Blur rocking Glastonbury may seem like a decade ago, and Coachella 2009 just a hot hazy memory, but never fear, from a stellar line-up of alternative music in Belgium to an all-out art fest in the Nevada desert, summer 2009 still has a lot more festival love to give.
Rather than collapse with jealousy when thinking about those thousands currently flocking to Japan’s Fuji Rock, which kicks off tomorrow, dig out those wellies and gather your tent pegs – there are still plenty of opportunities to catch world-class entertainment in the great outdoors this summer. Embrace.
Sziget festival, Hungary
Set on a green island on the Danube, this, one of Europe’s largest music festivals, is a week-long extravaganza of musical delights. The line-up this year includes The Subways, Editors, Klaxons, Primal Scream, Pendulum and The Prodigy.
When: 12-17 August 2009
Where: Obudai Island, Budapest, Hungary
Tickets: €150-180 (£130-155), depending on camping, €40 (£35) for day tickets
Bounce and frolic to the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Faith No More, Snow Patrol and N*E*R*D, while enjoying fine Belge beer at one of Belgium’s most popular festivals. Originally a one-day festival, Pukklepop now spans three days with over 200 acts.
When: 20-22 August 2009
Where: Kempische Steenweg, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
Tickets: €135 (£117) for weekend tickets, €75 (£65) for one-day tickets
Electric Elephant, Croatia
This boutique festival – from the guys behind Manchester’s famous Electric Chair Club – enjoyed a highly successful first year in 2008. This year’s event is eagerly anticipated, promising a stellar line up of DJ’s and live acts.
When: 28-30 August 2009
Where: Petrcane village, Croatia
Tickets: £69.99 for weekend tickets (free for children under 12)
Burning Man, USA
Set in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Burning Man is the ultimate indulgence for arty types. The event, set on an ancient lake bed known as La Playa, showcases an eclectic array of music, art and performance. The theme for 2009 is ‘Evolution: A Tangled Bank’.
When: 31 August – 7 September 2009
Where: Black Rock City, Gerlach, Nevada
Tickets: $240-300 (£146-183)
End of the Road, UK
Fleet Foxes and Okkervil River head an alternative line-up playing to the family-friendly crowds at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens. Spot the peacocks, wander through the pretty grounds, and enjoy a smorgasbord of cuisine from around the globe.
When: 11-13 September 2009
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, UK
Tickets: £115 for weekend tickets, including camping