Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019

It’s festival time again and here are 3 that you should really consider going to.

While all 3 of these events center around awesome music, there is no shortage of other adventurous activities to keep you entertained. Parkour, Slack-lining, Skate Boarding, and Burning Man is even rumored to have san indoor Skydiving room this year!

LOWLANDS – AUGUST 21-23 2019

August 21-23, Biddinghuizen, Holland, £60-£134.

Listening to the hottest bands while enjoying an even spicier Indian curry? Receiving a much-needed brain massage after still not understanding the plot to that great movie you just saw?

Having your hairy fashion statement trimmed while knowing you’re about to dance the night away?

This, and a lot more, is A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise 2019: a three-day, progressive outdoor festival that focuses on alternative music, but offers much more than just that, with a complete programme of stand-up comedy, film, visual arts, literature and (street) theatre.

For three days in August, a city rises in the middle of Holland: a township with 55,000 inhabitants, several hundred performances, many bars and global restaurants, a market, hippie hangouts, campsites with showers, radio broadcast, a daily newspaper, and a unique currency. It’s all there, divided over three areas and eight stages. In short: Glasto meets Goa!

Extract from festival website.

A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise is the official name of this long-established Dutch festival, which describes itself as Glasto meets Goa. As well as eight tented stages with 200 live acts, it offers a packed programme of stand-up comedy, film, visual arts, street theatre, a market and hippie hang-outs. Lowlands even has its own daily newspaper for the 55,000 on site, and delivers radio broadcasts.

Acts include Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, the Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal, Wilco, Kasabian and Fall Out Boy. The festival is surrounded by seven large camp sites with hot showers, supermarkets, a police station and a pub that is open 24 hours. This being Holland, however, campers are expected to be quiet and tidy – no glass, ghetto blasters or open fires are allowed.


Fiji rock festival

July 24-26, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, £114-£270.

2008 was the 150th anniversary of The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce with collaborative events in both countries that carried ‘UK-Japan’ slogan.

Fuji Rock Festival was one such event and featured more UK artists than usual, with the Green Stage on Friday devoted to UK artists and Saturday filled with just UK and Japanese bands.

My Bloody Valentine reunited after 17 years, and were a dream come true! The audience revelled in the band’s beautiful and magnificent sound, as it echoed around the vast natural surroundings of Naeba. The weekend included first time appearances from the likes of Kasabian, Bloc Party and Travis. Bootsy Collins’ tribute to the godfather of soul was also unforgettable.

On Saturday, the bar was raised again by a spectacular performance from Underworld, with giant tube lighting onstage and the release of hundreds of huge inflatable balls over the heads of the audience at the climax of their set.

Gogol Bordello, whose Orange Court performance had been much talked about, excited the packed Palace Of Wonder audience with a second “late-night ” gig. Their wild rocking live show left the audience reeling; such an intimate encounter with the band was one of the excitements of the year.

Extract from festival website.

Fuji Rock takes place on the striking, wooded foothills of Mount Fuji and attracts about 100,000 festivalgoers from all over the world. The site is a ski resort in winter, so it’s hilly, and quite a lot of walking is required to get from stage to stage. Early birds bag beds in the ski chalets, but there is also a camp site, although be prepared to pitch your tent on a slope.

The festival’s 13th year has Oasis headlining on Friday, Franz Ferdinand on Saturday and Weezer on Sunday, plus the Airborne Toxic Event, Basement Jaxx, the Killers, Peaches, Patti Smith and Public Enemy.

Attractions include the Field of Heaven, a stone circle and the Palace of Wonder, with a casino, a ghost cafe, a noodle bar, artwork and a Spiegeltent selling everything from Guinness to champagne. You can reach the top of the mountain in 20 minutes, riding on the world’s longest cable car.


August 31-September 7, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
Only tickets now available £184-£198; burningman.com

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather to create Black Rock City in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

The theme for the 2019 festival is: “Evolution”

Nature never made a plan, nor does it seem to copy very well. No living thing is ever quite the same as others of its kind. Charles Darwin called this Natural Variation. There is a kind of subtle chaos, a supple element of chance and change, residing at the core of living things. Our theme this year prompts three related questions: What are we as human beings, where have we come from, and how may we adapt to meet an ever-changing world?

Less a festival than an apocalyptic desert adventure, Burning Man is a no-no for anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, “Which way to my VIP yurt?” The temperature frequently soars past 38C by day, then drops like a stone at night, and the amenities are sparse.

The point of Burning Man is not to kick back and listen to music, but to become part of a near-50,000-strong, self-sufficient community where there are no rules to be broken. Only the basic infrastructure is provided: festivalgoers start up their own camps, build art installations and provide their own music. Don’t even contemplate going without a ludicrously large hat, a bottle of SPF 50 sunblock, enough water to keep a small herd happy and a wide open mind.