2013 Festival Guide

After visiting Croatia last year to check out Outlook and Dimensions festival it was clear to us that the full festival experience includes sun, sea and heavy bass whilst dancing on a beach and partying hard into the early hours.

We all know european festivals are where it’s at these days for an amazing travel experience with guarenteed sun, sea, stellar artists and usually alot cheaper than UK festivals with the added bonus of being a holiday all in one. So check out these festivals for something a bit different than the expected…

MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS

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www.meadowsinthemountains.com

DATE: 7th, 8th, 9th June

2013 ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Moomin / Northern Purpose / Demob Happy / Jane Fitz / The Common Tongues / Just Jack / Sebastian Voight / The Colour Movement / The Priory / Bruno Schmidt / Dead Echo / Mirko Hecktor / QVC / Carlos Valdes / Tom Gillerion and many more

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TICKETS: 3 day ticket £95

A new european festival star rises over the mountains in the skies of Bulgaria this Summer, judging from last year’s success Meadows In The Mountains is set to become Europe’s most intimate and in demand festival this June.

Meadows In The Mountains is like no other festival in the world. Nestled in the stunning heart of the Rhodopian Mountains near Bulgaria’s Greek border, set in an otherworldly and jaw-dropping setting that is unmatched anywhere on the planet.

A truly encompassing and unique music and arts festival which brings to life the possibility of real adventure embraced by guaranteed Sun and friendly faces fused with a thoughtful, inspired and explorative music and arts line up, the festival burns brightly all day and all night against the magical back drop of the intimately beautiful mountain top scenery that makes this festival so very special.

OPEN’ER FESTIVAL

 
EDITORS, SKUNK ANANSIE, MODEST MOUSE & ALT- J
CONFIRM FOR OPEN’ER FESTIVAL 2013
 
Gdynia, Poland, 3 – 6 July 2013
 
Already confirmed artists include:
 
RIHANNA, BLUR, KINGS OF LEON, ARCTIC MONKEYS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TAME IMPALA, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, DISCLOSURE, MARIA PESZEK
+ many more to be announced shortly
 
• SURELY THE BEST VALUE FESTIVAL TICKET IN THE WORLD!
• FULL 4-DAY CAMPING TICKET FOR JUST £93!
 
Full festival information here:
 
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The line-up for this year’s Open’er Festival is expanding rapidly as more outstanding major acts confirm for 2013’s edition.
 
Open’er is proud to now announce: Editors and Skunk Anansie, who both return with new material, the cult Modest Mouse and the sensational Alt-J!
 
Editors
 
Editors are set to bring their upcoming fourth album to some of the world’s biggest and best festivals this summer. Currently recording in Nashville, Tennessee, the band are putting the final touches to the record that will follow 2009’s In This Light and On This Evening (Papillon, You Don’t Know Love), 2007’s An End Has a Start (Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors, The Racing Rats) and 2005’s The Back Room (Munich, Bullets). The band will be showcasing new material from the upcoming album as well as performing songs taken from their entire back catalogue.
Skunk Anansie
 
Skunk Anansie needs no introduction to rock fans. Their last concert at Open’er was an unbelievable display of charisma and rock’n’roll craftsmanship. We are really happy as they reformed after 8 years of studio and live silence, and were counting for more. And we got it. Before taking their break, Skunk Anansie released three multi-platinum albums: “Paranoid And Sunburnt” (1995), “Stoosh” (1996) and “Post Orgasmic Chill” (1999), selling over 5 million copies worldwide. Since their memorable performance on Gdynia airfield, Skunk Anansie released two albums: 2010’s “Wonderlustre” and “Black Traffic”, released last September. Now we finally get to hear the songs off their most recent album live.
Modest Mouse
 
Modest Mouse’s first time in Poland will be a real celebration for fans of American alternative rock. Thanks to them, Open’er will witness a historical event, not unlike three years ago, when Pavement came to Poland. While their music was by turns taut and elliptical, and the lyrics sometimes cryptic and introspective, Modest Mouse broke through to the mainstream audience. With legendary albums “This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About”, “The Lonesome Crowded West”, “The Moon & Antarctica” and successful releases “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” and Billboard #1 “We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank”, we are very happy and proud to welcome this cult band, and expect to hear a set of new songs live.
Alt-J
 
Alt-J could write last year off as the best in their lives.  What is so awesome about their debut “An Awesome Wave” are their excellent ideas and compositions, they mix folk, hip-hop, indie-rock, Americana songwriting, Oriental music, and even psychedelic sounds common to a few bands in this year’s line-up. Their intelligent compositions reminded more imaginative critics of Radiohead, but Alt-J speak their own language. The titles and lyrics on their debut album carry count-less references to books, films, even famous photographers. “An Awesome Wave” was chosen as record of the year by France’s leading music journal Les Inrockuptibles, became #5 in NME’s ‘Best Of 2012’ poll, and only just lost to Bobby Womack in Clash Magazines best of poll.
For all the latest Open’er Festival news visit: http://opener.pl/en
 
