The arrival of summer can only mean one thing - music festivals. Given the renaissance of festivals in the last decade or so, there are now countless options for the discerning hipster, the musically unfussy revellers, families, and every demographic in-between.

There is one festival that we are particularly looking forward to, and that's Lollapalooza. The main event from July 31st - August 2nd in Grant Park, Chicago, is shaping up to be as huge as ever, with a diverse and enticing line-up featuring everything from Paul McCartney and Metallica to Tyler, The Creator, Toro Y Moi and The Tallest Man On Earth. With a roster like that, you'd be justified in feeling some serious pangs of festival envy if you can't stretch to the cost of hopping across the pond.

There's good news though. For the first time ever, the legendary festival from Chicago is expanding to Europe, and where better to host it than Berlin? For a long time now the German capital has acted like a magnet for all that is creative and unique, beyond just techno, with artists and musicians still flocking in their numbers. Famously, both David Bowie and Iggy Pop set up base in Berlin in 1976, and more recently three of the UK's brightest electronic talents - Gold Panda, Clark and Seams - have all made the switch. Berlin is, as ever, a global hub for creativity, so it feels like a natural extension for Lollapalooza. Plus it's a hell of a lot easier to get to than Chicago.


Berlin Calling

On 12th-13th September, Tempelhof Airport will play host to this new European branch of Lollapalooza. Tempelhof was the main airport of West Berlin and the scene of the famous Berlin Airlift of 1948-49, but is now an expansive open park, perfect for windsurfing, skateboarding, relaxing with beers and a BBQ in the sun, and of course for an epic festival. As you might expect for the inaugural event, the lineup is a little leaner than its parent festival, but no less packed with quality. With the likes of heavyweights Muse, Bastille, The Libertines and Fatboy Slim fronting the bill, you'd do well to make time for a stellar supporting cast, such as CHVRCHES, Glass Animals and Crystal Fighters.

Off the back of their stunning new records, Currents and Get To Heaven respectively, Tame Impala and Everything Everything are set to make heads nod and jaws drop. To The Blade, the opening track on last month's release Get To Heaven from Everything Everything, in particular delivers a satisfying blend of hummable melodic structure, dancey yet refined beats and stylistically alternative sensibilities that will perfectly light up the stage at Tempelhof.

For more a Deutsch feel, the Hamburg based electro/hip-hop outfit Deichkind have been stalwarts of the German rap and hip-hop scene since 1997 for good reason, infusing the style with a playful and infectious zest. They definitely shouldn't be missed, so if you haven't heard them already, have a listen to one of their later offerings below, So 'ne Musik, to get into the mood.

Beyond music, though, Lollapalooza Berlin will also feature all the diversity and variety of activities that has heralded a golden era for music festivals. The German online fashion brand Zalando, for example are hosting Fashionpalloza, an exclusive area full to the brim with programs, workshops and shows, all designed to cement the relationship between music and style. Furthermore, Zalando are offering tickets, flights and accommodation for you and three friends through an Instagram competition. Upload a photo to Instagram of you preparing for festival season - the more creative the better - and keep your fingers crossed.


Let's Talk a Little History

For those not already in the know, Lollapalooza originally started in the Chicago, U.S, back in 1990 as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction. It was meant to "give birth to something new and important through the death of something great," explained Perry Farrell, the band's frontman and festival founder. Unfortunately, the festival tailed off and disbanded after a few years, largely due to Farrell's other commitments, as well as disgruntled local residents, damage to the venues and overall a lack of popularity. However, in 2004 Farrell then bought the rights to Lollapalooza, and reinvented and relaunched the festival with great success in 2005. From there it continued to grow from strength to strength.

Over the past 25 years Lollapalooza has evolved into one of the most iconic music festivals and is now held in four international locations: Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and now of course Germany. In a statement on the official site, Perry Farrell describes the excitement of bringing Lollapalooza, "across the pond to Europe." He said: "Berlin's energy, vibrant art, fashion and music scenes are a mirror reflection of what Lollapalooza is all about and I can't wait to share in this cultural exchange." We're inclined to agree.

Which bands are you dying to see at Lollapalooza Berlin this year? Let us know in the comments below.