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Ultimate festival guide: Summer 2023 edition.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Music festivals have become a staple of modern-day culture, drawing in millions of music enthusiasts from around the world every year.

With an abundance of diverse genres and unique locations, there's a festival for every taste and preference.

From iconic festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury to lesser-known gems like MELT and Exit, there's an eclectic mix of music festivals that offer an experience like no other.

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Chicago, USA.
3rd - 6th August 2023.

One of the largest and most popular music festivals in the United States, Lollapolooza takes place every year in downtown Chicago.

The festival was first created in 1991 by Perry Farrell, the lead singer of the band Jane's Addiction, and was initially intended as a farewell tour for the band. But due to its success, it was transformed into an annual event and has since become a cultural institution in the music world.

Over the years, Lollapalooza has evolved and grown, attracting a wider range of artists and audiences, with satellite festivals held in cities such as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Berlin, and Paris.

Lollapalooza takes place over four days in Grant Park, a large public park located in the heart of Chicago. The festival features a diverse lineup of artists from a variety of genres, including rock, hip-hop, electronic, and pop. This year’s performers include Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, The 1975, Odesza and Lana Del Rey to name just a few.

One of the unique features of Lollapalooza is its commitment to social and environmental activism. The festival has partnered with a number of organizations to promote social causes, such as supporting LGBTQ+ rights and fighting homelessness.

EXIT Festival

EXIT Festival.

Novi Sad, Serbia.
6th - 9th July 2023.

Held annually in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, the award-winning EXIT Festival was founded in 2000 and has since become one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the world.

The first EXIT Festival was held in July 2000 and attracted around 10,000 visitors. The festival was initially intended as a protest against the Milošević regime, which was known for its oppression of free speech and civil liberties. The festival's founders, a group of young activists and artists, saw music as a way to bring people together and promote social change.

Over the years, EXIT Festival has grown in size and popularity, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival has featured some of the biggest names, with this year’s artists including The Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan, Skrillex, Eric Prydz, Alesso and Chase & Status.

One of the most iconic features of EXIT Festival is its location in the Petrovaradin Fortress, a historic site dating back to the 17th century. The fortress overlooks the city of Novi Sad and provides a stunning backdrop for the festival's stages and activities.

The festival's organizers have also taken care to preserve the fortress and its cultural heritage, making it a unique and memorable venue for visitors. The festival's history and origins as a student protest against oppression continue to inspire and inform its mission today, making it a truly unique and meaningful experience for festival-goers.

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MELT Festival.

Ferropolis, Germany.
8th - 11th June 2023.

Melt Festival is one of Germany's largest and most popular festivals, taking place annually at Ferropolis, a unique open-air museum located near the city of Gräfenhainichen.

Ferropolis, also known as the "City of Iron," is a former mining site that has been transformed into an open-air museum featuring large, industrial machines and cranes. The festival takes place in the heart of this unique setting, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for attendees.

This year’s line-up includes FKA Twigs, Joy Orbison, Slowthai and many more.

Aside from the music, Melt Festival also offers a wide range of activities for attendees. There are several art installations and exhibitions to explore, as well as a wide selection of food and drink vendors. The festival also features a camping area, allowing attendees to fully immerse themselves in the festival experience and connect with like-minded individuals.

Overall, Melt Festival is a must-attend event for any music lover or festival-goer looking for a unique and unforgettable experience. With its one-of-a-kind location, impressive line-up of artists, and diverse range of activities and amenities, it's no surprise that Melt Festival has become one of the most popular music festivals in Germany and Europe as a whole.

Pinkpop Festival

Pinkpop Festival.

Landgraaf, The Netherlands.
16th - 18th June 2023.

Pinkpop Festival is one of the longest-running and most well-known music festivals in the Netherlands. Held annually during the Pentecost weekend at Megaland, the large outdoor events venue is located near the city of Landgraaf in the southern part of the country.

The festival was first held in 1970 and has since become a cultural institution. It has a rich history of hosting some of the biggest names in music, including The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, U2, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and many more. This year's headliners include Pink, Robbie Williams and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

One of the unique aspects of Pinkpop is its commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. From using renewable energy sources and providing bike parking facilities, the festival’s food and drink vendors are required to use compostable or reusable products.

With its impressive line-up of artists and commitment to sustainability, it's no surprise that Pinkpop has maintained its popularity for over 50 years.

