The Line Up

The Line Up

FORGET THE MAINSTREAM, THIS SUMMER’S HIPPEST GLOBAL GATHERINGS SHOWCASE EMERGING TALENT WITH A STRONG FOCUS ON THE ARTS. EACH IS A HEADY COCKTAIL OF CULTURE AND DANCE BLENDED WITH MAJOR INTERNATIONAL HEADLINERS, INDULGENT GOURMET FOOD AND POP-UP SPAS. PREPARE FOR THE GIG OF A LIFETIME...

 

high brow

Damon Albarn makes his solo comeback at Latitude’s left-of-field offering in Suffolk. Catch theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company, ballet from Sadler’s Wells, poetry recitals and stand-up comedy. Make for the Latitude Boutique and have a massage in the Pop-Up Spa before heading to your own personal Bedouin tent. Egyptian cotton sheets, king-size beds, daily breakfast and even a chocolate on your pillow guarantee you’ll wake up feeling as fresh as a daisy. Shoes optional. 17-20 July; latitudefestival.com

go grunge

Pay homage to the grunge revival at Pitchfork. The original alternative festival in Union Park, Chicago doesn’t do mainstream. Instead, expect dream pop from English indie outfit Slowdive (pictured), metal-rap from US rockers Death Grips and edgy riffs from Speedy Ortiz. 18-20 July; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

 

tomorrow's world

Celebrating its 10th year in July, tickets are hot property for Tomorrowland, Belgium’s fantasythemed electro and dance festival. This psychedelic carnival is the place to spot new dance talent and has previously played host to Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta. 18–27 July; tomorrowland.com

 

go with the flow

Music and street art merge at Flow Festival in Helsinki. Set against the industrial backdrop of an old power station, this year it is possible to catch Neneh Cherry and Outkast amongst the cream of new Euro talent. 8-10 August; flowfestival.com

 

free spirit

Known as the Island of Freedom and designed with a community atmosphere in mind, Sziget festival in Budapest is the ultimate feel-good weekender. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, amateur musos can try their luck on the Campfire Stage and there is even a man-made beach to kick back on. Don’t miss the vibrant (and messy) Colour Party. 11-18 August; szigetfestival.com

 

cult classic

Portmerion, North Wales, once famed for being the location for 60s cult TV show The Prisoner, now plays host to Festival No.6. There’s the chance to catch homegrown Welsh acts and composers in the historic town hall and Colonnade gardens. 5-7 September; festivalnumber6.com

 

art attack
 

Don’t bring your wallet to Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Instead, join fellow festivalgoers and trade gifts to get what you need. It’s all about the art; think mind-bending installations and light shows, culminating in the ceremonial burning of ‘The Man’ sculpture. 25 August–1 September; burningman.com

 

no limits

Following last year’s epic performance from sister act Haim (pictured), Austin City Limits 2014 in Texas sees a rare appearance by Pearl Jam. There’s an art market and festival boutique too. 3-12 October, aclfestival.com

 

ice baby

Airwaves in Iceland kicks off with a party, the Blue Lagoon Chill. It’s the perfect excuse to recharge your batteries in the hot thermal springs before headliners The Flaming Lips grace the mainstage. 6-8 November; icelandairwaves.is

 

COLOUR PLAY


Colour play Festivals are the perfect excuse to experiment so why not transform your look with label.m Colour Makeover Set, £15. Add a pop of pastel pink or blue to blonde hair or a shot of intense red or purple to brunette tones. The wash-out, chalky texture acts like a dry shampoo, keeping your style matte and looking fresh all weekend long. labelm.com

‘Build up colour by lightly spraying the mid-section to ends of the hair for a dip-dyed look.’ Sacha Mascolo- Tarbuck

  • Words: Bethan King

  • Photography : BALÁZS MOHAI, CHRISTIAN HJORTH, DANNY NORTH, JUSSI HELLSTEN, NICK SIMONITE, PETER KALIO, SÁNDOR CSUDAI