Rock am Ring, Glastonbury and Sónar are not the only festivals around. A selection of smaller ones that are at least as good.
No one knows the bands – or the location beforehand. That’s the magic of Meadows in the Mountains, a hippy stronghold in Bulgaria that will reverberate with soul, techno and electronic pop from June 10 through 13.
Gigs and ghosts
The line-up alone – mainly indie bands – is worth going for, but Castlepalooza has a unique supporting program (fortune tellers, comedians, burlesque) and takes place in a haunted Irish castle July 1 through 3.
Some 5000 rock and pop fans attend this festival on two remote islands in Træna, northern Norway, even though the crossing takes six hours. Most spectacular venue: a cathedral cave. July 7 through 10