Six Festivals You Do Not Want To Miss Over The Summer
Recommendations to blow off some steam as festivals return with the end of Covid restrictions
By Isti Miskolczy
What is a better way of procrastinating in your exams season than already thinking about which music festivals you’re attending over the summer? Almost nothing beats contemplating on visiting concerts and partying hard while being surrounded, if not overwhelmed by your books, notes and Jstor journals. Thereby, this article here presents six festivals (in no particular order) as options for a quick mental escape now and physical escape over the summer. Writing this is also my personal daydreaming instead of studying, and for that reason the list includes some festivals I have already been to and come back with unforgettable memories.
#1 TRNSMT (8-10 JULY)
As the student newspaper of a Scottish university, there is nothing else we can start with other than Glasgow’s very own TRNSMT festival in Glasgow Green. The line-up boasts a wide variety of genres and artists, including Lewis Capaldi, Sigrid, Sigala, Paulo Nutini and Sam Fender. Rock fans will especially enjoy Saturday when several rock bands are performing, such as The Strokes, Foals, The Snuts and Fontaines D.C. TRNSMT, among others, aims to show these artists that “there is nothing better than a Scottish crowd.”
#2 ISLE OF WIGHT (16-19 JUNE)
Should you, however, want to escape the sometimes not-so-good Scottish weather, the Isle of Wight festival seems to be a great option. Located on the popular summer destination island, besides going
crazy at the concerts, fans also have the opportunity to enjoy the seafront promenades or explore the iconic and scenic Needles. Being the “first major festival in the UK summer calendar every year” the festival is not only highly prestigious but also delivers the long-awaited “summer is finally here” feeling every year.
Photo Courtesy of Pexels via Pixabay . #3 VOLT FESTIVAL (21-25 JUNE)
Taking place in Sopron, a Hungarian town near the Hungarian-Austrian border, VOLT festival attracts Hungarians just as much as tourists from the rest of Europe. In 2022 they have—arguably—one of the strongest line ups in history, featuring Muse, The Killers, Bring me the Horizon, Yungblud, Sum 41 and Passenger. Seemingly, this year the focus will be on alternative rock and hard rock. If needing to catch a break though, fans could also potentially visit various midday programmes of the festival itself as well as wander around in the historic town of Sopron.
#4 TOMORROWLAND (THROUGHOUT JULY)
After a two-year hiatus, the final three weekends of July are warmly welcoming back everyone interested in electronic music to Tomorrowland. Featured are the very best of EDM, including Paul Kalkbrenner, Martin Garrix, Lost Frequencies, Alan Walker, Hardwell and many more spread across numerous stages. For the first time in its history, the festival will be expanded across three weekends. Tomorrowland’s motto? “Let’s engage with each other and do something good today, for which we will be grateful for tomorrow.”
#5 SZIGET (10-15 AUGUST)
“The Island of Freedom” in 2022 is featuring Dua Lipa, Kings of Leon, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, and many more high-profile musicians. Apart from being cancelled due to Covid-19 twice, Sziget has been yearly organised since 1993. This year, besides the main stages, fans can also visit the Colosseum for electronic, the Tribute Stage for rock, and the Europe Stage for international music. A new location is called dropYard, where hip-hop lovers are the most likely to end up during the nights. Sziget is also big on being environmentally friendly; visitors, for example, can “buy a tree”, contributing to a forest compensating CO2 emissions.
#6 GLASTONBURY (22-26 JUNE)
Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, and Diana Ross are the four Photo Courtesy of Author
main headliners in June, in Somerset this summer. Besides providing entertainment, Glastonbury is also supporting Oxfam, WaterAid and Greenpeace. The festival is very likely to create an incredible atmosphere across its more than ten stages.