6 festival holidays that will make you want to go abroad this year!
Last year, you sat in the mud at Glasto; battled the rain at V and wore three jumpers to Reading.
Trade the sketchy English weather for a sunny festival break overseas this year! Tonnes are hosted across the year, showcasing varying genres. All you need to do is find the line-up you like the most and book your flights!
We’ve scoured the globe, looking for the brightest and boldest international festivals we could find.
Will we be seeing you at any of the following this year?
Coachella 15th - 17th and 22nd - 24th April (USA)
We’ve spoken about Coachella before; when we were talking about international events you have to see on your gap year. But this festival is so nice, we’ve mentioned it twice!
While it looks as if this musical mecca is in the middle of a field, it actually takes place at the Empire Polo club in Indio, California; which is in the Colorado Desert. Bringing together elaborate art displays, world-famous music acts and a bit of a celebrity sparkle, Coachella is an experience that every festival-goer has to try in their lifetime.
Tomorrowland 21st - 23rd of April (Brazil)
Tomorrowland festival occurs in three locations around the world and, whichever one you visit, you’re bound to have a mind-blowing experience. Belgium, Brazil and the USA undergo a magical transformation into a realm of dream and fantasy. Art installations blur with stage sets to create one of the most aesthetically impactful dance festivals going.
If we had to choose out of the three festivals, we’d go to Tomorrowland Brazil. The fiery Brazilian atmosphere is matched by its toasty temperatures that run at an average 25º in April.
Hideout 26th – 30th June (Croatia)
Six open air arenas play host to over 100 headline acts and DJ’s. Beaches contain the after parties and boat tours take the party to the waves. Let’s face it, Hideout has got it going on! A few names you may recognise in this year’s line-up are: Skepta, Jamie XX, MK, Hanna Wats and Stormzy.
Croatia’s azure blue seas and skies are the perfect setting for a festival. Hosted on the Island of Pag, this European gem is a steady 25º during the day, with a warm 21º ocean.
Splendour in the Grass 22nd – 24th July, Byron Bay
When you think of a winter festival, the last place you’ll probably think of is Splendour in the Grass.
Taking place in the picturesque North Byron Parkland (near to the infamous Byron Bay) during Australia’s winter season, SING is a great way to shake off those winter blues. This coastal area sees an average temperature of about 21º, better than we’ll ever see in a UK winter although there is a chance of cloud/rain.
Combining banging tunes; contemporary arts and performance pieces; and hair and beauty bars with the balmy Australasian weather sounds like festival heaven for us!
Burning Man 28th August – 5th September (USA)
Burning Man has become an institution amongst festivals. Tens of thousands flock to the middle of the Nevada desert to create Black Rock City. This temporary metropolis boasts stunning views of the harsh landscape in which it is located.
Truly a place to let go and express yourself, Burning Man calls those with an artistic eye and a taste for the unknown to brace what nature can give (or take) from you.
Outlook 31st Aug – Sept 4th Croatia
The largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, Outlook is a sun seekers paradise. An abandoned Roman fort in Stinjan, Croatia, contains Outlooks stages and its beachfront setting hosts many a beach/boat after party. Old moats are turned into thumping dancefloors; hidden pits (the Noah’s Ballroom stage) are converted into intimate arenas; and stables repurposed and illuminated for revellers provide a truly unique experience.
Croatia’s bright shores, framed with history make it a traveller’s hotspot year-round, but if you’re looking to catch a good tune, then set sail for Outlook!