Those who have been to international festivals can agree they that are something completely different to what we experience in the UK. With incredible weather, cheap beer and some amazing line ups, more and more people are choosing to combine a holiday with their favourite artists. Here’s the current roundup of 2017’s oversees festivals:
NOS ALIVE – Portugal
The best international festival in 2016, NOS Alive returns to Lisbon with another incredible line up. With Foo Fighters and Depeche Mode confirmed as the first two headliners, the line up boasts an impressive undercard with The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Ryan Adams, The xx, Warpaint, alt-j, The Kills, Koadaline, Parov Stellar and Wild Beasts all confirmed so far. With the backdrop of one of Europe’s finest cities in Lisbon, NOS Alive is one to watch out for.
Open’er – Poland
Another traditionally strong festival based at Gdynia Airport, the four day festival has announced three headliners so far in the shape of Radiohead, Foo Fighters and The Weeknd plus G-Eazy, James Blake, Mac Miller and Prophets of Rage also on the bill. With a four day ticket plus camping coming to under £125, this is one of the best festival for money experiences you could get.
Rock Werchter – Belgium
The line up of 2017 so far, the Belgium heavyweight has stunned fans with their current line up. The Thursday sees Arcade Fire headline with support from none other than global stars Kings of Leon and Imagine Dragons. The Friday will be headlined by Radiohead with Linkin Park and metal giants System of a Down co-headlining the Saturday with support from multi-award winning rock legends blink-182. The Sunday will be brought to a close by Foo Fighters with alt-j also on the bill for that day. Possibly the greatest line up we’ve ever seen so far, it is fairly expensive but considering these are the only artists announced so far, expect even more brilliance to come.
Bilbao BBK – Spain
The 2017 edition of the festival sees a comeback appearance from The Killers with Depeche Mode and co-headliners Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club filling the other headline spots. With the return of Fleet Foxes and Die Antwoord, the festival is showing signs of promise for the summer. They announced their second wave of acts in the first big festival announcement of 2017 with the addition of The 1975, Justice and Sundara Karma amongst others.
Benicassim – Spain
A favourite amongst the UK crowd, Benicassim 2017 will be headlined by Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Weeknd. With Foals also confirmed on the act, we look forward to the announcement of the final two headliners plus the rest of the line up in the coming months.
INmusic – Croatia
The understated festival of 2017, INmusic will be headlined by Canadian alternative giants Arcade Fire and alt-j. Michael Kiwanuka will also make an appearance at the 3 day festival which at 42 euros for the ticket, is the best value for money you will get at a festival.
NOS Primavera Sound – Portugal
The 2017 Porto festival has a stunning alternative line up with Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and Justice headlining the festival. Also announced so far is Run The Jewels, Skepta, Miguel, Nicolas Jaar, Metronomy, Flying Lotus, Angel Olsen and Teenage Fanclub in a line up filled with great artists.
Nova Rock – Denmark
The Danish hard rock festival will be headlined in 2017 by System of a Down, Green Day, Linkin Park with blink-182. Pendulum, Prophets of Rage, Fatboy Slim and Slayer leading the undercard in a brilliant line up for rock fans.
Primavera Sound – Spain
The Barcelona festival at the end of May will see a huge number of artists perform including Arcade Fire, Aphex Twin, Frank Ocean, Run the Jewels, Bon Iver, Mac DeMarco, The xx, Teenage Fanclub and Skepta in a genre spanning 5 day festival.
Rock am Ring – Germany
The German equivalent of Reading & Leeds festival returns in 2017 with headliners Rammstein, System of a Down and Die Toten Hosen. With Prophets of Rage, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, Five Finger Death Punch, Slaves and Alter Bridge, the festival promises to be a heavyweight for rock fans.
Roskilde – Denmark
The Danish festival known for combining world leading artists with lesser known local talent on their line up currently has Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Justice, Moderat, The Weeknd, blink-182, Solange, G-Eazy and The Lumineers across the nine stages that the festival has to offer. With increased arts and attractions, the festival offers a huge amount more in addition to the music.
Super Bock Super Rock – Portugal
A relatively new festival based in the centre of Lisbon sees Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Deftones as the first confirmed artists on the bill. With the 2016 edition boasting Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx, Iggy Pop, The National and Massive Attack, the 2017 festival will be one to keep an eye on.
Sziget – Hungary
Located on an island in Budapest, the 7 day party that is Sziget will host over 1,000 performances from artists spanning multiple genres. The first announcement included Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, Tom Odell, Mac DeMarco, Oliver Heldens and Oh Wonder amongst others with big name artists from the world of Pop, Rock and Electronic expected soon to fill more of the line up.
Mad Cool – Spain
A refreshing new festival based in Madrid, Mad Cool Festival prides itself on sustainability and responsibility with a focus on the complete cultural experience for its crowd. With a stellar line up headlined by Foo Fighters, Green Day and Kings of Leon, the festival will also host appearances by alt-j, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Foster the People, The Lumineers, Kodaline, Wolf Alice and Moderat. With tickets at only 149 euros, this is a great opportunity to see some of the biggest American rock bands of the last 20 years.
Lollapalooza South America – Brazil / Chile / Argentina
Famous for its passionate crowd, the festival chain stops off in South America again in 2017 with Metallica, The Strokes, The Weeknd and The xx at the top of the bill for the two day festival. With huge sets from The Chainsmokers, Flume, Martin Garrix, Duran Duran, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Cage The Elephant, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Glass Animals and Jimmy Eat World, the 2017 festival is bigger than ever.
Lollapalooza Chicago – USA
No announcements have been made so far but with strong Muse, Green Day and Daft Punk rumours, this is a festival that could end up as one of the strongest festivals of the year.
Coachella – USA
The legendary US festival in California started the year off brilliantly by announcing their full line up. Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce were announced as headliners with Lorde and The xx also performing. For a more in depth review of the line up, see our Coachella Line Up Review here.