Swim. Backpack. Cycle. Tube it. The summer’s biggest European music festivals are beckoning and like the song says, they don’t care how you get there, just get there if you can.
From Glastonbury to Monegros, we’re counting down the most enticing venues with the acts most likely to blow your trainers off. You’re going to want to make loads of pre-festival music mixes for these, so load up your MyMusicCloud music library (2 gigabytes free) and listen to your rock/alt/dance mixes uninterrupted on nearly any mobile phone, tablet, or laptop with our cloud-based music delivery service.
Here’s what to expect (in chronological order):
Glastonbury, June 28-30, Pilton, U.K.: The “Cup Final” of music festivals, this big daddy features the Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kenny Rogers, Billy Bragg, The xx, Of Monsters and Men, Smashing Pumpkins, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, The Hives, Primal Scream, Stevie Winwood and many more.
Roskilde, June 29-July 7, Roskilde, Denmark: This giant rock/dance showcase stars Kraftwerk, Metallica, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Rihanna, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Airbourne, Miguel, Slipknot, Kendrick Lamar.
Latitude 2013, July 18-21, Henham Park, Suffolk, U.K.: Bloc Party, Modest Mouse, Calexico, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Foals, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Alt-J perform alongside comedians, theatre companies, poets, writers and even a children’s area.
Monegros Desert Festival, July 20, Fraga, Spain: This one-day mega-rave draws 40,000 revelers and promises Public Enemy, Bloody Beetroots, Underworld, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and many more DJs.
Reading and Leeds, August 23-25, held in Reading and Leeds, U.K. respectively (different venues/same lineup): Headliners Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day join Alt-J, Eminem, Fall Out Bay, Haim, Johnny Marr, Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails, The Lumineers, Editors, Phoenix, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, City and Colour, Haim, Alex Clare and Knife Party, just to name a few.
T in the Park (actually held in an airfield), July 12-14, 2013, Balado, Scotland: Raise a pint to Rihanna, The Killers, Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, the Script, Mumford & Sons, Modest Mouse, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.