Festivals in France: The 20 Best French Music Festivals (2019)

Festivals in France: The 20 Best French Music Festivals (2019)

I was actually very surprised at the sheer volume of festivals in France. Like, there are TONS. There are lots of French music festivals that are extremely international, and there are also lots that are extremely, well… French. No matter what kind you are looking for or what genre you like, there will be something in this list of music festivals in France for you. There are lots of different genres, sizes, locations, and french-ness of these french festivals  (:P) see which is right for you!

But wait – how did I manage to rank them into a top 20 list? Well, Festicket actually shared with me their data for the top revenue-generating festivals (aka the most popular festivals among the general population) and I ranked them that way.

So it doesn’t necessarily reflect my personal opinion or many underground-type festies, but rather the most generally popular ones. I’ve researched each one and let you know all the info you will need about these 20 top festivals in France.

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And without further ado, here are the best French music festivals!

1. Lollapalooza Paris

A global favorite in the festival scene, Lollapalooza has made its mark in France over the past two years… so much so, that it’s one of the most popular festivals in France! Similar to and other edition of ‘Lolla’ as many call it, Lollapalooza Paris will bring in big names from a vast range of genres and many up-and-coming’s as well. The festival has a wide range of other experiences as well as famously great food.

The past two editions of Lollapalooza Paris have brought giants like The Gorillaz, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana del Rey, Depeche Mode, Travis Scott, Diplo, Imagine Dragons, Kasabian, Parov Stelar, Lil Pump, Rag’n’Bone Man, and DJ Snake. With names like that it’s no surprise it has risen quickly to the top of French music festivals.

Location

Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris, France

Dates

20-21 July

Genre

Multi Genre – Rock, Pop, Electronic

 

2. Garorock Festival

Garorock is one of the veteran music festivals in France, and has been going since 1997. This festival welcomes tons of different musical genres to the vine-laden countryside outside of Marmonde each year. From techno to rock to indie to house music, Garorock has everyone covered. There are also famously lots of other activities to do at the festival, from workshops to group games and sports to carnival rides.

Christine and the Queens, Paul Kalkbrenner, Aya Nakamura, Macklemore, Sum 41, and Beirut are confirmed for next year, while in the past there have been names such as Indochine, Marilyn Manson, DJ Snake, Odesza, Polo & Pan, Black Coffee, Muse, Amelie Lens, Alt-J, Purple Disco Machine, Parcels, and Disclosure. Sounds good to, well, basically anyone who likes any kind of music!

Location

Countryside of Marmonde, France

Dates

27-30 June

Genre

Multi – basically everything!

 

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3. We Love Green Festival

As it’s name quite clearly suggests, We Love Green is an ecologically-focused music festival that takes place in Paris’s largest public park each June. Along with amazing headliners, the festival has a massive focus on sustainability, eco-friendly living, and locally sourced organic/vegan food. There are panels and discussions about science and innovation during the day, but at night the lasers are turned on over a sea of eco-conscious music lovers.

In the past, We Love Green festival has hosted headliners such as Foals, Anderson.Paak, Diplo, Nicolas Jaar, Hot Chip, Lorde, LCD Soundsystem, Solange, Mura Masa, Ame, Angèle, and Christine & The Queens. As you can tell just by that short list, there are loads of genres and nationalities represented at one of the most eco-friendly French music festivals, and there will be a bit of something for everyone.

Location

Bois de Vincennes Park, Paris, France

Dates

2-3 June

Genre

Multi: Hip Hop, Urban, Electronic, Rock

4. Download Festival Paris

Download Festival Paris is the satellite version of the world-renowned Download Festival in the United Kingdom. It’s a bit smaller than its giant counterpart but there are no shortcuts taken on the amazing lineups, sound, and stage production at one of the biggest rock/punk festivals in France. Download is sure to bring in the biggest names in rock, as well as tons of smaller talent across its multiple stages at an air force base.

Ozzy Osborne, The Offspring, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Blink 182, Marilyn Manson, Guns’N’Roses, and Green Day have headlined in the past. If that lineup doesn’t blow your mind and get you itching for some good headbanging, then maybe you aren’t a true fan of rock! 😛

Location

Base Aérienne 217 Air Force Base, (south of) Paris

Dates

14-16 June

Genre

Rock, Metal, Punk

 

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5. Main Square Festival

Main Square is one of the most unique music festivals in France and perhaps all of Europe, taking place in a 1600’s UNESCO protected citadel. I don’t know what it is with Europe and making party venues out of ancient landmarks, but I’m not mad about it. As it’s name suggests, Main Square Festival indeed does take plce in the main square of the Arras Citadel, with one stage delivering the heat the entire time.

This year some headliners have already been announced, such as DJ Snake, Christine and the Queens, Cyprus Hill, Martix Garrix, Macklemore, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, and more.

In the past, the square has welcomed the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Jamiroquai, Liam Gallagher, Justice, Coldplay, Above & Beyond, Die Antwoord, Iron Maiden Portugal. the Man, X Ambassadors, Paul Kalkbrenner, and well.. you get the point, I hope.

Location

Arras Citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Citadel), Arras, France

Dates

5-7 July

Genre

Multi: Rock, pop, house, electronic

6. Les Francofolies de La Rochelle Festival

Les Francofolies de La Rochelle is quite possibly the longest-running and most scene-shaping French music festival. Taking place in a scenic seaport on the west coast, this festival really takes over the town of La Rochelle and makes it come alive with music and art.

There is a main stage, but also smaller activities, workshops, games, theater, and other events going on all over the city. The festival sells tickets to certain performances and also to full experiences.

This year’s edition already has a big lineup of both French and international artists – with a focus on French. The current names announced include -M-,The Blaze, Christine and the Queens,Patrick Bruel, Soprano, Angèle, and Boulevard des Airs. In the past, people like Vianney, Julien Doré, DJ Snake,Michel Jonasz, and Renaud have performed.

Location

Esplanade Saint-Jean d’Acre Seaport + surrounding venues, La Rochelle, France

Dates

10 – 14 July

Genre

Multi – Rock, pop, electronic, acoustic, everything!

7. Solidays Festival

Solidays is an incredible annual festival with a primary aim to raise money for an HIV and AIDS charity. Each performer helps in this effort by accepting reduced pay for a good cause. Across three days, dozens of acts perform inside the famous horse racing course Hippodrome de Longchamp, across tons of different genres. The festival has raised tons of money over the past years, so if you want to party for a good cause, this is your chance!

In the past, Solidays has hosted Shaka Ponk, Two Door Cinema Club, Diplo, Juliette Armanet, DJ Snake, David Guetta, Nekfeu, IAM, The Prodigy, and Kungs, and you can expect similarly genre-spanning artists at the next year’s edition too.

Location

Hippodrome de Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France

Dates

21-23 June

Genre

Multi – Electronic, Rock, Pop

 

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8. Reggae Sun Ska Festival

Reggae Sun Ska Festival is best described in its own name. One of the best reggae music festivals in France and quite possibly Europe itself, this festival is indeed full of Reggae, sun, and ska – but also much more than that. It’s been going for over 20 years, and is known for bringing in the genre’s best dj’s, live acts, MC’s, and more.

SOJA, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy, Damiam Marley, Naâman, Groundation, Alpha Blondy, and more have headlined in the past, and you can be confident there will always be great music and vibes all around.

Location

Vertheuil

Dates

2-4 August

Genre

Reggae – Roots, Dancehall, Ska, etc.

9. Insane Festival

Insane Festival is an electronic genre-diverse festival taking place on the bank of a lake in the small town of Apt, France. It was previously held in large indoor venues, but has now moved to an outdoor space to make room for more avid festival-goers. Insane Festival prides itself on involving ALL different aspects of the electronic music umbrella, and bringing fans together through their passion for it. You can always expect top-of-the-line production here as well.

To give you a taste of how diverse the electronic music is at this festival, past headliners have included Stephan Bodzin, Pendulum, Angerfist, Rodhad, Nastia, Patrick Topping, Ace Ventura, Astrix, Rodriguez Jr, Vini Vici, and Matador. Sounds like something for everyone within the electronic world!

Location

Lakeside in Apt, France

Dates

9 – 11 August

Genre

Blend of All Electronic

10. Les Nuits Secrètes Festival

Taking place in the northeastern countryside, Les Nuits Secretes is another of the multi-genre and long-running French music festivals. Taking place out in the countryside of Aulnoye-Aymeries, you can find smaller stages in the trees or bigger main stages out in bigger fields.

Jungle, Boris Brejcha, Shaka Ponk, Alt-J, Jain, Julian Dore, Petit Biscuit, Angele, Tale of Us, Mind Against, Cigarettes After Sex, Amelie Lens, and more have headlined in the past – which is CRAZY diverse. You can techno to your heart’s content, headbang to some bona fide rock, or sway to some acoustic artists – it’s totally up to you!

Location

Cuntryside of Aulnoye-Aymeries, northeastern France

Dates

26-28 July

Genre

A Bit of Everything!

 

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11. Marsatac Festival

Marsatac has been in Marseille for over 20 years now – changing locations a lot but always bringing an epic production value and party. In its recent editions it has spend two days at Parc Chanot before moving to the beach of Plage du petit Roucas on the third day, making the previously two-day event into three. Interesting indeed! Marsatac bring in crowd-loved favorites in both rap and electronic music, with hip hop stars and also techno bangers taking the stages.

Paul Kalklbrenner, IAM, Bicep,Petit Biscuit, Nina Kraviz, Nekfleu, Nicolas Jaar, and De La Soul have headlined in the past, and this yuear they have already announced the likes of Jon Hopkins, Caballero & JeanJass, Orelsan, and more.

Location

Parc Chanot Exhibition Center + Plage du petit Roucas, Marseille, France

Dates

14-16 June

Genre

Hip Hop, Rap, Electronic

12. Les Eurockéennes Festival

Les Eurockéennes is another of the amazing multi-genre music festivals in France, but this one is especially scenic taking place on a forested peninsula in Belfort. There are big lakes on either side of the festival site, leaving a beautiful scene to listen to any kind of music your heart could dream up. You can also view some amazing art and different dance and other performances in between big acts.

Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Richi Hawtin, Macklemore, ZZ Top, Liam Gallagher, The Black Madonna, Arcade Fire, Rick Ross, and Disclosure. If you thought that French music festivals couldnt get more genre-diverse… think again!

Location

Lac du Malsaucy peninsula, Belfort, France

Dates

5 -7 July

Genre

Rock, Metal, Pop, Hip Hop, House – literally everything

 

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13. Touquet Music Beach Festival

Touquet is one of the relatively new French music festivals, and it has done very well since its 2016 debut. This could easily be attributed to its amazing location – it really does take place right on the beach in Le Touquet.

Not only are there amazing headliners in the electronic and alternative genres, but there is a LOT to do in the area, too! Festivalgoers are encouraged to take part in lots of adventure activities and watersports in the area, such as surfing (it’s on the north coast, so there are waves!), sailing, windsurfing, and paddle boarding.

This festival has a lot of different electronic/disco music and also some alternative. In the past few years, the headliners have been Phoenix, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Todd Terje, The Avener, Juliette Armanet, Breakpot, Boys Noize, Malaa, andPurple Disco Machine. So, a pretty good variety!

Location

Le Touquet Beach, France

Dates

23 – 25 Augustr

Genre

Electronic, disco, alternative

14. Les Plages Électroniques Festival

Taking place at the same beachside venue as the famous Cannes Film Festival, Les Plages Électroniques takes over the venue for a very different reason. Known for bringing in tons of different genres within the electronic music umbrella, and is one of the great electronic music festivals in France. From EDM to minimal techno. What is more, it takes place right next to the Mediterranean where a relax on the beach or a dip in the warm clear water is just minuted away at any moment.

