New Order, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher´s High Flying Birds, Dizzee Rascal, David Guetta, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cooper, Crystal Castles, De La Soul, Example, The Horrors, Joe Crepúsculo, Katy B, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Miles Kane, The Vaccines, Thee Brandy Hips, Department S, Disappears, Howler, Maverick Sabre, Spector, Los Tiki Phantoms, Todd Terje and many other groups.
Sonar 2012 : one of the most important events for Electronic music lovers worldwide this festival will take place in the heart of the charismatic Barcelona on the 14, 15 and June 16. The tickets are around 155 euros and the line up for this year includes The Roots, deadmau5, Hot Chip, Modeselektor, James Blake dj, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Squarepusher, Nicolas Jaar, Luciano, Azari & III, Jacques Lus Cont, Friendly Fires, Metronomy, John Talabot, Mouse On Mars.
Primavera sound: another big festival in Barcelona but this time for those who love independent music (whatever this means nowadays!) in six different spaces around the city from the 30th of May till the 3rd of June. The price is around 190 euros and the insane line up that keeps on growing and growing include names like the following: A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Archers Of Loaf, Atlas Sound, Beach House, Beirut, Björk, Black Lips, Codeine, Danny Brown, Death Cab For Cutie, Death Grips, Death In Vegas, Dirty Beaches, Field Music, Franz Ferdinand, Girls, Grimes, Hanni El Khatib, Hype Williams, I Break Horses, Japandroids, Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Justice, Kings Of Convenience, Liturgy, Mazzy Star, Melvins, Napalm Death, Neon Indian, OFF!, Real Estate, Refused, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Spiritualized, St. Etienne, The Cure, The Drums, The Rapture, The War On Drugs, The xx, Thee Oh Sees, Trash Talk, Veronica Falls, Washed Out, Wavves, Wilco, Yo La Tengo...
But if you had enough of Spain (although I don't know how that can be possible!) and want to discover another festivals in the Mediterranean here are two of the most popular in the beautiful coasts of Croatia.
Garden Festival: It takes place both in the mainland coast of Croatia and in numerous boats were parties are organized, its the definitive place for Electronic and dance music lovers. It will last from the 4th till the 11th of July 2012 and the tickets will be around 80 euros.
Live Acts include: Nicolas Jaar + Tiger + Woods + 2020 Soundsystem + Yesking + No Fakin Feat Kwasi.?Djs include: Ben Ufo + Metro Area (Darshan Jesrani) + Kenny Dope + Greg Wilson ** Tim Sweeney + Space Dimension Controller + 6th Borough Project + Laura Jones + Eats Everything + Appleblim + Gavin Herlihy + Justin Vandervolgen + Midland + Crazy P Soundsystem + Pbr Streetgang + Solomun + David August + Maxxi Soundsystem + Session Victim + Nick The Record + Felix Dickinson + Funkineven + Fatima + James Holroyd + Alexander Nutt + Waifs & Strays + Christophe & Lukas + Bobby Beige + Dean 'sunshine' Smith + Adam Regan + Ole Smokey + Stu Patterson + Dave Jarvis + Terry Farley + Jogarde + William Collins + Gatto Fritto + Phil South + Ian Blevins + Mr Doris + Greymatter + Matty J & Ben Terry + Phat Phil Cooper + Ste Hodge + Futureboogie Dj's + Steve Cobby (Fila Brasilia)
Inmusic festival: Set in a idyllic location in an island inside lake Jarun, iNmusic festival is the biggest open-air festival in Croatia and one of the top in Europe. A part from sun, beaches and scenery those who have been there say that it has all the good features of a big festival without the crowds of one. The line up of the 2012 is yet to be published but so you can have an idea here is the 2011 one: Jamiroquai, Arcade Fire, Cypress Hill, Grinderman, The Streets, TV on the Radio, Mastodon, Jello Biafra, Buraka Som Sistema, Gentleman, THE DØ, Elementa
In the next article will take a look at festivals in, lets says, chillier places in Europe, in the UK..and also in lands far far away..
Article written by Cristina Torres. You can follow her on Twitter at @cristorresfer.
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