Blue Banana’s 2015 Festival Round Up
Summer’s almost here, so you know what that means, right? FESTIVAL SEASON! It’s our favourite time of year here at Blue Banana, so with that in mind, we’ve decided to bring you lovely people a round up of our favourite festivals for Summer 2015.
THE BIG ONES
Here’s a little information about the four biggest European festivals, we’re sure you’ll be inspired to include a festival or two in your list of Summer adventures!
ROCK AM RING
Festival season kicks off in style with Rock Am Ring, held for the first time at the Mendig Airbase in western Germany from June 5th to June 7th.
Beginning in 1985 at the world famous Nrburgring race track, the festival was initially intended to be a one off event but due to overwhelming demand, it became a yearly event, with artists such as David Bowie, Rage Against The Machine and The Smashing Pumpkins featuring in the line up over the years.
2015 is a big year for Rock Am Ring, not only is it the first time the festival will be held in the new location, but it’s also the year the festival turns 30. Germany’s premier alternative festival is certainly celebrating their 30th birthday in style! With acts including Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, Mallory Knox and Motionless In White, plus tons of new bands for you to discover, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Rock Am Ring.
Unfortunately, tickets for this epic festival have now sold out, but you can live stream the festival and watch some of the world’s greatest bands perform from the comfort of your living room!
With over 100 acts performing across 4 stages, Download is one of the UK’s biggest and most enduringly popular festivals. Now in it’s 12th year, 3 days of musical mayhem kicks off on 12th June and with such an epic line up, this promises to be one of the best years yet!
With headliners including Slipknot, Muse and Black Veil Brides, there’s a little something for every taste at Download. It’s not all music though, Download has some of the craziest entertainment on the festival circuit!
From wrestling and laser tag to speed dating and Battle Heritage medieval entertainment, if you can imagine it, it’s probably gonna be at Download! Plus, if your speed dating experience goes well, there’s even an inflatable church, where you can (unofficially) get married! Don’t have a significant other? Fear not, you can get wed to anything you like, from dogs to donuts and beer to beards, whatever takes your fancy!
Tickets are still available for this awesome festival, but act quickly, they won’t be around for long!
Glastonbury, the UK’s longest running festival and the world’s largest greenfield festival returns for it’s 45th year in 2015. Starting on 24th June, the festival features massive names like The Who, Foo Fighters and Motorhead. There are 9 performance platforms that house all kinds of music, performance and art. Glastonbury has a line up that’s as diverse as it’s audience!
The event organisers have courted controversy this year with the addition of Kanye West to the line up, something that’s divided festival goers and kept the festival firmly in the headlines.
Sadly, there are no more tickets available for Glastonbury, however the BBC will be broadcasting from the festival, so you can still catch televised or streamed performances from your favourite artists without having to tackle the infamous Glasto mud!
READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL
Taking place in Bramham Park in Leeds and Richfield Avenue in Reading over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Reading & Leeds features a diverse range of artists performing over 6 stages, including headliners Metallica, Refused, All Time Low and much more. Plus there’s a cinema, fairground, silent disco and an entertainment tent, so you can keep the festival atmosphere alive 24/7!
If the ‘Big Four’ don’t tickle your pickle, why not check out these bad boys?
- Isle of Wight Festival (11th-14th June)- Classic rock, contemporary pop and stacks of entertainment in luxurious surroundings!
- 2000 Trees (9th-14th June)- The best of mainstream and underground rock and indie in the idyllic Cotswolds.
- NASS (10th-12th July)- Extreme sports, live music and graffiti battles, what’s not to love?
- Wacken (30th July-1st August)- Heavy metal, a battle of the bands and excellent food in the glorious German countryside.
- Boardmasters (5th-9th August)- Bands, epic afterparties and lots of surfing across three stunning beachside locations.
- Bloodstock (6th-9th August)- Nothing but metal at this Midlands based festival.
- Rebellion Festivals (6th-9th August)- 4 days of punk, post hardcore and ska, all under one roof.
- Hevy Fest (14th-15th August)- Hardcore, rock, metalcore and monkeys, does it get any better?
- Asylum VII (28th-31st August)- Steampunk lifestyle & fashion festival in the heart of Lincoln.
BLUE BANANA’S FESTIVAL PLAYLIST 2015
We’ve put together a playlist of our favourite headliners from all the major festivals, why not check it out?