To give you an idea of how diverse this electronic festival is, the past headliners have been Kygo, Amelie Lens, Damian Lazarus, Zeds Dead, Netsky, Satori, Kolsch, The Avener, Agoria, Shy FX, Carl Craig, Tale of Us, and more. Check info below to see who might be headlining next.

Location

Palais des Festivals, Cannes (near/on the beach)

Dates

9 – 11 August

Genre

Electronic, house, techno

 

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15. Le Printemps de Bourges Festival

Le Printemps de Bourges is a weeklong festival held across many different venues in Bourges, France. The whole city comes alive during the festival week with various headliners playing in different places and most venues putting on their own events for the week too. There will be something going on everywhere, and it’s a perfect time to explore the city and check out some amazing artists.

Étienne de Crécy, Orelsan, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Paganini, Paul Kalkbrenner, KOMPROMAT, Nina Kraviz, Shaka Ponk, Boris Brejcha, and Damso have headlined this festival in the past. However, Le Printemps de Bourges has historically been a festival for rising stars and to showcase up and coming talent across the city, so make sure to branch out a bit because you never know if you’ll see the next big act. 

Location

Various Venues in Bourges, France

Dates

16 – 21 April

Genre

Electronic, Pop, Alternative, Rock

16. AFROPUNK FEST Paris

Originally started in Johannesburg, Afropunk is an amazing music festival celebrating art, fashion, film, and music produced by black artists. The festival has a few satellite versions that have piggybacked off the original’s success, one of which has become one of the top festivals in France. Taking place in Paris, Afropunk Fest presents an inclusive and tolerant environment for all kinds of African expression – nearly a movement in itself.

You can find all kinds of music at Afropunki, from reggae and rap to pop and rock. Some past headliners have included SZA, D’Angelo, Faada Freddy, Wizkid, Damian Marley, Lion Babe, GoldLink, and Willow Smith. No matter what the genre you can expect everyone coming together over the talent and community of people of African descent.

Location

Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

Dates

13-14 July

Genre

Reggaeu, Pop, Punk, Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, etc

 

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17. Delta Festival

Taking place right on the coast of Marseille, Delta Festival brings much more than just music to fans each summer. Look for obstacle courses, water spots, and tons of extra stuff to do next to four sun-soaked stages on the south coast of France each summer. You can split your time between relaxing on the beach, taking part in amazing games, reveling at art acattered through the venue, and of course dancing the night away to the many different electronic acts.

Delta is another of many mixed electronic music festivals in France. Past headliners have included Angerfist, Putple Disco Machine, Stephan Bodzin, Feder, Bakermat, and Etienne de Crecy. You can jump around to some hardstyle or sway to melodic/tropical house – whatever you prefer!

Location

Plage de la Vieille Chapelle Beach, Marseille, France

Dates

6-7 July

Genre

Mixed Electronic

18. Snowattack Festival

Snowattack is one of the more unique French music festivals, taking place over a whole week at a skit resort in Les Orres, eastern France. Along with being able to shred up over 100kno of ski slopes, you can catch some massive names in the electronic scene along some main stages and some smaller events and artists along all the town’s bars and clubs. The whole area comes alive with a party vibe each January, where you can fulfill your festival itch even in the winter.

Rudimental, Sub Focus, Pendulum, Dimitiri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies, Henry Saiz, Netsky, James Zabiela, and Borgore have headlined in the past. The festival brings in all kinds of electronic music, from deep house to EDM to drum & bass.

Location

Les Orres Ski Resort, France

Dates

26 January – 2 February

Genre

Electronic: EDM, Drum & Bass, House,

 

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19. Rock en Seine Festival

Rock en Seine has risen to be one of the biggest music festivals in France over the last 15 or so years in the country’s capital. It does cover a lot of rock music as its name suggests, but does however have TONS of other music wrapped up into the package as well. Over three days you can see tons of both massive and up-and-coming artists perform at the stunning estate/gardens at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, with Paris not too far away at all.

Rock en Seine regularly brings in giants in both the rock scene and other genres. Past headliners have included Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Foals, the XX, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Flume, MØ, If that wasn’t convincing enough, The Cure have already been announced for 2019. Sounds like a plan to me!

Location

Domaine National de Saint-Cloud Parkland, Paris, France

Dates

23-25 August

Genre

Rock, Pop, Indie, Electronic

20. Calvi On the Rocks Festival

Calvi On the Rocks probably has the coolest venue of all festivals in France – a mediterranean island! Who could say no to 5 days of dancing at stages directly on the sand and actually swimming in the Mediterranean to the beats of your favorite artist?! I know I couldn’t – which is why this French music festival is high on my list. There are various indoor and outdoor venues at this festival, but all are right near the water. Some festivalgoers even bring their yachts right up into the bay, which seems like an extremely ideal idea.

Primarily showcasing the house and techno branch of electronic music, Calvi on the Rocks is truly an underground party right on the sand. Past headliners have included Seth Troxler, IAM, Nina Kraviz, Mark Ronson, Kerri Chandler, Amelie Lens, Black Coffee, Tale of Us, Crazy P, and Étienne de Crécy – branching also out into the funk + soul category occasionally as well.

Location

Corsica Island, France

Dates

5 – 10 July

Genre

Electronic – House, Techno, Disco

Want more Music Festivals in France?! These are Also Very Popular and Deserve Honorable Mentions:

      • Django Reinhardt Festival – Fontainebleu / Jazz / July
      • Birraritz En Ete Festival – Biarritz / Alternative / July
      • La Route du Rock Festival – Saint Malo / Rock / August
      • Musilac Aix-Les-Bains Festival – Aix-Les-Bains / Pop+Rock / July
      • Musilac Mont Blanc Festival – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / Rock+Alternative / April
      • Snowboxx Festival – Avoriaz / Electronic / March
      • Pitchfork Festival Paris – Paris / Multi-Genre / November

 

Here are the 20 most popular festivals in France, according to sales data. These French music festivals have a little of something for everyone, with genres ranging from rock, pop, house, techno, indie, alternative, and more - some with ectra activities and some purely music-focused!

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December 13, 2018

Festivals in Germany: The 15 Best German Music Festivals (2019)

Festivals in Germany: The 15 Best German Music Festivals (2019)

There are so many festivals in Germany that it was even tough to list the top 20. Germany is known as a haven of music, with some of the most amazing clubs, music scenes, and djs in the world calling Germany home. This situation gives way to tons of German music festivals that are among the best in Europe and the best in the world.

While Germans definitely lean toward electronic music, there are festivals in Germany of every genre imaginable (is beer a genre?! Yep, Oktoberfest is listed of course!). No matter what kind of festival you’re looking for, this list of German music festivals should have you covered.

These rankings are made from sales data shared with me by Festicket. This means that they really are ranked as the top 20 most popular festivals in Germany, according to the people who buy tickets to them. So this was not written from my personal opinion (you know I LOVE my techno :P), but it means that there will be a lot more variety in this list with festivals bridging all different kinds.

But before planning your German music festivals, check out some other festival content (they open in new tabs!):

Festivals in Germany: The complete list of the top 20 german music festivals of every genre, location, size, and intention. Oh, and Oktoberfest counts too. Which ones have you been to?!

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1. Airbeat One Festival

Airbeat One is one of (if not the) most well-known festivals in Germany. Taking over a usually quiet little town of Neustadt-Glewe, Airbeat One comes alive each July with five different stages across every possible electronic genre. And these aren’t normal stages, either. Airbeat One festival is known for its extraordinary stage design, with fantasy-like stages and atmosphere paired with mind-blowing lighting and production to create a fully immersive environment for festival-goers. There are even carnival rides and tons of crazy activities to do as well.

It doesn’t stop there, either. Airbeat One matches its top-notch production with an equally impressive lineup. Already announced for next year are Armin Van Buuren, W&W, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. These names join past greats such as Tiesto, Adam Beyer, Paul Kalkbrenner, Angerfist & Partyraiser, Nervo, Richie Hawtin, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, Black Coffee, Headhunterz, and more. So yeah, a bit of everything.

Location

Flugplatz Neustadt-Glewe, Germany

Dates

10-14 July

Genre

Electronic – EDM, Hardstyle, House, Techno

2. Nature One Festival

Nature One perhaps has one of the most unique venues of the German music festivals, converting an old NATO missile base into a venue with four main large dance floors/stages and tons of smaller dance areas as well. All together the different areas total easily up to 20 different stages, with upcoming talent and something different going on at each. The interesting industrial background adds an even more unique element to this massive festival, which takes in more than 50,000 guests each year.

Past headliners have included Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, Charlotte de Witte, Aly & Fila, Joseph Capriati, Sebastian Ingrosso, ATB, Fedde Le Grand, and Robin Schulz. The festival doies lean towards house + techno, but has artists of all different backgrounds there as well.

Location

Pydna, former NATO missile base in Kastelluan, Germany

Dates

2-4 August

Genre

Electronic – House, techno, EDM, trance

 

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3. Time Warp DE Festival

Time Warp is possibly one of the world’s best known and longest-running techno festivals, bringing the world’s biggest names into a 19-hour warehouse rave each April. This year will be Time Warp’s 25th – yep, twenty-fifth – edition, and it shows no signs of slowing down its multi-story hangar party anytime soon.

It would be tough to even find one name on the Time Warp lineup that you didn’t know, with world-famous names taking over the decks for the full almost-day. In the past you could see Nina Kraviz, Magda, Solomun, Rodhad, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon, Tale of Us, Pan-Pot, and more, and you can guess the lineup will be similarly amazing this year too.

Location

Maimarkthalle Hangar, Mannheim

Dates

7 April

Genre

Techno, house, techno… and more techno

4. Sea You Festival 2019

Sea You is a super unique house + techno festival located on the banks of Tunisee Lake outside of Freiburg, Germany. Festival-goers can immerse themselves into water sports, floatie races, swimming, and lakeside barbecues between stints boogie-ing to some of the world’s best house and techno. The area, which is in the countryside near to the borders of France and Switzerland, had been dubbed the ‘Beach Republic” due to its serene nature.

It’s not all relaxing and floating, however. Alongside all the relaxing on the beach is a lineup to rival any house and techno festival. Next year the names Amelie Lens, Boris Brejcha, and Neelix have already been announced, while in the past there has been Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Maceo Plex, Vini Vici, Richie Hawtin, and more. The festival tickets are extremely cheap, too!

Location

Tunisee, Freiburg, Germany

Dates

13-14 July

Genre

House + Techno

 

 

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5. World Club Dome 2019

Perhaps one of the most unique and interesting concepts for festivals in Germany, World Club Dome transforms a sporting arena in Freankfurt each summer into what it dubs the ‘world’s biggest club.’ So what it goes for is making an ENTIRE covered sports arena into one massive single-stage club, with off-the-scale production and lighting that fills the entire thing.

There are a few more open-air stages outside and around the stadium, and camping/food/activities in the fields surrounding it as well. But the main stage with the EDM headliners is of course within the stadium.

This festival mostly brings in EDM giants, such as Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, deadmau5, Klangkarussell, W&W, Robin Schulz, and more.

But at their ‘WCD Pool Sessions’ at a nearby outdoor pool, you could find some equally great names within the house music umbrella such as Solomun, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Adriatique, ANNA, and H.O.S.H. In recent years they have been bringing in some more stage areas such as Q Dance (hardstyle) and another future/G-house stage with the likes of Jauz, Yellow Claw, EDX, and Malaa.

Location

Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Dates

7-9 June

Genre

Mostly EDM, some house + techno

6. Love Family Park Festival

Quite contrary to its name, Love Family Park festival isn’t a family festival…. it’s a techno one. I mean, your techno family is debatably just as close as your actual family, right?!

One of many techno festivals in Germany, this one takes place in a park (one thing that’s true to its name!) in Russelsheim am Main. The one-day gig is a massive celebration of all things techno, during the daytime outdoors in the German summer.

Techno giants such as Carl Cox, Luciano, Andhim, Ricardo Villalobos,  and Sven Vath (who headlines every year!), have made appearances in the past, and you can also expect a similar vibe in the future.

