Bless Your Ears With These 7 Festival-Worthy Summer Playlists

By Saskia Tillers
3rd Dec 2020

It’s been a hell of a long and brutal year and we could all use some good vibes and a boogie. But while it doesn’t look like we’ll be heading to Falls Festival or Splendour in the Grass anytime soon, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw on a flower crown and dance like you’re deep in the sweaty throngs of a mosh pit, all from the comfort of your own home.

Given that Spotify has up to 40,000 new songs uploaded every day, it can be a daunting task to sift through, but not to worry, because we’ve teamed up with the ultimate party-starter, Volsk Vodka Premixes in Wild Berry or Lemon Lime, to bring you the best playlists to sweeten your summer. So get out into that glorious sunshine, hit play on one of these bad boys, and get ready to celebrate like it’s, well... the end of 2020! 

Disco Forever

Feeling like donning some sequins, pinning up a disco ball and grooving the night away? We’ve got you covered with Disco Forever, the complete selection of classics that will guarantee to get you grinning and singing along. 'Think Bad Girls' by Diana Ross (who can go past that ‘toot toot, beep beep!’, right?), Tavares’ Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (to get you emulating Cameron Diaz in that iconic opening scene of Charlie’s Angels—minus the light-up dancefloor obviously) and September, by Earth, Wind & Fire. Grab some platforms and get to work.

Glastonbury 2020

While this year was set to be the British mega festival’s 50th anniversary, sadly the event in April never happened thanks to COVID-19. However, lucky for us, the team behind Glastonbury have released a Glastonbury 2020 playlist chockablock full of tunes from the epic lineup that was set to perform, including Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Paul McCartney, Kelis and Taylor Swift. Trust us, this eclectic bunch of songs will instantly lift your spirits. 

Unlike Any Other

This stellar playlist is part of Spotify’s Unlike No Other campaign, which was created this year to celebrate LGBTIQ+ voices. While you can’t be hitting up Mardi Gras smothered in glitter right now, you can find a curated selection of Sam Smith’s fave tunes, which include classic pride hits like 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' by Belinda Carlisle, and 'Get Outta My Way' by Kylie Minogue nestled alongside Janelle Monáe, Charli XCX and Syd, just to name a few. Tunes with a side of empowerment? Um, yes, please!

Legendary Labels: Verve

Want to slow things down a notch? Craving some crooners? The perfect playlist to soothe your troubled 2020 soul, this velvety playlist brings together the best jazz pieces from celebrated music label Verve, who signed such greats as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as many lesser-known, but equally luscious artists. Create your very own version of Blues Fest with some friends, or fix yourself a martini, run a bath and let their silky smooth sounds wash over you—either way, they’re both good options if you ask us. 

All out 90s

For most millennials, all it takes is someone putting on No Scrubs by TLC to induce a room full of semi-crazed, hyped-up partygoers yelling all the words at the top of their lungs. So if you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane at the same time as upping the general vibe from chilled to chaotic, it’s hard to go past this playlist jammed full of favourites like 'Bills, Bills, Bills' by Destiny’s Child, one-hit-wonder 'C’est La Vie', by B*Witched, and Brandy’s 'The Boy Is Mine', plus a whole lot of No Doubt, Mazzy Star, Janet Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and JLo. Ahh, the soundtrack to your adolescence—it doesn’t get much better than that.

Warehouse Party

Wish you could be downing vodka cranberries out of red Solo cups in a dingy warehouse somewhere, but stuck in iso instead? Look no further, 'cause this Warehouse Party playlist will transport you right there. It’s a seamless mix of techno, club, trance and dance hits, including bangers such as 'White Noise' by Disclosure and AlunaGeorge, Jamie xx’s rave-fave 'Gosh' and even a few grungy underground tracks that you might not have heard yet. BYO glowsticks. 

Coachella 2020

Don’t feel blue, because not even the A-listers can make it to a festival this year. So while we don’t get to spend hours trawling the internet to judge each outfit worn by celebrities to the see-and-be-seen festival, with the Coachella 2020 playlist, you can still pretend you’re right there in the Californian desert, without having to wait in line for soul-destroyingly disgusting port-a-loos and dealing with the overall exhaustion and grubbiness that accompanies three-days camping alongside total strangers. There’s plenty of Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Ari Lennox and Joji to keep you happy and distracted.

60s Rock Anthems

Pretend you’re at the festival of all festivals, Woodstock, with this collection of the biggest and best rock classics from the 1960s. Bob Dylan, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, yep, the gang’s all there! While you definitely won’t be shimmying and singing along with 400,000 other festivalgoers, as they did back in 1969, there’s no reason why you can’t enlist a few mates to help you laze the day away (literally, because this playlist goes for nearly six hours) atop a picnic blanket in the park. 

First things first, before you press play, make sure you’ve got some killer drinks to get you in the festival spirit. We're thinking a few Volsk Vodka Premixes will do the trick, pick your flavour to suit your playlist, Wild Berry or Lemon Lime, and let the summer vibes begin.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Volsk Vodka Premix and proudly endorsed by Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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