Plan a summer break around a music festival and catch a band or two
Time Out Bahrain staff
Jun 24-28, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, UK The Pitch: It’s one of the most famous festivals, but if you haven’t got a ticket yet, you’re probably not getting in. For the record, confirmed acts include Doves, Lily Allen, Madness and Rolf Harris. Britpop kings Blur will also be re-forming.
Jul 9-12, Novi Sad, Serbia The Pitch: Want a music festival a little bit different from the rest? How about in the middle of the beautiful Serbian countryside, housed in a 16th century fort? The line-up features Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Kraftwerk, Korn, The Prodigy and Madness.
Jul 16-19, Benicassim, Valencia, Spain The Pitch: Set a mile away from the Spanish coastline at the foot of a mountain range and with a 7pm-7am running time, Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) boasts the likes of Oasis, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers this year.
Tickets: BD85.5 for four days (but selling out fast)
Jul 24-26, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan The Pitch: Fuji by name, but not by nature, seeing as it got moved hundreds of miles away to Naeba Ski Resort. But it still gets the big bands – this year there’s Basement Jaxx, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers on the line-up.
Jul 25-26, Belongil Fields, Byron Bay, Sydney, Australia The Pitch: OK, so at the time of going to press we had actually learned that all tickets had sold out, but maybe try to hunt some down on the web (eBay etc). The line-up includes Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Janes Addiction and The Specials, which means it’s definitely worth the effort.
Aug 28-30, Little John’s Farm, Reading, and Bramham Park, Wetherby, Leeds, UK The Pitch: Traditionally the heavier of the British indie festivals, this year’s dual-city extravaganza promises Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, The Prodigy and Radiohead.
Tickets: Will vary, as currently sold out (details of where to locate some on the website)
Sep 11-13, Robyn Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, UK The Pitch: If you want your festival with a side order of surreality, then Bestival is for you. Every year it has a fancy dress theme – this year it’s space exploration, and Lily Allen is a judge – while acts of utter randomness are actively encouraged. The line-up is also suitably eclectic, with Michael Nyman rubbing shoulders with Massive Attack, Kraftwerk and Björn Again.