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Five alternative music festivals you should consider this summer

Summer is fast approach and, as Leeds and Reading Festival line up the same artist schedule for the 29th year in a row, it’s probably a good idea to start looking elsewhere for your festival needs.

Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The xx and more are heading out into the hidden corners of the festival circuit this year and, as we enter summer, there’s still time to plan a route into a different source of musical enjoyment.

From mainland Europe to the Lake District, here’s a couple of festivals you should look into:

Roskilde, Denmark | 24th June – 1st July

Capacity: ​135,000

Line up:
Foo Fighters, Solange, Arcade Fire, Justice, Moderat/Modeselektor, Father John
Misty, Tinashe, A Tribe Called Quest, Lorde, Bonobo, Justice, Blink 182, The
Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, Angel Olsen and Gucci Mane.

With more than 175 acts in the line-up performing on nine stages and over 100,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is among the most unique music festival experiences in the world – a position the festival has held since the early 1970s. The full festival journey in Roskilde is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party Roskilde Festival is 100% non-profit and created by dedicated volunteers.

All profits are donated to cultural and humanitarian purposes by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

Rock Werchter
Werchter, Belgium | 29th June – 2nd July

Capacity:​ 149,500


Line up:
Kings Of Leon, Alt-J, Radiohead, Prophets of Rage, Arcade Fire, Linkin Park,
System of a Down, Blink-182, James Blake, Rag’n’Bone Man, Charli XCX, The Kills,
Royal Blood, Lorde, Nothing But Thieves.

The best headliners, fiery young stars, hard-bitten rockers, singer-songwriters and the fattest beats. There’s no doubting Rock Werchter’s commitment to every musical genre, cementing itself as Belgium’s greatest summer music festival.

Rock Werchter is a multiple award-winning international hit that satisfies every ‘festival goers’ needs.

Kendal Calling
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District | 27th- 30th July

Capacity: ​25000


Line up:
Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds, Frank
Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Idris Elba, and
Kurupt FM.

Set in the stunning surrounds of the Lake District, Kendal Calling ​is renowned for more than just music. Welcoming loyal festival lovers year after year, Kendal hosts an incredible 4 days of arts installations, gourmet food, kid’s entertainment and a real ale festival, all within the confines of what is widely regarded to be the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

A week after the festival’s first announcement, Kendal Calling 2017 has completely SOLD OUT all 25,000 tickets for the 12th consecutive time… so get on eBay, I guess.

Flow Festival
Helsinki, Finland | 11th – 13th August

Capacity: ​70,000

Line up:
Lana Del Rey, Aphex Twin, Frank Ocean, The xx, Flume, London Grammar, Vince
Staples, Angel Olsen, Maceo Plex, Sampha, Ryan Adams.

One of the planet’s most forward thinking festivals, Flow combines music, art, culture, culinary excellence and sustainability. The festival has an outstanding reputation for presenting some of the globe’s most pioneering artists in a jaw dropping, industrial space in Helsinki, Europe’s capital of cool.

Beyond the Tracks
Eastside City Park, Birmingham | 15th-17th September

Line up:
Orbital, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leftfield,
Maximo Park, Wild Beasts, The Coral, Faithless, The Twang, Carl Barat and the
Jackals, Jagwar Ma and Peter Hook and the Light

Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park. Featuring some of the most revered names in music, plus the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome musical addition to the UK’s second largest city.