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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

Headliners (2018): Arctic Monkeys, Björk, The National

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 - 2 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List


Reading & Leeds

Headliners (2018)Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon

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 Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List
Leeds Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List


Sziget

Headliners: Ed Sheeran (+ more TBA)

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

Festicket Guide / Book Sziget Festival 2018


Isle of Wight

Headliners (2018): Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher

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: 13-16 June 2019, Isle of Wight, UK

Festicket Guide / Book Isle of Wight 2019


Lollapalooza Paris

Headliners (2018): Gorillaz, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Travis Scott

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: July 2019 (Date TBA), Paris, France

Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List


Les Eurockéennes

Headliners (2018): Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Liam Gallagher, Macklemore

It may be nicknamed the 'French Glastonbury', but Les Eurockéennes certainly trumps its English counterpart for location. Set beside the beautiful natural lakes of Belfort, over 60 gigs filled with a rich lineup that has previously featured legends such as Radiohead, David Bowie, The Cure and Jay-Z, gives festival-goers the chance to see their favourite artists in a unique and unforgettable setting. 

When & where: July 2019 (Date TBA), Belfort, France

Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List


Bestival

Headliners (2018): London Grammar, Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), M.I.A.

While times are a little uncertain for Bestival at the moment, for years the festival favourite has been a toy-box of surprises, filled with quirkiness and utter oddity that'll make your imagination run wild.

Backed by a musical lineup topped by household names in every genre, alongside its collection of comedy, theatre and workshops, Bestival's bonanza is permeated with tonnes of fancy-dressers, enchanted woodlands, a story-telling Wishing Tree and of course the occasional world record attempt.

When & where: 2019 Date TBA, East Lulworth, UK

Festicket Guide / 2019 Waiting List

 


FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Headliners (2018): The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Travis Scott

With days spent lounging on Spain's sunny beaches, and nights partying to names such as Muse, The Prodigy, The Killers and Justice, 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 

Festicket Guide / Book Benicàssim 2019

 


The Governors Ball Music Festival

Headliners (2018): Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott

Balancing rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, pop and folk, Governors Ball sets up and plugs in on New York's Randall's Island giving you the chance to watch an eclectic mix of the hottest bands right now with the spectacular backdrop of the city skyline. 

When & where: June 2019 (Date TBA), New York, USA

Festicket Guide / 2019 Mailing List

 


Roskilde

Headliners (2018): Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, David Byrne

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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