LISTEN: Leeds Festival 2014 Playlist



Bringing together the highest quality of rock, metal, dance, pop, indie, rap, grime and other music genre that deserves an audience, Leeds Festival is an event every curious and dedicated music fan should experience.

This years lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, The 1975, Metronomy, Annie Mac and many more. Check out our Spotify playlist below, and learn more about the festival here.



Disclosure: Our Top 5 Remixes & Collaborations So Far

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It’s impossible to look at the landscape of British electronic music in 2010’s without mentioning Disclosure. When they’re not getting nominated for Grammys, they’re releasing infectious remixes and forever teasing and succeeding in their choice of collaborations.

With a sound that mixes influences from UK house, garage and pop while mixing in their own signature ingredients, with just one album under their belt we wanted to take some time to appreciate their side remixes and collaborations.

1 - SAM SMITH, NILE RODGERS, DISCLOSURE & JIMMY NAPES: TOGETHER

2 - DISCLOSURE: F FOR YOU (REMIX VERSION WITH MARY J BLIGE)

3 - PHARRELL WILLIAMS FEAT JAY Z (DISCLOSURE RE-WORK)



4 - USHER: GOOD KISSER (DISCLOSURE REMIX)



5 - THE MECHANISM: DISCLOSURE X FRIEND WITHIN



Touring extensively this year, one of the best places to experience their sound is at a festival! And here are some tour dates we recommend for you to check out:

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Istanbul

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Where traditional architecture meets the modern buzz of the nightlife, many regard Istanbul as the cultural hub of the diversely cultured Turkey.

Pumped for the launch of Isle of Dreams Turkey we thought we’d explore what makes Istanbul such a invigorating place to visit. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this multifarious city…

REASON NUMBER 1: TURKISH BATHS OF COURSE!

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Relax at one of Turkey’s famous bath houses or ‘hamams’, where the marble decor is often as wonderful as the therapeutic experience itself. Heavily ingrained into many historical stories of Turkey, with many built under the Ottoman empire, some Turkish baths are places of worship and of traditional importance, while plenty are also popular communal centres.

It’s worth knowing there are over 200 hamams in Turkey, with WikiTravel’s community putting together this helpful starters guide. Many vary in size, and some offer massages, cleanses, mud treatments and much more.

REASON NUMBER 2: TASTE SOME DELICIOUS TURKISH FOOD!

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From variants of the kebab to the decadent sweetness of Turkish delight, it’s criminal for you to visit Istanbul and not try some of the local food.

Visit a docked fisherman’s boat and try the yummy and fresh Balik Ekmek (a type of fish sandwich), snack on some crunchy and warm Simit bread, and don’t forget to try a Ayran cold yogurt drink! 

REASON NUMBER 3: ENJOY THE LOCAL NIGHTLIFE!

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It may be located in an officially Muslim country, but Istanbul is nowhere short of exciting meyhanes (tavern) or nightclubs to party at. The nightlife at Istanbul is so hip it even held a venue-hopping music festival called Club To Club Istanbul (Turkey’s turn at Italy’s electronic music showcase Club To Club Torino)

Many travel guides recommend Beyoğlu as the best ditrict to visit with the following nightclubs heavily recommended:

  • Roxy (Electronic Music)
  • Mojo (Rock)
  • Babylon (World & Jazz)
  • Riddim (RnB, Hiphop, Dancehall, Reggae & Afrobeats)
  • 360 (Resturant & Bar)

REASON NUMBER 4: EXPERIENCE THE LAUNCH OF ISLE OF DREAMS



Following on from Istanbul’s love of nightlife and music, one exciting event that many Istanbulians are looking forward to is the launch of the EDM festival Isle Of Dreams Turkey.

Set to be an electronic event which shall redefine the limits of sound and production, headliners appearing across two huge stages include Ingrosso, Afrojack, Avicii, Axwell, Steve Aoiki and Jamie Jones.

