Round the World

Summer Festivals Special

Round the World

Mark Robertson dons his backpack and leads you a merry dance across the globe to discover an international festival flavours

Just for Laughs
Montreal, Canada, 16-26 Jul
Legendary comedy fest brings together global superstars of comedy including Tommy Tiernan, Bill Cosby and John Cleese.

Iceland Airwaves
Reykjavik, Iceland, 14–18 Oct
Weekend-long frozen equivalent of SXSW, with almost 100 acts worldwide appearing all over the city. Biify Clyro and Sigur Ros are among previous perfromers.

Southern fried Festival
Perth, Scotland, 31 Jul-2 Aug
The Felsons, Hayseed Dixie, Booker T and Lucinda Wiliams headline this most excellent festival of American roots music.

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden, 15–19 Jul
Erykah Badu, The Headhunters, Sonny Rollins, Lauryn Hill and Allen Toussaint are among the eclectic mix at this huge five day blues-jazz-soul beast.

Tokyo Grand Prix
Tokyo, Japan, 4 Oct
If the Cherry blossom festivals are a bit too genteel for you try heading to Japan for the fastest moving thing since the bullet train at this furious road race.

Manchester, Tennessee, USA, 11–14 Jun
America’s Glastonbury is a four-day jam band and beyond fest with everything from Phish and Bruce Springsteen to Nine Inch Nails to Amadou & Miriam and Snoop Dogg plus excellent comedy and theatre.

Barcelona, Spain, 18–20 Jun
Truly intense, city-bound electronica magic from Animal Collective, La Roux, Jeff Mills, Bomb Squad, Grace Jones, Crystal Castles and hundreds more.

Festival in the Desert
Mali, Africa, 10–12 Jan, 2010
Worth planning ahead to head out to one of the world’s most remote music shindigs which features some of Africa’s finest musical acts such as Tinarewen and Toumani Diabate rubbing shoulders with western artists like Robert Plant.

Fish Flock Shellfish Festival
Cha-am, Thailand, 27 Sep–6 Oct
Dive for your own supper and have it rustled up by one of the country’s 50 leading seafood chefs who descend on Cha-am.

Sydney Film Festival
Sydney, Australia, 3–14 Jun
John Woo and Terri Hatcher are among the guests appearing at this urban movie marathon.

Southern Fried

This festival of American Roots Music offers country, bluegrass, soul, songwriters, workshops, New Orleans Jazz, talks and family shows. Line-up so far includes Lucinda Williams, Hayseed Dixie, Los Lobos, Booker T, Diana Jones, The Midnight Ramblers, The Felsons, Farmer Jason and Mary Gauthier.


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