Sophie Arthur

International Festivals 2018: Our Top Picks

Uva Festival

When: 8-10th June

Where: Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Timings: 14:00 on 8th June – 22:00 on 10th June

Line Up: Call Super, DJ Sports, DJ Central, Donna Leake, Debora Ipekel, Zenker Brothers

Perfect for: Those who want to experience more than just a music festival


To find out more have a read of this report from Jukebox:

“A super-intimate party with the most discerning selectors, taking place in a 15th century monastery in the south of Spain”

Uva festival is a celebration of music and visual art, taking place near Ronda (Andalucia) during the second weekend of June 2017. The concept is to use an extraordinarily unique location, with breathtaking views and unparalleled surroundings, and convert it into a playground for eclectic music and visual art.

The venue dates back to the 15th century and was originally used as a monastery. Since then ‘descalzos viejos’ has been converted into a vineyard facing Ronda’s iconic cliffs. Sunken into the flourishing greenery of the area, this plot of land is a labyrinth of ancient walls and secret hideaways – the perfect environment to get lost in.


Paradise City

When: 29th June – 1st July

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Timings: 14:00 on 29th June – 23:00 on 1st July

Line Up: Bedouin, Call Super, Objekt, Denis Horvat, DJ Koze, Jennifer Cardini, KiNK, Laurent Garnier, Omar Souleyman, Or:la, Jayda G, Red Axes, Romare

Perfect for: All of you Green Guild lovers!


To find out more have a read of this report from Jukebox:

“15 minutes away from the city centre of Brussels, lose yourself at Paradise city, Europe’s premier green festival”

At Paradise City we promote diversity, change and believe in a bright future. We believe that each is Master of his destiny, in which he can make things better, by innovating and taking care of our environment and his fellow citizen. Paradise City is about being positive about the future, be enthusiastic about change and be united in that goal!

This is why sustainable innovations are so important for us and why we are making sure that our festival has the lowest environmental footprint possible. You can discover our Green commitments here.

The purpose is to create a genuine experience with fine underground electronic music & cuisine in a stunning environment with plenty of space to dance. Visitors of Paradise City don’t just buy a ticket, they become a citizen of the City of the future. Every visitor will get a Green Card which will always give priority for the following editions. The first settlers (visitors of our first edition in 2015) can testify, as they already received their Green Card which gave them an early bird advantage.


RPMM Festival

When: 28th – 29th July

Where: Porto, Portugal

Timings: 12:00 on 28th July – 23:00 on 29th July

Line Up: Âme, Damian Lazarus & Ancient Moons LIVE, Francesca Lombardo LIVE, Matthew Dear LIVE, Jackmaster, Matt Tolfrey, Margaret Dygas, Barac, D’Julz, Mella Dee, Patrice Scott, Jasper James, Matthias Tanzmann, Art Department, Death on the Balcony, Kenny Glasgow, Nitin, Robin Ordell, Geddes, Varhat, Alexis Raphael & More. With Stage Partners: Half Baked, MEOKO, Ibiza Voice, Musik@ll, Keep On Dancing

Perfect for: Those who enjoy appreciating history


To find out more take a quick look at this report from Jukebox:

‘New 2-day inner city festival launching in Porto set across a 12th century UNESCO heritage site showcasing international and local underground artists’

RPMM is a brand new festival that will offer a surrealist underground experience in the magical city of Porto on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018. Porto is one of the oldest European cities and its historical core has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. For RPMM, it will become an adult playground with many venues around the city hosting day and night parties.

Creative production will come from non-other than Jonny TV – famed for his work with Chemical Brothers and Rolling Stones.


Cirque Magique

When: 3rd – 5th August

Where: Ledegem, Berlin

Timings: 11:00 on 3rd August – 23:00 on 5th August

Line Up: Sven Väth, Luciano, Ben Sims b2b Truncate, Dj Ghost, DVS1, Jaydee, Mano Le Tough, Miss Kittin, Monika Kruse, Nicole Moudaber, Oliver Koletzki, Oscar Mulero, Paul Ritch, Roman Flügel

Perfect for: Those who have always wanted to join the circus and believe in magic!


To find out more have a read of this report from Jukebox:

‘A surrealist electronic music festival in a magical setting offering a journey from past to future’

A wonderful setting in which everyone is invited. Explore your inner artist, Become the Magic! Music, sound, light, decoration, animation, food & drinks, camping…Cirque Magique offers top quality at all levels. A fine selection of the best underground electronic music: from floaty house to pounding techno; A surreal journey from the past to the future. However, Cirque Magique isn’t about DJ’s & performers only… Together, as one, we hold the potential to create something exceptionally wonderful, magical & unique.


Nova Batida

When: 14th – 16th September

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

Timings: 13:00 on 14th – 23:30 on 16th September

Line Up: Little Dragon, Mount Kimbie, Gilles Peterson, Maribou State, Mafalda, Mndsgn, George Fitzgerald, Max Cooper, Owiny Sigoma Sound System

Perfect for: Those who want to relax and enjoy the culture of the local area with yoga, tours, surfing and music.


To find out more have a look of this report from Jukebox:

“Nova Batida is a brand new city festival for Europe blending together the freshest music, art, culture and lifestyle from all corners of the world in one of the most exciting creative hubs”

Nova Batida is a brand new festival for Lisbon and Europe blending together the freshest music, art, culture and lifestyle from all corners of the world. We at Soundcrash, promoters of some of the finest London events plus creators of Soundwave, Paradise Island and Funk & Soul Weekender festivals have gone out to create something really unique and special.

Set in possibly the most exciting city in Europe right now Nova Batida encompasses all that this great and beautiful city has to offer as well-being 15 mins from some of the best surf beaches in the world!


(Photo credits (including feature image) go to: Jukebox)

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