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PAUSE Picks: Festivals To Attend In 2023

By March 14, 2023Culture, Music

 Get Ready.. Festival Season is Back!

It’s that time of year again… Festival Season is upon us! What should you do this summer? No need to look further. With a line-up of some of the biggest names in music and art, PAUSE has curated a super-special series of festivals in the UK and around the world. Dive in!

Wireless Festival – London, United Kingdom

Lo’ and behold – London’s most anticipated music festival. Consistently holding its reign as one of the UK’s best rap-curated festivals, Wireless festival boasts an impressive, star-studded line up that embraces some of the best musicians in the world.

Location: London, United Kingdom

Dates: 7th – 9th July

Lineup: Yeat, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty and more.

Sziget Festival  – Budapest, Hungary

Get ready! Summer is just around the corner, are you ready for some pop perfection? There’s no place like Budapest. As one of Europe’s most significant islands, it is often referred to as the ‘Island of Freedom.’ Sziget Festival celebrates diversity and community, bringing people from all over the world together to share their passion for music, art and culture.

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Dates: 10th – 15th August

Lineup: Billie Eilish, David Guetta, Imagine Dragons, Jamie xx and more.

MEO Kalorama – Lisbon, Portugal

If you’re searching for an all-in-one festival-holiday, MEO Kalorama Festival has your back. Taking place in Lisbon, 2022 saw the debut of Portugal-based Festival located at Bela Vista Park. Abounding with fun and enjoyable music, some of the world’s most iconic artists hit the stage for the festival’s first ever offering. From Arctic Monkeys to Bonobo, the festival has stepped it up with their 2023 line-up. Check it out below.

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: 31st August – 12th September

Line-up: Florence + The Machine, Arcade Fire, The Blaze, Foals and many more.

CLOUD X – London, United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in it all. All hail the UK’s leading independent festival for R&B, Soul & Alt rap – CLOUD X. Featuring a jaw-dropping line up consisting of Saint Levant, Samm Henshaw, Pip Millett, Col3trane and more, the homegrown festival marks its return, back for its 3rd edition, set amidst a picturesque backdrop of breathing lake views and magical woodland. With just moments leading up to it, Beckenham Place Park is perfect place to be to end a summer of fun.

Location: Beckenham Place Park, London. 

Dates: 20th August 2023.

Line-up: Jaz Karis, Samm Henshaw, Santino Le Saint, and more.

Rolling Loud – Portimão, Portugal

Following its debut in 2022, Rolling Loud will make its second appearance in Europe this year in Portugal. With a successful run under their belts, the RL crew is returning, and it’s worth noting that although Rolling Loud may be renowned across North America, they have quickly become a prominent name in the European festival scene. The hip-hop festival has a plethora of top-tier acts on display and is one you don’t want to miss.

Location: Portimao, Portugal

Dates: 5th – 7th July

Line-up: Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Meek Mill, Central Cee and more.

WIDE AWAKE – London, United Kingdom

With its unmissable lineup of left-field indie, post-punk, electronica, techno, and jazz, this festival is one of London’s most exciting. If that wasn’t enough, the festival brand have also announced Aussie psych rock legends King Grizzard and Lizard Wizard as 2024 headliners.

Location: London, United Kingdom.

Dates: 27th May

Lineup: Caroline Polachek, Daniel Avery (Live), Shy Girl, Coucou Chloe, Enumclaw, Gilla Band, Jockstrap, Joy Orbison to name a few.

Parklife – Manchester, United Kingdom

Parklife 2023 is one of the earliest summer festivals with its most diverse lineup to date. This annual event combines beats from multiple musical genres, including hip hop, grime, pop, rock, club, dance, and house, located in the heart of the eclectic city of Manchester.

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Dates: 10th – 11th June

Line-up: The 1975, Aitch, The Prodigy and more.

Mad Cool Festival– Madrid, Spain

Spain and summer? I consider these two terms to be synonymous. Mad Cool Festival announces this year’s edition in Madrid, featuring a captivating summer line-up. Whether you’re looking for sun, sounds, or freedom, here you’ll find the ‘coolest’ of artists. Pun intended.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Dates: 6 – 8th July

Line-up: Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Janelle Monáe, Mumford & Sons and more.