Find out more about this highly anticipated event here

REASON NUMBER 5: GO ON AN ADVENTURE

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Go on a shopping journey down one of the many covered market bazaars, relax with round a Hooka Water Pipe with various teas in comfy café, take the Classic Bosporus Cruise, walk along the ancient Thedosian Walls, visit the many ancient building such as the blue Mosque and Topkapoi Palace, or simply walk out of your hotel and see where you end up.

Istanbul is such a concentrated location of wonder you might want to extend your trip!

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LISTEN: Alt-Fest 2014 Spotify Playlist

Crowd-sourced and fan curated, Alt-Fest is set to redefine what a festival means to their audience, and how those attending have a say in the music they will be paying to see. Find out more about the festival here, and check out our Spotify playlist below

Top 5 Festivals In Germany

From festivals in unconventional locations to lineups unbeatable by their international competitors, there are some pretty outstanding events taking place in Germany. Here’s 5 unparalleled festivals Festicket are excited to be working with…

MELT! FESTIVAL // 18 - 20 JULY 2014 // GRÄFENHAINICHEN, GERMANY
Headliners: Portishead, Röyksopp & Robyn, Moderat, Metronomy

Stages that never sleep, disco balls and other kooky decor hanging from cranes, a beach stage next to the lake, and a carefully selected lineup of 40 rock and electronic acts. Taking place in the “City Of Iron”, you’ll be just as in love with the music as you will be with the surroundings at Melt! Festival. Find out more here.

SEA YOU FESTIVAL // 18 - 20 JULY 2014 // FREIBURG, GERMANY
Headliners: Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Pan Pot, Chris Liebing

If you’re looking to escape the busy festivals and experience a different chilled vibe, then the green and lakeside resort of Sea You Festival is just what you need. Promising big acts along with the right mix of energy and relaxation, you will also get the chance to do some watersports.

STIMMEN FESTIVAL // 15 JULY - 3 AUGUST 2014 // LÖRRACH, GERMANY
Headliners: Elton John, Babyshambles, Billy Bragg, Anna Calvi

This is a festival for the sightseers and tourists as how often can you say you went to a festival in two countries in one day? Taking place in the Basel area of Switzerland, France & Germany, Stimmen offers a multi-genre lineup in a multi-location setup! Find out more here.

NATURE ONE // 1 - 3 AUGUST 2014 // KASTELLAUN, GERMANY
Headliners: Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, Len Faki

Celebrating 20 years of euphoric carnage, Nature One takes place in a former rocket base with an equally explosive lineup visiting the whole spectrum of electronic music. The campsite is also said to be a separate event in itself with plenty of parties and traditional antics. Find out more here.

BERLIN FESTIVAL // 5 - 7 SEPTEMBER 2014 // BERLIN, GERMANY
Headliners: Moderat, Editors, Chase & Status, Ellen Allien

Breathing new life into a defunct airport, the ultimate trend-setter Berlin Festival is back, with a new concept that sees the festival running for 48 hours non-stop. That’s a whole lot of music for just 134€. Find out more here.

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LISTEN: Isle Of Dreams 2014 Spotify Playlist

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Taking one EDM dream to three different countries, we are SO excited about the launch of this year’s Isle Of Dreams.

Turkey, Israel and Switzerland will be treated to unmissable sets from Avicii, Alesso and Afrojack, while each location will feature their flawless lineups featuring the heroic sounds of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Paul Van Dyk and more.

Check out our playlist below, discover more about the festivals here.

Top 10 Festival Poster Designs of 2014

Over at Pinterest our Festival Art Design board is always amongst the top 3 most re-pinned boards. Aside from trailers and good old fashioned word of mouth, festival posters are another exciting visual introduction to your next favourite festival.

We’ve selected our favourite posters of the 2014 circuit so far, click the posters to find out what the festival is all about.


