Vaccination has been continuously ongoing globally, therefore the period of the Covid-19 pandemic is soon to be over. What could be more satisfying than celebrating the end of this devastating year by attending a music festival, checking out gigs, sipping some red wine, enjoying the freedom, and cutting loose? In this article, I gathered some information about five music festivals that might be of interest to you, if you are into contemporary music.
Exit Festival (RS) – July 8th-11th
Exit Festival is located at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, in Serbia which usually takes place in mid-July. In terms of genres, it is quite an eclectic musical event, you may find gigs of rock concerts, techno, hip-hop and even reggae. Compared to Western European and North American festivals, the Exit festival is considered less expensive, so if you are on a budget, it could be the one for you this year.
Ypsigrock Festival (IT) – August 5th – 8th
If you are eager to attend gigs in Mediterranean terra to have more chances to enjoy the sunshine as well, then Ypsigrock could be for you. It is located in Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy. According to its line-up, Ypsigrock Festival can be considered an eclectic one as well, this year the Dublin-based post-punk band The Murder Capital is among the headliners, as well as Camilla Sparksss, the Swedish-Canadian artist who is into electronic music.
Wild Roots Festival (IE) – August 13th-15th
It is located in idyllic woodlands nearby Sligo town, surrounded by the waves of Lough Gill. This festival is very community-based, supporting local artists, musicians and small businesses to showcase their creations. Although, there are several famous acts among the headliners, this year for instance James Morrison (UK) will hit the main stage. Wild Roots is indeed an explosion of art, music and adventure, a cultural event that may take you on a journey that is likely to put a spell on you. Are you ready? There is no place for excuses, take your backpack and cut loose!
Reading & Leeds Festivals (UK) – August 27th-29th
They are a pair of music festivals that take place simultaneously on the last weekend of August. The Reading Festival is held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading which is only 37 miles west of London and Leeds Festival is held at Bramham Park near Weatherby which is a historic site. In terms of genres, these events mainly contain rock acts, however, the organisers intend to keep headlining acts versatile. Among the main acts of this year, there will be Post Malone, Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and the Queens of the Stone Age as well. Considering vaccinations are ongoing continuously, it is highly likely that these festivals will not be cancelled. It is only March, yet tickets are already sold out which shows the massive interests of people who have been looking forward to attending live gigs after a significant break due to Covid-19.
Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) – October 13th-17th
If you are into electronic music then this one might be for you. It is a five-day electronic music conference and festival that takes place in several clubs and venues around Amsterdam annually, founded by the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation. During the daytime you can attend conferences and all kinds of musical programmes, During the night it is all about partying and having a good time.
Covid-19 might have made most of us realise the importance of being part of a community and that having a social life is vital which most of us definitely crave. The chance to get back our normal lives is in sight already, we need to hold on only a little longer. The time of opening the curtains will soon be at our doorsteps, and as I already mentioned there will be no place for excuses. Bring your backpack, enjoy the sunshine, answer the music’s calling and follow the tunes! I will definitely check out one of these events, what about you?