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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019: JULY

Mad Cool, Melt, Dekmantel & more: here’s our guide to the all the best festivals doing down in July.

dekmantel festival crowd photo

Photography: Niels Cornelis Meijer

dekmantel festival crowd photo
Photography: Niels Cornelis Meijer

You might still be wearing your winter coat past 9pm, but it’s not going to be this way forever. In a few months we’ll all be deep in the throes of Love Island drama, pocketing SPF for the pub and – oh, spending lots of time at the pub.

But we all know London can get pretty hot and sticky when it hits 20+ degrees, and at some point, you’ll be wanting to ditch your stuffy commute for a few days and migrate somewhere where greasy hair and questionable t-shirt stains are totally OK.

If you’ve not already checked off any of our May or June picks, by this point you’ll be practically begging for someone to throw a pint of beer (please, please be beer) over you and shout “Alan!”

So this is our guide to all the festivals you can escape to this July. Book while you still can, order that spangly outfit and we’ll see you in the sunshine.

Love International

love international festival

Photography credit: Jake Davis for Here & Now

love international festival
Photography credit: Jake Davis for Here & Now

When: 3-10 July
Where: Suncream up. We’re off to Tisno, Croatia
Why: Welcome to paradise: Love International is set in a private, secluded seaside bay. The old town of Tisno is also a short walk away for those wanting to experience local Croatian food and culture, and for everyone who doesn’t want to fly straight home (who would?), party town Split is just 60 mins away.
Highlights: Horse Meat Disco, boat parties, Barbarella’s open-air club.
Our must-see set: Queen Peggy Gou, obviously.

Wireless

Wireless festival crowd stage photo

Photography credit: James Bridle

Wireless festival crowd stage photo
Photography credit: James Bridle

When: 5-7 July
Where: Finsbury Park, London.
Why: Once again, Wireless have pulled together some of the biggest names in rap and hip hop. Plus, Travis Scott is headlining on Saturday (a UK Festival exclusive), which means – if you can talk your way into VIP – you might be bumping into Kylie Jenner herself…
Highlights: Migos, Future, A$AP Rocky.
Our must-see set: Cardi B, OKURRRRR.

Mad Cool

mad cool festival photo
mad cool festival photo
Photography credit: James Bridle

When: 11-13 July
Where: Spain’s coolest city, Madrid
Why: Mad Cool won the Arthur Award for Best New Festival this year for their fresh mix of rock, indie and electronic acts and tbh, you couldn’t ask for a better seal of approval than that.
Highlights: Robyn, The Chemical Brothers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Cure, Bon Iver.
Our must-see set: This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve followed The 1975 to Spain…

Splash! Festival

Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

When: 11-13 July
Where: Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Why: As one of Europe’s biggest hip hop and reggae festivals, the Splash team have managed to lock down some of the world’s best rappers this year – and who wouldn’t want to party with them for three days in a dream world right by Berlin?
Highlights: A$AP Rocky, Future, Young Thug, Chance The Rapper.
Our must-see set: Your fave local boyband Brockhampton.

Summer Series

summer series somerset house
summer series somerset house
Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

When: 11-21 July
Where: Somerset House, London
Why: Across eleven nights of open-air performances, Summer Series brings your fave festival acts to an intimate setting in the middle of London. Not bad for a post-work drinks set-up…
Highlights: Nao, The Internet, Jacob Banks.
Our must-see set: Rosalía, and we’re hoping for a surprise appearance from the internet’s new boyfriend, James Blake.

Lovebox

lovebox festival stage
lovebox festival stage
Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

When: 12-13 July
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London.
Why: It’s the only UK festival where you can catch Brockhampton this year. You’re welcome.
Highlights: Giggs, Loyle Carner, Lizzo.
Our must-see set: Ultimate dreamboat Solange bringing When I Get Home to life on stage.

Citadel

tame impala citadel festival stage
tame impala citadel festival stage
Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

When: 14 July
Where: Gunnersbury Park
Why: This is a wholesome one. As well as live music, Citadel’s offering: the UK’s best street food, a science museum workshop, live comedy and a “space pub quiz”. Oh, and prosecco on tap.
Highlights: Squid, space yoga, a Sofar Sounds special.
Our must-see set: Bastille, because tbt to 2013, when life was simple and we were reblogging their lyrics on Tumblr.

Benicassim

benicassim festival stage crowd
benicassim festival stage crowd
Photography Credit: Woodyphotografix

When: 18-21 July
Where: On the Spanish coast, between Valencia and Barcelona.
Why: See location… already sold.
Highlights: Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, The 1975, George Ezra.
Our must-see set: All hail Lana Del Ray.

Melt

melt festival berlin crowd

Photography credit: Stephan Flad

melt festival berlin crowd
Photography credit: Stephan Flad

When: 19-21 July.
Where: Ferropolis open-air museum in Gräfenhainichen in Germany.
Why: The open-air museum is gorge, plus close proximity to Berlin = a dedicated music crowd and lots of Berlin boys…
Highlights: Skepta, Jorja Smith, Slowthai.
Our must-see set: London music man of the moment, Octavian.

Latitude

latitude festival stage photo

Photography credit: Amy Azarinejad

latitude festival stage photo
Photography credit: Amy Azarinejad

When: 18-21 July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk.
Why: Set nearby in the countryside, Latitude is pretty much the perfect place to catch some much needed R&R. Proof? There’s lake swimming and a SOLAS woodland escape retreat on offer. What better way to cure your hangover?
Highlights: George Ezra, Neneh Cherry, Lana Del Ray.
Our must-see set: An angel that descended from heaven, Sigrid.

Y Not

y not festival derby photo
y not festival derby photo
Photography credit: Amy Azarinejad

When: 25-28 July
Where: Derbyshire
Why: Surrounded by the rolling hills of Derbyshire, this gem of a festival always delivers the indie lineup of our dreams.
Highlights: Wolf Alice, Kate Nash, You Me At Six, plus Mike Skinner’s DJ set.
Our must-see set: Get ready to lose your voice and dignity moshing at Foals.

Truck

Truck Festival stage

Photography Credit: Jack Kimber Photography.

Truck Festival stage
Photography Credit: Jack Kimber Photography.

When: 26-29 July
Where: Worlds away in rural Oxfordshire
Why: Truck was created for everyone who thinks mainstream festivals have turned too commercial – in other words: calling all indie and alternative music lovers; welcome to your mecca. There’s also a pretty luxe glamping option – think everything Fyre Festival promised, minus the island views.
Highlights: Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Nothing But Theives.
Our must-see set: Your favourite wild London ladies, Wolf Alice.

Dekmantel

dekmantel festival stage

Photography credit: Bart Heemskerk

dekmantel festival stage
Photography credit: Bart Heemskerk

When: 31 July-4 August
Where: Where better to let your hair down than Amsterdam?
Why: Picture this: you’re balancing a corona in one hand whilst riding a pushbike straight to what’s probably going to feel like the best day of your life.
Highlights: Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ben UFO, Palms Trax
Our must-see set: Melody-soaked synthy bliss in the searing hot sunshine, coming right at you from Brooklyn-based Octo Octa.

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019: JULY

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