Location

Russelsheim am Main, Germany

Dates

28th July

Genre

Techno, house

 

7. Indian Spirit Festival

Indian Spirit is one of the proper transformational festivals in Germany that focuses on psytrance and everything spiritual. Alongside the music you can expect to find vibrantly colored stages, tons of art and installations, crafts, markets, workshops, yoga, and more, all designed to elevate the spirit. The festival goes for 5 days, so there’s plenty of time to check out all that they have on offer.

In the past, headliners such as Neelix, Vini Vici, Astrix, Infected Mushroom, Liquid Soul, Ace Ventura, have made appearances, alongside dozens and dozens of up-and-coming or underground talent as well.

Location

Eldena

Dates

29 August – 3 September

Genre

Psytrance, electronic

8. New Horizons Festival 2019

New Horizons has quickly taken German music festivals by storm after its first year in 2017 – that’s right, this will just be its third edition! Dubbed ‘seven festivals in one’ due to all of the different music and things to do, New Horizons really reels attendees into another world.

The stage production, atmosphere, and decorations are like something out of a fantasyland, and when you add in different performers and actors, art installations and fun areas, and different activities going on all over the place, you get a fully immersive experience.

If you even have time to see the headliners alongside everything else there is to do, you will not be disappointed. In the past, New Horizons has seen Steve Aoki, Tieso, Dimitri Vegas + Like Mike, Axwell V Ingrosso, Chris Liebing, Armin van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Angerfist, Claptone, Malaa, Ghastly, Charlotte de Witte, and Flosstradamus… creating what is surely one of the most diverse lineups of all the electronic festivals in Germany.

They have different stages for each genre – trance, trap, urban, goa techno, house, EDM and more – making it easy to decide where you’d like to get lost.

Location

The Nürburgring, Nurburg, Germany

Dates

21-25 August

Genre

Electronic- House, EDM, Techno

9. Ruhr-in-Love 2019

Going since 2003, Ruhr in Love is on of the favorite one-day electronic festivals in Germany. Happening from noon across a massive 40 – yes, FOURTY – stages, I will absolutely guarantee to you that you’ll find at least something that you like, whether that be trance, techno, EDM, hardstyle, psytrance, house… you get the idea.

You’ll witness loads of up-and-coming and local talent alongside some bigger headliners, but the focus here is on smaller-yet-still-amazing talent from the area. No matter what, you’ll surely have an adventure exploring around the many, many stages that there are.

In the past years, the headliners included Klaudia Gawlas, Party Favor, Plastik Funk, Ostblockschlampen, Moonbootica, Tujamo, and Pappenheimer. See if you can catch them all while still checking out all of the stages – it’ll be an adventure! If you want to check out the Netherlands while you’re at it, you could spend a day in Nijmegen – it’s just an hour away from this part of Germany.

Location

OLGA Park, Oberhausen, Germany

Dates

6 July

Genre

All Electronic – literally ALL.

 

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10. Echelon Open Air & Indoor Festival 2019

Echelon Open Air + Indoor Festival is yet another one-day techno banger, which as its name suggests takes place in both indoor tents and outdoor stages. It takes place on a Cold War satellite tracking station, and there are still massive tracking orbs present at the venue. It takes place across five stages that are supplemented by the interesting and historic venue.

This German music festival is knows for its techno, but also has some house, EDM, and other electronic. Past headliners have included Carl Cox, Deborah de Luca, Boris Brejcha, Don Diablo, Yellow Claw, Neelix, and Yen Faki. Oliver Heldens, and Sam Paganini.

Location

Ehemalige US Kaserne (Cold War NSA Satellite Tracking Station), Bad Aibling, Germany

Dates

17 August

Genre

House, techno, electronic

11. Ikarus Festival

Ikarus Festival takes place each summer quite literally in an airport – well, on the grounds of an international one. And yes, you can still fly into it via quite a few budget airlines like RyanAir and WizzAir! Along with six different stages, Ikarus comes with performances, a circus program, and more.

Past headliners have been Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Tale of Us, Pan-Pot, Oliver Koletzki, and Nina Kraviz, and you can bet that any house music-lover will be in heaven at Ikarus Festival in any year to come.

Location

Memmingen Airport, Memmingerburg, Germany

Dates

7-9 June

Genre

House, Techno, Electronic

12. MAYDAY Dortmund

MAYDAY is yet another of the many fantastic electronic music festivals in Germany. You can find whatever you are looking for at this festival as long as it’s within the electronic scope – techno, trance, house, hardstyle, EDM, and more. MAYDAY has been going for 25 years now and is well known for its immersive and incredible visuals, music, and production quality.

Past headliners have seen a range of artists from Ferry Corsten, Aly & Fila, Marcus Schulz, and Adam Beyer to Angerfist, Charlotte de Witte, and Chris Liebing. The festival takes place across tons of different rooms, and has grown lots since Sven Vath helped its inception in 1991.

Location

Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

Dates

30 April

Genre

All electronic

 

13. Habitat Festival

Habitat is yet another music festival in Germany that is much more than a music festival. This festival brings in all sorts of conscious festival-goers to experience art classes, installations, sustainability workshops, film, theater, performances, yoga, and more. This all occurs alongside a pretty massive lineup of all different genres within the electronic umbrella. Sounds like a pretty ideal festival to me!

If you can find time alongside watching theater, doing yoga, and learning all kinds of new things at the workshops, the lineups are always great. In the past they’ve included the likes of Charlotte de Witte, Rodhad, Reinier Zonneveld, Monkey Safari, Alex Niggemann, and other equally deep and amazing artists.

Location

Flugplatz Hungriger Wolf (an airfield), Hohenlockstedt, Germany

Dates

25-28 July

Genre

House + Techno

14. MS Dockville Festival

MS Dockville is a multi-genre festival that takes place each August around some industrial docklands along the Elbe River near Hamburg. Dockville prides itself in its creative expression, with loads of art, markets, and more to do alongside the lineup of alternative, rock, and electronic giants.

Caribou, Bonobo, Elderbrook, Flume, Moderat, Murea Masa, Foals, alt-J, Interpol, and more have headlined in the past, so you can expect similar types of live acts fused with electronic elements in the next editions of the festival as well.

Location

Wilhelmsburg Docks, Hamburg, Germany

Dates

16-18 August

Genre

Alternative, Rock, Electronic

15. Oldenbora Festival

Oldenbora is a one-day fest that takes place within and on the beaches surrounding a lakeside beach club called Nethen, which is near Rastede, Germany. They like to say that this festival brings the vibe of Ibiza to Germany for a day, in that there are huge beach parties with great dj’s playing to them. If you get tired of dancing (or need a quick break), the lake is a popular and scenic place for water sports as well.

Past headliners have included Moguai, Oliver Koletzki, Moonbootica, Will Sparks, Riva Starr, Tom & Jame, and more.

Location

Nethen Beachclub + Surrounding Beaches, Rastede, Germany

Dates

20 May

Genre

House, Techno, Trance, EDM

 

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16. Psychedelic Circus Open Air Festival 2019

Psychedelic Circus is pretty much exactly what its name says it is. This festival is a fully immersive atmosphere where nothing makes sense and everything makes sense at the same time 😛 . It is a true fantasyland where you can be whoever you want to be, while you listen to trippy music, play fun games with fellow attendees, explore around the decked-out venue, and forget the real world.

It’s a vibrant festival in every sense, from the decorations to the lineup. This festival is not all about the performers like many are, but there are also usually quite a few names to get excited about. In the past it has seen Fabio & Moon, Berg, Neelix, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Phaxe, and Secret Portal.

Location

Near Gohlen, Germany

Dates

9-13 May

Genre

Trance, psytrance, house, acid house

17. Heroes Festival

Heroes Festival is somehow one of the only fairly large hip hop/rap festivals in Germany, taking place at a huge events center near Geiselwind (closest to Nuremberg). It has risen quickly in popularity since its recent inception in 2017 – perhaps because there was a bit of a void when it came to larger hip hop German music festivals. Heroes Festival is known for being an all-around amazing party for the rap and hip hop scene, with amazing sound and production, rap collectives, and MC’s from around Germany coming to strut their stuff.

Last year the headliners included SXTN, Nimo, Olexesh, Luciano, Sido, and MoTrip, and you can expect similar local DJ’s , MC’s and talent for this year as well.

Location

Eventzentrum, Geiselwind, Germany

Dates

15th June

Genre

Hip Hop, Rap

18. Snowbeat Festival

Snowbeat Festival is one of the few big winter music festivals in Germany, and surely one of the most unique. It’s an electronic music festival that takes place in an indoor ski slope complex, with multiple rooms full of amazing production, sound, and pyrotechnics. Oh, and you can of course hit the slopes as well!

Snowbeat bring in dj’s in many different genres, including EDM, hardstyle, and house. In the past it has seen names such as Salvatore Ganacci, Coone, Ostblockschlampen, Alan Walker and Headhunterz – lots of talentt from both Germany and international.

Location

Alpincenter Indoor Snowsports Complex, Wittenburg

Dates

2nd Feb

Genre

EDM, hardstyle, house

19. Wacken Winter Nights Festival

Wacken Winter Nights is an extremely immersive and unique rock and metal festival held in the small and charming village of Wacken. This festival even focuses on medieval and mystic rock/folk, with some attendees and performers even dressing the part. This immersive music works perfectly in a snowy small German Village, where you can almost go back in time through performance, food, and costume.

If you enjoy German rock and metal, you may recognize names who have headlined before. PEople such as Saltatio Mortis, Grave Digger, Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Schandmaul, and Orphaned Land have played on the past, all presenting their own unique take on both dark and passionate music.

Location

Wacken, Germany

Dates

22 – 24 February

Genre

Rock, Metal

Cultural Festivals in Germany: Oktoberfest of Course!

20. Oktoberfest

What is Oktoberfest?! Well, the biggest beer festival in the world, of course. This cultural festival could absolutely not be left out when making a list of the best festivals in Germany, because it very well may be more famous than all these German music festivals combined. And hey – it’s not completely devoid of music. To be honest, music is just as important to Oktoberfest as any of these festivals – in fact, there are bands playing live music pretty much all the time in all of the many massive beer halls that comprise the festival. It’s just that, in this situation, beer and delicious food take precedence.

Oktoberfest takes place in a massive lot in central Munich, which is bordered by 14 beer halls/tents with massive capacities. Beer is only available by the liter, and this is not beer for the weak, either! Pretzels, pork knuckles, bratwurst, and other German delicacies should keep you going through  crazy amounts of beer, and it would also be a good idea to take breaks and play carnival games or try the many amusement park rides outside.

I wrote a massive Oktoberfest Festival review-guide that will tell you 100% everything you need to know before attending one of the most famous festivals in Germany, so give that a read and check below for packages from Festicket and Stoke Travel.

Location

Munich, Germany

Dates

22 September – 6th October

Genre

Beer 😉 And live cover bands.

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The best music festivals in Germany, as ranked by sales data. These german music festivals are of every genre = house, techno, rock, alternative, indie, EDM, and more!

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December 10, 2018

Festivals in Spain: The 10 Best Spanish Music Festivals (2019)

Festivals in Spain: The 10 Best Spanish Music Festivals (2019)

I initially had no idea that there were so many amazing festivals in Spain. It may not seem to be at the forefront of the European music festival scene, but there are actually tons of amazing Spanish music festivals of all different sizes, genres, and locations. Whatever kind of music festival you are looking for, you are sure to find a match in this list of festivals in Spain.

Most of these festivals take place over the warm summer months, and many of them even take place on beaches and other equally cool summertime festival venues. If you’re wondering how I ranked this Spanish music festivals list, I actually got data of the top revenue generating festivals from Festicket (the official partner of these festivals).

This means that these festivals really are the 20 top festivals in Spain that rake in the most revenue. It doesn’t necessarily reflect my opinion (I am a big fan of smaller and transformational festivals too) but these are the most popular among the general population.

