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All about sustainability

IRELAND
July 5, 2018

The historic 3,000-acre Curraghmore Estate in County Waterford will serve as the site for the debut of All Together Now festival, which aims to be environmentally sustainable. The 15,000-capacity music and arts festival, which is being organised by promoter POD Presents, will take place over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend from…

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Global Citizen Festival to celebrate Mandella’s birth

SOUTH AFRICA
July 4, 2018

The country’s leading promoter Big Concerts is to stage what it describes as the “biggest concert” ever to be staged in South Africa. The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 will take place on 2 December at FNB Stadium (cap, 94,000) in Johannesburg. Curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, the event will…

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DMZ bridges the divide

KOREA
June 22, 2018

SET in a disused railway station on the border between North and South Korea the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (cap. 5,000) may be one of the most ambitious festivals ever staged. Due to take place at Wolijeong train station in the Korean Demilitarisation Zone (DMZ), the event has been…

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Stockholm to stage Lolla

SWEDEN
June 22, 2018

Stockholm is to become the third European city to host international festival brand Lollapalooza, with the location being described as “the perfect match” by organisers. The festival, which is already held in Germany’s Berlin and France’s Paris, will take place at Gärdet from 28-29 June next year and consist of…

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Festival machine heads for chateau

FRANCE
June 22, 2018

The medieval town of Camon in the south of France will be the backdrop for the three-day Machine du Vin (cap. 10,000) festival. Having already staged events, featuring music and wine, across vineyards in Australia organiser Wine Machine is to hold the festival in the grounds of Abbaye Chateau de…

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Riding the waves

NETHERLANDS
May 22, 2018

More than 150 performances will take place across 15 stages during Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz (cap. 20,000) festival. Lauded by organisers Live Nation-owned Mojo Concerts as the world’s largest indoor music festival, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy (15,000) has been running since 1976. “Since our move to Rotterdam in 2006,…

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Festivals seek permanence

AUSTRALIA
May 22, 2018

Two of the country’s biggest festivals are seeking permission to make the site of their current events permanent. Splendour in the Grass (cap. 35,000) and Falls festival (16,000), both organised by Secret Sounds, are staged at North Byron Parklands in New South Wales. The site has been hosting the festivals…

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The secret’s out

ICELAND
May 21, 2018

Held during Northern hemisphere’s summer solstice the 18,000-capacity Secret Solstice promises festival-goers 96 hours of daylight. Now in its fifth year, having begun life as an event for 3,000 people, the festival based in the Laugardalur area of capital Reykjavik has grown rapidly. “We sold-out for the first time in…

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Authentic festival experience at BBK

SPAIN
April 27, 2018

Fans attending Bilbao’s BBK Live (cap. 40,000) can expect improvements in all aspects of the festival as its prepares for its 12th year, say organisers. The Last Tour international-promoted event takes place from 12-14 July on Kobetamendi mountain, overlooking the city. “We have been making improvements year-on-year to improve the…

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A touch of the Irish comes to Sydney

AUSTRALIA
April 26, 2018

A fusion of Irish music, culture, dance and sport will be on display as part of the inaugural Magners Sydney Irish Festival, taking place in Sydney. The event, held on 10 and 11 November, will be staged at Sydney Showground (cap. 16,000) and Sydney Olympic Park (25,000), with a concert…

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Sena takes over Airwaves

ICELAND
April 26, 2018

Promoter Sena Live says it will look to book more home-grown acts alongside international artistes after buying multi-venue festival Iceland Airwaves (overall cap. 9,000). The event, which is held in Reykjavik in November, was owned by the festival’s main sponsor, the airline Icelandair. Sena has also bought the rights to…

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Debut event in beach paradise

ALBANIA
March 20, 2018

A remote beach setting is to be the location for the country’s first international music festival. Kala festival (cap. 2,000) will take place over seven days between 20-27 June. Organised by UK-based Mainstage Festivals the event will feature five stages, along with a sixth hidden stage which is only accessible…

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Girl power to rock in Lisbon

PORTUGAL
March 20, 2018

  The final day of the 80,000-capacity Rock in Rio Lisboa will feature an all-female line-up on its main stage. Katy Perry, Jessie J and Hailee Steinfeld will be among the performers at Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park. Founded in 2004, the festival which is staged every other year, will also…

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Snow and music a winning formula

AUSTRIA   
March 20, 2018

After creating Snowbombing 19 years ago, the organisers of the event say the combination of skiing and live music has exceeded all expectations. Taking place in Mayrhofen between 9-14 April, the festival features five stages with events taking places throughout the day and night. The largest outdoor stage, The Forest,…

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River fest moves upstream

Canada
February 21, 2018

Live Nation Canada is partnering with the organisers of Rockin’ River Music Fest (cap. 20,000) to produce the annual country music event. Founded in 2009 by Kenny Hass, the festival will take place between 2-5 August in Merritt, British Columbia. More than 30 acts will be performing across multiple stages,…

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Sounding out change

Denmark
February 15, 2018

More than 30,000 volunteers will be involved in running the 80,000-capacity Roskilde festival, as the event continues its drive for social and environmental sustainability. Since being launched in 1972 the non-profit festival has raised over 320 million krone ($53.7m) for charity and this year is paying close attention to the…

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EDC heads for the Far East

China
February 2, 2018

Organisers of festival brand Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) are to take the event to its sixth international location after announcing it will be staged in China. Insomniac has teamed up with local promoter Zebra Entertainment Enterprise and will put on the electric dance music festival at Shanghai’s International Music Park…

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Stars align for anniversary celebration

MALAWI 
January 29, 2018

One of Africa’s leading music festivals Lake of Stars (cap. 3,000) will kick start its 15th anniversary celebrations with two overseas spin-offs. Located on the shores of Lake Malawi the festival, which runs from 28-30 September, was founded in 2003 by British-born Will Jameson, who says the event generates an…

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Still the cream of the crop

UNITED KINGDOM
January 29, 2018

Organisers of the 70,000-capacity EDM festival Creamfields say they will once again look to raise the bar with its stage structures at this year’s event. In recent years the festival, which celebrates its 21st edition at Daresbury in Cheshire between 23-26 August, has invested heavily in its staging and production,…

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Unique festival on the right track

CZECH REPUBLIC
January 29, 2018

After starting life as a one-day event in 2016 Soundtrack festival will take place over four days as it marks its third year. The festival, which focuses on bringing film music to life, is staged across five stages in Podebrady between 30 August to 2 September. Around 15,000 people attended…

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