Park Life – 12th June
Parklife Festival offers 40 different acts across six stages with performances from the likes of Calvin Harris, Friendly Fires, Kissy Sellout, High Contrast and so many others. There are 15,000 tickets available for the one-day event which is part of the 100-year anniversary celebrations for the Platts Field Park in Manchester.
For more information, visit http://www.parklife.uk.com/index.php
Eurockeennees – 2nd – 4th July
This festival takes place near Belfort in France. It has two open stages, one of which is on the beach. It is well known for offering a range of diverse acts and this year’s line-up includes acts like Jay-Z, Mika and LCD Soundsystem. Ticket prices are reasonable with a weekend ticket costing only £76. A large campsite is available nearby with good public transport.
For more information, visit http://www.eurockeennes.fr/
Ruisrock 9th – 11th July
This music festival is celebrating its 40thanniversary this year and it offers a unique line-up that includes British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne. Other acts include The Specials, Rise Against, Flogging Molly and Billy Talent. The festival is held every year on the island of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. Last year the Scandinavian festival had a record number of visitors with 92,000 rock fans turning up to the three-day event. The festivals island setting offers a unique experience for visitors with the five stages offering a variety of performances.
For more information, visit http://www.ruisrock.fi/
Oxegen 9th – 11th July
This is Ireland’s biggest music festival and the event is 100% carbon neutral. It takes place at the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare. The festival always attracts big names with this year’s line-up including Eminem, Muse and The Prodigy. Luxury camping is offered alongside traditional camping facilities.with alternative accommodation of podspads, kocoons and kabins which are green- friendly and designed to make the festival experience more enjoyable.
For more information, visit http://www.oxegen.ie/2009/
Pukkelpop – 19th – 21st August
One of Belgium’s largest alternative music festivals, Pukkelpop, will be celebrating its 25th birthday this year in Kiewit Hasselt. Even though 2010’s full list of confirmed acts is yet to be announced, the likes of Placebo, Goldfrapp and OK Go are already on board. The 180,000 strong gathering boasts 8 stages and a distinctively eclectic line up, with past acts ranging from Nirvana to 50 cent. The website offers visitors the unique opportunity to request acts they would like to see play. Ticket prices usually average around €135 and include bus or rail travel from anywhere in Belgium to and from the festival.
For more information, visit http://www.pukkelpop.be/en/
Sziget is held on Obuda Island and is accessible by train, boat or bus. An abundance of cash machines and currency exchange booths are available on the grounds as well as free internet access and Wi-Fi. An international cuisine area offers African, French, Arabic, Chinese, American, Mexican and Spanish fare, giving choice from vegan to churros. This year’s acts are just as diverse with Kasabian and Faithless confirmed. Tickets start from €170 for a full camping ticket.
For more information, visit http://www.sziget.hu/festival_english/?language=en
Isle of Wight – 11th – 13th June
This year’s Isle of Wight Festival probably has the strongest line up overall with big names like Jay-Z, The Strokes, Blondie, Pink, Florence and the Machine and none other than Paul McCartney. The atmosphere at the Isle of Wight is incomparable and although it’s not the easiest to get to it’s worth the trip if you can make it, with most festival goers opting to take the ferry there. Tickets start from just £130.
For more information, visit http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/default.aspx
Rock Ness – 11th -13th June
Rock Ness is fast becoming an alternative to T in the Park, Scotland’s most famous festival. It takes place in Dores near Inverness and, at only 5 years old, it is becoming increasingly popular. This year crowds will be joined by Ian Brown, Vampire Weekend, Doves, Pendulum and Chase and Status to name but a few. Rock Ness offers ‘Tangerine Fields’ aka the lazy way to camp. A company rent out tents that they pitch and take down for you. For a small price of course. With student discount on ticket prices and free travel to and from the festival (track down a Rock Ness student ambassador on Facebook and request a discount code) the money you save could be spent on making your festival experience a lot easier.
For more information, visit http://www.rockness.co.uk/
Rock AM Ring – 4th – 6th June
This is Germany’s most popular music festival, and has been extended to 4 days, this year, to mark the music giant’s 25th anniversary. The famous Nurburgring race track in the Eifel mountains hosts the long weekend and this year promises to be a good one with some of the biggest names you’ll see this summer. Kiss, Them Crooked Vultures, Rise Against, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Editors and 30 Seconds to Mars are already taking part but a quick glance at previous years line ups and it’s easy to see Rock AM’s organisers have surely got more big names up their sleeve.
For more information, visit http://www.rock-am-ring.com/
Words by Michael Heggie and Jenny Scott