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But Before getting to your Spanish Music Festivals, Check out some Other Festival Content:

A list of Festivals in Spain: The 20 best Spanish Music festivals to add to your bucket list, ranked by sales amount and awesomeness. EDM festivals in spain, cultural festivals in spain, and rock festivals in spain are all included.

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1. Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is one of the top music festivals in Europe and by far the best of the festivals in Spain, which is seriously impressive considering that it’s only been going for a few years. Taking place among both tented and outdoor stages in a massive park in Spain’s capital city, Mad Cool  will have a little bit of something for everyone.

It’s also extremely affordable. See the image below for the lineup  for 2019, including some of the biggest rock and alternative legends in the game!

Big names such as Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, The Smashing Pumpkins, Kaytranada, and the Cure will join previous Mad Cool festival giants like Pearl Jam, The Who, Jack White, Queens of the  Stone Age, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young who have headlined in the past. No matter what, you can expect this festival to absolutely smash it with the lineup, and pair it with some really cool Madrid attractions. It’s coming up soon, so get on your tickets before they sell out!

Location

Valdebebas Park, Madrid (80k capacity!)

Dates

11-13 July

Genre

Rock, Alternative, Multi Genre

2. FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2019

FIB, or the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, is an extremely diverse festival that takes place along the coast each sunny Spanish summer. Benicàssim is between Barcelona and Valencia, and the FIB Festival takes place in a park within walking  distance of the beautiful Mediterranean sea. Music starts in the late afterrnoon each day as well, so festival-goers are encouraged to take part in lots of outdoor adventure activities along the coast before getting stuck into one of the most unique Spanish music festivals at night time.

There are already a few artists announced for 2019, including Lana del Rey and the 1975, who will play after big names like The Weeknd, The Killers, Travis Scott,  Foals, Kasabian, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Deadmau5 have played in the past. As you can see, it’s truly a diverse lineup full of something for everyone. Another awesome selling point is that the campgrounds are open for a whole week (while the festival is  4 days) so you can have fun with new friends for even longer than just a weekend.

Location

Benicàssim, Spain

Dates

18-21 July

Genre

Multi Genre, mostly alternative + rock

3. Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound is another one of the giant and world-renowned festivals in Spain. Located in a huge waterfront complex not far from the center of Barcelona, it’s the perfect place to welcome thousands of music lovers. Now going into its 19th year, Primavera Sound has really made a name for itself in the Spanish music festival scene.

You will find huge names performing along smaller up-and-coming acts at any of Primavera Sound’s small and large stages. You will also find lots of extra activities taking place not only in the venue but all over Barcelona, which transforms into a massive event on the weekend of this festival. There will be roaming performers, art installations and exhibitions, lectures, workshops, tons of featured food and drink, and even film screenings. In the past, headliners have included Grace Jones, Aphex Twins, Jamie XX, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Lorde, Migos, Tyler the Creator, and more, and names for the next year will be available soon (although with a history like that, who needs to wait?!)

Location

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain

Dates

30 May – 2 June

Genre

Alternative, Rock, Electronic

 

 

4. BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

Barcelona Beach Festival, or BBF, is a one-day mainstream/EDM event held at the Playa del Forum in Barcelona, directly next to the Parc del Forum that holds Primavera Sound. Held on one single stage that really is right on the water at the beach, you won’t be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which famous act to watch. It goes without saying that Spanish music festivals like this also have an incredible sound quality.

Headliners in the past have included The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Oliver Heldens, Axwell V Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, and Don Diablo. As you can see there are some big names playing but they do bridge across EDM, House, and Trance music.

Location

Playa del Fòrum, Barcelona

Dates

13 July

Genre

Electronic, EDM

5. Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao BBK Live has become one of the most loved Spanish music festivals, taking place in the Northern surf town of Bilbao. The festival quite literally takes place on the top of a mountain overlooking the city; you will camp in open grass areas and peruse through forests and slopes to find the different stages.

Florence + The Machine, Justice, The Gorillaz, The Killers, Depeche Mode, The XX, The Chemical Brothers, Alt-J, and Childish Gambino have headlined this festival in the past few years. Weezer is the fist act announced for 2019, but you can bet there will be more where that came from given the lineups of the pasts. Tickets are on sale now, don’t waste time!

Location

Mount Cobetas, in the forests/mountain overlooking Bilbao

Dates

11-13 July

Genre

Rock, Pop, Alternative, Electronic – Multi-Genre

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6. Rototom Sunsplash Festival

Rototom Sunsplash is one of the only reggae festivals in Spain, which takes place over a whole week across the 7km of shorelines in the coastal city of Benicàssim. This festival is more of an entire experience than a music festival in Spain, with over a dozen different areas with different genres, activities, mindfulness, and more.

You’ll find reggae (of course), caribbean uptempo, dancehall, dub, roots, and more different kinds of musco stages, along with tons of artisan and outdoor markets, the African village, a Pachamama area with health and sustainability practices and talks, beach activities, art galleries, a circus, the house of rastafari, and a social fosum with lectures and talks. Check here for all the different things going on – it’s awesome!

In the past, lineups have included Shaggy, Steel Pulse, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Julian Marley & The Uprising, Sly & Robbie Taxi Connection ft. Yellowman, Johnny Osbourne, Bitty McLean, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Specials, and more. With 7 day tickets starting t only  100 Euro, well, it would be rude not to.

Location

Benicàssim Beach, Spain

Dates

16-22 Aug

Genre

Reggae (and all variations thereof)

7. DGTL Barcelona

DGTL is Barcelona’s version of the Dutch Music Festival of the same name taking place in Amsterdam. Festivals in Spain may not be as well-known for techno as festivals in the Netherlands, but DGTL takes care of that right away. DGTL Barcelona takes all the greats of house + techno and transplants them right into the middle of Barcelona at one of the city’s most prominent festival venues on the water.

The past years of this festival have seen the likes on Amelie Lens, Adriatique, Eats Everything, Jeff Mills, Ame, Ben Clock, Dixon, Solomun, Black Coffee, KiNK, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, and… oh wow now I’m getting carried away. If you like house + techno, this is one of the Spanish music festivals for you!

Location

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Dates

24-24 Aus 2019

Genre

House + Techno

8. Daydream Festival

Daydream festival aims to be just that – a wonderful dreamlike festival presenting a fairytale-like world of color, interesting characters, decorations, and surreal situations. It was started in Belgium, and could be compared in a smaller scale to its similarly fantasy-like companion, Tommorowland. Daydream has five different stages, and you can easily expect each of them to seem like a beautiful world of their own.

Daydream pulls in some huge EDM names, but also some house + techno to balance it out quite nicely. In the past headliners have included Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, W&W, Atreve Angello, Nicky Romero, and Martin Solveig, and on the techno end it has seen Nic Fanciulli, Loco Dico, Marco Carola, Patrick Topping, and more.

Location

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (a race track in Northern Barcelona)

Dates

30-31 March

Genre

EDM, House, Electronic

9.  Medusa Sunbeach Festival

Medusa Sunbeach takes place right on the beach in a town called Cullera in Valencia. The 6-day shindig is truly exemplary of all different genres of electronic music, with every possible sub-genre represented somehow behind renowned stage production and lighting.

A few headliners have been announced for 2019 – Dimitri Vegas + Like Mike and Ben Sims to name a few. In the past Medusa has hostel names like Carl Cox, David Guetta, Alesso, Art Department, Richy Ahmed, Borgore, Ferry Corstem, Pendulum, John Digweed, Adam Beyer, Nicky Romero, and more.

See what I mean when I said there was a little bit of everything?! Medusa Sunbeach Festival is also known to have themes, which is another thing that makes this one of the most awesome festivals in Spain.

Location

On the Beach in Cullera, Spain

Dates

7-12 August

Genre

Electronic – House, Techno, EDM, Hardstyle, Trance

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10. Amanecer Bailando Festival

Now taking on its second year as a one-day festival in a small town called Móstoles on the outskirts of Madrid, Almanecer Bailando Festival hosts all kinds of different electronic music. This brand took over for a similar festival that ran before it, and has shown lots of promise with some big promoters and clubs in Madrid hosting stages of both underground and other areas of electronic music.

Headliners in the past have been Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Jeff Mills, Angerfist, Natos y Waor, Antigone and more, and you can expect that even the unknown names at this Spanish music festival will be well-curated.

Location

Parque Prado Ovejero in Móstoles, outside Madrid, Spain

Dates

7 September

Genre

Electronic, House, Techno, D&B, Hardstyle

Bonus Festivals in Spain

Here are a few more popular Spanish music festivals that dind’t make the top ten list but are still worth a mention!

UNITE With Tomorrowland Spain

Held in the Parc de Can Zam in Barcelona, UNITE with Tomorrowland is an extremely unique event that combines the live performance of a few famous DJ’s with a live stream of Tomorrowland in Belgium. UNITE lasts for 12 hours (so not the entire duration of Tomorrowland!) but gives attendees the chance to feel like they were truly there in Belgium.

BEF: Benicàssim Electronic Festival

Benicàssim Electronic Festival is also held near the beach in the small coastal town, and hosts lots of names in the underground house, techno, and electronic area. Most headliners are more up-and-coming but that doesn’t make then any less awesome to see on the Mediterranean coast!

 

 

Cultural Festivals in Spain

An article about festivals in Spain would not be complete without a mention of some of the extremely popular cultural festivals that go on here. Sure, a lot of the Spanish cultural festivals have been blown up a lot by tourism and no longer hold the same charm they once did, but they are still traditional and a sight to behold at least once in your life. Here are some to look out for:

Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls is an annual cultural festival in Spain that involves literally running from a herd of angry bulls all through the city into a stadium where they are minded by professional bullfighters as the sangria-soaked crowd goes wild. It’s a long standing tradition and one hell of a party through the town of Pamplona, involving lots of amazing food, live music, fireworks, and enough sangria to get an entire country drunk.

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La Tomatina

La Tomatina is basically a massive tomato fight that takes place in the streets of a town called Buñol outside of Valencia. It’s been going for many years and now attracts crowds from all over the world for one of the most unique festivals in Spain and perhaps the world! Make sure you bring your goggles as you prepare to hurl hoards of tomatoes through the air and get caught in a massive crowd of locals and travelers alike.

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A list of Festivals in Spain: The 20 best Spanish Music festivals to add to your bucket list, ranked by sales amount and awesomeness. EDM festivals in spain, cultural festivals in spain, and rock festivals in spain are all included.

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December 5, 2018

Festivals in the Netherlands: The 20 Best Dutch Music Festivals (2019)

Festivals in the Netherlands: The 20 Best Dutch Music Festivals (2019)

Music festivals in the Netherlands are at an all-time peak, as the country maintains its position as one of the top European music + party destinations. The music scene in Amsterdam has always been notoriously bumping, known not only for club nights but for forest/warehouse raves and park parties as well.

Dutch music festivals had no choice but to evolve with the scene, pulling in amazing lineups and always a high production value. Amsterdam is also widely considered the home of EDM/electronic music, with many world-famous DJ’s beginning their career here, and that fact is definitely reflected  within all of these festivals in the Netherlands.

From the annual Amsterdam Dance Event each October, which is like one big Amsterdam festival spread out across tons of amazing venues in the city, to quite a few more remote camping festivals scattered through the Dutch countryside, The Netherlands really do have it all when it comes to music festivals… and I’m here to share the best ones with you.

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The 20 Best Festivals in the Netherlands

So, these festivals are ranked solely by the amount of ticket sales they bring in. Festicket shared with me their data on festivals in the Netherlands (and festivals in Europe, too… see below) so these are ranked by the amount of revenue they generate.

This does mean that the ones higher on the list will tend to be bigger in size, but also means that this is a list of the ‘true’ top 20 most popular music festivals in the Netherlands.

