Summer is the time for music festivals in Istanbul, and this year a full line-up of varying artists and genres will be arriving to fill the city with sound. Here is our list of upcoming music festivals:
Chill Out Festival
The twelve-hour Chill Out Festival will feature world-famous Senegalese songwriter and guitar player Baaba Maal, Alice Russell with the Colombian band Combo Barbaro, Quantic, Jazzanova, The Cuban Brothers, Italian lounge music pros the Montefiori Cocktail feat Amber Topaz, folk revivalist hippie trio Stealing Sheep, and local duo Mao Mak.
Babylon Soundgarden Festival
Among the natural elements of the Parkorman venue, this year’s Babylon Soundgarden Festival will feature four bands: The Parov Stelar Band, Oi Va Voi, Caravan Palace, and Büyük Ev Ablukada.
Burn Electronica Festival
This year’s Burn Electronica Festival will bring top level world class acts such as Markus Schulz, Crookers, Hercules and Love Affair, Who Made Who, W&W and Kaiserdisco who will be presenting their acts to more than 85,000 young fans ready to dance to the beats of their turntables and mixers
Two Door Cinema Club and Metronomy will close the Pozitif Günler festival at the Küçükçiftlik Park, bringing some of the energizing indie rock sounds that have captivated audiences in some of last year’s biggest festivals, such as Coachella and Glastonbury.
The Mono Festival, hosted by Pozitif Live, will have four different stages featuring Gogol Bordello,Metric, Oh Land, The Ringo Jets, and The Horrors on the first stage. Com Truise, Bok Bok, and Grup Ses Beats on the second, while the third stage will play a mix of reggae, lounge, and chillwave mix, and the last stage, will feature the famous Dinamo FM DJs.
The Tuborg Goldfest will host a riveting mixture of bands that will inhabit the stage this year. Most notably, Guns N’Roses will perform the songs that made them one of the most important bands of the 1990s rock scene. The riotous female voice of Evanescence will also add another layer to the festival, which will go on for three days and feature a large selection of other bands.