The best festivals in June

The best festivals in June

Sunsplash Festival | 2-9 June

The Turkish Riviera town of Antalya is home to the five-star Hillside Su Hotel, a minimalistic design residence that also hosts the exclusive SunSpash music festival. Limited capacity means there are only 400 attendees at the week-long event, which this year has acts like Jamie Lidell, Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay MBE lined up to perform. There are also talks on raw food and living, music production seminars and yoga workshops on the bill.

Echo Festival | 6-10 June

This year, Croatia's leading electronic music festival, Echo, is based at a new site in Kanegra, Istria. The line-up specializes in up-and-coming house music acts, predominantly from the UK - but the blazing heat and beachside set-up is about as far from British as can be.

Meadows in the Mountains | 7-9 June

Meadows in the Mountains and its Rhodopian Mountain setting on the Bulgarian border of Greece promise sublime vistas and a vibe that's been described as 'wild and romantic'. The festival's focus is dance music, but there are also things going on for arts and literature lovers.

Paris Jazz Festival | 9 June-29 July
Big names as well as emerging talents will perform at the Paris Jazz Festival, in the city's beautiful Parc Floral.
For more information, visit www.parisjazzfestival.fr

The Midnight Sun Film Festival | 12-16 June
The Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland, held during the 'white nights', is a five-day-and-night celebration of new cinema.


Dark Mofo | 13-23 June
With a devilishly promising name, the new Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania describes itself as a celebration of 'music, art and noise'. Expect large-scale fire events in Salamanca, night markets at Princes Wharf No 1, art installations throughout Hobart's city, and what's presumably going to be a raucously loud music programme, put together by Brian Ritchie. Martha Wainwright is headlining.
For more information, visit www.darkmofo.net.au
                                                                                                                                                                   Bonnaroo |  13-16 June
Bonnaroo has its roots in jam bands and folk rock - it is based in Tennessee, home of country music, after all. Alternative music with a folk edge is still its main raison d'être (headlining are Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons), but hip-hop also has a stronghold on the billing, with Kelly, NAS,  the WU-Tang Clan and breakout stars of this year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, all set to play.

Art Basel | 13-16 June
See some of the world's best contemporary art at Art Basel; more than 2,500 artists are represented. Art Basel also has outposts in Miami and, more recently, in Hong Kong.

 The Knysna Oyster Festival | 28 June-7 July
The Knysna Oyster Festival in South Africa features sports events as well as a feast of fresh seafood.

High Definition | 29 June
High Definition's eponym illuminates what sets this Essex-based festival apart: a heightened visual and sonic experience. LED screens, laser systems, pyrotechnics, glitter launches and lights that dance better than you do are all on the HD agenda this year. Oh, and there's electronic music and live acts, too, plus performances from the likes of Labrinth, Katy B and Ms Dynamite.

Roskilde | 29 June - 7 July
Roskilde is Denmark's opportunity to prove they're more than just exceptional crime drama exporters, and bring some of the world's best rock, pop, hip hop and dance acts to Scandinavia. This year (its 42nd), The Lumineers and Sigur Rós will star alongside Slipknot, Rihanna and Queens of the Stone Age. Brit newcomer Jake Bugg is also scheduled to appear.
For more information, visit www.roskilde-festival.dk

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