October 05, 2016

10 up and coming festivals you should attend!

We have the privilege of working with so many great festival promoters and it’s particularly satisfying watching festivals grow from strength to strength so they can be enjoyed by more attendees. We have selected 10 festivals that highlight (in no particular order) the entrepreneurial spirit of organisers we love to work with and should be added to your must-attend festival list now.

1 Lindisfarne

Located on the Northumberland coastline, Lindisfarne is set in on the of the country’s most pristine festival locations and comes packed with music, arts, workshops, yoga and amazing street food. At only two years old and previously nominated for three awards at last years UK Festival Awards, we strongly advise you attend this festival before the word gets out!
Where: Beal Far, Northumberland, UK
When: Early September

2 Barn on the Farm

Barn on the Farm is now in its 7th year and continues to pave the way as a forward thinking curator of music. Over the years acts such as Jack Garratt, James Bay, Catfish & the Bottlemen, and Ed Sheeran (YES you read it correctly, Ed Sheeran) have performed all before they hit the mainstream limelight. It takes visionaries to secure this level of talent before they break out and we’re very excited to be associated with such an event. It’s great to see their success has been noticed by the industry after they won the ‘Best Independent Festival’ at the 2014 AIM Independent Music Awards.

Where: Over Farm, Over, Gloucester, UK
When: Late June/early July

Excitingly both Lindisfarne and Barn on The Farm are nominated for Awards at this year’s UK Festival Awards.

3 Festival’ERA

In the north of Spain you can also find a great deal of good music. Located in Llagostera (Catalonia), this festival has become a summer must for electronic music lovers and for those seeking that “something else”. A unique combination of rural environment, a balanced line up between emerging bands and known artists, a great gastronomic offering, plus loads of well-being and workshop activities. After four years, organisers still want to keep the festival size rather small, which is the key to their success and results in tickets selling out in a matter of days! Artists such as Sohn, Gold Panda and Delorean have already enjoyed the perks of the rural life.

Where: Llagostera, Barcelona, Spain
When: Late July

4 Vida Festival
Born from Faraday’s ashes, Vida Festival is, as its name points out, pure life! This is the place to be when the summer starts. Surrounded by a cosy forest filled with vintage light bulbs, small stages and within walking distance from the beach, Vida Festival has become a firm favourite. From Lana del Rey to The War on Drugs, Wilco or La Casa Azul, every genre has its space in this quaint festival. Early birds tickets for their fourth edition have already sold out in a day or two. Good music, an excellent set up, a cool location (siestas at the beach are so okay!)… all for a reasonable ticket price and within 40 minutes from Barcelona. It’s a win win!

Where: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain
When: First weekend in July

5 Kamping Kitsch Club

It’s Belgium’s biggest costume party – it’s always sold out in advance. Words cannot describe this event. You should watch the after movies in order to experience the chaos.

When: End of August
Where: Seebrügge, Belgium

6 Crammerock

Crammerock is a pop festival close to Antwerp and has been a client of ours for years. It’s the perfect closing of the festival season at the beginning of September. With acts like Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks and Katy B on the line-up, it no surprise they sell out earlier every year.
When Beginning of September
Where:  About 30 km from Antwerp, Belgium


7 Pangea Festival

The motto of the Pangea festival in northern Germany is “Never stop playing!” and that’s key at Pangea for festival goers of ALL ages. Especially grown ups can leave the stress and daily routines for four days behind by releasing their inner child simply with the help of “blowing soap bubbles” – accompanied by great music, nature, sun, sea, handcrafts and action sports. The confetti cosmos of Pangea offers so much for all minds and types.

Good vibe summer #neverstopplaying #pangeafestival

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Where: Püttnitz an der See
When: End of August every year


8 Appletree Garden Festival

Appletree Garden is next to music also a bit about saving trees and nature and they recently introduced a deposit fee for rubbish bags on site. If the rubbish bag is returned full of garbage, the attendee will receive their money back which is a great way to encourage a sustainable future for the event. Their attendee numbers have doubled every year since 2012 – a really healthy growth that the “Association to Promote Youth Culture” shows. People enjoy the music, the creative setting, and artistic episodes in between.

Unser schönes Gelände im Rau(s)ch. #BlaueBlume auf der Mainstage. #appletreegarden #atg16

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Where: Diepholz is around 100 km south of Bremen in Northern Germany
When: End of July every year


9 Reggae Lake

Recently Amsterdam launched their first brand new Reggae festival, Reggae Lake, with quite a similar ambiance and atmosphere as the famous Kwaku Food Festival. However, the focus this time instead of Surinamese food is… Reggae! The Gaasperpark in Amsterdam was turned into an oasis of music, with lot’s of different stages and almost 8,000 people who were enjoying the sun and the tunes of the well known Reggae sound.

Where Gaasperpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When End of August, first time in 2016


10 Toffler festival

In May 2015, the organisers of the Amsterdam Toffler club were so smart to organise their first outdoor festival. Without communicating their line-up they sold almost 1,000 tickets during their pre-sale! This autumn they will organise an indoor festival as well, after their second outdoor festival in May 2016 was a great success again. The location for their indoor edition is really exceptional: a submarine warehouse somewhere in Rotterdam. An increase from 6,000 to 10,000 tickets within the year!

Where Rotterdam, The Netherlands
When Indoor Mid November | Outdoor May

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