Top 5 Music Festivals 2014

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Still deciding which festival to go to this summer? Our guide to the Top 5 Music Festivals of 2014 will help you decide which one's right for you!

Splendour In The Grass

Thought to be Australia’s largest winter music festival, Splendour in the Grass has something to suit all music tastes including pop rock, hip-hop, electronic and alternative. It is also located in the stunning beachside town of Byron Bay, which is the perfect place to chill out in the daytimes!

Where? Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

When? 25 - 27 July

Who? Outkast, Two Door Cinema Club, City and Colour, Lily Allen, London Grammar, Ben Howard and many more.

How much? $355 + booking fees



The perfect festival for all indie and rock music lovers! Highfield festival attracts around 35,000 people each year and never fails to disappoint with its consistently amazing line-ups and buzzing atmosphere. It takes place in the historical city of Leipzig, so there is plenty to see if you do decide to venture out for the day!

Where? Leipzig, Germany

When? 15th - 17th August

Who? Queens of the Stone Age, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Placebo, Taking Back Sunday and many more.

How much? €109



Targeted at young adults, Reading is the arguably the best indie music festival around! The line-up this year is better than ever with three of the biggest indie rock bands in the world set to headline the stage!

Where? Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading

When? 22nd – 24th August

Who? Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, You Me At Six, Jake Bugg and many more.

How much? £205



The largest bass music festival in Europe and a truly one of a kind festival experience! Some of the festival artists even swap the stage for a boat and play to audiences as they sail around the Adriatic coast! It makes for the perfect combination of incredible music and beautiful scenery.

Where? Pula, Croatia

When? 3 - 7 September

Who? Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, Andy C, DJ Premier, Friction, DJ Zinc and many more.

How much? €172



Bestival covers a wide range of music genres and is considered more alternative and diverse than other festivals. Think “hippy” vibe and you’re halfway there. Bestival is well known for its fancy dress themed days (usually the Saturday of the festival). Unlike most commercialised festivals, Bestival offers a variety of free entertainment throughout the day, so there will never be a dull moment!


Where? Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

When? 4th – 7th September

Who? Outkast, London Grammar, Sam Smith, Beck, Paloma Faith, Foals, Basement Jaxx, Disclosure and many more.

How much? £195


Written by: Bryony Whitlock


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