Bilbao BBK Live – Bilbao, Spain

In addition to their already star-studded line-up, BBK Bilbao Live will take place over 6-8th July 2023 in the beautiful Basque region of Spain. This year the festival has confirmed the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Röyksopp, Jamie xx, Phoenix, Idles, SHERELLE and M83. You don’t want to miss it!

Location: Bilbao, Spain

Dates: 6th – 8th July

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Jamie XX and more.

Glastonbury– Somerset, United Kingdom

It may be an oldie… but the line-up this year is a definite goldie. For this year’s Glastonbury, Somerset continues to host a wide range of genres and artists. With some of the world’s most iconic music contributors expected, this festival continues to lead the British festival scene.

Location: Somerset, United Kingdom.

Dates: Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Joey Bada$$ and more.

Line-up: 21st – 25th June

MVSON WORLD – Manchester, United Kingdom 

The MVSON WORLD immersive experience will take place on Saturday July 15th 2023 at Manchester Barton Aerodrome.

Mason Collective is one of Manchester’s hottest house acts. They will be joined by a cross-section of the most notable names in music, known for their electrifying sets and in demand sold out events. The contemporary house scene is bursting with names like fabric resident AJ Christou, Cocoon star wAFF, and other familiar names such as Calvin Clarke, Fletch, Fleur Shore, Jean Pierre, Joella Jackson, Joseph Edmund, Mason Maynard, Max Dean and several others.

The festival includes three unique stages of music, mind and wellness activities, interactive art installations, independent food and drink vendors, and an art and creative market.

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Dates: 15th July

Line-up: Joella Jackson, Joseph Edmund, Mason Maynard, Max Dean and more.

Balaton Sound – Zamardi, Hungary

Take a look at the Balaton Sound festival in Zamardi, Hungary, one of Europe’s largest and most colourful electronic beach festivals. An equally beautiful line-up and beautiful views make the Balaton Sound experience one you shouldn’t miss!

Location: Zamardi, Hungary

Dates: 28th June – 1st July

Line-up: Armin Van Buuren, Dimension (DJ set), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Hardwell and more.

ALSO Festival – Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Music shows and art showcases are no longer the only forms of festivals. Today, there are so many more things to discover. What must we do to explore? We do it with our minds, of course. Introducing Also Festival – “A festival for the mind, where ideas run wild’. From life-enhancing ideas on the main stage to creative masterclasses, intimate day talks, comedy and music with a lot of dancing as well as water activities like swimming and paddle-boarding. Also festival is an unmissable event of music, art and wellness.

Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Dates: 14th – 16th July

Line-up: Music, Comedy, Live talks and more.

Cala Mijas– Malaga, Spain

With calming sunsets, outdoor dances, and sundowners with friends, the Cala Mijas festival is the perfect way to end Summer 2023. On the sunny shores of Malaga, Mijas welcomes travellers to its exceptional location to discover local beaches and gastronomy. Featuring international and local acts, this will be an unforgettable party.

Location: Mijas Malaga, Spain

Dates: 31st August – 2nd September

Line-up: Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Florence + The Machine and more.

AVA Festival – Belfast, Ireland

AVA – Belfast’s flagship festival has announced their mega selection of Irish artists and fresh headliners for this year’s edition. From Sally C, Holly Lester, Kessler ++ to Central Cee, Eliza Rose and SlowThai, it’s about to go down – staying true to its electronic roots alongside their wider array of sounds. 

Location: Belfast, Ireland

Dates: 2nd – 3rd June

Line-up: Holly Lester, Central Cee, Eliza Rose and more.

SUPERBLOOM – Munich, Germany

Move over, there’s a new festival on the horizon and it’s called: SUPERBLOOM. This year, SUPERBLOOM will be pink, having cemented its position in the European festival scene with a sold out first edition in 2022 and winning “Best New Festival” at the “European Festival Awards”.

Location: Munich, Germany

Dates: 2nd – 3rd September

Line-up: Imagine Dragons, Zara Larsson, Ellie Goulding and more.

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