For the best lineups, experiences, and locales, feel free to graze through our Festival Guide for 2016. From Sónar Reykjavik in February, all the way through to Iceland Airwaves in November, there's a lot to take in.

Sónar Reykjavik: February 18-20 (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Rather than trying to explain what Sónar Reykjavík is all about, we'll let the festival organizers explain: "The festival is going to portray how a prestige brand can redefine itself in smaller locations and venues. The new concert house, Harpa and the joy of music will be a stark contrast against the Icelandic winter and the arctic darkness outside. Sónar Reykjavik is also an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it's not always the largest stage and the biggest crowd that matters but also about the unique relationship that forms and the memories for all involved."

Line-Up Highlights: N/A.



Sónar Stockholm: February 26-27 (Stockholm, Sweden)

"Sónar Stockholm is an event for those who truly seek a special music experience by those performing it and seeing that it's not always the largest stage and the biggest crowd that matters but also about the unique relationship that forms and the memories for all involved," claims the press release. "Following the footsteps of the pioneering Sónar Barcelona, Sónar festival in Stockholm will definitively deliver the expertise and line-up the original event is known for. We truly believe this is possible."

Line-Up Highlights: N/A.

SXSW: March 15-20 (Austin, Texas)

"South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States." SXSW is arguably one of the most important festivals around. If you like your food smothered in BBQ sauce, and fancy seeing a lifetime's supply of music in the space of a week, then this is probably the festival for you.

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Convergence: March 10-12 (London, UK)

Convergence is a Music + Art + Technology festival that celebrates "visual art and music pioneers that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways." It takes place at various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. It also features a series of discussions, installations and workshops "focusing on the points where music, art, and technology intersect."

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Big Ears Festival: March 31st - April 2nd (Knoxville, TN)

Debuting in 2009, "The Big Ears Festival brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts along with installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections."

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BLOC Festival: March 11-13 (Minehead, UK)

Expect a weekend of excellent music, reasonably-priced booze, and comfortable chalets that will have you ditching that muddy tent you have sitting in your parent's shed/basement/loft.

Line-Up Highlights: N/A.

Coachella: April 15-17, April 22-24 (Indio, CA)

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival provides the South Western United States an arena to unleash their hedonistic innards amidst sand, world-class aural pleasures and 200,000 other likeminded punters. It's not just the music that draws the frenzied masses though, with installations, traditional visual arts and sculptures all being highlighted by the weekender as well. Who would've thought you could find so much culture out in the desert?

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Live at Leeds: April 30 (Leeds, UK)

Leeds is a pretty great city, there's no denying that, with its huge range of independent goodies, great bars and gig venues, and a very strong music scene, it's a music lover's paradise. So, instead of plonking a festival out somewhere in a field, why not throw it right into the centre of everything? Live at Leeds have been doing that since 2007, filling pretty much every live venue Leeds has to offer (and then some) with a ridiculously varied line-up.

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The Great Escape: May 19-21 (Brighton, UK)

The self-declared "leading festival for new music" in Europe, The Great Escape has been held every May across multiple venues in Brighton, UK since 2006. It lends itself as a comfortable compliment to the mass sprawl that is Austin's SXSW in early spring, featuring over 400 bands and artists.

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Primavera Sound: June 2-4 (Barcelona, UK)

There ain't no party like a Primavera party, is not quite what S Club sang back in the day but it is true. Since its inception in 2001 the annual event has grown to be one of Europe's top festivals - and that's pretty much down to the calibre and variety of acts that it curates. Being based in such an intensely resplendent city such as Barcelona doesn't harm matters either.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



The Governors Ball: June 3-5 (NYC, US)

The Governors Ball Music Festival, or Gov Ball NYC if you're feeling fancy, is a "multi-day music festival held on Randall's Island in New York City." We doubt the Governor of New York has anything to do with the line-up, which is probably a good thing. We recommend giving it a go.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Parklife: June 11-12 (Manchester, UK)

One of the youngest entrants on the summer festival circuit is Manchester's Parklife. The independent festival, now held in Heaton Park, made its name as one of England's premier outdoor events for hip-hop and electronic music, boasting previous headliners like Dizzee Rascal and Disclosure.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Bonnaroo: June 9-12 (Manchester, TN)

