Weather Watch - Gurtenfestival, Dour and more
Benicassim, Rock'n Coke, Sonisphere Sweden, Nice Jazz
Tom Bentley - 17 July 2009
First things first we pop down to the Alpine heights of Berne, Switzerland and the infamous Gurtenfestival where things don’t look much better. Heavy rain is due for Thursday and Friday with the deluge shrinking to a lighter spattering over the weekend. The sun is also expected to pop its head out but not it’s hat on as it is only set to be a rare feature with temperatures never exceeding a breezy 19C. Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, Groove Armada and Kings Of Leon headline on top of the Gurten.
Up in Belgium’s old coal fields the ultimate cosmopolitan festival is kicking of this weekend. Dour Festival is set to see a sunny start to its genre-bending antics with temperatures of 21C. This will last for the best part of the festival with heavy showers set to come tumbling down on the final day. Temperatures will also fall to a cool 18C for Sunday headliners Aphex Twin & Hecker whilst the likes of Tryo and Pet Shop Boys head up the other evenings.
And now for the most predictable forecast of the summer we head to Southern Spain where the legendary Festival Internacional de Benicassim is set to lay down its 2009 marker. And yes, despite the odd hint of a shower on the Friday for Kings Of Leon punters are set to enjoy searing 33C temperatures and blistering sunshine for Spain’s ultimate summer bash. It will be the old case of waking up in a slow-cooker before heading off to the beach then.
Another traditionally sun-kissed festival is Istanbul’s Rock’n Coke which gets going this weekend in the illustrious company of Jane’s Addiction, The Prodigy and Linkin Park. The sun will indeed be out on the Sunday with temps reaching 30C whilst light showers are expected to hit the day before. Nothing to deter the avid rock fan though.
Speaking of rock fan, a fair few will be heading to Hultsfred to see the likes of Metallica, The Hives and Machine Head flex their muscles for the Swedish leg of the brand new Sonisphere events. The sun will be out in intervals for the one dayer which takes place on Saturday although campers might want to pack up and get out as quickly as possible as heavy rain is due for the following day. Temperatures will hit the 20s.
Finally we head to the French Riviera where the delightful Nice Jazz Festival kicks off for a full eight days of summery music. Tracy Chapman, Sonny Rollins and the mighty BB King are among those lining up in the Jardin de Cimiez. It could only be sunny for this one with temperatures stuck around the 28C mark until Tuesday. Let us know if you spot a single cloud in the sky.
It's more one for the shades, sun-cream and parasols then although the Swiss may need their wellies.