How to enjoy your favourite festivals in summer 2020
While we all understand the reasons behind the cancellation of the entire festival season in summer 2020, we can't help but feeling like something is missing as we approach the weekends when our favourite festivals were supposed to take place.
However summer festival organisers still want to keep their communities connected, engaged and excited about their 2021 dates through a series of amazing virtual events to enjoy at home or from your garden with friends and family. Here's our guide to get your festival fix through the summer months:
2000 screens 8-10 July
Organisers of the Cotswolds' independent festival 2000Trees have put together a 3-days virtual replacement festival with special live performances, podcasts and past performances, which can be streamed via the festival’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
📺 GET READY FOR #2000SCREENS THIS WEEKEND!! 📺
🌳 We've got three days of live music on Facebook and Instagram, with exclusive sessions from your fave bands from the 2020 lineup (incl. @jimmyeatworld + @Thrice), plus special extras... did someone say @ENTERSHIKARI!? 1/3. pic.twitter.com/d3nTmIcVUW
— 2000trees Festival (@2000trees) July 6, 2020
Montreux Jazz Festival - 3-18 July
Taking place every summer on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, this year's Montreux Jazz Festival will be broadcasting 16 of its most iconic performances over 16 days on Youtube as part of the "54th Summer of Music". The concerts will include legends such as Carlos Santana and Nina Simone as well as World Premieres hosted by the festival such as Rag’n’Bone Man and Tom Misch’s landmark concert in 2019, punctuated by performances by Loyle Carner and FKJ.
The Festival could not bring itself to spend its 54th summer without music. The “54th Summer of Music” will offer a series of iconic performances to watch on YouTube from 3 to18 July!
👉 Programme: https://t.co/7365N49v2Z#54SummerOfMusic #WhereLegendsAreBorn #MJF20 pic.twitter.com/mImUcRLsC9
— Montreux Jazz Festival (@MontreuxJazz) July 1, 2020
TRNSMT Highlights - Sat 11th July from 9pm
Enjoy the best performances of Glasgow's TRNSMT festival from your front room with BBC Scotland's 3-hour special featuring sets from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Lewis Capaldi and Radiohead.
— Whats On Glasgow (@WhatsOnGlasgow) June 28, 2020
TRNSMT 2021 dates are also been set on 9-11 July 2021 with confirmed lineup featuring Lewis Capaldi, The Courteneers, Liam Gallagher and Snow Patrol. Get tickets here
J2v - Sat 11 July from 6pm
West London's Techno and EDM festival Junction 2 has released the details of its virtual edition J2v. The event will feature exclusive DJ sets across 4 music stages and all profits will be donated to selected charities including Black Lives Matter. On Sunday 12th July, following the music event, fans are encouraged to join a stimulating panel discussion on the roots and future of the entire Techno scene
Announcing the full lineup for the evolved J2v Virtual Festival, taking place next Saturday 11th July from 18.00 BST / 19.00 CET.
Featuring exclusive DJ sets showcased across 4 unique music stages in our virtual world, we look forward to welcoming you all... pic.twitter.com/i5k0aXBby5
— Junction 2 (@junction_2) July 1, 2020
Boomtown Fair teasing fans
Known for its immersive settings modelled as an ancient film town, Boomtown Fair, whose 2020 edition was supposed to happen in August, has been teasing fans on social media around future initiatives aimed to connect with its community all over the world.
Virtual festivals also offer the opportunity for British music fans to be part of major international festivals without the stress of buying expensive plane tickets. Here's what top festivals from abroad are planning to engage with fans globally:
Tomorrowland - Around the World 25th and 26th July
Since late March Tomorrowland has been extremely active in connecting ravers from all over the world with United Through Music, a weekly live stream on Youtube with top DJs performing live from their homes.
Organisers also recently announced a digital 3D festival weekend in July. Accessible with any PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet and from anywhere in the world upon the purchase of a ticket, the brand new digital location will allow visitors to freely explore a fully-fledged festival site with 8 stages alongside fellow visitors. It will feature live performances from many of the world's greatest DJs.
Tomorrowland - Around the World - The digital festival. On July 25th & 26th, the first chapter in The Reflection of Love will be written. Prepare for a spectacular two-day digital music festival experience on a new location. Tickets will go on sale on June 18th. pic.twitter.com/GWgf8SRtZS
— Tomorrowland (@tomorrowland) June 4, 2020
Burning Man - Virtual Black Rock City 30 Aug - 7 Sept
Burning Man Festival, traditionally held in a temporary city set up on the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, has announced their plans to move the 2020 edition into the "Multiverse". Organisers launched a series of initiatives aimed at connecting communities of fans globally through fundraising, workshops and a series of interesting reads on Medium.
