Can you smell the mud in the air? Its festival season, fellow music fans, and by gum does 2018 promise to be a doozie. First, we must get this out of the way. The Arctic Monkeys are back to sow their musical oats across Europe this summer. Whilst we don’t have any music to gauge whether they’re doing a Libertines and phoning it in, you can catch them headlining Primavera in Barcelona, Southside in Germany and T in the Park homunculus TRNSMT in Glasgow.
Basically, if you happen to rock up in any major European city this summer you’ll probably hear Teddy Picker. Primavera is a good shout if you’re chasing the primates but want more varied quality. We’ve got Lorde, Tyler, The Creator, Rex Orange County, Father John Misty, CHVRCHES and A$AP Rocky. The range on display in Barca is palpable, and there is something for everyone.
WAY OUT WEST
Alternatively, head to Sweden for Way Out West festival in Gothenburg and you’ll catch Alex Turner and his mates with Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Jorja Smith and Brockhampton. Of course, it depends on your music taste, but Way Out West barely has a line-up and its already contesting the Spanish festival don.
If you fancy a more beautified trip further afield, take yourself to the Adriatic coastline where you can catch many impressive electronic artists including Four Tet, Horse Meat Disco and Floating Points in olive groves, secret islands and on boats as part of Love International festival in June.
Closer to home, rap, hip-hop and grime connoisseurs would be daft not to attend Wireless, which seems to be curating several (as-of-yet) exclusive UK performances. J. Cole, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert and Trippie Redd will be in attendance, Sunday being a particularly potent display with Giggs, Lil Pump, Playboi Carti and Cardi B ready to light up Finsbury Park.
For perhaps the most varied and pristine catalogue available in our immediate proximity you would be foolish to miss Parklife. After somehow booking Frank Ocean in 2017 and providing one of the best nights of my life, the Warehouse Project squad are back again with some serious figures. Industry icon Pharrell and his Neptunes buddies will take to the stage as N.E.R.D to show off their personal chops after producing pretty much every great melody heard in the last century.
Alongside Williams and Co., we have A$AP Rocky, AJ Trace, The XX, Eric Prydz and Liam Gallagher. More unbelievably, French electronic titans Justice will be there alongside Fashion icon Virgil Abloh of Off-White fame, delivering a typically excellent DJ set and not throwing any £600 hoodies into the crowd. Just don’t bring any potato peelers, Parklife has banned the kitchen appliance in accordance with Gallagher’s ardent fans and their viral tendencies.
READING & LEEDS?
Whilst we don’t have the 411 on Leeds just yet, after last year’s unequivocally poor show you’d expect a return to form, which most likely means an Arctic Monkeys headline and Slaves playing every stage twice. God speed folks!