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.
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.
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.
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.
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.