The air is getting fresher, the days longer, and the nights later: finally, summer is just around the corner. And what better way than to spend it than outside with some good company and some even better music? If you can’t face the prospect of the next three months mindlessly staring at a computer screen, then now would be the time to book a last minute trip. Sound good? Then keep reading, as we’ve put together a round-up of the best music events to go to around Europe each month this summer.
International Music Summit Ibiza : 25th May – 27th May 2016
The International Music Summit is back in Ibiza for its ninth year, marking the opening of the season with the renowned three day event filled with talks, debates, and masterclasses. The summit acts as the global flagship for IMS – which also hosts events in LA, China, and Asia-Pacific – and has built up a solid reputation over the years, now considered the Holy Grail of the electronic music industry. While the word is thrown around far too often, the line-up is always truly legendary, with past speakers including iconic names such as Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim and Sven Väth.
This year, Pete Tong will be speaking in a rare interview with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys, one of 21 music acts who will appear throughout the summit. The remaining artists due to speak include the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Nicole Moudebar, and Seth Troxler, as well as a whole host of esteemed industry insiders, who will share their insight into the history and the future of both electronic music and the island itself.
And, since this is Ibiza, what would an event be without a party? To round off the three days, IMS is taking to the historic Dalt Vila site and holding a showcase for one night only. The line-up is heavenly, boasting an array of international talent, with Dubfire, Tale of Us, Nicole Moudaber, B.Traits, Benjamin Damage and Francesca Lombardo taking us through into the morning. Keep your eyes peeled for coverage on IDOL platforms during IMS at the end of May.
Tickets for IMS Dalt Vila are available here. Images & feature image by Igor Ribnik.
We Love Green : 4th June – 5th June 2016
Paris is in for two days filled with quality music thanks to We Love Green. The French capital will see a horde of talent arrive at the beginning of June and take to the stage in the idyllic Bois de Vincennes, just west of the périphérique.
While the beautiful greenery offers a break from the fast pace of the city, the acts set to perform are right on point. Following the recent release of his applauded third album, James Blake will be making an appearance on the Sunday, while Glaswegian talent Hudson Mohawke will be bringing his shimmering brand of electronic-pop across the channel. Other names to look forward to range all the way from Hot Chip to Kelela, and with day tickets available, you can pretty much tailor your time to which acts you’d prefer to see.
While there’s no option to camp, the proximity to the city means you can finish off each day by quickly hopping back on the métro in time for happy hour – an ideal weekend if you ask us. With Paris being one of the most accessible cities in Europe, and June marking the beginning of summer, We Love Green ought to be a no-brainer.
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim : 14th July – 17th July 2016
Nobody does festivals quite like the Brits – and sometimes that’s a good thing for foreign festivals. While mud and macs can no doubt be a good laugh, a beachside festival does have a certain appeal. Ticking all the right boxes is Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, otherwise known as FIB, which is celebrating its 21st birthday by flaunting some of music’s most recognisable names at its beautiful home alongside Spain’s Costa del Azahar.
FIB champions all kinds of music, from the dying breed of rock band – which has seen everyone from Radiohead to The Libertines take to the stage – to music’s inexplicable forces such as Björk and Chemical Brothers. The latter is back this summer, joined by a staggering mix of artists which is set to make FIB 2016 one of the most varied editions to date. Jamie xx, Hannah Wants and Disclosure have the electronic pop side covered, while grime fans will be pleased to see Skepta on the bill on the Thursday. Not forgetting where they are, the organisers always make sure to showcase the best in homegrown Spanish talent too, making for a great mixture of nationalities.
Clearly finishing off the weekend on a high, Sunday boasts everyone from up-and-coming UK artist Little Simz, indie music’s favourite London boys The Maccabees, and the inimitable Kendrick Lamar. Affordable, beautiful, and with an impressive line-up, what’s not to love?
Flow Festival : 12th August – 14th August 2016
Several thousand miles further away you’ll find Flow, the quirky music festival in the heart of Helsinki. With a location in the centre of the Finnish capital, you get a city break and festival are rolled into one, making this the ideal weekend getaway that’s a little bit different. Not to mention the fact that the festival is held in a disused power station, which is spruced up with incredible installations and light displays to create an atmosphere that’s memorable in its own right.
Exciting location aside, the line-up speaks for itself. Variety is key here too: everyone from Stormzy to Savages will be making appearances, while Massive Attack will be joined by 2014’s Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers on stage. The electronic music on offer is looking strong too, with Four Tet and Ben Klock warming up proceedings on the Friday. After a music-packed weekend, Anderson. Paak and Sia will round off the Sunday quite nicely, alongside a wealth of Finnish acts, making Flow a real treat for all.