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OPEN’ER LISTINGS INFORMATION:
 
Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland, 3 – 6 July 2013
 
Ticket prices:
 
4-day tickets (03.07 – 06.07) – PLN 470 (approx. EUR 115)
4-day ticket w/6-day camping (02.07 – 07.07) – PLN 550 (approx. EUR 134)
Day tickets – PLN 189 (approx. EUR 46)
SKM ticket – PLN 23  (approx. EUR 6)
Camping fee –  PLN 120 (approx. EUR 30)
Camper ticket –  PLN 400 (approx. EUR 98)
 
Please note: exchange rate is correct at the date of publishing but subject to change.
 
Tickets available at:  ALTERSHOP and in Ticketpro outlets.

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SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL

ANTAYLA – TURKISH RIVIERA

WEBSITE: http://sunsplash-festival.com

DATE: 2 – 9 June

2013 ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Gilles Peterson / Norman Jay M.B.E / Koreless / Mad Professor / Kirk Degiorgio / Stuart Patterson / AtJazz / Sinbad / LeFto / Rainer Trueby / Tim Keenooy / Ahu / Kaan Duarat / Simbad / The Mighty Zaf

+ more line up additions in March

TICKETS: packages start from £320pp

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ECHO FESTIVAL

KANEGRA – CROATIA

WEBSITE: www.echofestival.com

DATES: 6 – 9 June

ECHO FESTIVAL REVEAL SECOND WAVE OF ACTS & HEADLINE ARTISTS FOR 2013
Latest additions:
MAGDA / REDSHAPE (Live) / JOHN ROBERTS (Live) / AUDIO WERNER (Live)
VOIGTMANN / LAMACHE / MANDY JORDAN / DANIEL PADLUNG
LORCA / LUCA PILATO
Club partner additions:
Junk Department / Toi Toi
6 – 9th June 2013 – Kanegra, Istria, Croatia 
  
Full artist line-up so far:
Magda / Petre Inspirescu / Nick Höppner
Delano Smith / Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium
John Roberts (Live) / Audio Werner (Live) / Christopher Rau / Anthea

BLM / Ian F / Aneuria / Evano / DoubtingThomas (Live) / Rico Casazza (Live) Voigtmann / Lamache / Mandy Jordan / Daniel Madlung / Luca PilatoSpace Dimension Controller (Live) / xxxy

Locked Groove / South London Ordnance / Youandewan

Braiden / October / Djrum / Citizen / Lorca / James Fox / Donga / Lakosa / HodgedBridge / Marcus Intalex / Synkro

Lenzman / Kasra / Xtrah / Stray / Versa / SP:MC

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Latest Echo Festival Exclusive Mix by Lakosa 

 

