We are all looking forward to spend our time at our favourite festivals. For this week, I've lined-up my favourite festivals in Europe, which would best fit the Alternative tag (i guess?). Overall, I like well rounded festivals with a no fills decor, but ideally at a nice location.
Dour Festival // Dour // Belgium // 11 - 16 Juli
Dour festival owns its name to the small town in Belgium where the festival is located. Once a year this small town gets overrun by 225.000 visitors and various festival's acts coming from a plethora of genres, such as: electro, rock, drum and bass, pop, R&B, reggae, house, punk, hardcore, metal, hip-hop, indie, techno, and more. The festival is pretty bare bones with only minor decorations and the necessary facilities. Seriously, the most luxury thing on the festival is a Dixie toilet. Luckly, the festival compensates with 17 hours of music each day, from 12pm until 5am across 9 stages. Dour festival, a must for the well seasoned festival raver.
Melt! // Gräfenhainichen // Germany // 13 - 16 Juli
Melt! Festival is one of the biggest open-air electronic music festivals in Germany. The festival takes place at an iconic location; Ferropolis. Ferropolis, "the city of iron" is an open museum of old huge industrial machines in Gräfenhainichen, Germany. It's an open-air museum which contains machines from the mid-twentieth century. They can measure to 30 meters high, 120 meters long and weigh up to 1980 tons. This iconic setting always attracts a huge crowd and sets the stage for big names like; the xx, Florence + The Machine, Fever Ray, Tyler the Creator, Nina Kraviz, Mura Masa, Odesza and Jon Hopkins. A must for every lover of electronic music, great setting and great music!
Dekmantel // Amsterdam // The Netherland // 1 - 5 August
Over the years Dekmantel as a music brand has come to be associated with both the connoisseurs and iconoclasts of electro and EDM scene, as a label, party-thrower and more recently festival host. Dekmantel Festival takes places at several locations in Amsterdam. For the majority, they use the "Amsterdamse Bos" (or local forest) as their staging ground. But the festival also spreads out to the city, with contemporary venues like Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, the EYE Filmmuseum and the Tolhuistuin joining the festival. A great festival for lovers of electronic music and everybody that loves going to Amsterdam!