December 09, 2015
The festival season brings so much joy to millions of people across the globe. With an abundance of options it’s difficult to choose which ones you’ll commit to each year but we encourage everyone to attend at least one and soak up the good vibes on offer. We’ve chosen four from the circuit that had people in a frenzy before, during and after attending.
When it comes to the most anticipated and talked about line-ups of the festival season it’s hard to beat Glastonbury’s, and their 2015 event was no exception. The organisers polarised their audience and the general UK music public with the announcement of Kanye West as one of the headline acts. This caused so much outrage to some attendees that one grumpy man decided to start a petition entitled ‘Cancel Kanye West’s headline slot and get a rock band.’ This actually received 136,000 signatures! Well, you know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Keep doing what you do Glasto.
Burning Man Festival set in Black Rock Desert, Nevada transforms this remote space into Black Rock City for one week in what is by far one of the most hyped and talked about parties of the festival season. Since it’s birth in 1986, the festival has said no to any commercial sponsorships or transactions on site which make for a truly expressive and artistic environment.
This year, ‘burners’ experienced some fairly intense dust storms, which is not uncommon on the playa, but were also yet again treated to some of the most interesting and large-scale public art and architecture projects on the face of the planet. One of the most celebrated projects was titled R-Evolution which was the third in a series of monumental sculptures entitled, The Bliss Project. At 48 feet tall the sculpture of a woman constructed of steel rods and balls and covered in stainless mesh with LED lighting effects was quite the spectacle. She even breathed like a human! Check out R-Evolution alongside many other incredible installations and art projects in this short after-movie.
Latitude Festival, set in the UK countryside of Suffolk brings together an eclectic mix of amazing music, performance art, poetry, comedy, a lake for swimming and even a pampering space that offers massages and treatments for those in need of a break from the festival antics.
The festival is renowned for it’s amazing line up and this year it treated the lucky attendees to some surprise performances at the intimate iArena stage set deep in the woods. Ed Sheeran was the first to create an absolute frenzy throughout the crowd, on social media and in the press the following day. The pop icon had just performed three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium (90,000 capacity x 3!) the previous week so making an appearance for just 3,000 lucky punters was something for the history books. On night two festival goers were treated to the eclectic icon, Thom Yorke which is arguably more on point for the Latitude line-up in general but again garnered lots of attention from people desperate to see the former Radiohead frontman in an intimate, one-off setting.
Latitude recently won ‘Line-up of the Year’ at the UK Festival Awards and this may well have had something to do with it.
Whilst Burning Man took the honours of the most impressive public art at a festival, it would be very hard to go past Tomorrowland as one of the most impressive productions of 2015. The main stage is an absolute work-of-art, boasting an extravagant fairytale castle set up with Gothic arches and spires, stained glass windows, hanging foliage and waterfalls from each side of the stage.
The amount of effort that goes into this mind blowing backdrop is definitely appreciated by the DJs/acts themselves as not only do they put on some of the biggest performances for the year, 2015 witnessed Martin Solveig dress up as Batman and Sander van Doorn as Superman as part of Super Hero Saturday. Everyone is in the spirit at Belgium’s flagship event and they really do provide the ‘how-to’ guide on wowing your audience.