PAUSE Picks: Festivals To Attend In 2024

By May 8, 2024Culture, Music

The best time of the year…Festival Season!

It’s that time of year again… Festival Season is upon us! What should you do this summer? Look no 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 for you to attend. Looking for a fun way to spend a sun-drenched summer? Deep dive in!

Wireless Festival – London, United Kingdom

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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: 12th July – 14th July 2024.

Lineup: Ice Spice, Asake, Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, J Hus, Future, Doja Cat and more.

Sziget Festival  – Budapest, Hungary

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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: 7th August – 12th August 2024.

Lineup: Fred Again, Halsey, Kylie, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Skrillex, Martin Garrix and more.

Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain

PHOTO CREDIT: Primavera Festival

If you’re searching for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a festival-holiday, Primavera Sound has your back. Returning to their original one-weekend format in Parc Del Fòrum for its 22nd edition, the Barcelona-based event boasts a stellar line-up (spanning a multitude of genre and generation) which also continues to champion their commitment to equality. Check it out below.

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 29th May – 2nd June 2024.

Line-up: Lana Del Rey, Pulp, SZA, Disclosure, FKA Twigs, Justice, PJ Harvey, Vampire Weekend and more.

Skepta’s BIG SMOKE Festival – London, United Kingdom

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Immerse yourself in it all. London’s very own Skepta has unveiled an inaugural one-day event coming to Crystal Palace Park this summer. Not only does the exclusive festival boast two open-air stages curated by Skepta himself and Más Tiempo, it will also mark Skepta’s only UK show in 2024. You don’t want to miss it..

Location: Crystal Palace Park, London. 

Dates: 6th July 2024.

Line-up: Skepta, Más Tiempo, The Streets, Mahalia, JME, Lancey, Jammer (DJ Set), Loco Dice and more.

Afro Nation Portugal – Portimão, Portugal

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Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Imagine yourself in sunny Portimao, ahead of what’s considered an iconic celebration of Afrobeats, Amapiano and more. That’s right, Afronation returns and it’s shaping up to be an amazing year with headliners Nicki Minaj and chart-topping royalties Rema and Asake. As well as J Hus, Tyla, Omah Lay, Odumodublvck, Shallipopi and more on the main stage, the Piano People stage is also one to keep an eye on with Major Leagues, Uncle Waffles, Musa Keys taking centre stage. Craving a summer of fun? Look no further.

Location: Portimao, Portugal

Dates: 26th June – 28 June 2024.

Line-up: Nicki Minaj, Rema, Asake, Uncle Waffles, J Hus, Omah Lay and more.

YARDLAND – Paris, France

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The City of Paris hardly needs an introduction, with its abundance of culture, business and reputation as one of the world’s fashion centers, it’s impossible not to be engulfed in its glory. However… YARDLAND is a curated arts and culture festival that boasts an exciting line up of musicians Amaarae, Gunna, 13 Block, as well as an associative village, food court, and market place where young designers and brands are exhibiting. If you find yourself basking in Parisian heat by the siene, you should head over to the festival. Sound up your street? Check out all the information below.

Location: Paris, France

Dates: 6th July – 7th July 2024.

Lineup: Gunna, Shay-Kalash, Amaarae, Odumodublvck and more.

Parklife – Manchester, United Kingdom

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Parklife 2024 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: 8th June – 9th June 2024.

Line-up: Doja Cat, J Hus, Becky Hill, Peggy Gou, Kaytranada and more.

Meltdown 2024 – London, United Kingdom

PHOTO CREDIT: Meltdown | Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre returns with a 10-day wonder, curated by iconic singer and musician Chaka Khan for its annual contemporary music festival, Meltdown. Chaka Khan’s Meltdown will take place Friday 14 June until Sunday 23 June 2024 as Khan celebrates 50 years of a pioneering career, bringing her incredible voice and global influence to the Southbank Centre.

Location: Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom

Dates: 14th June – 23rd June 2024.

Line-up: Chaka Khan and special guests.

