Top 6 Festivals

Top 6 festivals you need to go to in 2016 - by Jamie Stanley

1. Burning Man, Nevada, USA. Aug 28 - Sep 5

If Roskilde or Reading/Leeds are the gateway festivals where you cut your teeth, Burning Man is the festival which we should all be in training for. Feeling a bit like how Glastonbury would, were it staged in the Mad Max: Fury Road universe, this psychedelic mix of fancy dress desert rave and performing arts showcase is a real one-off.

Burning Man Festival from Helicopter by Matt - Flickr

Who’s in the lineup this year?

Well, that’s the thing really, Burning Man doesn’t have one, per se. Its organisers refer to attendees as ‘participants’, who create the music, art installation, experimental theatre piece or whatever else they can dream up themselves. You really have to experience it to believe it.

Link: http://burningman.org/

Burning Man Festival USA - Night Sky by William Neuheisel

2. Mojotic Festival, Genoa, Italy. June 4 - Sep 1

Ok, so this one is more a series of gigs across several weeks at the same venue, but hey, we all need a bit of variety. And the Mojotic organisers have absolutely nailed the 2016 lineup for one of Europe’s fastest-growing festivals showcasing some of the biggest names in alt-rock and classic dirty, dancey indie.

Who’s in the lineup this year?

Expect old fashioned sexy rock ’n’ roll swagger from Eagles of Death Metal, spacey folk sky gazing from Kurt Vile and vintage bassy boogie from Primal Scream.

Link: http://www.mojotic.it/

3. Warped Tour, Throughout USA. June 24 - Aug 13

One for both anyone under 20 who cherish their fringe above all things and the noughties kids who are looking to work a bit of nostalgia into a cross-America road trip, Warped has got everything you’d need. Boasting more pairs of Dickies and Vans than you can shake your rock hands at, this is pure pop punk moshpit mayhem at its best.

Warped Tours by Jackie Arce

Who’s in the lineup this year?

Headliners include Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory and Sum 41. Let’s party like it’s 2003!

Link: http://vanswarpedtour.com/

Warped Tours Night Sky by Jazmln Million

4. Latitude, Suffolk, UK. July 14 - 18

Latitude is one of those glorious festivals which you can get lost in in the best possible way. An Alice in Wonderland take on the traditional music festival, complete with enchanted forest and swimming lake, this seemingly idyllic setting may leave you feel like you’re hallucinating, but don’t worry; the local sheep have actually been dyed pink. Just to make things even more ridiculous.

Latitude coloured sheep by Mike Mantin

Who’s in the lineup this year?

With festival favourites The Maccabees, The National and New Order taking on headliner duties and some of the finest live acts in the work, including Father John Misty and Soulwax taking care of the undercard, 2016 is going to a massive year in Suffolk.

Link: http://www.latitudefestival.com/

Latitude sunset by Eva Powell

5. Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, Japan. July 22 - 24

Possibly the best use of a ski resort during summer that we have ever come across, Fuji Rock Festival has become a firm fixture on almost every music fans’ bucket list. Staged in one of the most breath taking settings anywhere on earth, on the side of mountain overlooking the Sea of Japan, there are much worse places to spend three days listening to tunes.

Fuji Rock close up By Usyami

Who’s in the lineup this year?

There’s a suitably cinematic feel to the lineup which perfectly complements the venue, with veteran heavyweights The Red Hot Chilli Peppers joining Beck and Sigur Ros on a stacked card which is worth the cost of the plane ticket on its own.

Link: http://fujirock-eng.com/

Fuji Rock Night Time by Kentaro Ohno

6. Outlook, Pula, Croatia. September 2 - 6

Fest becoming an annual pilgrimage for old school hip-hop and dance fans, Outlook is a festival which shuns the usual headliner format in favour of consistent quality and serious quantity. Taking over an actual Roman amphitheatre to create one of the most unique festival main stages anywhere on earth, even Kanye in all his insanity insanity can’t make hip-hop feel grander than this.

Who’s in the lineup this year?

Who isn’t? While Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley is probably the closest thing to a headliner you’ll find, a never-ending list of acts includes Kano, Joey Badass and Andy C, along with several hundred others.

Link: http://www.outlookfestival.com/

Easy Camp Top 6 Festivals in 2016 by Jamie Stanley