Early bird tickets: 4 day ticket for £65+ bf only

 
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Echo Festival returns to Croatia from the 6 – 9th June 2013 and unveils it’s brand new location in Kanegra, just 45 mins from the airports of Pula and Trieste, and 1.30 hrs from Ljubljana. With a luxurious but intimate community setting, Echo Festival is unique, having made a distinctive mark last year with a broad selection of underground electronic artists, it is set once again to be one of the true Croatian festival hightlights throughout the forthcoming 2013 season.
The new festival site in Kanegra is situated near the picturesque town of Umag and boasts an idyllic location for an intimate festival soiree. Set on one of the most beautiful bays in Istria, immersed in Mediterranean vegetation and surrounded by deep woodland, Echo Festival will present a 4 days and 4 nights of perfectly programmed electronic frequencies, spanning multiple genres and generations of artists.
 Echo are delighted to reveal their second wave of artists for 2013, they include the former first lady of M_nus – a driving force behind twenty-first century Techno, and a trio of some of the world’s most remarkable live performance DJs.
Magda is an artist who can never be pinned down, no matter the timeframe or time signature. Any one of the Detroit-raised artist’s sets or productions breed a rare feel of mystique and discovery.  Her accidental entry into Detroit’s underground party scene as a teenager was the kick-start she needed for a lifelong love affair. In 1998, she joined M_nus and began touring the world as Richie Hawtin’s sole opener. Stylistically, Magda grooves through opposition – creating sets that are emotion-led yet clinical, having profound expertise with analogue and digital technology. Her sound is otherworldly but visceral; dark with a warm sense of beauty and grace. Magda’s DJing style has been encapsulated on her mix for London club Fabric ‘Fabric 49′ (a mix CD with as much artistry and vision as an original album). Magda’s label, ‘Items & Things’, always pinpoints the off-kilter and the uncommon, seeking out new artists and sounds that push boundaries.
We would tell you all about Redshape, but no one knows who he actually is. He hides his real identity behind a red mask at all times, even wearing it onstage at his club dates around Europe, which of late there have been many. We do know the man behind the mask lives in Berlin, he does a rocking live act and he’s released half a dozen tracks over the last year or so on labels such as Delsin and Music Man. We also can reveal he has studied a lot of old Detroit techno records: His sound is a new update on old school templates, and it’s getting a thorough rinsing by DJs as diverse as Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink, Âme and Cassy.
John Roberts creates music that is meticulous and loose, evocative and innovative. Raised in the so-called heart of America, John’s parents exposed him to classical and jazz music at an early age and encouraged his fifteen-year training on drums and violin. As he began to gain interest in contemporary European house and techno, John began working with analog synthesizers, antiquated sequencing software, and reel-to-reel tape machines. In 2008 Roberts was asked by Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, and Lawrence to be the first American artist on their influential Dial Records imprint. The 2010 release of his debut album, “Glass Eights”, cemented his position as one of electronic music’s top innovators. 2013 will see the release of his second album, “Fences”.
Joining them will be Toi Toi featuring: Audio Werner, Voigtmann and Lamache. Audio Werner has made a great contribution to underground electronic music not only as a producer and DJ, but also as a live performer. During the past year he has been concentrating on his new live set that he performed for the first time at ‘Get Perlonized’ at Panorama Bar in November 2012 proving to be a huge success. He will debut this highly regarded live performance at Echo Festival 2013 this summer.
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ECHO FESTIVAL LISTINGS INFORMATION:
 
Echo Festival announces second round of acts and headline artists:
 
MAGDA, REDSHAPE (LIVE), JOHN ROBERTS (LIVE), AUDIO WERNER (LIVE) AND MANY MORE BILLED FOR ECHO FESTIVAL 2013
6-9th June 2013 //  Kanegra, Istria, Croatia
 
Key Details:
·      New dates & new venue
·      Diverse variety of quality underground electronic music
·      New line-up additions: Magda, Redshape, John Roberts, Audio Werner & more
 
Echo Festival 2013 teaser video 
Latest Echo Festival exclusive mix by Lakosa
Early bird tickets: 4 day festival ticket £65+ bf (18+ only, ticket covers festival entrance only)
For full information regarding Festival tickets, best flight options, transfers from nearby airports, On-site accommodation please see: www.echofestival.com

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Outlook Festival

Fort Punta Christo – Pula, Croatia

Europe’s award-winning showcase of music inspired by soundsystem culture, returns for 2013 armed with an incredible line-up featuring some of the world’s best live acts and DJs across Dub, Hip-Hop, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dubstep and beyond. Taking place in Croatia in the beautiful scenery of a 19th century fort, the setting is utterly unparalleled and revellers can party either on land or at sea, surrounded by unspoilt coastlines, glorious sunshine and the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

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Outlook festival officially starts at midday on Thursday 29 August , and finishes 6am Monday 2 September. Music runs from midday till 8pm on the beach stages, and 8pm till 6am on all fort stages.

The beach stages will be hosting official pre-parties on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August from midday onwards. Admission is free to all festival ticket holders.

http://www.outlookfestival.com

LINE-UP

TALIB KWELI / JAY ELECTRONICA / ALBOROSIE & SHENGEN CLAN (Live) / THE PHARCYDE (Live) / ANDY C / MALA IN CUBA (Live) / DAVID RODIGAN / PHAROAHE MONCH / DIGITAL MYSTIKZ – MALA & COKI / GOLDIE / LTJ BUKEM / MR SCRUFF / SHY FX KODE 9 / CALYX & TEEBEE / DJ EZ / BODDIKA / LOEFAH / J ROCC / BENJI B / JACKMASTER / IRATION STEPPAS / BREAKAGE / PINCH / DORIAN / CONCEPT / PORTICO QUARTET (Live) / CHANNEL ONE / THE HEATWAVE / TOPCAT / DBRIDGE / ADDISON GROOVE / ALIX PEREZ / ICICLE / BREAK / ENEI / DISTANCE / TREVINO / KRYPTIC MINDS / MACHINEDRUM / MUNGO’S HIFI / DJ DIE / AUTHOR / PHAELEH / LENZMAN / GENERAL LEVY & JOE / ARIWA / RANDALL / TERROR DANJAH / COOLY G / BENNY PAGE / EGLO LIVE BAND FEAT. FATIMA & OLIVIER DAYSOUL / IKONIKA / SCRATCHA DVA / EARL GATESHEAD / MC GQ / AMIT / JACK SPARROW /Outlook2012_ashes57-9 BTRAITS / SPENCER / REDINHO / MARCUS VISIONARY / ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE / KASRA / ALEXANDER NUT / KAHN / DUBKASM / VIVEK / SURVIVAL / JUBEI / MARVELLOUS CAIN / BIOME / SOLO BANTON / MR WILLIAMZ / MIKAL / RADIKAL GURU & CIAN FINN / SP:MC / DLR / STAND HIGH PATROL FEAT PUPA JIM / ARP 101 / KILLAWATT / STRATEGY / STICKY / CHUNKY / ZERO T / ANT TC1 / CERN / SOUTH LONDON ORDNANCE/ XTRAH / PALEMAN LX ONE / CHIMPO / NORTHERN LIGHTS / WREC / HALOGENIX / LEGAL SHOT HIFI / ALPHA STEPPA / GORGON SOUND / DANMAN / TONN PIPER / MEFJUS / BENEATH / THINKING/ SUN OF SELAH / J. ROBINSON / DUB CONDUCTOR / DUB SMUGGLERS / SAMMY DREAD / JC / GUSTO