Mumbai Color Festival // 16 August // Utrecht, Netherlands
Image and video hosting by TinyPicLove Family Park // 6 July // Mainz, Germanyimage

Kappa Futurfestival // 5-6 July 2014 // Turin, Italy
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Vasto Siren Festival // 24 - 27 July // Vasto, Italy

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Bestival // 4 - 7 September // Isle Of Wight, UK

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A Day At The Park // 12 July // Netherlands
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Beauregard Festival // 3 - 6 July // Normandy, France

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Sziget Festival // 11 - 18 August // Budapest, Hungary

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Voltt Loves Summer Festival // 30 August // Amsterdam, Netherlandsimage

Wireless Birmingham // 4 - 6 July // Birmingham, UKimage

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Top 5 Unmissable Female-Fronted Festival Performances We Can’t Wait To See

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While we clearly love festivals here at Festicket, we’ve noticed there is still an unequal gender mix amongst many lineups. Buzzfeed once highlighted the lack of female fronted bands and acts supported throughout Coachella’s history, while this year’s V Festival found itself in a bit of hot water for it’s all male comedy lineup

Festicket thought we’d set aside some time to pick out the lady-fronted bands and female performances we can’t wait to see this summer! Whether you’re already going to a festival, or need some inspiration, here are some fantastic ladies we recommend checking out…

1 - LANA DEL REY

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With her atmospheric pop vocals and retro style, returning from time out since her debut ‘Born To Die’, the sultry singer returns with a new album and a headlining slot at the launch of Vida festival in Spain.

2 - ANNA CALVI

Described as “the best thing since Patti Smith”, Anna Calvi has a sound that been compared to the dark tones of Nick Cave whilst borrowing from genres such as flamenco, blues and rock. It’s going to be a busy year for Calvi as she is set to appear at France’s Main Square, UK’s Latitude and the country border-crossing Stimmen Festival.

3 - HAIM 

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It’s impossible to mention female pop rock bands of the 2010’s without mentioning this American sister act. Infectious both in sound and personality whilst creating a sound that fuses their influences of Fleetwood Mac with ’80s synth pop, check them out at Denmark’s Roskilde, Belgium’s Rock Wertcher, Germany’s Melt and UK’s Latitude.

4 - ROBYN & RÖYKSOPP 

Since the release of “The Girl And The Robot" it’s been clear further collaborations between the Swedish star and the Norwegian duo were long overdue.

With a voice that is both chilling and sweet, coupled with the varying beats of Röyksopp, the collective will be taking their Scandinavian tide from East to West as part of their ‘Do It Again’ tour. The dates include apperances at UK’s Latitude and Germany’s Melt! Festival.

5 - PORTISHEAD

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While not the inventors, many would argue Portishead have been worthy pioneers in the genre of trip-hop. With a signature sound that mixes the eerie element of alternative rock with the dreamy tones of electronica, catch Portishead at France’s Beauregard and Germany’s Melt!.

Other notable solo women and female-fronted acts set to rock the festival circuit include the operatic heavy metal sounds of Within Temptation, who will be appearing at Belgium’s eclectic Dour festival, and the adorably fierce pop-punkers Paramore who will be co-headlining UK’s Leeds Festival with the legendary Queens Of The Stone Age.

Praise must also be awarded to the feisty females taking on the largely male-dominated DJ scene. Sex-kitten Nina Kraviz is hitting up Hungary’s B.my.Lake, Croatia’s Moondance and 2 German events in the form of Sea You Festival and Berlin Festival. While Festicket favourite Nicole Moudaber can be seen at Dance Valley, Lief Festival and the unstoppable Tomorrowland.

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Katowice: Poland’s Cultural Hotspot

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Forget Krakow and skip Warsaw, if you’re looking for progressive music, craft beer, street art and forward-thinking films, head to Katowice, Poland’s cultural gem.

A coal mining city once lost in the midst of Nazi occupation and tucked under the curtain of Communism, Katowice is now making new history as a must-visit for any Polish itinerary. So what’s changed?