Bonnaroo has long been one of the biggest festivals in the states. While Coachella is the go-to fest out west, and Lollapalooza holds it down in the midwest, Roo has been the musical mecca in the south for going on 12 years. Around 80,000 people make the pilgrimage to the farm in Manchester, Tenn. every year to see the hottest acts around. Though it started out as more of a jam festival, Bonnaroo has evolved into a kind of showcase of past, present and future hit-makers.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Glastonbury: June 22-26 (Worthy Farm, UK)

Somerset's gloriously massive Glastonbury Festival has long been issued the informal title of the world's biggest music event. The five-day festival, set at Worthy Farm in Pilton since the early '70s, has become such an enigma on the festival circuit that it's been compared to stepping into another country altogether. It has become a pillar - an impossible standard for all other music festivals to follow, in terms of size, scope, and approach. The festival boasts an engrossing array of talent so large and impressive that any short-hand explanation seems to come short of justice. The experience, the location, the crowd, the history; Glastonbury - as an enigma - sells itself.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Isle Of Wight Festival: June 9-12 (Isle Of Wight, UK)

Combining pop's glitterati, rock gods, the crème de la crème of indie and dance's behemoths, the Isle Of Wight Festival is one of the biggest events of the season. True, it's come a long way from its '60s roots - where the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan played - but there's still oodles of history and integrity; it's one of the only major independent festivals, for example. Traditionally it, alongside Rob Da Bank's Bestival in September, bookends the festival season (though it's less and less the case these days), but it's still one of the first of the nation's major gatherings.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Roskilde: June 25th - July 2nd (Roskilde, Denmark)

Regarded as one of the more perennially bizarre festivals in Europe is Roskilde, the largest annual music event in Denmark. The festival is a curious clash of culture and size. Originally founded during the hippie heyday in 1971, Roskilde today boasts 80 hectares of camping ground, its own daily newspaper, and the infamous naked run. One male and female winner of the run win tickets for the festival the following year. However, the run has become so popular that Roskilde has instilled preliminary events for qualification.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Field Day: June 11-12 (London, UK)

Sometimes you just can't be bothered leaving London, especially when it comes to festivals where you have to drag all your gear, crates of booze, and various other knick knacks to some remote field in the arse end of nowhere. For those averse to anything outside Zone 4, and with a love of a more electronic music festival, Field Day is right up your street.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



NOS Primavera Sound: June 9-11 (Porto, Portugal)

NOS Primavera Sound is held just outside the city of Porto in Portugal. Like its sister festival, there aren't any camping spots but there are plenty of swish hostels to stay in around the city centre. You can explore the city by day, which is in itself is well worth the trip. You can ride on the cable car, walk along the top of the foreboding Luís bridge, order a cheese plate and drink port on a boat. Be sure to round off the day's exertions with a nice glass of port.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



NXNE: June 15-19 (Toronto, Canada)

"NXNE is a five day festival of Music, Film, Interactive, Art, and Comedy," and it's held in the beautiful Toronto. For your money you'll get showcases, screenings, panels, parties, installations, at various locations across the city. Given the name, expect a SXSW experience, but probably less BBQ. Apparently "Toronto isn't known for a distinctive food item," so we can't really offer a cuisine replacement. Sorry.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Pinkpop: June 10-12 (Landgraaf, Netherlands)

"Pinkpop Festival or PINKPOP is a large, annual pop music festival held at Landgraaf, the Netherlands. It is usually held on the Pentecost weekend." It's also "the oldest and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world," which is quite the tagline.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Sonar Barcelona: June 16-18 (Barcelona, Spain)

"Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content." The event is split into two sections: Sónar by Day, and Sónar by Night. Its aim is to unite "established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production."

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



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Benicassim: July 14-17 (Benicassim, Spain)

One of the year's pre-eminent front-runners for "Most Beautiful Festival" has to be Benicassim. Since 1995, this East coast Spanish festival has been clamoured with heavy regard as one of the nicest, most tourist-friendly festivals in Europe. Its positive holiday vibe even digs into the schedule, starting at 18:00 and running into the early morning. Because of its reverse scheduling, Benicassim has also been noted as one of the crazier festivals, despite its pristine coastal location.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Latitude Festival: July 14-17 (Southwold, UK)

Somewhat in the shadows of the behemoth Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds Festivals (all of which are run by Festival Republic) is Suffolk's annual Latitude Festival. A veritable microcosm of England's aforementioned monster festivals, Latitude began in 2006, aiming to encapsulate alternative and indie music's premiere and emerging acts.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



