Music festivals are the lifeblood of the music scene, we all love to party out with a day of good music, food and experiences with friends. Major events can bring in hundreds of thousands and serve as a major platform for artists to share their music with long time fans and gain new ones alike.
At the moment there are plenty of great minds whirring away, attempting to find ways to bring live music to seething masses, with many festivals moving online in one form or another, and some people even suggesting music festival drive-in events. Who knows what they will come up with next! However, here are some of the festivals that are best set to return with a major bang, bringing that live music magic to audiences far and wide.
Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
Las Vegas is known as the city of sin and in the past decade, the boom of electronic music has seen the desert city become one of the top destinations for dance music fans to play. All year round Vegas attracts some of the world’s most cutting-edge cultural talent to the clubs on the strip, but the most important date on the city’s calendar is Electric Daisy Carnival.
EDC festival producer Insomniac put on a stunning line up for its Virtual ‘Rave-A-Thon’ recently, the epic lighting and stage production made us even more eager to get out to the electric playground. While you could have gotten the full virtual experience of Las Vegas’s entertainment by jumping between live streams and engaging in online casino games like PokerStars, you can’t beat the epic parties at Hakkasan, Omnia and Marquee situated in the 5 Star Casino hotels. These epic super clubs boast insane line-ups during EDC week with the residents of all-star status including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and Calvin Harris.
Electric Daisy Carnival was postponed from its original date and is now set for October. Whether it happens then or is pushed till next year, it is one dance event we cannot wait to return.
Field Day – London (United Kingdom)
London’s Field Day is an underground electronic fan’s playground, offering up a wide variety of house, techno and electronica. The event was supposed to take place in July but with huge uncertainty, the promoters made the move to cancel the event’s 2020 edition. With the news however they also announced that the event would take place with the same line-up (minus one) in 2021.
Returning July 10th, Field Day will take over The Drumshed venue for the second time. The event moved its venue last year to allow it to become one of the only events to go late into the night and avoid typical noise restrictions that most London musical festivals are hindered by. With no noise restrictions, they are also able to offer one of the best sound experiences for an inner-city music festival in London.
The festival will be headlined by Bicep, and feature performances from the likes of DJ Seinfield, Floating Points, George FitzGerald, MallGrab, Mount Kimbie and more. Only one artist on their initial scheduled line-up was unable to make the new date – Tale Of Us, however Field Day than made up for that with the addition of The Black Madonna.
If you already had your ticket, you can expect an update from the outlet you bought the ticket from soon. Additionally as a benefit, they previously had a special tier for late-night revellers if they wanted to continue after 11pm, but they have now ditched that and all General Access and VIP ticket holders will now be able to enjoy the party until the 3 am curfew.
Primavera – Barcelona (Spain)
Barcelona natives are hungrier than ever before for a huge party and when people in this culturally rich city let rip it is something to behold. Imagine that x100 and you get the idea of what the next version of Primavera Sound will be like in 2021. Spanish mega-festival Primavera Sound cancelled it’s 2020 edition to the disappointment of many. However it has now announced its new lineup for 2021 and fans are more than excited for it to take place. The 4 day festival will take place almost a year from today, June 2-6.
Aside from being able to indulge in paella, churros and sangria whilst in the city. The line up boasts a huge roster fo talents from across the spectrum including major bands, hip-hop legends, floor-filling Dj’s and iconic pop stars. Among the 2021 line up many of it’s cancelled line up will make an appearance at Primavera including the Strokes, Bad Bunny, and Tyler, the Creator are among the artists carried forward from the 2020 bill.
New additions include Tame Impala, FKA twigs, Charli XCX, Jamie xx, Gorillaz, Caribou, the National, Chromatics, Yo La Tengo, Rina Sawayama, Caroline Polachek, Black Coffee, Helado Negro, Disclosure, Beck, Iggy Pop, and many more.
Coachella – California (USA)
Coachella is probably the most iconic festival in the world, usually taking place over two weekends of April. The organizers moved to delay the 2020 editions with the same line up to October. However, it’s becoming less and less likely to go forward and this week reports leaked that the festival had asked artists to play next year instead of the new October date.
The festival brings some of the biggest artists across a plethora of stages to cater to every taste, Coachella also features a variety of unique art installations for an immersive and one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to the huge artists it brings, the festival is also frequented by some of the biggest celebrities. Another special element of Coachella is that its timing usually coincides with massive album releases from the artists performing and there is always some special surprises.
Getting sun-soaked in California to the beat of biggest bands, singers and DJ’s sounds like a dream right now but come next year we can expect this to be one of the highlights. The 2020 line up at the moment boasts the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean as headliners. Meanwhile, other massive names include Lana Del Rey, Flume, Calvin Harris and Lil Uzi Vert. In addition the festival was set to include a special stage from Asian-American hip hop sensation 88 Rising, bringing with it the likes of Rich Brian, NIKI, Joji and more.