T in the Park, Scotland's legendary music festival with eye-popping lineups of the biggest names in rock, pop, and electro, won't take place in 2017. Ya, we're bummed too. Ever since its inception in 1994, this festival has been a rite of passage for UK music lovers – especially those in Scotland. Its absence leaves a massive hole not only in this summer's UK calendar, but in the European music festival scene as a whole.
Even though there's not yet word on whether the festival will return in 2018, we here at Festicket like to see the silver lining in every situation. Though T in the Park's announcement may have thrown our summer plans out the window, we like to think of it as an opportunity to try something new and check out some of the other amazing festivals Europe has to offer.
With that in mind, we thought we'd ease the pain of at least temporarily losing an old friend by compiling a list of awesome, like-minded festivals that share T in the Park's sensibilities and taste in music. So without further ado, listed in order of distance from the now-vacant festival site, are the Top 10 T in the Park alternative festivals.
Reading and Leeds Festivals
Headliners (2016): Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro
You're going to get nothing short of the biggest names in music at these tandem music festival institutions. Some of the most mythologised sets in popular music history, such as Kurt Cobain's wheelchair moment, have taken place here.
When & Where: 25-27 August 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom
Headliners (2016): The Cure, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa
If you're feeling like letting your freak flag fly, this is the festival for you. Bestival's unique mix of eclectic lineups featuring some serious star power and its free spirited atmosphere has rightfully entrenched it as a must see festival.
When & Where: 7-10 September 2017, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Isle of Wight
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart
The UK's Woodstock, Isle of Wight has serious rock cred. Legendary performances in the 1960s from Jimi Hendrix and The Who have instilled this festival with a moral code to keep on rocking, and they do it well.
When & Where: 8-11 June, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Festival No. 6
Headliners (2016): Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Hot Chip, Bastille
Taking place in the beautiful Northern Welsh town of Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 is an immersive experience featuring great music performances, visual and performance art, poetry, lectures, gourmet food, etc. It has been racking up the awards and devotees since its inception in 2012.
When & Where: 7-10 September, 2017, Portmeirion, United Kingdom
Green Man Festival
Headliners (2016): Belle and Sebastian, James Blake, Wild Beasts
Sticking with Welsh hidden gems, Green Man is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, so expect organisers to go above and beyond. Set in the mountains of Brecon Beacons National Park, this festival offers the best of indie music, comedy, arts, and nature exploration.
When & Where: 2017 Dates TBA, Brecon, United Kingdom
Best Kept Secret
Headliners: Radiohead, Arcade Fire
Putting on only its 5th edition in 2017, Best Kept Secret has grown quickly into the Netherland's biggest rock, indie, and pop festival. Set in the scenic Beekse Bergen Safari Park, where animals from the safari abound, this festival definitely has a unique feel to it.
When & Where: 16-18 June, 2017, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Justice
An institution in its own right, Roskilde has been wowing fans of rock and other genres for 45 years. Having hosted essentially every legendary rock act you can think of, everyone needs to attend this festival at least once.
When & Where: 24 June - 1 July, 2017, Roskilde, Denmark
Mad Cool Festival
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Green Day, Kings of Leon
Entering its second year, Mad Cool Festival is already one of the most important rock and pop festivals in Europe. This is just a classic style rock festival done right. And it takes place in Madrid. Killer.
When & Where: 6-8 July, 2017, Madrid, Spain
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Frank Ocean, The xx, Bon Iver
Primavera Sound is in the debate for best festival in Europe. Its combination of beautiful beachfront location in the buzzing city of Barcelona and its lineup's uncompromising devotion to artistic integrity is unparalleled.
When & Where: 31 May - 4 June, 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Kasabian, alt-J
INmusic is the biggest open air festival in Croatia. It consistently puts together some of the best rock-centric lineups in Europe and takes place on the beautiful Lake Jarun. No wonder it consistently draws over 65,000 people.
When & Where: 19-21 June, 2017, Zagreb, Croatia