One of my favourite ways to spend a long weekend is at a music festival. We’re lucky to have so many amazing festivals right on our doorstep, such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, V Festival and Creamfields. But what about the ones a little further a”field”? (Get it?!) Why not tie in a music festival with a holiday to somewhere new and exciting? Here’s my pick of the best music festivals around the world.
1) Sónar, Barcelona, Spain
The festival: A three day electronic music extravaganza which has been running since 1994. It’s a cultural event uniting the best in the business with fresh, emerging talent.
The location: Barcelona is a city boasting it all; history, culture, excellent shopping, incredible food and drink and to top it off…a stunning beach! It’s well worth allowing time to explore the Catalan city while you’re over there.
2) Lollapalooza, Chicago, USA
The festival: It takes place in a number of different locations throughout the year. But there’s something quite special about Lollapalooza in Grant Park, with the Chicago skyline forming the festival backdrop. Acts in the past have included, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem.
The location: Otherwise known as the ‘Windy City’, Chicago is a fascinating city boasting a 26 mile waterfront along Lake Michigan. You’ll find striking architecture and a cosmopolitan vibe perfectly blended with lush green parks and sandy beaches.
3) Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
The festival: This is one of the biggest music and cultural festivals in all of Europe. It’s taken place every summer on an island on the Danube River since 1993. It’s predominantly a rock festival but even saw the likes of Bastille, David Guetta and Rihanna perform there last year.
The location: The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is often referred to as the city of spas dues to its vast array of baths and its 118 springs and boreholes. It’s a beautiful city, rich in history and culture. Visits to St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum are a must.
4) Mawazine Festival – Rythms of the World, Rabat, Morocco
The festival: The Mawazine Festival offers a diverse and colourful experience for all its festival goers. In the 15 years since it started, it has become one of the biggest festivals in the world, featuring both international and local acts. Iggy Azalea and Christina Aguilera are two of the big names that have been on stage.
The location: Rabat is the capital city of Morocco and is certainly a fascinating place to visit. It’s an alternative to holiday hotspots Marrakech or Agadir, and its palm-lined boulevards, impressive architecture and monuments make for pleasant day of exploring this laid-back city.
5) Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Spain
The festival: Otherwise known as just FIB, this festival takes place on Spain’s east coast. There’s a wide range of musical genres; everything from pop and dance to indie and electro. It’s been held every July since 1995, so makes for an incredible atmosphere in the Spanish sun.
The location: Located in the northern area of Valencia, the town of Benicàssim has six kilometres of beautiful sandy beach to be fully taken advantage of. Apart from its fame brought by the festival, it’s relatively undiscovered and has an element of style and beauty.
6) Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California
The festival: Bringing you the biggest names in rock, indie and hip hop, it features incredible visual art for all to enjoy. It’s also the perfect place to do some celeb spotting.
The location: The festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club in the city of Indio. It’s located 23 miles east of Palm Springs and 127 miles east of Los Angeles. So why not hire a car and plan a big California road trip? That, plus the festival, would no doubt be a trip of a lifetime.
7) Splendour in the Grass, New South Wales, Australia
The festival: This festival originally started to cater for the lack of events taking place during the Australian winter season. It’s been running since 2001 and saw the likes of Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine and Blur.
The location: For all but two years of the festival’s lifespan, it has taken place close to Australia’s famous Byron Bay. It’s the ideal destination for a chilled out break and offers the perfect opportunity to try your hand at surfing.