Many more acts still to be announced including boat party line- ups.

Full line-up: http://www.outlookfestival.com/2013-line-up/

Dimensions Festival

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After an extremely successful year, Dimensions festival will be returning to Croatia for 2013 to showcase the world’s best underground electronic music in the beautiful location of an abandoned 19th century fort. Tailored to a discerning crowd, Dimensions aims to deliver once again a remarkable festival of the world’s best live acts and DJs across four nights of carefully curated programming from the team behind Outlook Festival.

Dimensions is an underground electronic music festival held at Fort Punta Christo, the legendary site where Outlook Festival takes place. Fort Punta Christo is perhaps one of the most amazing festival locations ever imagined.Held within the Fort’s grounds, Dimensions features the best underground sounds in electronic dance floor music from across the globe

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Dimensions festival officially starts at midday on Thursday 5 September , and finishes 6am Monday 9 September. Music runs from midday till 8pm on the beach stages, and 8pm till 6am on all fort stages.

The beach stages will be hosting an official pre-party on Wednesday 4 September from midday onwards. Admission is free to all festival ticket holders, please note last admission is 10pm.

http://www.dimensionsfestival.com

LINE-UP

MODEL 500 (live), DAPHNI, PANTHA DU PRINCE (live), THREE CHAIRS (MOODYMANN, THEO PARRISH, MARCELLUS PITTMAN, RICK WILHITE) MALA IN CUBA (live), OMAR S, DAVE CLARKE, DERRICK MAY, HYPE WILLIAMS (live), JETS (live), DIXON, BODDIKA, SURGEON, OSTGUT TON pres [BEN KLOCK, STEFFI, NORMAN NODGE] DIAL pres LAWRENCE, ROMAN FLUGEL, EFDEMIN, JOHN ROBERTS, d94LEVON VINCENT, JIMMY EDGAR, DEMDIKE STARE, MACHINEDRUM, FLOATING POINTS, KODE 9,DOPPLEREFFEKT (live), PEARSON SOUND, BEN UFO, HUXLEY, KARENN (live), TIKIMAN (live) + SCION, BLAWAN, MR SCRUFF, MOSCA, LOEFAH, MOVE D, BICEP, BENJI B, PROSUMER, BLACKEST EVER BLACK, ANDRES, DBRIDGE, PATRICE SCOTT, CLOSE aka WILL SAUL, TREVINO, XXXY, GERD JANSON, MIDLAND, ANALOGUE COPS (live), PORTICO QUARTET (LIVE), JOHN HECKLE, PARIAH, MARCUS INTALEX, MIKE DEHNERT, AUTHOR (live), SOULPHICTION, PANGAEA, DENSE & PIKA (live), MARK E, ALEXANDER NUT, ANDREW ASHONG, WIFE, ARP 101, THE INVISIBLE (LIVE), FATIMA, OLIVIER DAY SOUL, ELIPHINO, DEGO, VESSEL, IRATION STEPPAS, MUNGO’S HIFI, ENDIAN, SOUTH LONDON ORDNANCE, LeFtO, FRACTURE, STUBBORN HEART, JAY DANIEL, ROMARE, MATTHEW HALSALL TRIO.

Full line-up: http://www.dimensionsfestival.com/2013-line-up/

Dimensions Festival Ticket: £120 + bf (18+ only, ticket covers festival entrance only) // Dual Weekender, Outlook & Dimensions Ticket: £230 + bf (18+ only, ticket covers festival entrance only) // Boat Party Ticket: £20 + bf // Camping: Starting From £36 + bf // Sunshine Bus Return Coach from the UK: tbc

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