As the industrial label peeled off, the city came to life: new buildings cropped up, small businesses opened shop. Investments rolled in and venues like the famous flying-saucer shaped Spodek arena, which glowed like a spaceship at night, started to attract some pretty out-there productions.

Then the artists flocked back, spray can in hand. The microbreweries soon followed. That’s all before the festivals, the music, the film and the art scenes turned Katowice into Poland’s cultural gem.

Now it’s time you gave Katowice a second chance. Let Festicket walk you through what it offers.

MUSIC IN KATOWICE
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As a city enjoying a cultural renaissance, it’s only fitting that the most progressive parties in the Poland are found in Katowice. Take August’s Tauron Nowa Muzka, If you like to hear bass bins rattle with radical electronica (Gonjasufi, The Field, Chet Faker and Kelis play this summer), the disused mine at Dolina Trzech Stawow has that and more.

There’s more music of an alternative lilt at OFF Festival, where electronica is replaced by rock, indie, black metal and drone music across five stages. The six string slingers, including Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel and Deafhaven in 2014, are offset with art installations, thought-provoking films, walkaround theatre and poetry.

Then, of course, there’s the monstrous Mayday Poland. The illustrious eastern leg of the German electronica festival brings the best of Berlin and beyond to the Spodek in November. Its line-up is still to be unveiled, but expect names big enough to do the sound system - and 0800 curfew - some justice.

FILM IN KATOWICE 

Native English speakers, get your giggles out the way now, because Ars Festival is less derriere, more documentaries. Katowice’s best-known independent film festival takes place across the city in September and is renowned and recognised internationally. Grab some popcorn for first screenings, directorial debuts, music flicks and space for video games.

ART IN KATOWICE 
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Those keen to see the easel should make their way to the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery Katowice, or the Parnas Contemporary Art Gallery. Both host regular visiting exhibitions, but it’s modern art with a message, one that speaks out against the rot of politics: the corruption and greed. 

Those that like their art al-fresco should visit the city in May when the Katowice Street Art Festival gives Katowice a fresh lick of paint. Attracting some of the greatest street artists on the planet, this is the Glastonbury of the graffiti world where the cans come out and the city’s cranes, walls, and bins become the canvas.

DRINK IN KATOWICE 
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Don’t think that everyone just drinks Żywiec and Tyskie in Poland. The craft beer revolution, which is sweeping the western world, has found time to stop off in Katowice. Gaze in awe, glass in hand, at the gazillion ales, lagers and stouts proudly on display Browariat Craft Beer Zone. The clue is in the name, but in this cellar-like space, which has beer barrels for tables, drinkers will find a fine array of alcoholic drinks. Try as many as you can sensibly manage, but the strong, neck-jerking Camba Amber Ale is our favourite.

Also worth a few pints of your time is the newly-opened Biała Małpa, With 10 rotating guest beers on tap, plus a collection of lagers and ales from Poland and the far-flung, froffy-drink fraternity of Germany, the Czech Republic and Belgium, the White Monkey (English translation) merges the boundaries of microbreweries and cafe culture with its strong, black java in the daytime. 

THEATRE IN KATOWICE 

Although the excellent Teatr Korez at Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 only hosts productions in Polish, it’s also a great spot to see some intimate music concerts, off-the-wall opera and experimental theatre. Despite the language differences, many shows are still worth a peek, but check with the venue before booking.

Alternatively, A PART Festivalwhich will celebrate its 20th year in June 2014, is an event that pushes the boundaries of theatre. Essentially a round-up of the best international theatre from the last 12 months, its artistic director Marcin Herich will bring together the weird, the experimental and the alternative to Katowice.

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Top 5 Festivals In Iceland

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Iceland: that rugged, slice of Arctic other-worldliness. A place where musicians such as Bjork whirl like the aurora borealis, and Sigur Rós represent the stunning mid-distances and the midnight sun.

It’s an outpost for the irregular; a world of wind-dried white fish (Harðifiskur) and bone-broiling booze known as the ‘black death’ (brennivín). Intrigued? Here are the Top 5 Festivals in Iceland to get you started.

