Under-the-radar music festivals

James Zaremba picks four under-the-radar music events to book tickets for now

Under-the-radar music festivals

Sasquatch! Music Festival
George, Washington, US
May 27-30
Chosen for its location overlooking the Columbia River, this musical showcase should be celebrated for its dedication to booking an eclectic range of artists. Todd Terje and Grammy Award nominee Leon Bridges feature this year.
Tickets: US$350 (QR1,285) for a four-day pass, from US$149.50 (QR550) for a camping pass. www.sasquatchfestival.com.


Anglesey, Wales, UK
June 9-12
Critically acclaimed for both its set design and artist bookings, this electronic music and arts festival has purposefully kept things feeling intimate by selling a low number of tickets and holding the event in a remote forest location.
Tickets: From £140 (QR730), plus £10.50 (QR54) booking fee for the weekend. www.gottwood.co.uk.


Couleur Café Festival
Brussels, Belgium
July 1-3
Couleur Café is committed to bringing fresh and challenging sounds to the Brussels’ Tour & Taxis venue. With last year’s line-up, featuring hip-hop, reggae, Latin funk and so much more, it’s this festival’s dedication to independent artists that has kept it so strong.
Tickets: From €95 (QR377) for the weekend, from €39 (QR155) for a day pass. www.couleurcafe.be.


Dekmantel Selectors
Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia
September 1-5
Situated on the shoreline of Croatia, this festival showcases a host of highly acclaimed DJs that have turned collecting and playing music into an art form. Just 1,500 tickets are available.
Tickets: From €128.40 (QR509) for day tickets, from €42.80 (QR167) for night tickets. www.dekmantelselectors.com.

Four more to try Small but special summer festivals

The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender
A brilliantly curated line-up (Roy Ayers, Tony Allen) on picturesque Camber Sands.
May13-15. East Sussex, www.funkandsoulweekender.com.

Meadows in the mountains
Bonfires and bunting are the order of the day at this magical Bulgarian festival of “underground” music.
June 10-13. Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria, www.meadowsinthemountains.com.

Montreux Jazz Festival
A wonderfully interactive festival of jazz, combining paid-for attractions with free workshops around the idyllic Lake Geneva.
July 1-16. Lake Geneva, Switzerland, www.montreuxjazzfestival.com.

Located in and around dock warehouses on the river island of Wilhelmsburg, this festival deals in indie bands and art installations
Aug 19-21. Hamburg, Germany, www.msdockville.de.

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