The Isle of Wight Festival, the venerated gathering on a small island off the English coast, started in 1968

Isle of Wight Festival, June 8 – 11

Ultra Seoul and Singapore, June 10 – 11

The global concert schedule never stops, but this weekend boasts 2 festivals that pretty much span the history of modern music. The Isle of Wight Festival, the venerated gathering on a small island off the English coast, started in 1968 and got on the map in 1969 with Bob Dylan’s first performance following his motorcycle accident. The festival exploded the next year with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jethro Tull, The Who, and 600,000 hippies. The festival died soon after but was revived in 2002 and has been going strong ever since. 2017 promises to be no different, and everything old is new again as performers include Rod Stewart, Run DMC, Arcade Fire and David Guetta, a/k/a the “Grandfather of EDM.”

 

If your tastes run less counterculture, more crazy cutting edge, then head to Asia, where Ultra, the worldwide electronic music festival machine, is, for the first time, holding concurrent festivals in Seoul and Singapore. Headliners include KSHMR, Pendulum, Steve Aoki, Don Diablo, Martin Solveig, performing live in one venue then flying 6 hours-plus to the other. If you haven’t been to an Ultra event, you’re missing pulse-pounding beats in time with the choreographed show, replete with insanely inventive technology, which can include a giant metal spider flying above the audience, contemplating humanity, and announcing, “Destructive. Threat to planet. Threat to self.”

 

 

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