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2013 European festival dates released

It seems that festival organisers are being super prepared this year, with many of the popular European festivals already releasing their 2013 dates.

Positivus 2013

Some festivals have even started revealing their line-up announcements. Earlier this month we learnt that Blur will be playing at both of the Primavera festivals in Barcelona (May 24) and in Porto, Portugal (May 31), as well as headlining at Rock Werchter in Belgium on 5 July.

Blur caused a stir on Facebook by posting:

“Thank you for waiting... Rock Werchter is about to announce that Blur will headline next July. We're excited.. hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while. Don't know where yet, we'll tell as soon as we do.. Stand by..”

A further post suggested there will be more festival announcements to follow, so watch this space…

Benicassim looking for new owner

On a separate note, last month there were reports doubting the future of Benicassim festival as Music Festivals Plc. (Vince Power’s company, who own both Benicassim Festival and Hop Farm Festival) have gone into administration.

However, Maraworld - the Spanish promoters – are remaining optimistic that someone will save Beni and that the much-loved festival will continue as normal in 2013 under new ownership. 

In a recent report from Interactive Investor (the UK's leading community of traders and investors) they stated

“The Company's principal trading subsidiaries, Benicassim Limited and Kent Festival Limited, which are not the subject of the administration proceedings, continue to trade and the administrators have begun a process to find buyers for those subsidiaries.”

So, although no one has yet confirmed either way whether Beni 2013 will be going ahead, early-bird tickets are still on sale and we’re staying hopeful (and yes, we’ve bought ours)!

The early bird catches the worm

This week both INmusic in Zagreb (24-26 June) and Positivus in Latvia (19-21 July) have released their early-bird tickets, and with flights being cheap at this time of year it might be worth planning your 2013 festival sooner rather than later.

With Glastonbury having sold out in record time this year (nope, we didn’t manage to get tickets either) it’s increasingly likely that festival fans will be looking to get their fix abroad, and with the likes of Sziget (5-12 Aug) and Bilbao BBK Live (11-13 July) both well known for having line-ups strong enough to rival Glasto, it will be interesting to see what they come up with for 2013.

Dates for your diary...


Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 May

Primavera Sound

Barcelona, Spain

Thursday 30 May – Sunday 2 June

Primavera Sound

Porto, Portugal

Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 June


Zagreb, Croatia

Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 June


Glastonbury, UK

Saturday 29 June – Sunday 7 July


Roskilde, Denmark

Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 July

Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao, Spain

Thursday  11– Sunday 14 July


Novi Sad, Serbia

Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July


Benicassim, Spain

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July


Ferropolis, Germany

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July


Salacgriva, Latvia

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July


Boom, Belgium

Monday 5 – Monday 12 Aug


Budapest, Hungary

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 Sept

Berlin Festival

Berlin, Germany


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