EVERYONE GOES TO GLASTO. MAKE YOUR SUMMER SING WITH SOME OF THE MORE OFFBEAT FESTIVALS OF THE SEASON
Mutek Montreal, Quebec (May 27–June 1) A celebration of electronic music and new media, Mutek is a sprawling six-day affair that allows visitors the chance to see some of the world’s most cutting-edge electro artists, including Oneohtrix Point Never and Nicolas Jaar.
Optimus Primavera Sound Porto, Portugal (June 5–7) This year the folks behind Barcelona’s famous Primavera festival are bringing their expertise to Portugal. The three-day festival will feature international acts like Dum Dum Girls and the Pixies, as well as a variety of local musicians.
Pinkpop Festival Landgraaf, Netherlands (June 7–9) This three-day, multigenre festival draws up to 60,000 fans per day, who this year will be swarming the gates to see everyone from Arcade Fire to Metallica.
Roskilde Roskilde, Denmark (June 29–July 6) Hosting up to 160 different bands on a variety of stages over the course of a week, Roskilde is largely considered the granddaddy of the European festivals. Not for the faint of heart or those with a fear of dancing in the mud.
ATP Iceland Keflavík, Iceland (July 10–12) Located in Ásbrú (a former NATO base), the Icelandic edition of the popular “All Tomorrow’s Parties” series of festivals gives attendees the chance to see Portishead and Swans in what is one of the world’s most beautiful—and unusual—settings.
T in the Park Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland (July 11–13) This massive three-day festival is known for booking mostly U.K.–friendly acts and having its own Ferris wheel. This year Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, and Biffy Clyro are headliners.
OFF Festival Katowice, Poland (August 1–3) This huge, multistage spectacular takes place in the “valley of the three ponds,” a sprawling, wooded park just outside of Katowice, making it the perfect place to see Belle and Sebastian this summer.
Jabberwocky London, U.K. (August 15–16) The lineup for the inaugural outing of this festival—which was put together by the folks at Pitchfork, Primavera, and ATP—boasts performances by Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, and Perfect Pussy.