Alternative music is far from being mainstream, but with every year it becomes more accessible. The days of small gigs in obscure basements are certainly over, as below we present a number of this year’s festivals that you will find interesting. They are in chronological order.
EXPECT DELAYS FEST
When & Where: March 7, Poland (Warsaw)
It’s the very first event of this kind in Poland, proudly hosted in Warsaw by Post-rock PL community. On March 7th three premier acts, Tides From Nebula, Sleepmakeswaves and Skyharbor will make a stop on their Feel Trip to play together with Spoiwo and Besides for an amazing evening of instrumental music. Another great feature is the price starting at 55 zł (less than €15) and merchandise hinted by Tides From Nebula and Skyharbor. For more information be sure to check the Facebook event.
AMFEST (ALOUD MUSIC FESTIVAL)
When & Where: March 11 – 14, Spain (Barcelona)
One of the newer festivals, started in 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, AMFest concentrates on instrumental, experimental and noise music. Notable acts of this year’s edition include Nothink, Cleft, Her Name is Calla and Nordic Giants, alongside 13 other established and emerging performers. The organizers offer a list of different ticket options. You can find all the information you need on AMFest website or Facebook page.
When & Where: April 4 – 5, United Kingdom (Leeds)
After a successful 2014, Bad Owl Presents will once again hold Strangeforms Festival in Leeds on the weekend of April 4th & 5th. Focusing on post/progressive-rock and metal and neighbouring genres, this event has a really impressive line-up with names such as Telepathy, Rumour Cubes, Her Name is Calla, Worriedaboutsatan, Civil Protection, Waking Aida and many others, a total of 16 bands for a price of just £15. The number of tickets is limited, so be sure to check the full line-up and read on how to buy them here while they are still available!
When & Where: April 9- 12, Netherlands (Tilburg)
Despite offering the fans a chance to see bands such as Anathema, Wovenhand, City of Ships, Marriages, Junius, Russian Circles or Sólstafir, Roadburn maintains its reputation of a laid-back festival with no lines drawn between organisers, bands and fans, as they all gather between April 9th – 11th in Tilburg to enjoy top class music. As for the line-up, the idea is to push the boundaries of music, so you can expect all kinds of underground and experimental music. For more information about tickets and the event itself click here.
When & Where: May 1 – 3, Poland (Wroclaw)
Ever since being founded in 2009, the goal of Asymmetry Festival was to promote artists not restricted by the concept of genre but rather focused on the exploration of the musical landscape. On the weekend of May 1st to 3rd in Wrocław, you will have a great opportunity to broaden your musical horizon with artists such as Esben and the Witch, Torche, Russian Circles or Helms Alee. You can find the full programme here or track the event on the Facebook profile and buy tickets here.
When & Where: May 14 – 16, Belgium (Zottegem)
The one event that needs no introduction, but in case you missed it – Dunk! is the biggest post-festival flooded with more great names than could be listed. The 2015 edition takes place on May 14th – 16th and has an incredible line-up. For more information check the website or Facebook profile and you can grab the tickets here.
When & Where: May 22 – 23, United Kingdom (London)
While the line-ups for Berlin and Essen are still to be announced, previous editions hosted some very interesting bands like Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra or The Samuel Jackson Five. Judging by the past, it would be a very good idea to keep an eye on the official page and Facebook profile.
When & Where: May 29, Slovakia (Bratislava)
The spring edition of Whoneedslyrics festival is going to be a one day event hosted on May 29th in Bratislava. While the full line-up is still to be announced, the currently confirmed Labirinto, thisquietarmy, Lehnen, Flash the Readies, Line Gate, Kornelius and Zoo And Aquarium build a promising case. Be sure to follow the event on Facebook as it’s currently the only source of information. The organisers are considering starting a Kickstarter to crowd-fund the festival while also looking for sponsors – if you would like to help out, don’t hesitate to contact them.
When & Where: July 9 – 11, United Kingdom (Cheltenham)
From rock to indie, 2000trees offers 3 days worth (from July 9th to 11th) of both emerging and established bands playing for you in the Cotswold Hills. Along with the music, organisers promise a great atmosphere and their best efforts to avoid any disadvantages of mainstream events. This year you will be able to see gigs from names such as We Are The Ocean, And So I Watch You From Afar or The Subways, and naturally many more. You can see the full line-up yourself here and click for information about tickets or join the Facebook event.
When & Where: August 5 – 8, Czech Republic (Jaromer)
Definitely leaning towards the heavier side of music, Brutal Assault, held in Jaromer from August 5th to 8th is one of the best places to enjoy fantastic metal music. The line-ups show a great history and this year is no different, among many acts you can find all-stars such as Cannibal Corpse and Mastodon. There are quite a few other names that are often cited as inspirations by many artists you might be acquainted with, such as Rosetta, Sunn O))) or Sólstafir. Here’s the full list of bands together with ticket info.
When & Where: August 20 – 22, United Kingdom (Bristol)
ArcTanGent, hosted just a two hours drive from London on August 20th – 22nd is an award winning festival for fans of rock with any kind of prefix – from math to noise. In 2015 you can once again expect some top class bands, such as 65dayofstatic, The Dillinger Escape Plan or Deafheaven. Here you can find the full line-up, tickets info or keep up to date via Facebook.
When & Where: September 14 – 20, Netherlands (Tilburg)
Incubate promotes not only music, but also movies and visual arts or even contemporary dance. With over 200 artists the line-up should be appealing regardless of genre preferences, but to convince you here are some highlights from 2014: 65daysofstatic, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, This Will Destroy You, God Is An Astronaut. The whole event takes place in Tilburg from September 14th to 20th. Here’s the Facebook event and the official page where you can subscribe for up to date ticket and line-up announcements.