Bilbao BBK Live – Bilbao, Spain

PHOTO CREDIT: Bilbao BBK Festival

In the mountains surrounding the city, the Bilbao BBK Live festival will welcome a star-studded line-up for an enchanting three days of music, gastronomy and art. With 16th edition under its belt, Bilbao BBK Live has become a staple of the Spanish and European festival scene. The festival’s line-up is heaven for lovers of electronic and left field pop and rock.

Location: Bilbao, Spain

Dates: 11th July – 13th July 2024

Line-up: Arcade Fire, Grace Jones, Jungle, Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Underworld and more.

Madruga Festival – Hay-On-Wye, Wales

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If you have the opportunity to attend an exclusive mansion party and musical festival all in one amongst the Black Mountains of Wales, you’re going to take it. Curated especially for dance music enthusiasts; Madruga is all about the tunes and having a good ol’ boogey. Sounds like you? Check out the festival now.

Location: Hay-One-Wye, Wales

Dates: 26th July – 29 July 2024.

Line-up: Joy Orbison, A For Alpha, Anna Wall, Anthea, BLumitsu, Dave Harvey and more. 

Latitude Festival – Suffolk, United Kingdom 

PHOTO CREDIT: Latitude Festival

Taking place in a breathtaking setting, Latitude festival continues to expand its stellar music lineup for 2024 with The Vaccines, Future Islands, Lankum Jockstrap, Ash, Caity Baser, CMAT and more. Aside from an eclectic lineup that fuses music and the arts over an immersive cultural weekend, the festival promises festival-goers a joyous weekend of uninhibited discovery. In addition to foodie feasts, relaxing retreats, family fun, and counter-cultural club nights, the festival includes the best artists in music and the arts, and comedy.

Location: Henham Park, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Dates: 25th – 28th July 2024.

Line-up: The Vaccines, Future Islands, Lankum, Jockstrap, Ash, Caity Baser and more.

GALA Festival – London, United Kingdom


The Gala Festival, London’s premier electronic music festival, will return to Peckham Rye Park over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 24-26, 2024. Now in its 9th year and further cementing its reputation for curating stellar line-ups, GALA looks set to deliver another soul-nourishing weekend. Check it out below.

Location: Peckham Rye Park, London, United Kingdom

Dates: 24th May – 26th May 2024.

Line-up: DJ EZ, Joy Orbison, Palms Trax, Job Jobse, Peach, Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa, Folamour, Hunee, Interplanetary Criminal, Novelist, SHERELLE B2B Kode9, and more.

MVSON World – Manchester, United Kingdom

PHOTO CREDIT: Mason Collective

Just in time, bang in the middle of summer, MVSON World provides their first ever world street party festival comprised of stages showcasing the best of intimate music and arts. Join Mason Collective, Sosa, AJ Christou, Calvin Clarke and more in Manchester for a show-stopping celebration of shared passion.

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Dates: 13th July 2024

Line-up: AJ Christou, Mason Collective, Natalia Roth, Reme and more.

MEO Kalorama – Lisbon, Portugal


With calming sunsets, outdoor dances, and sundowners with friends, MEO Kalorama the festival located in the beautiful Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon announces its second wave of artists for the 2024 event. New additions to its already stellar lineup include Burna Boy, RAYE, Loyle Carner, Fever Ray, Gossip, Yves Tumor, Olivia Dean, Peggy Gou, Filipe Catto, and more. You don’t want to miss it!

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: 29th August – 31st August 2024.

Line-up: Burna Boy, RAYE, Loyle Carner, Fever Ray, Gossip, Yves Tumor, Olivia Dean, Peggy Gou, and more.

LOVE TRAILS – Gower Peninsula, Wales


Taking place on the breathtaking Gower Peninsula in July, the Love Trails Festival promises an unforgettable experience that’s not just for runners! This year’s Love Trails Festival is all about embracing the great outdoors, celebrating music, adventure activities, trail running, movement, and yoga against lush green landscapes and pristine beaches.


Location: Gower Peninsula, Wales

Dates: 11th July – 14th July 2024.

Line-up: Joy (Anonymous), Stornoway, Riot Jazz Brass Band, Ama, Elkka, and more.

