It's that time of year again. Right at this very moment, a ludicrous number of summer music festivals are in full swing: Primavera Sound, We Are FSTVL, Berlin Festival, Loveland 909, Rock im Revier, Rockavaria, Elbjazz, Wychwood Festival, Godskitchen Clash of the Gods and PollerWiesen Boot I will all be over by Monday morning, and there'll be no let up until well into the autumn. To try and make things a little easier to digest, here's a look at the next 30 days of rock, pop and indie weekends across Europe and further afield.
Primavera Sound's Portuguese little sister (distinctively named NOS Primavera Sound) gets going from 4-6 June, importing much of the same lineup across the Iberian peninsula to Porto on the Atlantic coast. Patti Smith, FKA Twigs and Caribou take their place in this year's leading cast.
On the same weekend, Muse, Metallica and Kiss travel to Austria for Rock In Vienna – the third instalment (after Rock im Revier and Rockavaria) of Europe's brand new rock powerhouse. Meanwhile further east, after twenty years Rock For People is still mixing impressive lineups with theatre, workshops and debate in the Czech Republic's Hradec Králové.
But that's still not all: London's Field Day festival puts out an electronic Saturday followed by a Sunday programme featuring Ride, Patti Smith and Gaz Coombes of Supergrass; even further north, the Parklife Weekender mixes urban and electronic music with a splash of acoustic and rock thrown in; and way across the pond in NYC, The Governors Ball Music Festival is one of the very biggest in the USA. We're talking Drake, Björk, deadmau5, The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, Clean Bandit, SBTRKT…
Isle of Wight Festival – famously known as the Woodstock of the UK – is another of Europe's venerable old cross-genre festivals. And they're not afraid to throw around a few curveballs: Fleetwood Mac, Blur, Pharrell Williams and Paolo Nutini won't share too many other stages this year.
Way up north in the fjords, Norway's Bergenfest takes a slightly poppier look at world with Sam Smith, alt-J and First Aid Kit leading the way.
Keeping it Scandinavian, Northside is has a lot more in common with Bergenfest than just loose geography (Sam Smith, alt-J, Interpol…). Or if heavy and loud is your kind of thing, then a short hop over the North Sea will get you to Download Festival, the granddad of worldwide rock and metal festivals.
Jumping ahead another week, Best Kept Secret stands out like a sore thumb in and amongst the Netherlands' traditional glut of dance music festivals:
… while German twins Hurricane and Southside pit Placebo and Paul Kalkbrenner (a techno DJ, in case you didn't know) against one another. Azkena Rock 2015 brings ZZ Top, Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal to the Basque Country; and if you've ever wanted to see what it's like when the sun literally doesn't go down, Secret Solstice celebrates the middle of summer in true Icelandic style.
Next up, Croatia's INmusic Festival marks its 10th birthday in Zagreb, and then, between Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th, the floodgates open one more time: Bråvalla (Sweden), OpenAir St. Gallen (Switzerland), Tuska Open Air (Finland), Flow Festival Ljubljana (Slovenia), Tinderbox (Denmark) and Garorock (France) sweep from heavy metal to Robbie Williams in the space of four short days.
Running over the line into July, the legendary Roskilde boasts Paul McCartney, Muse, Run The Jewels and Pharrell at its head, and wrapping up a super bumper crop is London's Wireless 10. Drake, Rita Ora and Chance The Rapper lead a one-day anniversary special in celebration of the UK's biggest urban festival.