World Festivals

2012-06-20 15:27
There's a greatness to sleep over music festivals that make everything okay even when they seem to be spinning out of control. What makes them so different to the run of the mill weekend parties in the city?

Is it the communal living of the different coloured tents that sprawl the fields?

Is it the fact that everyone becomes nice to each other because they're constantly on a buzz?

Is it the music that lulls them into a tranquil surrender forgetting that they are usually ants that only concern themselves with city business?

Do the colourful make shift houses invoke a spirit of community?

Perhaps it's the music that keeps them swaying all weekend long?

Festivals generally play out like dream sequences with events unfurling as if they were stop frame animations. Nothing is linear it is all a mish mash of memories strung together by the chord of constant music. That's probably it, the music makes things okay when they seem to spin out of control remaining steady in their chaos.

Here are a few music festivals around the world worth checking out this year, should you be able to grab the opportunity.

Ibiza, Spain

Although Ibiza isn't strictly speaking an outdoor festival, it is the party capital of the world. This year thousands of holiday makers will descend upon the island for a holiday of a lifetime. Whether they're drawn to the clubs, beaches, great weather or the diverse history of the island, Ibiza 2012 has something for everyone. Taking place near Cafe Mambo the party will have a capacity for 20,000 people each day. The festival is being organised by Live Nation and the IMS team and promises to have an excellent blend of big names and up-and-coming artists. With a Rocktronic theme the festival will be mixing rock legends and the hottest electronic artists to create something never seen before. The party will be running from 9-17 July.

Melt, Germany

From the 13-15 of July Justice, Caribou, Rufus Wainwright, Bloc Party, Lana Del Rey, and Modeselektor, will be a few of the big names that will be taking the stage at this year's Melt Festival. It is an impressively diverse bill for this German festival, held in the open museum at Ferropolis (known as 'the city of iron'), just 90 minutes from Berlin. Dance smashers such as French rock-obsessives Justice and minimal don Hawtin sit nicely up against more organic players such as Rufus Wainwright, Yeasayer and Gossip, with a healthy dose of underground DJs on the line up too. With 20,000 attendees it's big but not vast and the venue is located next to a large lake to splish splash in on hot days.

Optimus, Portugal

Also from 3-15 July Optimus will be boasting their own sufficiently impressive and varied line-up. At this Lisbon-based festival that sits right next to the Tagus River, you can take in the stunning landscape, dabble in arts and crafts and explore the cafés and restaurants when you're not watching the returning kings of Manchester, The Stone Roses, the always progressive Radiohead and the life-affirming The Cure. Plus a host of other mind blowing acts plucked from across Europe.

5fm Music Festival, Jeffrey's Bay

Over R1m has been spent to ensure that the 5FM Music Festival, which takes place in Jeffrey's Bay from 13 to 15 July, presents an incredible line-up including South African favourites Prime Circle, Ard Matthews, Taxi Violence, PH Phat, Jack Parrow, Flash Republic, 3rd World Spectator, Crash Car Burn and many more. The 5FM Music Festival at the Billabong Pro is setting the stage to rock the infamous seaside town of Jeffrey's Bay.

Oppikoppi Northam, Limpopo

This is extremely popular event will once again entertain the masses. The 2012 bands are aKING, Bittereinder, Baskerville, Beast, Dance, you're on Fire, Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Shadowclub, The Kiffness, Thieve, Toya Delazy to name a few...You can also look forward to 7 different stages in operation this year featuring more tunes and more genres. The addition of a camp shop for odds and ends forgotten at home and also expanded camping terrain with more water reticulation to make your stay more comfortable. Be prepared for the dust from 9-11 August

Rocking The Daises, Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

4-7 October, 2012 is Rocking The Dasies time! Internationally acclaimed indie rock legends,Bloc Party are confirmed to headline at Rocking the Daisies 2012! This universally respected band has already headlined some of the world’s most famous festivals and will be adding RTD to its very impressive list, which includes O2 Academy, Leeds and Reading Festival, T in the Park, Glastonbury and V Fest.South Africa now has the chance to be blown away by one of the best live acts in the world on Saturday 06 October at Rocking the Daisies, Cloof Wine Estate, Darling.

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