Our pick of the biggest and best drum and bass festivals coming up in 2015
With new music festivals popping up every summer, it becomes more and more difficult to decide which are the best to spend those hard earned winter savings on. For drum and bass heads it's a tough choice between a select few and we've listed the cream of the crop below. These are our pick of the festivals you should be eyeing up in 2015:
Dates: 9th - 12th July
Exit festival is located in an abandoned fort in the heart of Serbia. In previous years it has had a decent lineup for drum & bass, with a focus on the more mainstream acts (Andy C was on the main stage last year) than the darker, underground producers. I've only ever heard good things about Exit so it is definitely worth considering. Whilst not predominantly a drum & bass festival, the location and hot weather in the peak of July are enough to make it a worthy contender.
Dates: 15th - 19th July
A festival that I imagine you haven't heard much about, but it's actually not too far a drive away from the UK. Dour has a hefty drum & bass lineup each year and the Belgian fields offer something different than the usual selection of Croatian coastlines. In 2014 the lineup had the likes of Noisia, Audio, Goldie, Enei, Icicle, DJ Hype, Hazard and Wilkinson.
Let It Roll Open Air Festival
Dates: 1st - 2nd August
Location: Czech Republic
Let It Roll takes place in a disused military zone near Prague in Czech Republic and is strictly drum & bass for both days. The festival has a lineup that is packed full of all the major labels and club nights, so it isn't even worth listing out individual names - Let It Roll has them all! It reminds me of a foreign Boomtown with it's massive robot-like main stage, which can only be a good thing!
Dates: 13th – 16th August
Location: Winchester, UK
Boomtown is held in the Matterley Estate Bowl in Winchester here in the UK. It's one of the countries most thought-through festivals, with each area having it's own unique and crazy theme that leaves you guessing at every corner. It's an absolute no-brainer for UK based drum & bass heads, and with Noisia having just been announced as the first of many acts it will be a heavy couple of days. Be sure to come back here as we reveal the remaining lineup later in the month!
Dates: 27th – 31st August
Set in the same location as Outlook, Dimensions offers a world-class lineup of underground names from every scene. It shares a lot of the lineup with Outlook and with the likes of Metalheadz, Dispatch and Critical regularly hosting arenas it has a seriously strong variety of underground drum & bass. The festival feels more personal and less hectic than Outlook which I guess is the main appeal. Either way it is definitely an extremely tough choice between the two!
Dates: 2nd – 6th September
Outlook festival is without a doubt Europe's leading drum & bass festival and is growing rapidly. The lineup is simply outstanding and has almost every label imaginable - it's a nightmare having to choose which stage or boat party to go to! If you are looking for a drum & bass festival which has it all then Outlook should be your first port of call.
Sun & Bass Festival
Dates: 5th – 12th September
Sun & Bass is a liquid drum & bass festival based on the island of Sardinia. Lasting an entire week, the locations vary from swanky hotel poolsides to beach venues all located in the town of San Teodoro. I envision the experience feeling more like a sunny holiday than strictly a music festival - chilling by the pool or beach in the day and dancing with your mates through the night with enough days to take time out. Check out the highlights below to get a feel of the atmosphere the festival brings!
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