Given the current weather, at least here in the U.K., the summer festival season must seem light years away. But ‘the festival’ is a business that runs all year round because of winter variations of course – but also the constant stream of line-up news. This can seem quite intimidating so we’ve got a helpful run down of just a few to look out for.
These are ten festival acts you don’t want to miss, you might know them, you might not – but they will be the the names on goers lips as wristbands are allocated:
Why? Because she had a huge huge huge 2018 & in 2019 continues to be both newsworthy and artistically honest.
Where? Beach Bash, Port of Gold, Flyover, Hangout, Primavera, Bonnarro, Wireless
Who? Kings of Leon
Why? After a relatively quiet few years, the KOL are the consummate, bonafide, BIG festival arena band.
Where? P’al Norte, Lollapalloza, Benicassim
Who? Jon Hopkins
Why? His critically-acclaimed 2018 album ‘Singularity’ was a sonic attack on the senses. His live performances channel this, but turned up to 10.
Where? Laneway, Catch, Estero, Ceremonia, Coachella, Sonar, Move, Riverside, Forbidden Fruit, Marsatac, Roskilde, Mad Cool, Blue Dot, Audio River, Grape
Who? Childish Gambino
Why? Donald Glover is both performer and polymath. On the back of another successful period on screen, he returns to his Hip-Hop/Soul/Funk persona.
Where? Coachella, Bonnaroo,
Who? Foo Fighters
Why? The archetypal ‘festival band’ – reliable, dynamic, legendary.
Where? Epicenter, Sonic Temple, Southside, Hurricane, Lollapalooza, Sziget, Reading/Leeds
Who? Lana Del Rey
Why? The elusive star brings her mysterious yet alluring presence to the festival circuit.
Where? Tinderbox, Lollapalooza, Benicassim, Super Bock Super Rock, Latitude
Who? Tame Impala
Why? The laid-back Aussies have universal appeal. But that understates just how great their sound is, and perfect for those summer days/evenings.
Where? Coachella, Shaky Knees, Boston Calling, Primavera, We Love Green, Southside, Hurricane, Oya, Flow, La Route Du Rock
Who? Kamasi Washington
Why? For the jazz aficionados and beyond, there is nobody crossing the line from the dark jazz halls into mainstream music like KW.
Where? Lollapalooza, North Sea, Brighton Funk & Soul Weekender
Who? Arctic Monkeys
Why? Everyone’s favourite Sheffield sons return to cement their legacy as the ‘greatest British band around’ (possibly)
Where? Pa’l Norte, Lollapalooza, Estered Picnic
Who? The Strokes
Why? A mix of hip nostalgia and quintessentially New Yawk sound provides the perfect cocktail for Julian & co to bring to festival crowds.
Where? Governor’s Ball, Bilbao BBK, Lollapalooza, All Points East