Music Festival Calendar June 2020

Music Festivals in other months

Music festivals June, Glastonbury Festival, England.

Music festivals calendar June: Glastonbury Festival,  24 – 28 June 2020.

“D’you know where my tent is? What’s it look like? It’s green. Right, and is it near anything? Yeah, yeah (excited), it’s next to another tent, a blue one.” AA Gill on attending Glastonbury Festival

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Music Festivals and Coronavirus

There is no clear end in sight for the Covid-19 virus pandemic (as of April 2020) so please check festival websites for further information on cancellations/going ahead.

Music Festival Calendar June

4 – 20 June

ISRAEL, Israel Festival (of music and performing arts), in Jerusalem. Dance, opera, drama and music from some of the world’s most talented artists.

The months of June, July and August

GREECE Athens & Epidaurus Festival – one of would’s most famous theatrical event with drama, dance and music. Staged at ancient theatres including the 2, 000 year old outdoor Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of Acropolis Hill and the theatre of Delphi. Location, location, location.

23 May -12 June
TBA for 2020

TURKEY, International Istanbul Music Festival. An excellent month in  Istanbul, with everything from major concerts to traditional music.

3 – 7 June

SPAIN, Barcelona, Primavera Sound – one of Spain’s biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independent music.

5 – 7 June

USA, Chicago, Illinois Chicago Blues Festival – the world’s largest free blues concert. Six stages and admission free!

11 – 14 June

USA, Tennessee, Manchester, the Bonnaroo Music Festival – an award-winning festival, with multiple stages of live music of all kinds. Rolling Stone Magazine named it one of 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.

11 – 14 June

ENGLAND, Isle of Wight Festival – the revived legendary festival of the late 60’s is now held annually at Seaclose Park, Newport since 2002.

11 – 21 June

GERMANY, Leipzig Bach Festival (Bachfest Leipzig) -one of Germany’s most important classical music festival, the works of Bach performed by internationally acclaimed musicians. 100 or so events will be held at more than 30 venues in and around the city. Don’t miss the concerts by the famous St. Thomas’ boys choir.

12 – 14 June

ENGLAND, Download Festival – the UK’s largest, if not the Europe’s largest, rock and metal music festival, held at Donington Park, Derby, near East Midlands Airport.
Download is known for its relaxed community feel. Weekend tickets include camping; also available are Day tickets, Family tickets, Kids offers and Early Bird specials.

mid June – mid July

INDONESIA, Bali Arts Festival, Denpasar (near Kuta Beach). A very exciting month of traditional song and dance embraced by the whole island, with processions and performances of all kinds all over Bali.

21 June
(same date
every year)

FRANCE, Fete de la Musique, in Paris, Nice, Lyons and many other French cities big and small. Free! A monster musical celebration throughout the country. Professionals mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations.

22 – 24 June

CROATIA, Zagreb, INmusic Festival – Croatia’s biggest outdoor event focuses on modern rock music and is one of Europe’s up and coming fixtures, popularly combined with a city break. Held beside Lake Jarun and with camping it’s said to be Glastonbury’s sunny alternative or ‘Woodstock of the 21st century’!

14 – 22 June 2019
TBA for 2020

MOROCCO, Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Fès Musiques Sacrées du Monde), in Fes (Fez) – not at all dull! Wide ranging music from Spanish gypsy laments to Sufi chanting in a perfectly evocative location.

21 – 23 June 2019
TBA for 2020

USA, North Carolina, Wilmington, Cape Fear Blues Festival. An annual 3 day blues fiesta in venues across the city, including Saturday’s big concert at the Legion Stadium.

24 – 28 June

ENGLAND, Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England – a massive, multiple music event, with different stages featuring different music, but heavy on rock variations. The closest to Woodstock most of us will ever get. Camping is fine. . . but why does it always rain? Check out the inside story! Tickets are VERY difficult to acquire so book many months ahead!

24 – 28, 30 June
1 – 5 July

USA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Summerfest – also know as ‘the Big Gig’ – is the world’s largest musical jamboree, attracting one million people. Held annually for 11 days either side of Independence Day weekend, though NOT on the 3rd of July, with more than 1,000 performances on 11 stages.

2 – 5 July

BELGIUM, Rock Wercher – one of Europe’s five largest rock music festivals, along with Glastonbury Festival. They have received the Arthur Award by ILMC (International Live Music Conference) several times in the past as the Favourite Music Festival.

25 June – 4 July

CANADA, Montreal International Jazz Festival. Free outdoor megashows as well as indoor performances.

27 June – 4 July

DENMARK, Roskilde Festival– one of Europe’s five largest rock music festivals, has been running since 1971. It has been played by countless big artists in the past including Bob Marley, U2, Metallica and Radiohead.

3 July – 29 August

USA, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Opera – a brilliant series of shows in a superb new opera house.

AA Gill on one crappy element of Glastonbury Festival

The truth is this alternative weekend nirvana all comes down to plumbing and waste management. There are armies of kids who’ve been given tickets in exchange for picking up rubbish, of which there is an extraordinary amount.

But it’s bogs that are really the central leitmotif of Glastonbury. It’s all about one thing: colonic endurance. Can you go the full three days without going? Because the very thought is so nauseous, so utterly medieval it makes a colostomy bag sound like a civilised option.

There are plenty of loos laid out like back-to-back miners’ cottage. You can see the rows of feet in the morning, the whole-earth pasty-shoe next to the Nike Air-wear, next to Doc Martens. That’s the thing that’s rarely mentioned about hippies – they’ve managed to achieve completely unisexual footwear but, my darling, the smell.

By the third morning it’s, well, it’s half a million turds and all the trimmings. There are horror stories of dropped stashes, of tripping and slipping, of horrible, horrible rectal explosions.

But for me the most poignant, the most grisly is the girl who told me she’d been putting off the call of nature for as long as sphincterally possible and until she was so comprehensively stoned and drunk she could face the drop.

So at half past two in the morning she gingerly made her way to the deserted, pitch-black amenities block. Opening the door she dropped her pants and with the tense precision of a Romanian gymnast, lowered her posterior over the open sewer.

Something cold and clammy squidged between the cheeks of her buttocks and in a sudden dark repulsive flash of third-eye insight she realised she was squatting on the pointy turtle’s head of the last occupant’s offering, which itself was the high peak of a mountain of s*** that had risen like the devil’s soufflé from the bowl. She said her scream woke at least 4, 000 people.

Line up for next year’s tickets and make sure to rent an RV!

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