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DLDK: Don’t Let Daddy Know Festival

Where:

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

When:

1-2 March

Genre:

EDM

Don’t Let Daddy Know, or DLDK, is a massive EDM festival of a 17,000 capacity located within the biggest events venue in Amsterdam, the Ziggo Dome. Big EDM names such as Don Diablo, Skrillex, Timmy Trumpet, Tiesto, Steve Angello, and Laidback Luke will play beats over incredible sound systems to amped-up festival-goers at one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands.

DLDK has grown more and more after its inception as a beach party in Ibiza, and how holds the title of one of the most famous EDM festivals with a community vibe inside a massive arena.

 

2. AMF 2019

Where:

Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam

When:

20 October

Genre:

EDM, Electronic, House

AMF, or Amsterdam Music Festival, is held in another massive arena each October. This Dutch music festival is special because it pairs up with the famous electronic music magazine, DJmag, to announce the year’s vote in the ‘top 100 dj’s.’ It’s always an exciting and interesting announcement each year, and when you pair it with top-of-the0line production and sound systems  at AMF, it’s pretty special.

Amsterdam Music Festival is generally known for having the biggest names in mainstream EDM/electro, such as Axwell, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, and Tiesto, and W&W. There is a small but curated lineup each year and it’s always a fantastic show for the one-day event.

3. Elrow Town Festival

Where:

NDSM Warehouse, Amsterdam

When:

18 Aug 2019

Genre:

House + Techno

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Elrow is probably the craziest party that ever roamed the Earth. If you don’t already know, Elrow puts on the weird and wonderful house + techno party that has now touched down in dozens of countries with its confetti, streamers, blow-up toys, and costumed actors running (and surfing) through the crowd.

Elrow’s Amsterdam edition takes place at what used to be the largest shipbuilding factory in Europe until 1979, and is now, obviouisly, a massive industrial warehouse party venue. If that doesn’t sound like one of the best festivals in the Netherlands, I don’t know what does!

 

4. Loveland

Where:

Sloterpark, Amsterdam

When:

10-11 Aug + 27 April

Genre:

House + techno

Loveland is a long-running house + techno festival that makes its way to the open green lakeside space of Amsterdam’s Sloterpark each summer. Loveland is about more than just the music, though – as a full art + music festival you can head to different areas to do/appreciate art, relax in hammocks, and shop in markets. The stages are always more than stages, too – rather, creative and unusual structures blasting the music.

To guarantee the intimate experience, Loveland actually narrows its six stages down to three on day two. House, techno, and underground artists that Loveland has seen in the past include Sasha, the Martinez Brothers, Pan Pot, Adam Beyer, Tale of Us, Marco Carola, Dixon, and Henry Saiz.

5. The Flying Dutch 2019

Where:

Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven

When:

2 June

Genre:

EDM

The Flying Dutch is a very interesting 11-hour party spanning three different cities at the same time. Wondering where the name came from? Get this – they host a lineup of all Dutch DJ’s, and actually fly them from one venue to the other via helicopter so they can make it to all three. Get it – it really is ‘flying Dutch’ 😛

Last year’s lineup included the Netherlands’ biggest – Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, W&W, Don Diablo, R3Hab, and Sunnery James + Ryan Marciano, among others. If you wante massive production value and to take part in one of the most unique festivals in the Netherlands, check this one out! And if you end up in there – make sure to check out all the amazing innovation and food in Eindhoven!

 

6. Music On Festival

Where:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

When:

11-12 May

Genre:

House + Techno

Music On is a festival put on my Marco Carola’s record label of the same name, and has brought in massive names within a similar genre. It’s a new festival, but the last year or two has seen the likes of Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Sam Pagiani, Claude Von Stroke, Luiciano, and Loco Dice.

7. DGTL Festival

Where:

NDSM Warehouse, Amsterdam

When:

19-21 April

Genre:

House + Techno

DGTL is an underground and up-and-coming festival with its flagship edition in Amsterdam and satellite editions from Barcelona to Sao Paulo. Located at an incredible massive shipbuilding warehouse, it has the perfect vibe for an underground warehouse party and is sure to be a good time.

Stars at DGTL have included Theo Parrish, Maya Jane Coles, Honey Dijon, Nachtbreaker, and Floating Points, of course backed up by name smaller yet equally talented names who will be the at the forefront of tomorrow.

8. Mysteryland 2019

Where:

Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (5k from Schipol airport)

When:

23-26 Aug

Genre:

Electronic, EDM, House, Techno

Mysteryland is one of the ‘OG’ electronic music festivals. It’s been going since 1993 (Yep, 25 years), and it considered to be one of the first festivals to solely offer an array of electronic music genres. Like its name suggests, Mysteryland transports you into another world of fantasy with incredible colorful stages, decorations, psychedelic art, and Alice-in-Wonderland-esque vibes. You won;t find a ‘normal’ stage here – all are decked out to resemble some fairytale-like setting.

Mysteryland is a camping festival located between the fields and trees of Haarlemmermeer, 25km south of Amsterdam. Headliners in the past have been Hardwell, Sven Vath, Axwell V Ingrosso, Green Velvet, Loco Dico, Alesso, Jamie Jones, Dillon Francis, Headhunterz, and Patrick Topping. So basically, everything you can imagine within the electronic music umbrella – there’s something for everyone!

9. Liquicity Festival

Where:

Geestmerambacht parkland,Oudkarspel, an hour north of Amsterdam

When:

19-21 July

Genre:

Drum & Bass

Liquicity quickly grew from a club night label to having its own festival, drawing in d&b lovers from all walks of life. Taking place in in open parkland with relax areas, hot tubs, volleyball courts, and more, Liquicity provides a great environment for three stages of nothing but bass (okay, sometimes a new other things 😛 ).

High Contrast, Zazu, Maduk, Sub Focus, Selektor & Subsequent, Edlan, and Lexurus have headlined in the past, and there’s sure to be even bigger lineups planned for one of the only drum & bass music festivals in the Netherlands.

 

10. Oh My! Music Festival

Where:

Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam

When:

29 June

Genre:

Hip Hop, Urban

Oh My! is a classic one-day Dutch music festival for all lovers of rap and hip hop. Big names such as Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Young Thug, Big Sean, and T-Pain will frequent a few different stages across one of Amsterdam’s best outdoor arenas.

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11. Milkshake Festival Amsterdam

Where:

Westerpark, Amsterdam

When:

27 – 28 July

Genre:

House, Techno, Electronic

Milkshake is an epic two-day weekender festival in a sunny Amsterdam park that is dedicated to the idea of being yourself, dressing up, having fun, and acceptance. Bringing in a local lineup of mostly house + techno artists and curated by two of Amsterdam’s biggest clubs, Milkshake is a fun time for all who attend. Sandrien, MC Monsieur Plastique, Chris Bekker, Vieze Poezendek, Supertoys, and Pornceptual have headlined in the past.

12. A State of Trance Festival

Where:

Jaarbeurs event space, Utrecht, Netherlands

When:

23 Feb

Genre:

Let’s have a guess…. trance!

A rare February festival in the Netherlands, A State of Trance (ASOT) Takes place over 5 stages in Utrecht. ASOT is one of the world’s leading trance labels, and really comes to life with all the world’s best trance DJ’s for an awesome one-day Dutch music festival.

This year’s headliners are already out – they include Cosmic Gate, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Vini Vici, Astrix, and more.

13. Best Kept Secret 2019

Where:

Safaripark Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands

When:

7-9 June

Genre:

Indie, Rock, Alternative

Best Kept Secret is one of the best Rock festivals in the Netherlands, and get this – it takes place within a SAFARI PARK. Like, a zoo. Between headlining sets you can casually head to the animal area to watch the zebras or giraffes, making it surely one of Europe’s most unique music festival venues. The five stages are also set along a beautiful lake, giving it a perfect vibe to relax or dance to amazing artists.

In the past, Best Kept Secret has seen the likes of The XX, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Alt-J, Angus & Julia Stone, Khruangbin, and Gang of Youths. And if you add camping alongside elephants, that sounds pretty damn cool.

 

14. Boothstock Festival

Where:

Kralingse Bos park, Rotterdam, Netherlands

When:

9 June

Genre

House, Techno, Hip Hop

Boothstock takes place within the lakeside forest and park of Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam: a beautiful venue for one of the best outdoor multi-genre Dutch music festivals. With multiple stages simply named for their genre (‘house,’ ‘techno,’ ‘main,’ ‘urban area,’ etc), it’ll be hard to get lost from the music you like here.

Headliners in the past few years have been Kerri Chandler, Monika Kruse, Juan Sanchez, Dennis Ferrer, The Partysquad, and more. If you;re in Rotterdam, this is one of the music festivals in the Netherlands not to miss.

15. We Are Electric Weekender 2019

Where:

Velder Woods, Liempde, Netherlands

When:

6-8 July

Genre:

All Bass: Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Techno

We Are Electric weekender is an awesome festival in some beautiful woods, with a serene setting for some hard-hitting basslines. Rudimental, Knife Party, Pendulum, Tiga, and Rodhad are some of the very electronically diverse lineup that has shown up in the past few years. Match those beats with a waterfront venue and you have a great weekend.

 

16. Oranjebloesem 2019

Where:

Blijburg Aan Zee Beach, Amsterdam Netherlands

When:

King’s Day Weekend, 27th April

Genre:

House, Techno, Electronic

Oranjebloesem is a beautiful sunny festival on King’s Day weekend that legitimately takes place at a vast sandy beach venue outside of Amsterdam. Located across 5 stages that are both outdoor and tented, attendees will have plenty of choices between music or simply laying out in the (hopefully) sun. With loads of vendors and bars, this festival is a perfect way to celebrate King’s Day.

Oranjebloesem has seen lineups in the past with the likes of DJ Tennis, Joris Voorn, KiNK, Job Jobse, Weval, Ame, and more. House music lovers unite on the beach!

17. Kingsland Festival Amsterdam 2019

Where:

RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam

When:

27th April, King’s Day

Genre:

EDM, House

Kingsland is actually four festivals in the Netherlands at once, in that it takes place in four cities at the same time! Kingsland Amsterdam is of course the pioneer and most popular of these festivals, taking place at a massive convention center called RAI. All of the festivals of course take place on the famous Dutch holiday in April, King’s Day!

Kingland Festival usually brings in some massive names in the mainstream/EDM/electro category, as well as some house. In the past it has seen Tiesto, W&W, Axwell V Ingrosso, Oliver Heldens, DJ Snake, Hardwell, and Lost Frequencies – playing to a sea of fans dressed in the traditional King’s Day color – white!

18. Toffler Festival

Where:

Roel Langerakpark, Rotterdam,. Netherlands

When:

19 May

Genre:

Techno

Toffler is a quaint one-day event full of the most epic techno and a beautiful park backdrop. Expect amazing stages and production value within the grassy fields of Roel Langerakpark in Rotterdam, and relentless techno beats.

Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Dubfire, DJ Rush, Pan-Pot, Agoria, and more have headlined in the past and you can always expect and equally amazing techno lineup in the future.

 

19. Lief Festival 2019

Where:

Recreatieplas Strijkviertel, Utrecht, Netherlands

When:

1 Sept

Genre:

House + Techno

Located in a beautiful grassy recreational space in Utrecht with lakes and forests alongside its open spaces. It’s the perfect venue for a house + techno festival that has seen artists such as Klaudia Gawlas, Benny Rodrigues, Jungle By Night, Dubfire, and Enrico Sangiuliano.  It’s only a one-day affair so make sure to get in early so you don’t miss any of the amazing day-into-night party.

20. Amsterdam Open Air 2019

Where:

Gaasperpark, Amsterdam

When:

2-3 June

Genre:

Electronic, House, Techno

Amsterdam Open Air is exactly as its name suggests – an open air festival in Amsterdam (ha, ha). It takes place across nine stages in a beautiful wooded park, of which none are ‘main’ and all are equally important within their own vibe. Amsterdam Open Air is one of the amazing outdoor festivals in the Netherlands that also focuses heavily on art, installations, and incredible options for food and drink, too.

