It’s the beginning of the new year and that means one thing, festival season will soon be upon us.
Festivals are great, there’s nothing better than disappearing off for a weekend with your friends, forgetting about your troubles at home and listening to some great music. With hundreds and hundreds of music festivals all over the world picking which one to go to can be a bit daunting, so we’ve done the hard work for you and selected five festivals that you should definitely know about. Now get cracking and buy your tickets before they all sell out!
Secret Garden Party
21st – 24th July 2016
It’s probably one of the coolest and most magical festivals on the planet. The Secret Garden Party, based on a Georgian farm in East Anglia, UK, gives festival goers a chance to spend four days in a hedonistic wonderland. Festival attendees can spend their days frolicking and dancing from one spectable to the other. One year there was a massive field filled with sunflowers, a DJ booth and a ball pit, but to get to this colorful sunflower field you had to find the secret entrance, which was through a secret portaloo door. There was also a giant wardrobe that led out to a winter wonderland, equipped with an igloo and ice rink, and another year there was a great big floating stage, called Emerald City, which was then burnt to the ground on the closing night. The festival is even a hit with royalty, as Prince Harry attended in 2014.
When it comes to music, the Secret Garden Party puts on a good show, from indie to dance, folk to reggae, party time to down right dirty rhythm time, the music selection ticks every box. The festival is a magical, musical wonderland that ensurer that it attendees are surprised and entertained at every opportunity, giving them a weekend that they’ll never forget.
Abbots Ripton, UK
Price: Festival and camping ticket £186.00
2016 Lineup – Caribou, Primal Scream, Maribou State, Moltov Jukebox, SG Lewis, Sundara Karma & may many more to be announced.
15th July – 17th July 2016
Melt! is three days of pure musical euphoria and one massive German party held in Ferropolis. What started out as a small gathering for rave and techno lovers soon turned into a music event that broke the boundaries between electro, indie and hip hop. Event organizers describe the festival music policy as electronic meets rock, which leaves the door open for a huge variety of music artists.
Ferropolis has been transformed into a living museum of industrial heritage, with the remains of huge industrial machines creating a futuristic feel to the festival. Disco balls are suspended from trusses and flames shoot into the sky from the top of cranes. Melt! is also positioned on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin, so there are plenty of opportunities to take a quick dip in the lake to cool off from the heat. The festival even has a non stop party stage called the Sleepless Floor, which is open for the whole festival until Monday Morning makes an appearance.
Price – Festival and camping ticket €136
2016 Lineup – Ben Klock, Chvrches, Disclosure, Horse Meat Disco, Jamie XX, Maceo Plex, Skepta, Two Door Cinema Club & many many more.
12th – 18th March 2016
Horizon festival combines two different worlds, snow sports and partying, and creates a long weekend of fun for all to enjoy. Although it’s still a relatively new festival, (it enters its fourth year this year), Horizon definitely has a reputation as a good time festival. The event takes over nine of the bar and club venues in the local area (there are also secret hotel parties that you can try and find), playing music from 2pm until 6am, giving festivalgoers a chance to hit the slopes in the morning and party from afternoon until dawn.
Music wise, expect up-and-coming acts more likely to be found on Twitter and Soundcloud than the massive names in music. But this is all part of the festival’s charm, as you can say you’ve seen the cutting-edge music acts before they hit the big time. One key selling point of Horizon is that once all travel is paid for it’s a pretty inexpensive festival with drinks and local food costing a fraction of the price you would normally pay. Horizon is definitely a festival that’s going to grow in popularity over the years to come, so definitely grab your ticket now before it blows up and you can thank us later.
Bansko Ski Resort, Bulgaria
Price – Ticket only £127.00, Ticket & Ski from £179.00
2016 Lineup – Congo Natty, Craig Charles, Mj Cole, The Menendez Brothers, DJ Milktray, Rachel Row, DLR, Zenker Brothers & many many more.
The BPM Festival
Although the BPM Festival finished in January we’ve included it so you’re ready to buy your tickets for next year as soon as they are released, because it looks a-mazing. With the festival backdrop of turquoise-blue waters, and white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, the BPM Festival is 10 days of paradise for electronic dance music lovers.
It originally started as a hospitality industry event that brought together bartenders, promoters and musicians (BPM), but now anyone can attend and it has established itself as a festival to rival even the music summer scene in Ibiza. The music line up boasts 375+ of some of the biggest names in house and techno and the music is constant. Festivalgoers can attend beach parties from 12pm until 9pm and then from 10pm until 6am there’s a move to the party club scene. Obviously 10 days straight of partying can get a bit much so if you want to escape and have a bit of a rest then there are plenty of other activities you can take part in for some down time. You could go for some culture and visit the Chichen Itza, or spend your afternoon snorkelling off one of the nearby beaches and try and spot some sea turtles. The BPM Festival is a tropical paradise with some of the very best in electronic music from across the world, so if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, make sure you pace yourself so you can last the full 10 days, we have warned you!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Price – 10 day wristband $750, 7 day wristband $550, 3 day opening weekend wristband or 3 day closing weekend wristband $250.
2016 Lineup – Adam Beyer, Dany Rodriguez, Dusky, Gorgon City, Ida Engberg, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Nina Kraviz, Roger Sanchez, Route 94 & many many more.
The Governors Ball
3rd – 5th June 2016
A three day music festival in the big apple. Based in the park space of NYC’s Randall’s Island the Governors Ball or Gov Ball first began as a one day event (it was originally on the smaller island of Governors Island, hence the event name) with a small and not so huge line up. However five years later the festival is now a three day event on its new island home, featuring a wide range of music genres, from rock to rap, electronic to hip hop and pop to folk.
The growth in festival size and reputation means that the Gov Ball has been able to make a name for itself on the West side of the States and become on par with other major American festivals like California’s Coachella. Festival attendees can also sample food from a multitude of the amazing NYC restaurants and food trucks that attend the festival, as well as attend silent discos, play ping pong and get their pictures taken in photo booths.
Randall’s Island, New York
Price – 3 day ticket $330, 1 day ticket $135 (both including booking fee)
2016 Lineup – Kanye West, The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party, Duke Dumont, Eagles of Death Metal, Years & Years, Haim & many many more.
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