TOP 10: Glastonbury Alternatives

TOP 10: Glastonbury Alternatives

Miss out on tickets for Glastonbury Festival? Maybe one of these can fill that Somerset-shaped hole...

Primavera Sound

Festival Lineup: Solange, Tame Impala, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Kali Uchis, Interpol, Rosalia, Mac Demarco

With a hall of fame that includes the likes of The Cure, Blur and Arcade Fire, Primavera Sound not only has a heavyweight lineup that's sprouted out from its indie roots to include artists such as A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet and Run the Jewels, it also showcases it all on the beautiful coastline of Barcelona. 

When & where: 30 May - 1 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Primavera Sound Festival 2019 Guide / Book Primavera Sound 2019

Rock en Seine

Festival lineup: The Cure, Jorja Smith, Foals, Major Lazer, Aphex Twin, Royal Blood, Johnny Marr, Bring Me The Horizon

Held each summer in the western reaches of Paris, Rock en Seine has become one of the country's most famous music festivals, showcasing its diverse lineup inside the grounds of the historic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud.

When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Paris, France

Rock en Seine 2019 Guide / Book Rock en Seine 2019


Reading & Leeds


Festival Lineup: The 1975, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Bastille, Blossoms, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish 

Reading and Leeds Festivals have become a rite of passage for most British festival-goers, and it's not surprising when you gaze upon their lineup. Although still inherently a 'rock' festival, the duo are increasingly mixing things up year on year with the introduction of dance tents and urban stages. And with a reputation right up there with the best, they have the pulling power to get more-or-less whoever they want. 

When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Reading & Leeds, UK

Reading Festival 2019 / Book Reading Festival 2019

Leeds Festival 2019 Guide / Book Leeds Festival 2019


Festival lineup: Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters

Often labelled as the European alternative to the Burning Man, Sziget is abound with quirking activities, surreal venues, an amusement park and incredible art installations that combine to create a world of wonder, soundtracked by international names in the world of rock, pop and electronic music. 

When & where: 7-13 August 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Sziget Festival 2019 Guide / Book Sziget Festival 2019

Isle of Wight

Festival lineup (2019): Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, Fatboy Slim, Richard Ashcroft, Lily Allen

Regarded as the Woodstock of the UK, and the setting for Jimi Hendrix's last ever gig, Isle of Wight Festival was the original British music festival. It was so popular, in fact, that it was even periodically prevented from happening by Parliament who were thrown by this new field-gathering craze.

Now though, it sits at the top table of British festival, securing huge headliners each year as well as a bill that's not just musically eclectic, but embraces all aspects of the arts; be it comedy, cabaret, poetry, talks, quizzes and even a fairground. 

When & where: 11-14 June 2020, Isle of Wight, UK

Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Guide / Book Isle of Wight 2020

Lollapalooza Paris

Festival lineup: The Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Migos, Martin Garrix, The 1975, Biffy Clyro, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Eric Prydz

France may have waited for over 25 years, but Lollapalooza's distinctive brand has now found its way to Paris via Chile, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Berlin. The city's Hippodrome de Longchamp hosts proceedings, providing a unique backdrop to Lollapalooza's continental blend of rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B and electronic music.

When & where: 20-21 July 2019, Paris, France

Lollapalooza Paris 2019 Guide / Book Lollapalooza Paris 2019

EXIT Festival

Festival lineup: The Cure, Carl Cox, Skepta, Jeff Mills, Greta van Fleet, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Amelie Lens, Paul Kalkbrenner

A Serbian beauty, EXIT takes over Novi Sad's magical 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress alongside some of the best in rock, hip-hop and dance music, who will perform across over 40 stages inside the fort's moats, trenches and even tunnels.

When & where: 4-8 July 2019, Novi Sad, Serbia

EXIT Festival 2019 Guide / Book EXIT Festival 2019

FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Festival lineup: Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Blossoms, Franz Ferdinand

With days spent lounging on Spain's sunny beaches, and nights partying to names such as Kings of Leon, The 1975 and Fatboy Slim, Benicàssim has become a staple of the European festival circuit, popular with those wanting to pair a major festival with sun, sea and beaches. 

When & where: 18-21 July 2019, Castellón, Spain 

Benicàssim Festival 2019 Guide / Book Benicàssim 2019


Rock Werchter

Festival lineup: The Cure, P!nk, Muse, Tool, Bastille, Greta van Fleet, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine

Founded in 1974, Rock Werchter is one of Europe's most historic festivals, now welcoming upwards of 150,000 fans each year to party to music's biggest names. Make no mistakes, Rock Werchter has very much reached bucket list status.

When & where: 27-30 June 2019, Werchter, Belgium

Rock Wetchter 2019 Guide & Mailing List 


Festival lineup: Bob Dylan with his band, Travis Scott, MØ, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Chance the Rapper, Underworld, The Cure, Janelle Monáe

With a mega lineup that's now become a given, Roskilde thrives in other areas. For one, what festival do you know that holds a naked run each year, with the prize being a free ticket to next year's event? Or a mass pillow fight? None, I imagine.

Oh, and all Roskilde's profits are donated to charity, meaning it's a festival created by festival lovers, for festival lovers, and now attracts around 130,000 people every year. 

When & where: 29 June-6 July 2019, Roskilde, Denmark

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