In the past this Dutch music festival has had amazing lineups including Maya Jane Coles, Malaa, Hot Singe 82, Sigma, Boys Noize, Eats Everything, MK, Kerri Chandler, and more across even more different electronic genres.

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November 23, 2018

UK Music Festivals: The 20 Best UK Festivals + Travel Packages

UK Music Festivals: The 20 Best UK Festivals + Travel Packages

UK music festivals are hard to rank, because there are literally dozens of UK festivals popping up each new summer alongside the veteran festivals in the UK that have been around for years. The United Kingdom has proved itself as at the forefront of the European Festival scene, taking up a majority of the top spots for the most popular and best festivals in Europe.

There are UK music festivals for every imaginable genre, all over the country. From Scotland to Wales to the south coast to London you’ll find festivals from House + Techno to EDM to Drub & Bass to Rock. These UK festivals have you covered for any need you may have – and to think that this is only the top 20 and that there there are (many) more!

Festicket shared with me their data for the highest revenue-generating UK festivals, meaning the ones that the most people go to and are buying tickets for. So these UK music festivals quite literally are the ‘top 20.’ I’ll do a post eventually on more off-the-beaten-path UK festivals (Lost Village is one of my favorites), but for how, here are the bona-fide 20 best festivals in the UK (plus a few bonuses) with info on any and all travel/accommodation packages you can book to save money.

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1. Leeds Festival

Where:

Leeds

When:

Aug 25-27

Genre:

multi – electronic, rock, pop, indie

 

Leeds is one of the most popular festivals in the UK. It’s actually one of the most well-known festivals not only the UK but in Europe (and the world?) and is sort-of like a right of passage for UK festival goers – nearly all of them will have been to Leeds or its sister festival, Reading.

What began as a rock festival has not expanded to nearly every genre imaginable. You’ll still see huge names in the rock and alternative scene as well as house, techno, pop, trap, hip hop… and basically everything. Some previous headliners have been Bastille, Kings of Leon , Dillon Francis , Bicep, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Muse.

There is also a great lineup of comedy and cinema for when you aren’t out chasing different artists at different stages!

 

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2. Parklife

Where:

Manchester

When:

8-9 June

Genre:

Mixed – hip hop, house, indie

Parklife has long been regarded as one of the finer UK festivals. The lineup is always mind-blowingly massive (like many festivals in the UK), but there are also funfair rides, interactive performers, busking, cabaret, and more art.

The XX, Skepta, Eric Prdydz, Jamie Jones, and A$AP Rocky have been previous headliner of this awesome two day festival. You can expect big names across all stages all day – it might be hard to decide where to go, but all options will be awesome!

3. Creamfields

Where:

Daresbury

When:

22-25 August

Genre:

House, Techno, EDM, Grime

Creamfields is another one of the iconic UK music festivals that are well-known and well-established. Creamfields is specifically a dance music festival, and the UK’s biggest at that at 70k people.

Creamfields has different stages for the different genres under the large ‘electronic’ umbrella, and big names such as Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Green Velvet, Andy C, Above & Beyond, Alesso, and MK, just to name a few! You can guarantee that there will be a great lineup all weekend at each stage here.

4. Wireless Festival

Where:

Finsbury Park, London

When:

5-7 July

Genre:

Hip Hop/Grime/Urban

Wireless is the UK’s most popular urban/hip hop centered festival. With previous headliners like Post Malone, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Fetty Wap, it’s sure to be a shoe-in for anyone who is into that kind of music scene. It’s held just outside on London in Finsbury Park and is easily accessible.

 

 

5. Isle of Wight

Where:

Isle Of Wight, off England’s South Coast

When:

13-16 June

Genre:

Mixed: Indie, rock, pop

Having started FIFTY YEARS ago (you read that right), Isle of Wight is much more than a music festival. Expect games, performances, theater, cinema, comedy, and more at this 4-day family-friendly festival.

It brings in a massively diverse lineup from lots of different genres, from big names to local up-and-coming’s. To name a few, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Jessie J, Wheatus, and even Queen and Jay-Z have been to Isle of Wight.

5. TRNSMT Festival

Where:

Glasgow, Scotland (Glasgow Green- City Center!)

When:

12-14 July

Genre:

Indie, Rock

TRNSMT is a festival held within walking distance of anywhere in central Glasgow, and has a great lineup of fun rock, alternative, and indie bands. TRNSMT has seen the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, London Grammar, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club in the heart of Scotland.

One of the cool things about TRNSMT is that most people head out to parties and bars in Glasgow afterwards to keep the party going. It’s a great way to experience great music and Glasgow in one weekend.

6. RiZE Festival

Where:

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

When:

Aug 16-17

Genre:

Mixed Electronic, Indie

 

It would be impressive to see the new RiZE festival in the top 10 best UK festivals if you didn’t know that it actually took over the reigns from the hugely popular V Festival. V was a big player in the Uk music festival game for many years, and now we have the diverse RiZE in its place.

RiZE saw the likes of Years & Years, Sean Paul, Example, Bastille, Craig David, and Disciples before, and shows a lot of promise for the future.

 

 

7. Lovebox Festival

Where:

Gunnersbury Park, London

When:

12-13 July

Genre:

Multi-Genre: House, Techno, Hip Hop, Grime/Urban

Lovebox is a popular weekender which grew from a tiny show at a strip club to a massive park affair moving through different parks in London as it grew. Now in the lovely Gunnersbury park, Lovebox will be back for its 14th edition and possible biggest lineup yet.

Lovebox in the past has seen the likes of Annie Mac, Childish Gambino, Diplo, Jamie XX, Bonobo, N.E.R.D., Loco Dice… you can see the sheer variety by just those artists! It’s also known for its art installations, fun themed bars, and even a roller disco.

8. Reading Festival

Where:

Little John’s Farm, Reading, UK

When:

23-25 August

Genre:

Multi-Genre: historically rock, now with electronic, house, hip hop, and more

Reading is the equally famous sister festival to Leeds, which share the same lineup and weekend as each other. It’s up to you which location is more convenient! Obviously Reading is a bit more convenient to Londoners and Southerners, while Leeds may be easier for Northerners.

Reading has of course also seen some of the most massive names in the music sphere, from Muse, Major Lazer, Flume, Blink 182, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Andy C, and more. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go at least once to experience it!

 

 

9. Download Festival

Where:

Donington Park, Derby, UK

When:

14-16 June

Genre:

Punk, Rock, Metal

Download is the UK’s quintessential rock and punk festival, for all the headbangers out there who enjoy the live bands or the screamo! This festival is definitely at the forefront of the world in terms of rock festivals as well, and can guarantee to sell out with the big names it pulls in on the racetrack each year.

It will see/has seen the likes of Def Leppard, Slipknot, Die Antwoord, Ozzy Osborne, Avenge Sevenfold, Guns N Roses, System of a Down, and Sum 41 – which anyone will agree are the most massivge names in the industry, along with lots of up-and-comers. You can expect rocker-type side shows and comedy along with markets and lots of food.

10. Latitude Festival

Where:

Henham Park, Southwold, UK

When:

18-212 July

Genre:

Folk, Alternative, Mixed

Latitude is so much more than a festival; it’s a center for culture surrounding music, art, poetry, cabaret, theater, comedy, and wellness. Between some pretty massive headliners you can catch live art or roaming theater performances, or you can always do some yoga amongst the trees. For these reasons, Latitude os quite popular among families and can be quite laid back if that’s what you’re into.

Previous headliners have included The 1975, The Killers, Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Jack Garratt, Milky Chance, and Glass Animals, along with an entire loineup for the theater, poetry, film, cabaret…. you get the gist!

 

11. Fusion Festival

Where:

Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool, UK

When:

Sept 1-2

Genre:

Pop, EDM

Not to be confused with the Fusion Festival in Germany, Fusion UK has quickly become one of the top UK music festivals in the popular genre. All kinds of artists famous for their top 40 songs frequent Fusion fest each early September on the beautiful seaside Otterspool promenade.

Fusion keeps it simple with one stage as not to confuse attendees as to who they should be watching. Past editions have seen the likes of Jess Glynne, David Guetta, Shawn Mendes, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, Little Mix, Tinie Tempah, and Jason Derulo.

 

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12. Field Day

Where:

Meridian Water, North London

When:

7-8 June 2019

Genre:

Mixed: Electronic, House/Techno, Hip Hop

Field Day is a two day well-known weekend festival now residing in North London. Going since 2007, Field Day has grown to be one of the best UK Festivals in London and pulls in a lineup to please any attendees as well as a diverse range of workshops and activities. The festival has moved to a bigger and better venue for 2019 which will allow later and louder music, which will please lots of festival-goers in the capital.

Field Day has seen the likes of Four Tet, Thundercat, Helena Hauff, Fever Ray, Mount Kimbie, Zhu, Caribou, Run the Jewels, and Nicolar Jaar. Next year is sure to be even bigger and better!

 

13. Bestival

Where:

Lulworth Estate, Dorset, UK

When:

26-29 July

Genre:

Miced – hip hop, garage, house, techno, alternative

Claiming ‘the most colorful show on earth,’ Bestival is always going to be a fun, crazy, and expressive party drawing all kinds of crowds. Bestival is much more than a festival, with crazy circus acts, fun and interactive art installations and structures, comedy, theater, and anything you can imagine going on inside Lulworth castle.

Each year has a different theme, which encourages festival-goers to dress up even more than your standard festival. The lineup is also crazily diverse, with stages and artists in every genre imaginable. Past headliners have included London Grammar, Honey Dijon, Mura Masa, Grace Jones, Charlotte De Witte, MIA, Chaka Khan, Rudimental, Amelie Lens, The XX, Pet Shop Boys, Annie Mac, Maceo Plex….. I think you get the diversity point, don’t you? 😛

 

 

14. Sundown Festival

Where:

Norfolk Showground, Norwich, UK

When:

30 Aug – 1 Sep 2019

Genre:

Pop, bass, grime

Sundown brings in the best in pop, bass/drum & bass, and house music, with lineups ranging from Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, and John Newman to Sigala, Sigma, and Amine Edge & Dance, to Disciples, CamelPhat, and Hannah Wants. So, there’s a bit of everything to enjoy.

When you aren’t deciding what music genre you want to experience, you can take a ride at the fairgrounds or wander through the trees finding secret stages and art installations to entertain you.

15. Community Festival

Where:

Finsbury Park, London

When:

30 June

Genre:

Indie, Rock, Alternative

Community Festival is a one day fest in the heart of London that has grown massively in popularity over the last 3 years it has run. Bringing in names like The Kooks, Kate Nash, The Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Nothing But Theives, and more.

With just two stages you aren’t too spoilt for choice as to where to enjoy some great rock music in the sunny London summer – it’s very affordable, too!

16. Mint Festival

Where:

RAF Church Fenton (Leeds Airport), Leeds, UK

When:

21 September 2019

Genre:

Electronic, house, techno

MiNT is the end-of-summer house  + techno party in Leeds, held across some very industrial warehouses, hangars, and sea containers in an area of Leeds airport. Alongside some hard-hitting house and techno baselines, you’ll find a funfair, hot air balloons, and street food.

Expect names such as Adam Beyer, Moodymann, Gorgon City, Dixon, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, and Joseph Capriati at this unique one-day celebration. It’s also much more affordable than it’s many other 3 or 4-day counterparts.

 

 

17. Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Where:

Glynde Place, Lewes, UK

When:

5-7 July

Genre:

Jazz

 

Love Supreme is a unique 3-day jazz camping festival in a large green park in Lewes – the only one of its kind in the UK. Love Supreme combines the camping and extra activities aspect of music festivals and combines with with jazz, funk, and  soul music for an all-around awesome weekend for jazz-lovers. They even have classic album playbacks along with interesting panels, dance classes, film, and even a kids area so parents can have their fun too.

