Didnâ€™t get your Glastonbury or Tomorrowland tickets â€¨before they sold out? Worry not. One of these â€¨10 summer music festivals is sure to suit.â€¨
Beaches Brew, June 6â€“10
Head to Marina di Ravenna on Italyâ€™s Adriatic coast for five sun-kissed days of folk rock. Acts including Cate le Bon, Destroyer, Ty Segall & The Muggers, and Dirty Fences play on stages stuck in the sand.
For a Weekend in the Park:
Field Day, June 11â€“12
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Londonâ€™s Field Day couples the biggest names in alternative musicâ€”James Blake, PJ Harvey, Air, and moreâ€”with old-fashioned games like tug-of-war and relay races in Victoria Park.
SĂłnar, June 16â€“18
Barcelonaâ€™s SĂłnar is a digital-creativeâ€™s wonderland, with top electronic artistsâ€”from pioneers New Order and Jean-Michel Jarre to younger faces like Oneohtrix Point Neverâ€”alongside tech development and networking events.
For Staying Up All Night:
Secret Solstice, June 16â€“19
Capitalizing on its annual 72 hours of continuous sunlight, ReykjavĂk throws a massive music festival, this year headlined by Radiohead and Icelandâ€™s own Monsters and Men. Geothermal pools and pagan Norse stage names add to the atmosphere.
For Families: Â
Festival dâ€™Ă‰tĂ©, July 7â€“17
Street art festivals, QuĂ©bĂ©cois cuisine, and cross-generational artists like Sting and Peter Gabriel make Quebec Cityâ€™s 11-day festival ideal for all ages.
For Countryside Carousing:
T in the Park, July 8â€“10
Scotlandâ€™s Strathallan Castle is the backdrop for three days of camping; listening to artists ranging from Spanish guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela to DJ Calvin Harris; and sipping whisky well into the night.
Pitchfork Music Festival,Â July 15â€“17
Anyone whoâ€™s anyone in the indie-music zeitgeist can be found in Chicagoâ€™s Union Park for Pitchfork, run by its namesake blog. FKA Twigs, Blood Orange, and Kamasi Washington are among this year’s many artists.
For Mountain Magic:
Fuji Rock, July 22â€“24
Aside from its misleading name, Japanâ€™s largest music festival is a sure pleaser. Set among the mountains of Naeba Ski Resort, it has a lineup of perennial all-stars (Sigur RĂłs, Beck, Wilco) and ryokans as lodging options.
For Celebrity Sightings:
Panorama, July 22â€“24
New this year from the creators of Hollywoodâ€™s favorite festival, Coachella, is this three-day fĂŞte in New York City. Arcade Fire and Kendrick Lamar will headline, though the people-watching is sure to be performance art in its own right.
For More than Music: Â
Splendour in the Grass, â€¨July 22â€“24
Cocktail bars, art installations, tipi villages, stand-up comedy, even a massage lounge make this Byron Bay rock fest one of Australiaâ€™s most beloved annual events. Oh, and The Strokes, The Cure, and Band of Horses will be there as well.
This article originally appeared in theÂ June/JulyÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śSound Adviceâ€ť).