Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York. Photo: Governor's Ball Music Festival
Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York. Photo: Governor's Ball Music Festival


Guide to this summer’s music festivals

The summer music festival calendar has exploded in recent years. So there is probably a green stretch of land being prepared somewhere near you right now for the children of the revolution to come and boogie like it’s 1974. Here are some of the biggest and most popular festivals taking place soon.

Governor’s Ball, New York, June 3–5

New York City’s only major music festival takes place on an island in the Harlem River. Featuring a mix of genres, this year’s headliners are Kanye West, The Killers, and Robyn.

New York City, USA

Montreaux Jazz Festival, Geneva, July 1–16

One of the most famous festivals in the world is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. Once a jazz-only affair, recent acts have included Bob Dylan and Muse who return this year.

On the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Photo: Governor's Ball Music Festival

Roskilde, June 25–July 2

Northern Europe’s largest music festival, Roskilde, was created in 1971 for the hippies. Now a more mainstream event, headliners this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and New Order.

Roskilde, Denmark

Fuji Rock, Niigata, July 22–24

Japan’s largest outdoor music event takes place on several stages located on a mountain. The daydreaming stage is reached by a 20-minute cable car ride. James Blake and Sigur Ros feature this year.

Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan
fujirock-eng.com Photo: Governor’s Ball Music Festival

Fez Festival of World Sacred Music (Fès des Musiques Sacrées), Fez, May 6–14

Musicians and artists from across the world come together in the 1200-year-old Moroccan city of Fez to produce a fusion of music, religion, and art, fuelled by the belief that music breaks down barriers.

Fez, Morocco

Way Out West, Gothenburg, August 11–13

Sweden’s main popular music festival takes place in a park in the middle of Gothenburg. This year’s lineup includes PJ Harvey, Massive Attack, SIA, Skepta, and Seinabo Sey.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Glastonbury, Somerset, June 22–26

The UK is awash with summer festivals these days (usually literally) but Glastonbury, which started in the classic rock era of the early 1970s, is still considered by many to be the biggest and the best.

Somerset, UK

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