The lineup has seen groups like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Tom Misch, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, PP Arnold, Portico Quartet, Orphy Robinson Allstars, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper Experiment, and more!

18. Elrow Town London 2019

Where:

Olympic Park, London, UK

When:

17 August

Genre:

House + Techno

 

If you don’t already know what Elrow is, you’d better get on your game. Started in Barcelona, Elrow is surely the craziest party out there with the most colorful assortment of confetti, streamers, blow-up toys, crazy costumes, and actors in costume doing crazy things through the crowd (think, people in chicken suits crowd-surfing on rafts). It’s an awesome time.

Elrow lineups are always on point, with house and techno giants like Waff, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richy Ahmed, Steve Lawler, Claptione, and Fatboy Slim attending the last edition of Elrow Town London. It’s one of the most fun and unique UK music festivals for sure.

19. Blue Dot Festival

Where:

Jodrell Bank Discovery Center, Macclesfield, UK

When:

18-21 July

Genre:

Pop, Electronic, House

Bluedot is a very unique arts, science and music festival at an actual science center in Macclesfield. It’s got live science experiments, discussions, debates, film screenings, panels, and fascinating workshops (think, robots, astronomy, and more) alongside am alternative/electronic lineup. How fascinating is that?! I truly haven’t seen such a unique festival experience before!

Alongside its interesting science and cosmic classes, Blue Dot has seen artists like the Chemical Brothers, Helena Hauff, Little Dragon, Future Island, and The Flaming Lips at its last few editions. If you happen to like science and music, this might be your holy grail.

 

 

20. Wilderness Festival

Where:

Charlbury, UK

When:

1-4 August

Genre:

House, Electronic, Pop/Rock

Wilderness is one of the most well-known UK Music festivals, and it’s famous for its nearly Alice-in-Wonderland type vibe with whimsical decorations, themes, colors, and costumes within, well, the Wilderness. Like tons of UK festivals, Wilderness has a totally immersive vibe with workshops, yoga, wellness areas, theater, art, and more scattered throughout its grounds. Oh, and they take lots of pride in their amazing food and drink as well!

Lineups for Wilderness have always been great, with a focus on more popular/indie and also electonic. It’s seen the likes of Bastille, Nile Rogers, Peggy Gou, Groove Armada, Bjork, Empire of the Sun, Damian Lazarus, Sam Smith, Two Door Cinema Club, and Bonobo.

 

Bonus UK Music Festivals I Couldn’t Leave Out:

We Are FSTVL

Where:

Upminster, UK

When:

24-26 May

Genre:

House, Techno, Electronic

At the very end of the eastern district line, you’ll find  the wildly popular We Are FSTVL each late May. This festival brings in an absolutely massive lineup each year, and has quite a few different tent and outdoor stages with different predominant genres. It also has a massive and separate VIP area with its own stage, which is only slightly more expensive than a regular ticket and very worth it! I’ve been twice and remember being so impressed by jacuzzi areas and special food stands in VIP each time.

Lineups at ‘We Are’ as it’s called for short have seen people like Solomun, Sam Divine, Jauz, Nina Kraviz, Eric Prydz, Jax Jones, Loco Dice, Craig David, the Black Madonna, Marco Carola, Carl Cox, and more – always stacked!

 

 

Common People

Where:

Southhampton Common, Southhampton, UK

When:

25-26 May 2019

Genre:

Multi-Genre: Electronic, pop, rock, indie

Common People is one of the top Southern UK music festivals and brings a diverse lineup to yet another British grassy fields in May. Founded by the same guy as Bestival, you can expect similar creativity flowing through the grounds with art, workshops, dance classes, and interactive fun.

There are actually two editions of Common People now – in Oxford and Southhampton. Lineups in the past have included Lily Allen, All Saints, The Jacksons, Pete Tong, Sean Paul, Groove Armada, Goldie, Craig David, and Duran Duran.

 

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November 21, 2018

The Best Ways to Travel to European Music Festivals in Summer

The Best Ways to Travel to European Music Festivals in Summer

Music lovers from all over the world are now preparing to travel to European music festivals this season. Europe is quickly becoming the festival capital of the world, with multiple gatherings each and every weekend throughout dozens of countries in the continent. No matter which genre you’re into, what size festival you prefer, or what kind of setup, there will be (probably 20) festivals in Europe this summer to tickle your fancy. How could it ever be possible to choose which ones to attend, or how to get there?!

I know that I’m personally a bit overwhelmed with how large my European music festival bucket its is growing – going to a festival should be on everyone’s Europe bucket list. If you are a traveling music lover, chances are that you feel the same way, and I am here to help you find the best ways to plan out your trip according to what you are looking for!

 Luckily, there are a few companies in the market who totally understand this struggle – the struggle with choosing, planning, and traveling to European music festivals no matter if you are coming from a different hemisphere or the country next door.

Here are some of the best companies in the market who can help you travel to European music festivals this summer in the easiest, most organized way possible, often including transportation, accommodation, and an amazing festival squad as well!

Make sure to check out my ultimate music festival hacks list and my international music festival camping checklist as well! 

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1. Beats Travel

Off the Beaten Track Travel for Music + Culture

On the newer side of the tours market, Beats Travel prides itself on traveling for music. They offer boutique tours for the refined music-lover, all completely centered around Europe’s coolest and most off-the-beaten-track music festivals. They have had two amazingly successful European music festival seasons so far and show no signs of letting up!

Because Beats Travel offers tours, this means that when you sign up, everything is accounted for, for you. You won’t have to worry about getting from point A to point B (as long as you can get yourself to where the tour starts of course :P) or about booking any accommodation, because Beats travel’s festival expert guides take care of all that good stuff for you. Your tour will also by default come with an entire crew of like-minded travelers to enjoy the festival with, so whether you are a solo traveler or in a group, it;s all good!

Beats Travel also makes sure to include large doses of cultural immersion and locals-only spots as well. The guides will inform you of the area’s history as they take you to underground clubs and parties with their own resident DJ’s as well. If that doesn’t sound like a fantastic way to travel to European music festivals this summer, I don’t know what is.

Want 5% off? Use my code ‘kimmiebeats’ at checkout and use that extra cash for a couple beers on the road!

And if you do, make sure to meet me for one because your tour will likely start in or go through Croatia, where have spent my last 4 summers 😀

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EXIT Festival in Serbia with the Beats Travel crew – Solomun’s sunrise set! 

Here are some of Beats Travel’s best tours and festivals:

Sail Beats  – Sail Beats is now in its second season, this year coming to the country I know best… CROATIA. Jump aboard a super yacht with fellow music-loving travelers for four days of sun, salt, sea, bass, and rakija. It’s shaping up to be an incredible tour!  (Book with my promo code ‘kimmiebeats’ here…. srsly might quit my job and see you there)

Icelandic Beats – This 8 day tour comes with a ticket to Secret Solstice festival, a three-day fest over the summer solstice WHERE THE SUN NEVER GOES DOWN. That’s right, all the way up there in Iceland they have such long days in the summer that they can offer a festival that is daytime, all the time. How cool is that?! We all know festival daytime is the best time 😀 You will warm up at Beats Travel’s own pre-party, and visit the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and other must-sees in this stunning country. (Book here!)

EXIT Freedom Tour (Balkan Beats) – This is one of Beats’ most iconic tours in the area they know like the back of their hand – the Balkans. This tour takes you through Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia, stopping at one of Europe’s most iconic festivals in a fortress, EXIT. This year they are partnering with EXIT to show you Serbia’s amazing underground music and festival scene. You can book it as an entire tour with multiple countries, or just the festival part. (Learn more/Book with my promo code here)

Sea Beats – Available on its own or together with Balkan Beats, Sea Beats takes you through Croatia and to Sea Dance festival on the beautiful beaches of Montenegro. (Learn more and book here)

Island Beats – This tour takes you up the Croatian coast to one of the most legendary festival venues in Europe – Zrce Beach, Croatia – for Sonus fest. Experience different parts of this country and cool down from the festival by swimming in waterfalls. (Book with my promo code ‘kimmiebeats here)

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Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

Stoke Travel

Party Festival Travel for the Fun-Loving International

Stoke is definitely Europe’s premiere party travel company, covering pretty much all massive European festivals you could want to attend. They do mostly cultural festivals, but do music festivals as well! They have also added LOTS of new goodies to their festival products over the past few months in preparation for this summer!

Over the past few years they have shifted from doing packages for a couple of Europe’s most popular festivals to offering complete tours and all-inclusive deals to attend multiple European festivals over the course of the summer. They are best known for their camping, and including unlimited beer and sangria in many tours for 10 euro per day… if that’s not dangerous a great deal, I don’t know what is.

The Stoke Travel Passport is absolutely one of the best deals on the market to travel to European music festivals this summer. It comes with four Stoke trips for the price of three, at your own pace, whenever you want it. It covers over 20 different cultural & music festivals all over Europe, and is totally all-inclusive.

Get Your Own Stoke Passport here, and travel to all sorts of European festivals in one epic deal! (and make sure to use my promo code below!)

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They have also just announced that they offer glamping for Stokies (their cute name for Stoke travelers) who prefer a bit more luxury in their lives, as opposed to a normal tent. But then again, if you travel with Stoke, chances are that you won’t spend much time in your tent anyway!! 😛

Stoke not only offers festivals but also transportation from many major cities throughout Europe. So you can book a festival from London, Madrid, Paris, etc and meet a big camp of Stokies there who are all keen for a good time.

When I say Stoke offers packages for all Europe’s most popular festivals, I was not kidding. They do both music festivals and cultural festivals (like Oktoberfest, La Tomatina, San Vino, and Running with the Bulls, if you would like to call them cultural these days :P) or combinations of both. So start ticking away at your European music festival bucket list and sign up for one of Stoke’s amazing deals which will cater to any type of festie-lover, but specifically those who are looking for a bit of a lot of a party.

YOU GUESSED IT, ANOTHER PROMO CODE!

Use ‘ ADVENTURESNSUNSETS’ upon checkout to get yourself some free unlimited beer & Sangria on your trip. Nope, I’m not kidding! 😀 

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Oktoberfest last year with Stoke. Incredible time! 

So Stoke has, like, a million different tour options, but I have listed some of the most epic ones below. Peruse their website and find out which tours, road trips, camping trips, festivals, or combinations thereof, is right for you!

Running of the Bulls – A must in Europe. Everyone must know this, right? Book as a day trip, book per day, or book with a ride from Madrid or Barcelona.

Oktoberfest – I went to Oktoberfest with Stoke last year and highly recommend it. Their campsite is awesome and throws some epic parties… I hardly survived, but it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest if it was easy! 😛  Book as a 4 Day/5 Night package, Glamping package, or book with a ride from Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Budapest, or Prague! (Read my guide here)

SZIGET FESTIVAL, Budapest –  Sziget is one of the best music festivals I have ever been to, and that’s saying a lot. Stoke organizes you a stay in one of Budapest’s most notorious famous party hostels, and tickets to this incredible little world that comes into existance on an island in the middle of the Danube River each summer. (I wrote a review/guide to Sziget festival – read here!)

La Tomatina – the notorious European tomato fight!

Barcelona Boat Parties –  Stoke is based in Barcelona, so you can bet that any party they throw there is going to be one for the books. Especially if it’s on a boat. They do boat parties during Sonar festival and also sunset champagne cruises.

San Vino Wine Fight – Wine fight in Spain? Yes, plz.

San Sebastian Surf Camp –   Maybe book some time here after San Vino wine fight, to recover on the beach!

Morocco Surf Camp – Morocco, surfing, and sangria.

Surf Camp, BBK Live Music Festival, and Running with the Bulls – A perfect trio, if you ask me. BBK is a sweet music festival.

Stoke Croatian Cruise – new this year.

Ibiza Beach Camp – One of Stoke’s coolest options, this allows you to have (if possible) a more ‘chilled-out’ experience in Ibiza, basically meaning you get to stay on the beach and chill out after your long partying hours!

