5 International festivals worth your attention

If you have the travel bug and fancy going on an adventure there are plenty of festivals around the globe which could be worth your attention. Glastonbury isn’t the only place with thigh-high mud and Coachella may be great but there is something even more exciting about leaving the mainstream. Full of surprises these festivals have their own unique quirks and you can explore a new country’s culture while you’re at it. Here are just a few that may be worth your time and money without breaking the bank.

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Tomorrowland

Well known for its stunning and surreal mainstage, each year takes on a new theme such as “Key to Happiness” and “Tree of Life”. The most famous music festival of the electronic music genre is split over two weekends with the tickets usually going on sale in late January/early February. In 2016, the festival celebrated its 12th year in a row with all 180,000 tickets sold in record timing.

Genre: Electronic

Country: Belgium

Dates: 21st – 23rd July, 28th – 30th July 2017.

Prices: 281 Euros for a ‘full madness pass’ which allows general access to the festival on all three days.

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Fuji Rock Festival

This annual festival is held in Naeba Ski Resort and includes more than 200 musicians making it Japan’s biggest outdoor music event. If you can arrive the day before the festival opens you can enjoy a free opening party which fetures prize draws, a fireworks display and food stalls as well as a traditional Japanese folk dance named ‘bon-odori’.

Genre: Rock

Country: Japan

Dates: 28th – 30th July 2017

Prices: 43,000 Yen (roughly £315 not including a camping pass which is an additional £22)

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Splendour in the Grass

This event prides itself on being as eco-friendly as possible with it’s own environmental initiatives alongside its banning of plastic water bottles in the North Byron Parklands. Tickets tend to go on sale mid-April and the festival proves to be efficient on all levels with an app for android and iPhone users which includes all the information visitors will need including a festival map and planner.

Genre: Indie rock, hip hop, electronic, alternative

Country: Australia

Dates: 21st – 23rd July 2017

Prices: $385

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Roskilde

This festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe and it was Denmark’s first festival designed with hippies in mind. Although it now caters for a mainstream audience, these roots are not forgotten and Woodstock festival was used as its original inspiration. The festival is also well-known for arranging a naked run on the Saturday each year. This has been tradition since 1999 and the winner of both genders is gifted a ticket for the next year.

Genre: Non-specific

Country: Denmark

Dates: 24th June – 1st July 2017

Prices: 1995 DKK (Roughly £224) for a full festival ticket.

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Secret Solstice

This relatively new festival is still establishing its place within the music industry and has only taken place since 2014. Celebrating the summer solstice by soaking up the longest and brightest day of the year. It is quickly becoming the pride of Reykjavik with its influence spreading across the capital. This includes several side shows around the nearby area to showcase Iceland’s best sites such as ‘The Lava Tunnel’ which includes a tour of the caves with a surprise performance by a well-known artist.

Genre: Non-specific

Country: Iceland

Dates: 16th -18th June 2017

Prices: 185 Euros.

If none of these festivals are for you then pick up a copy of our magazine later this month which will have the full article and many more festivals for you to choose from.

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