International Festival Guide - June 2019
Nowadays, it feels like there are more festivals than days on the calendar. So many, in fact, that it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to trawl through everything that’s on offer to find the perfect weekend destination. But not to worry - we’ve done it all for you! Read on for our June picks - featuring events in the UK, Poland, France, Netherlands, Italy and Egypt.
INSTYTUT Festival - Warsaw, Poland
Unique on a global scale, the Instytut Festival of Music and Arts will take place this June in a 19th century barracks just outside of Warsaw. The Modlin Garrison is the longest building in Europe and is located in the very heart of Poland at the confluence of two rivers: the Vistula and the Narew. The Instytut is keen to defy any attempt to define it as just another music festival. The organisers want to create a unique experience, a celebration of all electronic music lovers, a mosaic of personality and experiences. Alongside undisputed legends and masters of electronic music such as Donato Dozzy, Ben Klock or Richie Hawtin, the Instytut will play host to a whole range of exceptional artists, including Ancient Methods, Tommy Four Seven and Andy Stott.
21-22 June, £56, technoinstytut.pl
Camp Disco - Derbyshire, UK / 21st-23rd June
Returning in 2019 for its fifth year, Camp Disco is set to come back with a bang this June. Freshly located among beautiful rolling meadows in Alfreton, the Peak District setting provides the perfect backdrop to a family-oriented weekend. As well as the magical countryside backdrop, the festival will take place on 21-23 June - this year’s summer solstice.
With all the best bits of a family festival, a knees-up and a camping holiday, Camp Disco endeavours to provide something for every member of the family, rolling it all into one glorious weekend. Bristol DJ duo The Allergies, old-school hip-hop connoisseur DJ Format and Tuesday Club resident Andy H will each top one of the event’s three days.
21-23 June, adult £70, children £25, campdiscofestival.co.uk
We Love Green Festival - Paris, France
Fuelled by the simple desire to showcase a collection of artists that reflect our time, We Love Green Festival is an eclectic event that crosses the bridges between disparate genres. Located in Paris’ sprawling bois de vincennes park, standout acts at this year’s celebrations include Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens, Bonobo, FKA Twigs and Peggy Gou.
The festival also contains a "think tank", a space set up at the heart of the festival to promote the exchange of ideas to better understand this changing world. The festival also has strong environmental and ecological sympathies - The organisers planted a tree for every one of the 80,000 people that attended last year’s festival.
1-2 June, adult €69.50, children (5-12) €20.50, welovegreen.fr
Mystic Garden - Amsterdam, Netherlands
A magical space overrun with otherworldly creatures, a breathtaking atmosphere and world-class DJs, Mystic Garden is one of the Netherlands’ leading summer festivals. Located in the beautiful park surrounding Amsterdam’s expansive Sloterplas lake, Mystic Garden Festival boasts a wide array of organic food, a hippie market, interactive games, a street theater and dazzling decor. Highlights from this year’s outing include Boris Werner b2b Jan van Kampen, De Sluwe Vos, Extrawelt and Hollt.
15 June, mysticgardenfestival.nl
Sandbox Festival - El Gouna, Egypt
The seventh edition of the stunning Sandbox Festival will return once again to the blissful El Gouna resort on the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt this June. A perfect place to watch a scorching red sun sink into the sea, Sandbox provides a space for timelessness, peace and comfort to coalesce. Sandbox will play host to a wide array of acts, including Ben UFO, Motor City Ensemble, &Me and Axel. But music is far from the only attraction at this blissful getaway; it’s also a place to enjoy all manner of summer sports from kiting to diving and snorkelling.
13-15 June, £95, sandboxfestival.com
Free Your Mind Festival - Stadsblokken Arnhem, Netherlands
One of the first and most established festivals in the Netherlands, Free Your Mind Festival will return in 2019 after a massively successful 15th anniversary last year. Every summer, around 16,000 people travel to the Stadsblokken Arnhem, one of the most famous bridges in Europe, to immerse themselves in the unique experience the festival has to offer. Festival-goers are encouraged to immerse themselves in nature, explore the woods and roam the beaches that are surrounded by the picturesque Rhine River. A slew of artists from across the house and techno spectrum make up the bill, with highlights including Joris Voorn and Henrik Schwarz.
1 June, £52, freeyourmindfestival.nl
Decibel Open Air - Florence, Italy / 22nd-23rd June
Since its birth in 2016, Decibel Open Air has become one of the most celebrated techno events in Italy. Taking place over two sunbaked days in the lush and historic surroundings of the Piazzale delle Cascine in Florence, the event will play host to over 30 acts. Headliners Armin Van Buuren and Infected Mushroom will be joined by Collabs 3000, Loco Dice and many more.
Across two specially designed stages, one of which will be hosted by Elrow, mesmeric lights and laser shows, LED screens, installations and the most advanced sound systems in the world will all make the festival a weekend to remember.
22-23 June, €42, decibelopenair.com
Diynamic Festival - Amsterdam, Netherlands / 1st June
Touring musical roadshow, Diynamic Festival, will host one of their annual events in Amsterdam this year. The festival, run by the Hamburg-based label of the same name, has hosted events in diverse locations across the world, from Berlin to Istanbul, Brazil and Buenos Aires, as well as Amsterdam. For the first time ever, Diynamic has invited major artists that are not yet part of the agency or label. Founder, Solomun, will be joined by the likes of Adriatique, Apparat (DJ Set), ELAX (aka Boys Noize), Gerd Janson, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Mano Le Tough, Stimming, Tale Of Us, and many more.
1 June, €48, diynamicfestival.com