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Summer 2017: The Best Festival Images from All Over the World

Summer 2017: The Best Festival Images from All Over the World


The best music festival photography is a beautiful thing; a whole extra layer on top of the live experience, whether or not you were there to see it first-hand.

And the most powerful images don't always come from the biggest festivals, no matter how many resources they have at their disposal.

Gaze-catching colours, a unique viewpoint, or a pure hit of originality can all come together to create an incredible shot. The very best, though, draw you into an intimate moment of intrigue or humanity, or plunge you into the midst of a rich, lifelike atmosphere that you can almost reach out and touch.

For this shortlist, we included June to early September, across the Northern Hemisphere. In part to help make it more manageable than scouring the entire internet, we've taken all of our selections from festivals' official websites and social accounts.

Maybe you have a favourite that we didn't include, or a photo of your own that captured a meaningful memory; let us know, we'd love to see what would make the cut for you.



Awakenings Festival, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands. Photo by Dennis Bouman for Awakenings Festival.



Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC. 



Tame Impala at Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC.



Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC.



Desiigner at Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC.



Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC.



Solange at Panorama NYC, New York, USA. Photo by Panorama NYC.



Melt Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany. Photo by Johannes Riggelsen for Melt Festival.



Meadows in the Mountains Festival, Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria. Photo by Jack Pasco Photography for Meadows in the Mountains Festival.



Meadows in the Mountains Festival, Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria. Photo by Meadows in the Mountains Festival.



Alfa Future People, Bolshoe Kozino, Russia. Photo by Alfa Future People.



Alfa Future People, Bolshoe Kozino, Russia. Photo by Alfa Future People.


 
Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands. Photo by Ben Houdijk Photography for Best Kept Secret Festival.



Ericka Hart at AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn, New York, USA. Photo by Aaron Paschal – AP2 Photography for AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn.

Ericka Hart underwent a double mastectomy in 2014. Even a glance at the Facebook comments left on it show that by not shying away from how her body now looks, Hart has become an inspirational figure for many. Speaking to Refinery29, she put it like this: "I went topless at Afropunk, one, to raise awareness of Black – cis and trans – people [with cancer], because we have higher mortality rates. And because I want to be received as sexy, not just as a survivor. I wanted other people to hear my story and to be touched, like this is so not about me anymore."



Sigrid at PULS Open Air, Kaltenberg, Germany. Photo by PULS Open Air.



PULS Open Air, Kaltenberg, Germany. Photo by PULS Open Air.



Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Photo by Jussi Hellsten for Flow Festival Helsinki.



Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata Pref., Japan. Photo by Fuji Rock Festival.



Farrago Festival, Pfaffenhofen, Germany. Photo by www.dominik-lenz.de for Farrago Festival.



Farrago Festival, Pfaffenhofen, Germany. Photo by www.dominik-lenz.de for Farrago Festival.



Farrago Festival, Pfaffenhofen, Germany. Photo by www.dominik-lenz.de for Farrago Festival.



Rock am Ring, Nürburg, Germany. Photo by Rock am Ring.



Broilers at Rock am Ring, Nürburg, Germany. Photo by Paul Ripke for Rock am Ring.



Boomtown, Winchester, UK. Photo by Boomtown.



Electric Love Festival, Salzburgring, Austria. Photo by Electric Love Festival.



Electric Forest, Rothbury, USA. Photo by Electric Forest.



Untold Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Photo by Untold Festival.



Black Coffee at Untold Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Photo by Untold Festival.



Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno at Reading Festival, Reading, UK. Photo by Reading Festival.



Grace Jones at Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia. Photo by Dan Medhurst for Dimensions Festival.



Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia. Photo by Dan Medhurst for Dimensions Festival.



Moderat at Electric Castle, Bontida, Romania. Photo by Electric Castle.



Apparat (Moderat) at Electric Castle, Bontida, Romania. Photo by Anita Jambor for Electric Castle.



Sonus Festival, Novalja, Croatia. Photo by Sonus Festival.



Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium. Photo by Tomorrowland.



Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium. Photo by Tomorrowland.



Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium. Photo by Tomorrowland.



MATTN at Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium. Photo by Tomorrowland.



Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium. Photo by Tomorrowland.



Boardmasters, Newquay, UK. Photo by Boardmasters.



Boardmasters, Newquay, UK. Photo by Boardmasters.



Secret Solstice, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Vlad Sololov for Secret Solstice.



DGTL Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Tim Buiting / Pablo Bustos Photography for DGTL Barcelona.



DVS1 at DGTL Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Tim Buiting / Pablo Bustos Photography for DGTL Barcelona.



DGTL Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Tim Buiting / Pablo Bustos Photography for DGTL Barcelona.



Cage The Elephant at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Loch & Key Productions for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.



Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Cora Wagoner Photography for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.



Defqon.1 Weekend Festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. Photo by Defqon.1 Weekend Festival.



The Turbans at Wilderness Festival, Charlbury, UK. Photo by Fanatic for Wilderness Festival.



Wilderness Festival, Charlbury, UK. Photo by Fanatic for Wilderness Festival.



Michael Kiwanuka at Wilderness Festival, Charlbury, UK. Photo by Fanatic for Wilderness Festival.



Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Photo by László Mudra / Rockstar Photographers for Sziget Festival.



Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Rockstar Photographers for Sziget Festival.



Wiz Khalifa at The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York, USA. Photo by The Governors Ball Music Festival.



The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York, USA. Photo by The Governors Ball Music Festival.



Childish Gambino at The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York, USA. Photo by The Governors Ball Music Festival.



Phoenix at The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York, USA. Photo by The Governors Ball Music Festival.



Calvi On The Rocks, Corsica, France. Photo by Nikos Alléguède for Calvi on the Rocks.



Calvi On The Rocks, Corsica, France. Photo by Nikos Alléguède for Calvi on the Rocks.



Airbeat One Festival, Neustadt-Glewe, Germany. Photo by Anna Mohn Photography for Airbeat One Festival.



Airbeat One Festival, Neustadt-Glewe, Germany. Photo by Christian Michalski for Airbeat One Festival.


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