REYKJAVIK ARTS FESTIVAL / 22 MAY - 5 JUNE 2014 / REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Headliners: The Five Live Lo Fi, Fantastar, Lusus Naturae, S7 - Suðurgata

They say, in rather more poetic prose, that every Icelander has a novel in them, but their love for art extends much farther than just the pen and page. It’s this vigor for the creative spirit that brings together thousands for the Reykjavik Arts Festival.

A fortnight of forward-thinking work, which is ambidextrous in both application and discipline, Artfest sets classical recitals of Beethoven against madcap theatre and audio-visual installations. These cultural works take place in some of Reykjavik’s most unconventional spaces, from the boat-bobbing harbour to its school halls, showing off anything its progressive painters, poets and players can dream up.

SECRET SOLSTICE / 20-22 JUNE 2014 / REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Headliners: Massive Attack, Schoolboy Q, Disclosure, Jamie Jones, BANKS


New for 2014, the Secret Solstice team will make the most of Iceland’s two defining features: the midnight sun and its remarkable hot springs. In the summer, thanks to its proximity to the North Pole, Earth’s closest star fails to fall beneath the horizon, which is ideal for pumped-up party-goers.

Even for those that like to curl up with a cocoa after the headliners, there’s the chance to chill in the Reykjavik’s therapeutic geothermal pools, which wash away any alms and aching legs. And that’s the thing, dancing will be high on the agenda, thanks to a line-up that merges the modern with Iceland’s age-old landscapes of glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls.

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ATP ICELAND / 10-12 JULY / KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND

Headliners: Mogwai, Portishead, Interpol, Swans, Devendra Banhart, Shellac

With cassettes all but obsolete, mixtapes are sadly becoming a thing of the past. But instead of your besty sharing the chart hits they’ve recorded from the radio, try something a little more left-field: ATP.

This is an all-singing, all dancing live affair where the music is picked by the finest musical minds. That’s why you’ll find the folk flavours of Devendra Banhart or Neil Young against noise monsters like Swans or Mogwai.

That’s not all. ATP takes over a former NATO base in Keflavík, just 15 minutes from the incredible healing powers of the mighty Blue Lagoon, so partying into small hours will be more forgiving. Music aside, there will be a cinema (with films picked by the bands), a book club, a pop quiz and an excellent choice of food. Guided tours of the NATO base are available too and you don’t get that at V Festival.

ICELAND AIRWAVES / 5-9 NOVEMBER 2014 / REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Headliners: Caribou, East India Youth, Flaming Lips, FM Belfast, John Wizards, Jessy Lanza

Forget open top buses and walking tours, this is how to discover a city: five days of live music, a fistful of nights rammed with devilish dance gods til dawn; tunes in every bar, club, theatre and crevice you can fit a sound system in; and time to explore Reykjavik like a camera-clutching tourist.

If that all sounds too much, that’s because it is. Iceland Airwaves always requires a return ticket, another chance to breathe in one of the strangest, most cosmopolitan cities on the planet and all it offers in musically, historically and culturally. Alternatively, simply slide into the remarkable Blue Lagoon and ready yourself for another evening of doe-eyed musicians from around the world.

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SONAR REYKJAVIK / 12-14 FEBRUARY 2015 / REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

2014 Headliners: Major Lazer, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Trentemøller, Diplo

Sonar isn’t a festival to be written about. It’s not a fawning of postcards and photography. It’s an all-encompassing electronic beast that’s been slowly sweeping the dancefloors of the globe off their feet, gobbling up the cities in which it will truly be appreciated.

In the dark, Arctic winters, when the sun is a merely a thought in Iceland, the forward-thinking Sonar will rework its tectonic template to deliver a music experience like no other. There will be art, of course, and light shows that deserve a stage of their own, but it’s almost all about sonic appreciation and aural progression across five stages.

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