The Biggest and Best Music Festivals – Part 1

Music festivals seem to be getting bigger and better each year. Especially when you think about Glastonbury, Creamfields and the like. In this blog we will take a look at some of the biggest and best music festivals from all around the globe. Let’s get going with some of our favourites.

Green Man

Going strong for over 15 years, the Green Man festival is held annually in the Breckon Beacon, Wales. Held in mid-August, Green Man attracts a large following as one of the best independent music and arts festivals in the UK. Best known for its non-corporate, ethical approach, Green Man has become a firm favourite each year, attracting large crowds. Green Man has picked up several showcase awards during its time, including:

  • Best Medium Sized Festival in 2010
  • Best Festival – Music Live Awards in 2015
  • Grassroots Festival in 2012

Revellers get a good mix of world music, Americana, folk music, indie, psychedelia and dance. Not only does the music festival produce some great acts, they also generously donate towards a number of very worthwhile local charities, including The Beavan Foundation, Oxfam Cymru and the Breckon Beacons National Park Authority. You will find close to 100 different types of ales and ciders, along with delicious food from pretty much around the globe.

Latitude

Set close to the sleepy town of Southwold in Suffolk, England, Latitude has been a great festival venue since its inception back in 2006. Often championed by the Guardian Newspaper group, Latitude has developed a reputation for the middle-class reveller. Easily recognised as one of the more genteel festivals, Latitude plays out in mid-July each year. Despite Latitude’s relatively low-key presence on the festival circuit it has still managed to attract some top groups, including:

  • Snow Patrol
  • The Zutons
  • Lemon Head
  • Patti Smith

The festival shows no sign of relenting with bands like Franz Ferdinand booked for 2018 and beyond!

Exit Festival

Founded in 2000 by the student movement, Exit Festival has a pretty spectacular history. Initially it was born from the need by students to protest against the government and fight for democracy in their home-land. Since its inception it has been visited by over 2 Million people from more than 60 countries around the globe. Boasting no less than 16 stages, it is located in a medieval fortress area. Aside from the music there is also a sports area, a zip line, chill zones and a 3D dance area. The Serbian festival has moved on a little from its much-publicised beginnings; however, it still aligns itself with a strong sense of social responsibility. The award-winning festival runs for 4 days and starts on the 2nd Thursday of July. Music lovers can witness an eclectic mix of:

  • Drum and Bass
  • Reggae
  • Hip Hop
  • Metal
  • Punk
  • Rock

Exit has gained popularity over the years and has even been featured on the international edition of CNN. Stay tuned for our next blog post as we travel the globe in search of some of the biggest and best loved music festivals around.