Some bands are so big, they headline festivals. Others are so huge, they’re able to create their own. Here are 17 of the best
Drake, who was born in October, runs a label called OVO, which stands for October’s Very Own. He also runs a festival, called OVO Festival, which isn’t it in October at all but is in August. That’s confusing, isn’t it?
Disclosure and Rudimental have both carved out reputations for themselves as festival-stealing live acts, so it was no surprise when their collaborative Wildlife Festival in Brighton this summer sold out fast.
Jay Z is, as we know, a “business, man” not a “businessman” so of course he has his own festival. It’s called Made In America, it’s in Philadelphia and last year featured Kanye and Kings of Leon.
If there’s one thing about Weezer fans, it’s that they love to cruise. Perhaps that’s why the band started their own festival on a boat, and called it the Weezer Cruise. Did they visit an ‘Island In The Sun’? Probably yeah.
Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road rolling festival has seen the former folksters curate lineups in everywhere from Lewes to New Jersey. Even if you’re not a fan of Marcus and co, the bills are usually pretty brilliant, hosting Vampire Weekend, Flaming Lips and the likes. Probably the only band-run festival you’ll find official branded cashmere rugs in the merch stand.
Blur’s Alex James teamed up with formerly naked chef Jamie Oliver to run a food-centric festival called The Big Feastival. Dizzee Rascal was among the surprisingly un-cheesy lineup.
Back in 2013, The xx ran their own festival ‘Night + Day’ across three European cities: Lisbon, London, and Berlin. There was, as you might have expected, a lot of “artfully moody electronica” and not a lot of neon plastic sunglasses.
Next year, Paramore are quite literally jumping aboard the sea-bound festival boat with their own Parahoy curise. It’s sold out without them even announcing any other bands.
A My Morning Jacket festival might not initially sound like a lolfest, but One Big Holiday, at a Mexican resort where they’re joined by the likes of The War On Drugs, might actually be pretty close to paradise.
One of the stranger band festivals, Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos features all of the artists signed to their label Psychopathic Records, wrestling and a whole lot of facepaint.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon created Ozzfest back in 1996, as a reaction to the Oz meister being refused permission to join the Lollapalooza tour. It was such a success it’s since toured both America and Britain.
Named after the classic Master of Puppets instrumental track, Metallica’s ‘Orion’ Music + More took place in 2012 and 2013, but was such an unmitigated financial disaster that it was soon cancelled after the second year.
Slipknot’s Knotfest is a two-city festival which started in 2012, split between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin. It has since extended its locations to include sites in California and even Japan.
Lollapalooza was created by Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for the band in 1991, yet since then the annual festival has gone from strength to strength and spread from America to countries including Brazil, Colombia and Germany.
It may come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen the heavily pop-orientated line-ups of recent years, but V Festival was originally conceived by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker who wanted to play big outdoor gigs in the North and South of England on consecutive days. V96 was booked by Pulp’s booking agents.
Christopher Hitchens once said that the most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics. He’d clearly never been to The Roots’ Picnic, held every June in Philadelphia, and known to be a banging good time.
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival comes in at the highbrow end of band festivals, taking place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Artand blending music with visual art installations and exhibitions.