Unsurprisingly, Jack Wills HQ is full of festival goers, clocking up years and years spent in tents caked in mud and glitter. Taking a look at the year ahead we’ve compiled a list of festivals we’re excited about this year. By no means is it exhaustive, by all means it was exhausting.
PRIMAVERA SOUND, BARCELONA & PORTO
We’re all about hitting multiple birds with multiple stones, and Primavera Sound serves up a great line-up, a much-needed beach break and a city getaway all in one. With the main festival taking place in Barcelona its boutique-ier little sister happens in Porto the following weekend. Reeking of hipster cool, with an array of gourmet food vendors, highlights this year include Lorde, Jamie XX and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Situated on a small island oasis in the centre of Budapest and complete with private beach, Sziget is a stomping week-long mega-fest of art installations and hidden stages boasting the likes of Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar and Shawn Mendes – we know, it’s beyond. Camping is available for the brave, hostels are available for the wise – plus it means you’re better situated to explore the city by day.
Spanning two weekends of revelry in Glasgow’s town centre venues, TRNSMT returns for its sophomore outing this year with Liam Gallagher and The Killers are due to make appearances along with Chvrches, Queen (with Adam Lambert) and Texas. Truly serving up something for everyone, highlights will also be covered on Radio 1 should you miss it.
The rainbow-coloured flock have graced the festival scene for a f-ewe years now however with Latitude taking home the gong for Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards last year, 2018 is set to be its best yet. If lakeside ballet and opera, sidesplitting comedy and woodland DJ sets aren’t enough Alt J, Solange and Wolf Alice are all there too – plus we have a store in town.
A 3 day festival run by one of the most respected music publishers in the world, in one of the coolest cities in the world?! Abso-pitchforking-lutely. 2018 is Pitchfork Festival’s 13th year and subsequently one of the hottest tickets this summer. Taking over Chicago’s Union Park it is the polar opposite of some of the US’s more notorious flower-crowned events. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala, Chaka Khan and The War on Drugs are just a few of our favourites on the bill.