The countdown to Festival season

 Here at CORD we love live music in all of its forms and we aren't the only ones - there are over 1070 festivals listed on website eFestivals! We have scrolled through the line-ups to bring you a collection of this summer's festies that we think are worth going to (don't worry we've made sure that tickets are still available).... And if you keep your wristband on, who knows, you might even find yourself bonding with a stranger who's been to the same one!


Boomtown, Winchester, 10-13 August

The Specials, M.I.A, Cypress Hill

For one weekend every year, a country estate near Winchester turns into an entire vibrant, pulsating town complete with a cinemas, barbershops and a mayor. It’s a whole alternate reality with it’s own running storyline. There are secret hotels with beds and actors playing all sorts of weird roles. Everyone and everything is part of the experience. And while this is all going on, there are 23 different stages, it is the only UK festival specialising in reggae, ska and dub, but with so many stages comes a massive variety of genres ranging from folk to drum and bass. 

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Lovebox, London, 14-15 July 

Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie xx, Jess Glynne

Lovebox is consistently one of the best London festivals, packing in as much fun into two days as most only manage in three. This year sees Frank Ocean playing his only London date in his European tour and he’s joined by a genre-blurring line-up, ranging from of DJs like Jamie XX and Kaytranda to soulful RnB stars like Solange and Sampha- and everything in-between. And then, once the live music stops, the after parties begin.  

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Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, 20-23 July 

Crystal Fighters, Metronomy, Toots and the Maytals

With DJs in treehouses, Secret Garden Party is a forest rave mixed with a woodland fairytale. Situated in the Cambridgeshire countryside next to a huge lake, SGP is probably the most picturesque festival you could go to. The music varies from folk bands to dance tents but, like Glastonbury, there’s loads going on beyond the music with workshops and theatre dotted around the site. This year will be the last ever SGP so make sure you get there if you can! 

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Bestival, Dorset, 7-10 September 

The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys

Bestival has moved away from the Isle of Wight on to the mainland to Dorset for the first time this year. Organisers have promised to usher in a ‘new era’ by continuing the primary focus on fancy dress and quality acts both new and old. Famous for it’s colourful experience,  the party goes on til late. But it’s not all dancing to the early morning, Bestivalers can explore the smaller tents or visit the massive selection of street food trucks. 

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NOS Alive, Lisbon, 6-8 July

The Weeknd, The xx, Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, Alt-J, Blossoms, Savages, Warpaint, Rhye, Glass Animals

NOS Alive is undoubtedly on of Europe’s finest festivals. It’s an open-air rock, indie and pop festival in the Portuguese capital which attracts huge names as well as up-and-comers. Set on the sunny coastlines, festival-goers work on their tans during the day and then party into the early hours of the next day. Complete with great camping, a swimming pool, a free shuttle service and some outstanding kebabs, it has quickly become one of Europe’s best loved festivals. 

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Sónar, Barcelona, 15-17 June 

Justice, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Eric Prydz, De La Soul, Fat Freddy’s Drop

Now in its 22nd year, Barcelona’s massive electronic and alternative music festival Sonar hostsacts from an expansive range of styles. Industry professionals and music fans alike go to see the most respected names in the electronic music sphere. While you aren't raving in Barcelona’s local clubs, there are a number of conferences, seminars and workshops making it one of the most unique festivals in the world. 

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Dekmantel, Amsterdam, 3-6 August 

Steve Reich, Bicep, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points, Jom Hopins, Marcel Dettmann

Dekmantel is the place to go to find the cutting edge of underground techno, house and experimental electronic music. With meticulously curated lineups, the festival is becoming something of a pilgrimage for electronic music fans. With incredible sound systems in some of the coolest parts of the city its the perfect location to get your fix of house, techno and trance. 

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Lollapalooza, Paris, 22-23 July 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, DJ Snake

One of the US’ biggest music festival is coming to Paris for the first time this July and it’s bringing a whole host of global superstars along. With a massive variety of acts, the iconic festival has something to offer all different manners of music fans. The Paris festival promises to emulate the famously inclusive atmosphere and fine attention to detail to ensure a fantastic weekend for everyone. 

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Dimensions, Pula (Coratia), 30 Aug- 3 Sept 

Grace Jones, Moderat, Jeff Mills 

Croatia plays host to a number of huge festivals like Outlook and Hideout but rather than big-drop EDM culture it’s more about underground DJs. Set right on the coast, you can chill by the beach all day and head out to one of the boat parties. It’s set a quite spectacular nineteenth- century fort equipped with all the trimmings. You’ll be partying in the courtyard, the ballroom, the dungeon and even the moat. 

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WirelessFinsbury Park, London, 7 - 9th July

Chance The Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd


Every year without fail Wireless Festival boasts some of the biggest, best and most elusive headliners in hip-hop and R&B. With previous bookings such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and the entire original line up of A Tribe Called Quest, the 2017 programme is living up to the reputation Wireless has established for itself and has booked some of the most exclusive artists in the game. Both single and multi-day tickets are still available and are certainly advised if you don't think you can handle the wait for these artists to step foot on British soil again!

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