2000trees Festival: July 7-9 (Cotswold Hills, UK)

Since 2007, Withington's 2000trees Festival has prided itself as one of UK's premier events for hosting the some of the best in the country's under-the-radar acts. Originally started by a gang of friends, 2000trees offers a delightful alternative to the ever-increasing ticket prices at other festivals. A multiple winner of the UK's The Grass Roots Festival Award, 2000trees is also one of the more intimate festival experiences available. Daily crowds range around the 5000 entrant mark, which is a nice change of pace from the behemoths that are Glastonbury or U.S. festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Wireless Festival: July TBC (London)

After jumping partnerships between O2, Barclaycard, and Yahoo! in the past few years, London's Wireless Festival continues to fight for its position as the premiere hip-hop, pop, and R&B festival in Europe.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Lovebox: July 15-16 (London)

Lovebox Festival "is a celebration of the best of British and international music talent, dance and the arts," and was founded in 2012 by Groove Armada. Since its humble beginnings as a club night at London's 93 Feet East, it has grown into a monster of an event, held in Victoria Park over two days.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Pitchfork Festival: July TBC (Chicago, US)

In the never-ending competition of Chicago music festivals, the annual Pitchfork Festival seems to have earned significant clout. This is, of course, in direct competition with the August behemoth Lollapalooza. Both are held in relative proximity within weeks of each other, enacting the notorious radius clause in the process. For those unfamiliar, the clause simply indicates that artists cannot play multiple music festivals within a certain mile radius in a select amount of time. In short; artists who perform at Lollapalooza cannot perform at Pitchfork Festival and vice versa.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Secret Garden Party: July 21-24 (Abbots Ripton, UK)

12 years ago, a man calling himself the Head Gardener decided to start a festival with a difference. By shifting the onus from music to the people, Secret Garden Party has made a name for itself as a truly unique and wholly hedonistic festival experience. With Cambridgeshire's breathtaking countryside as its backdrop, SGP is about so much more than just the music. The field in which it takes place is dotted with gigantic art installations, man-made lakes, and an impressive 14 music stages - all of which add to this social aspect - with each area becoming its own ever-changing microcosm. On top of this, events such as naked wrestling, break dancing, and soap sliding means there's never a dull moment of SGP.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Tramlines: July 22-24 (Sheffield, UK)

Sheffield's annual Tramlines festival had a previous accomplishment that's among the rarest of the rare in terms of music festivals - free access. Although those days are gone, Tramlines still holds its own as one of the best inner-city festivals in the UK. A relative newcomer to the festival circuit, Tramlines (named for Sheffield's tram system) takes stage across nearly 70 venues in the city, which includes four main stages. Organizer's aim to bring together a hyper-eclectic mash of artists.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Standon Calling: July 29-31 (Standon, UK)

Standon Calling is founded on a "commitment to championing new artists," but it's not all about the music, as the festival is quick to point out: "We're keen to exhibit creativity of all types: painting, sculpture, art installations, writing, interactive theatre, comedy and even cooking, to help our guests to spend a magical weekend indulging all of their senses." Did we mention it's only 40 minutes away from London? Do the right thing.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Truck Festival: July 15-16 (Oxon, UK)

Started in 1998 (and birthing Truck Records a year later), Truck Festival was another friendly alternative to the all-over mass that was Glastonbury. Annual attendees track in around a comfortable 5,000. And unlike most of the more familiar festivals, the organizers don't seem to have much interest in rapid expansion, which is pretty fun if you've ever been part of a sweat swamp with 80,000 other people.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



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Way Out West: August 11-13 (Göteborg, Sweden)

There are two parts to Way Out West. The first is the main outdoor event, which takes place in the beautiful Slottsskogen park (its literal meaning is 'Castle's Forest') located in the heart of Gothenburg. Whilst there are only three outdoor stages - Flamingo (the site's largest), Azelea (a secondary stage not much smaller than Flamingo) and the marquee stage Linné - Way Out West always features an eclectic and impressive line-up. The second part of Way Out West is a series of club gigs spread around Gothenburg under the banner Stay Out West. The aim is to showcase the vibrant music scene on offer in the city as rock venues, nightclubs, theatres and churches play host to breaking artists and more established acts. This often results in the festival's most extraordinary, and most talked about moments.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Outside Lands: August TBC (San Francisco, US)

