Glastonbury is back and there are a host of other overseas festivals offering impressive line-up, writes Ed Power. Primavera Sound Barcelona, May 30 – June 1 Interpol, Cardi B, Erykah Badu, Solange, Future, Robyn, James Blake and Janelle Monáe are among the major hitters at the long-running Catalonia festival. The weather is sure to be lovely too – the big giveaway you’re not in Ireland. Tickets: €195 (full festival), €100 (day) Governor’s Ball Randall’s Island Park, New York, May 31 – June 2 Tyler the Creator, Florence and the Machine, Lil’ Wayne, Brockhampton, The 1975, The Strokes, NAS, Lily Allen are among the headliners at the three-dayer. The site is sprawling with 21 different performance areas. Some of New York’s trendiest restaurants offer pop-up catering and the festival boasts a range of craft brews. Randall’s Island sits just off Manhattan bang in the middle of the Hudson, with the New York skyline … [Read more...] about Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond
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50. Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsLost Weekend (1985) Poor old Lloyd went to Amsterdam and all he got was double pneumonia in a single room. And, by the sounds of it, his love life is going horribly wrong. Just don’t ask him about the price of medicine (obviously he didn’t get his European health insurance card). It’s enough to make anyone go No Deal, really. 49. Peter HammillGerman Overalls (1973) More continental misery from the never knowingly cheerful Peter Hammill, who’s on tour in Germany and not enjoying it. At all. In Mannheim, “on a rainy Saturday with no money nor friend / Only tequila can end the boredom”. Worse still, he can only find old copies of the Sunday Times to read. Well, it was 1973. 48. Freddie Mercury and Montserrat CaballéBarcelona (1988) You might think it a silly piece of fluff (and so might I), but the Spanish newspaper El País calls Barcelona “iconic … a musical masterpiece”. The pairing of the … [Read more...] about The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!