Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Indo, California, US. April 15-17 & April 22-24
Coachella has never shied away from producing those truly iconic musical moments – from the holographic resurrection of rapper Tupac Shakur to the moment Sir Paul McCartney ran through an entire back catalogue of Beatles hits live on the main stage. This year sees the long-awaited reunion of New York alt-rock band LCD Soundsystem after a five-year hiatus.
Tickets: From US$3,079 (Dhs11,309) for a weekend pass for two including hotel accommodation.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana, US. April 22-24 & April 28-May 1
This event will be the only place to see both Stevie Wonder and rapper J. Cole on stage in the same week. With a notable appearance from jazz-funk legend Herbie Hancock, in addition to culturally minded lectures, this festival offers spiritual entertainment as much as it does musical.
Tickets: From US$60 (Dhs220) per day. US$5 (Dhs18) per day for kids aged two to ten.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
George, Washington, US. May 27-30
Chosen for its location overlooking the Columbia River, this musical showcase should be celebrated for its dedication to booking an eclectic range of artists. Mac DeMarco, Todd Terje and Grammy Award nominee Leon Bridges feature this year.
Tickets: US$350 (Dhs1,285) for a four-day pass, from US$149.50 (Dhs550) for a camping pass.
The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender
Camber Sands, East Sussex, UK. May 13-15
Known to be one of the most picturesque beaches in the UK, Camber Sands offers a pretty scenic backdrop for a festival. But we recommend this year’s Funk & Soul Weekender for its brilliantly curated line-up alone. With Roy Ayers and afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen heading up the bill, a weekend of musical education is guaranteed.
Tickets: From £141.90 (Dhs735) for the weekend, including chalet.
Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. June 22-26
No music gathering on earth has a CV quite like that of the iconic Glastonbury. Situated each year on a humble English dairy farm, it has gained a reputation worldwide as being the epicentre of festival culture. The rumour mill is set in full flow for this year’s main acts, with whisperings of The Stone Roses, Blur and Radiohead.
Tickets: Sold out, however, cancelled or returned tickets often go on sale in April. From £228 (Dhs1,189) for the weekend.
Anglesey, Wales, UK. June 9-12
Critically acclaimed for both its set design and artist bookings, this electronic music and arts festival has remained purposefully intimate by selling a low number of tickets each year. This sense of exclusivity is felt equally through the festival’s remoteness – it’s held in a forest.
Tickets: From £140 (Dhs730), plus £10.50 (Dhs54) booking fee for the weekend.
Couleur Café Festival
Brussels, Belgium. July 1-3
While many festivals set within a city can fall victim to the over – commercialisation of their programming, Couleur Café has remained committed to bringing fresh and challenging sounds to the Brussels’ Tour & Taxis venue. With last year’s line-up featuring hip-hop, reggae, Latin funk and so much more, it’s this festival’s dedication to independent artists that has kept it so strong.
Tickets: From €95 (Dhs377) for the weekend, from €39 (Dhs155) for a day pass.
Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Lake Geneva, Switzerland. July 1-16
With a wonderful mix of both paid-for attractions and free workshops, this interactive festival of jazz is accessible on any budget. While a full line-up is not revealed until April, last year saw the likes of John Legend, Aloe Blacc and George Benson. Situated around Lake Geneva, finding a more idyllic spot for a festival would be
Tickets: CHF1,280 (Dhs4,629) for a one-week music pass. Tickets go on sale Friday April 15.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, UK. August 4-7
Wilderness offers bohemian independence while still being within earshot of the UK’s capital. Not only did last year’s festival have funk eccentric George Clinton and his band on stage, but there were also culinary performances from the likes of celebrity chef Raymond Blanc. Last year’s programme will clearly be a hard act to follow – little has been revealed about this year’s line-up so far.
Tickets: From £175.25 (Dhs930) for the weekend.
Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia. September 1-5
Situated on the shoreline of Croatia, this festival showcases a host of highly acclaimed DJs that have turned collecting and playing music into an art form. Just 1,500 tickets are available, for this exclusive, intimate end-of-summer gathering.
Tickets: From €128.40 (Dhs509) for day tickets, from €42.80 (Dhs167) for night tickets.