Fans are given the opportunity to recreate a "Virtual Black Rock City" and can start contributing by filling an initial form.
Virtual Festivals occurred in the past
Wireless Connect - 3-5th July
Wireless festival UK and USA promoters and performers joined forces in delivering Wireless Connect: a virtual reality event with brand new pre-recorded performances in partnership with MelodyVR app. Here are the highlights
Lost Horizon - 3 and 4th July
Organised by Glastonbury's Shangri-La team "Lost Horizon",isthe world's largest VR independent festival. Glastonbury's South East corner, known as its raving arena was rendered in a video game-like 3D landscape hosting over 50 performances headlined by Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Peggy Gou. Replay Carl Cox's full set below
Carl Cox LIVE for Lost Horizon Festival | Beatport Live https://t.co/czPEbUjyw4
— Beatport (@beatport) July 3, 2020
Glastonbury - 25-28th June
2020 was expected to be the celebration of Glastonbury's 50th anniversary. To honour this important milestone the BBC will broadcast Worthy Farm's most legendary sets from superstars such as Adele, Coldplay, Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys and many others. The full schedule will be available on BBC Two and BBC Four with more highlights on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. Weather forecasts look perfect for a Glasto garden party!
We’ve cued up some of Glastonbury’s greatest sets into this schedule for you.
📝Which 3 are you definitely going to catch?
— BBC Glastonbury (@bbcglasto) June 22, 2020
The festival has also announced a virtual platform with a rich schedule of initiatives such as meditation sessions, DJ sets, craft workshops, poetry and much more to offer a taste of the full festival experience
It’s wonderful to see that so many of you are planning to celebrate #Glastonbury2020 at home, and we wanted to offer you a taste of the full Festival experience to go alongside @bbcglasto's coverage. Check it out at https://t.co/z64s5OIDAm now! #GlastoAtHome pic.twitter.com/vR9csQ5Wll
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) June 22, 2020
Alongside the official virtual line-up, tens of thousands of Glastonbury fans are also taking part in GlastHOMEbury, a fundraising initiative encouraging everyone to enjoy the festival highlights through their own homes and gardens while supporting several charities that have been selected through a community vote on Facebook.
Electric Blockaloo - 25-28 June
Alongside historical music festivals connecting their communities through virtual events, summer 2020 is also offering the chance for brand new virtual events to take place within video games.
This is the case for Electric Blockaloo, a 4-day virtual festival inside the video game Minecraft. Featuring over 300 DJs and artists performing on 30 virtually curated stages. Attendees will also be able to interact with each other virtually within the game, creating that feel of human interaction that traditional live streaming wouldn't provide.
— DIM MAK (@dimmak) June 11, 2020
Isle of Wight - #IOWFestAtHome, 12-14th June
Organisers of Isle of Wight Festival have announced two separate partnerships to bring you the most iconic performances that have hit its stages through the years.
During the 3-day weekend Absolute Radio will host the Isle of Wight Front Room Festival with a selection of classic performances including David Bowie's last ever UK show in 2004, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac.
Don't say we don't treat you... here's your VIP pass for our Isle of Wight Front Room Festival 🎶 Join us from June 12-14 as we bring you some incredible performances from the years gone by at the @IsleOfWightFest 🎪 pic.twitter.com/nTi3VtSoTX
— Absolute Radio (@absoluteradio) June 8, 2020
Isle of Wight Festival is also partnering with SkyArt broadcasting festival highlights for 3 nights starting from 7pm to midnight. The shows will be hosted by Edit Bowman and will be featuring a total of 30 sets from the festival's best acts.
Take a look at the full line up for the Isle of Wight Festival Greatest Hits thanks to @SkyArts 🎪 Join your hosts Edith Bowman and Will Best for 3 nights of incredible live music where you can relive some of our most iconic performances, from the comfort of your own home 🎶🕺 pic.twitter.com/HRX52K2DDn
— Isle of Wight Fest (@IsleOfWightFest) June 5, 2020
Download - #DownloadTV, 12-14th June
Looking at the weather forecasts Download festival goers might be glad to replace muddy camping in Donnington Park in favour of an exclusive 3-day streaming event in partnership with Youtube Music. Download TV will feature past standout moments from this year's announced headliners: KISS, Iron Maiden and System of a Down.
It will also show never-seen-before archive footage, exclusive Zoom interviews and more through an intense schedule including, amongst many others, Biffy Clyro, The Offspring, Lacuna Coil and Gojira.
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) June 13, 2020