In It Together – Margam, South Wales

PHOTO CREDIT: In It Together Festival 

The countdown is well and truly on for Wales’ biggest family festival as ‘In It Together‘ takes place in Margam, South Wales this May. Set to make for an unforgettable weekend  – Sugababes, Rag’n’Bone Man and Dizzee Rascal will headline over the weekend.  Take a peep below.

Location: Margam, South Wales

Dates: 24th May – 26th May 2024.

Line-up: Sugababes, Dizzee Rascal, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Craig David Presents TS5, and more.

Wide Awake – London, United Kingdom


Wide Awake is an independent festival for music fans looking to discover something different. Aiming to showcase some of the best up-and-coming talent around, the Brockwell Park-based event boasts artists such as Alice Glass, AI Lover, Ben UFO, for their 2024 edition.

Location: Brockwell Park, London.

Dates: 25th May 2024.

Line-up: Fat Dog, Lynks, Special Interest, Being Dead, Ben UFO, and more.

DLT Presents The Recipe – London, United Kingdom


DLT festival The Recipe this summer brings an exclusive headline showcase by Jazmin Sullivan, SiR, Alex Isley and more. Unveiling a one-day all-inclusive music festival with a hand-picked bill, the event will take place on the 6th July 2024 situated in West London’s Gunnersbury Park.

Location: Gunnersbury Park, London.

Dates: 6th July 2024.

Line-up: Jazmin Sullivan, SiR, Alex Isley and more

Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark

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The Roskilde Festival is a Danish music festival held annually south of Roskilde. Regarded as one of the largest music festivals in Europe, the 2024 edition will host the likes of 53 new acts, including rap superstar 21 Savage and British pop sensation Pink Pantheress.

Location: Roskilde, Denmark

Dates: 29th June – 6th July 2024.

Line-up: 21 Savage, Skrillex, SZA, Foo Fighters, Doja Cat, Ice Spice, J Hus and more.

Edinburgh International Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland

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From the 2nd until the 25th August 2024, Edinburgh International Festival becomes a hub of international and local talent in the world’s Festival City, presenting a hand-picked programme of world class opera, dance, music and theatre. Cat Power, Jordan Rakei, Chilly Gonzales, Bat For Lashes and more are amongst the names on the 2024 contemporary music line-up, part of a programme that comprises 161 performances from 2000 artists across 42 nations all joined under the theme ‘Rituals That Unite Us’.

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Dates: 2nd August – 25th August 2024.

Line-up: Cat Power, Jordan Rakei, Chilly Gonzales, Bat For Lashes and more.

ALSO Festival – Compton Verney, Warwickshire


The UK’s most inspirational summer festival combining ideas, music and comedy alongside adventures in food, nature and wellness, has announced the first wave of speakers, performers and experiences for its upcoming 11th edition: ALSO24, taking place 12th – 14th July 2024 at Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

Location: Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Dates: 12th July – 14th July 2024.

Line-up: Edie Bens, Jessica Winter, The Fontana’s and more.

CLOUD X – London, United Kingdom


Tipped as London’s leading festival for R&B, Soul and Alt Rap, Cloud X returns as they continue to hold their throne as one of the best Boutique festivals England has to offer. As the 2024 edition delivers once again this summer, the line up consists of UK Royalty Ghetts, alongside  homegrown talents Priya Ragu, Sam Tompkins, Jay Kris, Berwyn, Crazy Cousinz and lots more. The Cloud X label’s annual homegrown day festival has another historic year in store, you don’t want to miss it.

Location: Crystal Palace Bowl, London

Dates: 2nd August 2024.

Line-up: Ghetts, Priya Ragu, Crazy Cousinz, Berwyn, and more.

Brunch Electronik Festival – Barcelona, Spain

PHOTO CREDIT: Brunch Electronik Festival

Brunch Electronik Festival returns to Barcelona this August 9th, 10th and 11th to celebrate a weekend of the best electronic music, live bands, gastronomy and family activities in three iconic locations in the city. The summer festival marks its return after a spectacular debut in 2023 which welcomed more than 65,000 people over three days.

Location: Barcelona, Spain.

Dates: 9th, 10, 11th August 2024.

Line-up: The Blaze, Camelphat, Black Coffee, BIIA, and more.

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