Few of the newer music festivals in North America have gained quite as much notoriety as San Francisco's Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival. Held in the city's Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands sits just a tad outside the Big Four of U.S. music festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits), but has been growing rapidly since its inaugural edition in 2008.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Reading/Leeds Festival: August 26-28 (Reading/Leeds, UK)

It never gets any smaller does it? The twin behemoths of the Reading and Leeds festivals lay waste to the otherwise tranquil fields of Berkshire and West Yorkshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with the usual stellar mix of gigantic acts and hot buzz-bands.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Dimensions Festival: August TBC (Pula, Croatia)

One of Croatia's two upstanding electronic-centric music festivals, Dimensions, is the heady and welcome alternative to the speckled en-masse that is contemporary EDM festivals. Let it be known, furiously, that Dimensions and its other Croatian affiliated festival Outlook are not simply the European version of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Set on the country's impossibly beautiful coast, Dimensions brings together incredible acts, and provides a super special boat party or two. Yes, for a small additional fee, attendees can enjoy the select sounds of Dimensions via party boat.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Rock En Seine: August TBC (Saint-Cloud, France)

The momentous and historic Rock En Seine festival, held in Paris' Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, hangs minutes away from the Gates Of Paris in a garden designed in the 17th century by famed architect André Le Nôtre. So there's some obvious reverence here. Held at the tail end of August, the massive Rock en Seine festival packs in around 100,000 visitors.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



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End Of The Road: September 2-4 (North Dorset, UK)

End of the Road really has gone from strength to strength. Since its arrival in 2006, they've managed to win the "Best Small Festival" award and also quash claims that the festival was in fact run by the Church of Scientology (Nothing like a good back story hey?!). All that aside, the festival, which takes place at the idyllic Larmer Tree Gardens on the border of north Dorset and Wiltshire, has a strong focus on folk, alt-country, and Americana and this is reflected in the 10,000 or so laid-back revellers who don its grounds. Like all good festivals though, the onus on music is accompanied with top drawer comedy, film, and workshops - meaning there's never a dull moment at EOTR.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Bestival: September 8-11 (Isle Of Wight, UK)

For over ten years now, Bestival co-founders Rob da Bank (a BBC Radio 1 DJ) and his wife Josie have aimed to provide the most eclectic and visionary festival experience possible. Along with fellow co-founders John and Ziggy, the pair have managed an astounding track record, winning the Best Medium-Sized Festival award from the UK Festival Awards four times between 2005 and 2009, and Best Major Festival in 2010 and 2012. With a hyper-eclectic lineup of musical performers, abundance of DJs, comedians, and various other live performances, Bestival does the most to bring any and every element possible to a music festival.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Festival No. 6: September 1-4 (Portmeirion, UK)

The Portmeirion event is a showcase of some of the most bizarre and beautiful location setting you'll see in any music festival in or out of the UK. Portmeirion, for those who may not be history buffs, was constructed from the 1920s-70s by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the model of classic Mediterranean villas. The result was as majestic as it was wonderfully bizarre, making for an impossibly unique setting. Attendees can bring their own camping equipment, but the festival will offer "luxury" tipis, yurts, tents, or the offer to actually sleep in the castle. If not for the music, Festival No. 6 could sell itself on the accommodation alone.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.





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Treasure Island Festival: October TBC (San Francisco, UK)

In the triumphant run of the annual festival circuit, California seems to win by leaps and bounds in terms of sheer volume. While the pillars of Coachella and Outside Lands stand firm in the gamut of California festivals, nearly a dozen others are quietly successful. Of which includes the two-day Treasure Island Festival held on the San Francisco island of the same name.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



Pitchfork Festival Paris: October TBC (Paris, France)

Continually branching off from the success of the initial Pitchfork Music Festival, held annually in Chicago, the internet-addled progenitors of all things modern indie are riding high with their Paris edition. The three-day event is held in the city's Grande Halle de la Villette.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



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Iceland Airwaves: November 2-6 (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Originally held as a one-off event at the Reykjavík Airport (hence the name), Iceland Airwaves has burgeoned into a five-day festival that seems much less about the product of the artists and more about the artistry and celebration of the event. Providing a beautiful blend of local, and international acts, Iceland Airwaves is one of The 405's favourite festivals.

Line-Up Highlights: Coming soon.



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