Whether you have a hard time pleasing your whole friendship group or just love a bit of everything yourself, sometimes you need a festival that caters to every taste in the crowd. This can be hard to find without skimping on the headliners and unique festival experiences.
So we've found seven of the best multi-genre lineups that 2016 has to offer, with some of the biggest international names, stunning art installations and quirky local talent all packed in for good measure.
Brainchild of Rob da Bank, Bestival is a mammoth music marathon set on the Isle of Wight, UK. Unrivalled for quirkiness, it is renowned for imaginative installations, from haunted shacks, secret raves hidden in the nearby forest and record-breaking disco balls to dance stages in the form of a battleship. Perhaps the most notable feature of Bestival is its ability to bring together one-of-a-kind headliners. With icons such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Duran Duran, The Jacksons, Outkast, Snoop Dogg and New Order all having taken the stage in recent years, it’s safe to say that big things can be expected from this festival giant.
This year welcomes a mix of international talent, including The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Skepta, Years & Years, Skream, Bastille, Craig David, The Human League, Eats Everything, Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Shy FX and tonnes more.
Amidst a rapidly growing reputation as Europe's newest festival powerhouse, Secret Solstice is perhaps not so secret anymore. Iceland’s natural wonders provide a stunning backdrop, and it is no surprise that music lovers have fought over tickets for the past few years. The festival basks in 96 hours of constant sunlight, giving it a magical atmosphere and a unique feel as the artists take to the stage.
This year welcomed the third edition, with the likes of Radiohead, Deftones, Of Monsters And Men, Die Antwoord, Jamie Jones, Skream, Róisín Murphy, Action Bronson and General Levy gracing the nation's capital city, Reykjavík.
15 years down the line from its incredible debut, EXIT Festival is one of the best-known festivals on the continent. Located in a Petrovaradin fortress, the festival boasts one of the more unique approaches to live music. With a list of past icons that spans everyone from the Sex Pistols to Chic to Skrillex, diversity is the name of the game for this Serbian delight.
2016 plays host to the likes of The Prodigy, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, The Vaccines, Wiz Khalifa, Ms Dynamite, and Stormzy.
Festival Internacional de Benicassim
Festival Internacional de Benicassim, or FIB, is synonymous with music royalty. Over the past two decades it has cemented itself at the core of the global music festival scene and a long line of famous names have taken to its stages. Backdropped by the aesthetically beautiful Spanish coast, the music is accompanied by sunny views over the Mediterranean.
This year sees performances from Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, Massive Attack, Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Skepta, Jamie xx and countless other top-tier artists.
Yet another festival powerhouse, Sziget Festival is one of the most iconic and diverse music celebrations in Europe. Tickets are like gold dust and the fact that they sell out in advance of any lineup announcements is an ode to the calibre of artists that this Hungarian festival attracts. With every taste covered in glorious style, the crowds include music-lovers from across the continent.
2016 brings together Rihanna, Muse, David Guetta, Bring Me The Horizon, Sia, Bastille, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jess Glynne, Bloc Party, Hardwell, Kaiser Chiefs, Die Antwoord, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, The Lumineers, Years & Years, CHURCHES and Manu Chao La Ventura to name just a few.
Lollapalooza Berlin is the European answer to the one of the strongest festival legacies in the USA. Despite being held on a different continent, it is no less grand, with icons being drawn in from all over the globe. Embracing rock, pop, indie and EDM, the festival atmosphere is one of inclusivity and musical diversity. To add to this, there is a whole host of other intricacies and installations that make the entire festival a complete experience.
Set to take the stage this year are Radiohead, Kings Of Leon, Major Lazer, New Order, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, James Blake, The 1975, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jess Glynne, Martin Solveig and Years & Years amongst others.
T in the Park
Hosted by Strathallan Castle, Scotland, and its accompanying grounds, T in the Park doesn’t shy away from being ambitious. The biggest music event of the year for the north of the UK, it is able to stage major headliners whilst simultaneously supporting local talent. Its creative diversity is matched only by the high standard of its artists and this is reinforced with a breathtaking selection of light shows and performances.
This year welcomes The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Bastille, LCD Soundsystem, Faithless, The 1975, Jamie xx, James Morrison, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Odell, Tinie Tempah, Craig David, Jake Bugg, Maxïmo Park and more.
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