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Glastonbury Festival.

Pilton, UK.
21st - 25th June 2023.

Glastonbury is one of the world's most famous music events, held annually in the small town of Pilton, Somerset in England. First held in 1970, it is widely regarded as one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the world, featuring a wide range of musical acts, from pop and rock to folk and world music.

Glastonbury has become a cultural phenomenon and one of the most significant events in the music calendar. It has served as a platform for new and emerging artists, as well as established acts, to showcase their talent to a massive audience. It has also played a crucial role in shaping the music industry, with many bands and artists launching their careers at the festival.

In addition to its musical significance, Glastonbury has also been an important platform for social and environmental activism. The festival has championed a range of causes, from anti-apartheid movements to climate change and environmental conservation.

Glastonbury is a five-day event that takes place on a 900-acre site in Pilton. It features more than 100 stages, ranging from large outdoor stages to small intimate tents, and showcases a wide range of musical acts. It also features a number of other attractions, such as circus acts, cabaret shows, and comedy acts.

This year's headliners include Guns n' Roses, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Lil Naz X and Lizzo.

Visitors can expect to be immersed in a vibrant and lively atmosphere, with a diverse range of people from all over the world. The festival is also known for its commitment to sustainability and the environment, with initiatives such as recycling and composting programs, and a focus on reducing waste and carbon emissions.

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Camp Bestival.

Lulworth Castle, UK.
27th - 30th July 2023.

Camp Bestival is an annual music and arts festival held in the picturesque grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, UK. The festival was first launched in 2008 and has since become one of the most popular family-friendly festivals in the UK.

The festival offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from live music performances by world-renowned artists to stand-up comedy shows and circus acts. There are also numerous activities and workshops for children, making it a perfect family vacation destination.

In addition to the music, Camp Bestival also features a range of other activities, including performances by circus acts, comedians, and theatre groups. There are also numerous workshops and interactive events, such as crafting sessions, face painting, and science experiments, which are designed to keep children entertained throughout the day.

The festival also offers a wide range of food and drink options, with numerous food stalls offering everything from pizza to sushi. For those who prefer a more relaxed dining experience, there are also several sit-down restaurants available.

One of the festival's most popular attractions is its camping facilities. Festival-goers have the option of staying in a pre-pitched tent, glamping accommodation, or even bringing their own tent. The festival also offers a range of facilities for campers, including showers, toilets, and charging stations.

Despite its popularity, Camp Bestival has maintained its family-friendly vibe and remains a safe and welcoming environment for all ages. The festival's organizers place a strong emphasis on creating a friendly and inclusive atmosphere

Overall, Camp Bestival is a fantastic family- friendly festival that offers something for everyone. From the impressive lineup of music acts to the numerous activities and workshops for children, there is never a dull moment at this festival. With its beautiful setting, welcoming atmosphere, and wide range of entertainment options, it is no wonder that Camp Bestival has become one of the UK's most popular festivals.

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Paleo Festival.

Nyon, Switzerland.
18th - 23rd July 2023.

The Paleo Festival, also known as Paléo, is one of Switzerland's largest and most popular music festivals, drawing in crowds of up to 250,000 people annually. The festival takes place in the beautiful city of Nyon, located on the banks of Lake Geneva, and is known for its diverse lineup of music, lively atmosphere, and stunning scenery.

The Paleo Festival was first launched in 1976 and has since become one of the country's most important cultural events, attracting artists from around the world to perform on its various stages. The festival is known for its eclectic mix of music genres, including rock, pop, electronic, reggae, hip-hop, and world music, among others.

Paléo places a strong emphasis on promoting local and regional talent, giving Swiss artists a platform to showcase their music to a wider audience. This commitment to promoting emerging artists has helped to establish the Paleo Festival as an important event in the Swiss music scene.

Beyond the music, Paléo offers a wide range of activities and attractions, including are numerous food stalls offering a variety of cuisines, as well as a large selection of drinks and cocktails. It also features an arts and crafts market, where visitors can purchase handmade goods and souvenirs.

The festival's location, on the picturesque grounds of the Paléo Festival Nyon, adds to its charm and appeal. The sprawling site is nestled in a beautiful natural setting, with stunning views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains. The festival site is also designed with sustainability in mind, with a focus on minimizing waste and promoting environmental responsibility.

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