The Best Festival Debuts of 2019

The Best Festival Debuts of 2019

Afro Nation, Beat Hotel and Tomorrowland Winter, it's been a big year for new festivals. We celebrate those that made a more than noisy entrance in 2019.

Afro Nation

Flying onto the scene and cementing itself as the biggest urban beach festival in Europe, Afro Nation's 2019 debut shook the Afrobeats, dancehall and hip-hop world, selling out in less that 24 hours thanks to a heavy-hitting lineup of Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy and more.

Afro Nation 2020 Guide

Beat Hotel Marrakech

There aren't many more special settings than aside Morocco's imperious Atlas Mountains, which is where festival newcomer Beat Hotel settled. An experience as much as it is a music festival, Beat Hotel showcased four days of music, art, wellbeing and food at the stunning Fellah Hotel just outside Marrakech. 

Beat Hotel Marrakech 2020 Guide / Book Beat Hotel Marrakech 2020

We Out Here

Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM, and Brownswood Recordings brought their musical eclecticism to the Cambridgeshire countryside in August 2019 for the first edition of We Out Here, curating a festival that delved into soul, jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop, Afrobeat, disco and electronic music.

We Out Here Festival 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Tomorrowland Winter

March 2019 saw the mighty Tomorrowland head to the French Alps for the first outing of its winter edition, which saw it joined by its usual A-grade dance lineup that included Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for a week of partying in the picturesque town of Alpe d'Huez.

Tomorrowland Winter 2020 Guide / Book Tomorrowland Winter 2020


London's brand new concert series brought Doves, The Specials and You Me At Six to Gunnersbury Park for three days last September, making summer last just that extra bit longer. 

Gunnersville Festival 2020 Guide & Mailing List

Fest Festival

August saw the first edition of Poland's aptly named Fest Festival. Running 24/7 over two days, Fest Festival brought innovative stage design to the lush grounds of the Silesian region's Park Śląski, while curating a lineup that spanned the genres, with the likes of Disclosure, Wu-Tang Clan, Roisin Murphy, Alan Walker and Metronomy all performing.

Fest Festival 2020 Guide / Book Fest Festival 2020

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Promising to "bring together the city of San Diego and the sea in a way that no music festival has ever done before", Wonderfront showcased over 80 musicians across over seven stages on the city's waterfront back in November, including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Miguel and MGMT. 

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival Guide & Mailing List 

Land Beyond

Brighton came alive in June as some of the city's most respected promoters turned East Brighton Park into a showcase of house, disco, funk, soul and jazz, before Supercharged took over on the Sunday for a celebration of bass, grime, garage, DnB and more.

Land Beyond Festival 2020 Guide & Waiting List


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