Festivals - just another thing the Swedes do better than us

For festivals with interesting line-ups, beautiful surroundings - yes, beautiful audiences - and moose kebabs, there's still time to pitch up at one of these Nordic shindigs.

SWEDEN

Way Out West
Who couldn’t love a festival named after a progressive house duo from Bristol? Especially when Kanye West, Fleet Foxes and Pulp are on the bill, and there are elks in the surrounding park (in a zoo, mind).
11–13 August (wayoutwest.se)

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NORWAY
Øya!
(pictured above)
Oh yes! An impressive and eclectic mix of artists — Q-Tip, Aphex Twin, and the omnipresent Fleet Foxes — play in Oslo’s Medieval Park in the daytime, with city venues taking over for the night shift.
9–13 August (oyafestivalen.com) FINLAND

Flow Festival
More Kanye and Q-Tip, but joined by a particularly strong line-up of electronic whiz-kiddery featuring Battles, Röyksopp, Pantha du Prince and some fresh new punks called The Human League.
12–14 August (flowfestival.com)

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DENMARK
Skanderborg

Set in a beech forest near the town of Skanderborg in Jutland, this year Robyn, The National and Ozzy Osbourne will be scaring the birds from the trees at Denmark’s second biggest festival (after the super-messy Roskilde).
10–14 August (smukfest.dk)

 

ICELAND
Iceland Airwaves

Check out the appropriately kooky artists playing venues around Reykjavík — John Grant and Beach House are on this year’s bill — then recover in the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa.
12–16 October (icelandairwaves.is)

 

FAROE ISLANDS
G!

Happens on the beach near the Viking village of Göta; the line-up can change at short notice due to the airport getting fogged in — rock’n’roll! — but if the Blind Boys of Alabama can make it, so can you.
14–16 July (gfestival.com)