Royal Ascot – Going to this with Stoke guarantees a wild time.

Moroccan Magic Week – 6 days of surfing and staying in a beachside Moroccan palace

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Festicket

People who want a more freestyle experience, for all festival-goers in between!

Festicket is one of the industry’s leading ticket selling platforms, who not only sell tickets for festivals but offer fantastic package deals depending on what you are looking for. They are also a reselling platform that will have tickets for sale for lots of European music festivals that are actually sold out (sometimes even Tomorrowland)!!

You can buy tons of tickets through Festicket directly, sometimes at a cheaper price too. So make sure to browse through and see what’s available!

Once you find a festival you want to go to, you can add on accommodation and transportation packages that cater to your needs. Many of the accommodation deals will come with apartments, too, for the traveler who wants a bit more private space rather than a tent or a dorm. You can get just the ticket, ticket + camping, ticket + apartment, just camping, just apartment, just hotel… etc.

Of all of these three above festival options, Festicket definitely covers the most ground. This is simply because you can buy festival tickets alone (for hundreds of fests, Europe and beyond) or you can get packages, but you don’t have to. Festicket has a much larger selection of festivals than are impossible for tour companies to be able to cover. So if you have your eyes on a couple festivals that aren’t covered by tours, Festicket could be the way to go.

So, if you aren’t exactly a tour person, already have a big group, would prefer to travel to the festivals yourself, or require some more flexibility, check out Festicket’s deals – there are dozens of packages.

Start from their homepage if you want to have a browse, or click here for a list of ALL their festivals.

Or, I have listed a few below for some inspo to plan your festival schedule this summer. This is by NO MEANS exhaustive (they have HUNDREDS), but here are some of their best packages and festivals for this season:

Amsterdam Open Air – Outside in Amsterdam.

Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found Festival 2018 – Curated by Annie Mac in Malta!

Area 4 Festival – 4 Days on the beach in Germany

Bestival 2017 – One of  UK’s ‘best’ festivals 😉

Common People Southampton – Southhampton, UK

Creamfields – One of UK’s top festivals

Dimensions Festival – Another top deep festival in Croatia

Download Festival – Europe’s premiere rock festival

Electric Fields – in a castle in Scotland

Field Day – Witness an amazing lineup of music in the UK (surprise, surprise 😛 )

Hideout Festival – One of Croatia’s top beach fests

Into the Valley – party in a gorge in Estonia

Kappa FuturFestival –   Top electronic/tech festival in Italy

Leeds Festival  – yet another top UK fest

Les Plages Electroniques Lisboa – Beach festival in Portugal

Lollapalooza Paris – The newest location for this famous fest

Melt Festival – If you haven’t heard of this German fest held in an abandoned industrial park, click on this link… it looks incredible.

Mysteryland – Dutch festival you should definitely be going to

Parklife – In Manchester – tickets for after parties too!

TOMORROWLAND – Yes, they have package tickets available.

Ultra Europe they have amazing apartment, hotel, and even yacht deals in Split.

Wireless Festival –  Top selling this year.

So, music festival travelers, I hope this has helped you gain a bit of insight to plan out your festive summer season this year. Leave a comment below to tell me what your favorite way to travel to music festivals is!!

Make sure to join our new Facebook group “Music Festival Travellers” (european spelling with two ‘L’s ) if you haven’t already; we use it as a platform to meet other like-minded people who travel for music, see who is going to the same festivals we are, organize meet ups, and discuss anything and everything music festival and travel related!

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The best ways to travel to European Music festivals this summer, whether you want an organized, off-the-beaten track tour to cultural music scenes, more of a party-centered tour, or prefer a freestyle package including just tickets or accom as well!

May 5, 2018

A Ride on the Party Ferry from Stockholm to Riga

A Ride on the Party Ferry from Stockholm to Riga

Yes, you heard that right, and no, it’s not a myth. There is an actual massive party on a certain Stockholm to Riga ferry, and I got to experience it myself. Well, technically I think there are ‘party ferries’ between other cities in the Baltic, but this is the one I tried and I can tell you right now that my mind was blown.

When I heard that there was a, quote-unquote, ‘party ferry,’ I thought it sounded cute. I thought maybe there would be a little nightclub onboard similar to the ones I witnessed on cruise ships on family vacations when I was younger. I thought maybe there would be some loud music and some disco lights, a dance floor, and a bar serving drinks.

But, I was in for a treat. This was no ‘normal’ this Stockholm to Riga ferry (of which there are also lots).

It all started when we were, in true fashion, extremely late for the boat. Before we literally ran down the gangway and stepped on the ‘SS Romantika’ seconds before they pulled away the bridge, I was given a little card with my ticket. And upon closer inspection, printed on this little card, was a lineup. A lineup of dj’s.

A lineup of dj’s. Arranged neatly into three columns…. for three different stages… scheduled until 6am. On the overnight ferry.

A ride on the party ferry from Stockholm to Riga

Taken a few years back in the Stockholm archipelago… this time we didn’t swim, of course, but we got some similar views!

A Party on the Stockholm to Riga Ferry: Let the Games Begin

After having to lie on the actual floor of the hallway to catch my breath from running, I inspected this little card further. I was already astonished enough that there was enough space on this boat for three sound stages, let alone a lineup until basically when the boat docked in Riga.

But, the passengers astonished me even more. The boat had hardly even left the dock (actually it had not even started moving yet) when we heard someone heaving VERY loudly and uncontrollably from down the hallway. Already. It was a young person holding a drink surrounded by their friends. I’m not sure if they were already so drunk they were throwing up, or if they had taken/eaten something that didn’t agree with them. But I know that we looked at each other wide-eyed as we realized at the same time that we were in for a bit more than we bargained for on this Stockholm to Riga ferry;.

Girls walked through the hallways dressed to the nines – in heels, short dresses, tight skirts, and enough makeup to fill a Mac store. Music boomed from every other room, with most doors open to reveal 5-10 passengers all sitting, drinking, and talking in seemingly dozens of different languages.

We took some time to explore the boat as it sailed through the breathtaking archipelago of Stockholm before reaching the open water. There were a few side decks where most people were smoking, a convenience store that opened about 45 minutes into the journey (and already had a line of people waiting to buy alcohol… which we eventually joined), and a few different places to sit and eat or take away food.

We arrived on the top outdoor deck and were immediately almost accosted by the filthiest of baselines. It was coming from a set of speakers taller than myself, playing trap, and facing a makeshift dance floor out on the back of the boat. It would have been silly to do anything other than have our own small dance party (no one was there yet because they were all drinking and apparently dry-heaving on the lower decks), and sit and relish in the fact that we were actually legitimately aboard a miniature music festival on an overnight Stockholm to Riga ferry, for which most of the patrons were going very, very hard.

“Well, if this is how it’s going to be,” we thought, “Then we better get ourselves ready.”

We scarfed down some food, got the room situated, got ready, and purchased some of our own alcohol to try and stand a small chance of catching up to the level of some of our counterparts. And then it was go time.

The ‘main stage,’ if you will, was based in the ship’s indoor amphitheater, where they must have held theater shows on other ‘normal’ nights. There was a DJ on the stage, a lighting system honestly fit to match an actual festival stage, and a rowdy crowd dancing to some quite aggressive electronic music. The music they played isn’t usually my favorite, but it just matched the vibe so perfectly I had no choice but to enjoy it.

A ride on the party ferry from Stockholm to Riga Romantika

Some of my new Scandinavian friends and I, wearing his elephant hat. Unclear if he worked for the party ferry of he was just wearing that suit for fun.

The rest of our night consisted of a strange mix of dancing to this crazy electro, meeting new friends, wandering around the boat, drinking in random people’s rooms, going outside intermittently for some fresh (freezing) air, and at one point ending up with a massive elephant costume mask on my head, while on someone’s shoulders. As you do.

It was definitely an awesome party, and unlike anything I have ever been to before… definitely nothing I would have expected from a Stockholm to Riga ferry. I mean sure, I work on ‘party boats’ in Croatia, but this was different – this was a legitimate massive overnight cruise ferry, converted into a floating rave. I have to commend them on the idea; it was carried out very well.

When I got off in Riga to nurse my hangover and bid the ‘Romantika’ farewell, I learned something even more hilarious: that people book the cruise to Riga, and then back to Stockholm that night. Many of the passengers actually did this as a little mini-festival cruise where they get to spend the day in Riga then get right back on the boat and do it all over again as a Riga to Stockholm ferry.

I was very intrigued and impressed by the idea of turning something as mundane and tedious as an overnight ferry, into two days of hard partying on the Baltic Sea. These Scandinavians were doing something right! The happiness of this cruise company, Tallink Spilja’s, clientele spoke volumes about this successful idea. Hell, people were booking their boats even when they didn’t need to travel at all! So, I commend you, Tallink Spilja, and I hope to be back on one of your party cruises soon enough where this time, I will know what I am in for.

Here is the boat it was on – you can book it somewhere on the website, but possibly the strangest thing about this whole ordeal is that it is not obvious at all to book! I remember reading this tiny print at the bottom of my e-ticket noting that this was a ‘party cruise,’ probably leading to my assumption it wasn’t anything too special. See if you can figure it out! 😛

 

November 21, 2017

Hideout Festival Review + Guide: All You Need to Know for Croatia

Hideout Festival Review + Guide: All You Need to Know for Croatia

This Hideout Festival Review + Guide should encompass all you could possibly want to know about this festival full of sun, sea, and super clubs. After my third summer working in Croatia, it was about damn time I made it up to this brilliant music festival.

This was a fantastic introduction to Pag Island’s infamous Zrce Beach, which is up on the northern coast of Croatia. It was honestly unlike any festival I have been to before. FOR PHOTOS, CLICK HERE for my massive photo journal full of tons of pics of this year’s attendees!

But First, need to Know Anything Else About Croatia? I Worked There for 3 years. Here are Some More Posts (they open in a new tab):

Keep reading for my 17-category Hideout Festival review, including info on Hideout stages, accommodation, camping, tickets, travel and Hideout accommodation packages, outfits, and all kinds of tips for Hideout Croatia! Packages are now on sale for this year here! 

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Hideout Festival Venue + Stages

Hideout Croatia is held on Zrce Beach, which is basically the Ibiza of Croatia (and, honestly, rivals it!). Zrce (pronounced zur-chay) is kind of  like Vegas mets Ibiza and had little beach babies that grew into super clubs on the water in Croatia. Zrce is situated along a large curving bay with warm Adriatic Sea lapping up onto its pebbly beach, and is dotted with these incredible clubs.

It’s not too much more than a kilometer from one end of Zrce to the other, and along this stretch there are 5 main clubs, all of which are open-air. At Hideout  Festival these clubs function just like stages at a normal festival, but with their own security, bars, pools, tables, lighting setups, etc.

For the festival you are able to move freely between these 5 main clubs and all sorts of smaller little arenas as well. And this, you guys, is AWESOME. Imagine if you were in Vegas with free movement between all the clubs whenever you wanted, and they were all within walking distance with equally awesome parties going on at each one?! That’s basically what Hideout festival is and what the Hideout stages are.

The clubs have pool/day parties during the day and become nightclubs at night. I can only describe them to be the most massive, decked-out, and incredible clubs EVER with huge sound and lighting systems and unbelievable production value. This festival is unique because it isn’t ‘put on’ just for the weekend; all the clubs exist there anyways and are simply opened up to everyone during the festival week. So, it’s pretty special.

Another amazing thing was that there were little shops between the clubs selling water, snacks, and drinks for a fraction of the club prices. So, it wasn’t like a general club where the drink prices are out of this world – you could simply walk out, buy a cheap beer, and drink it before coming back in. It was a nice little money-saving hack!

Here are the Zrce clubs/Hideout Stages:

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Kalypso

At Hideout festival, Kalypso club was lucky enough to be hosted by one of the UK’s most famous and absolutely ridiculous event companies, Elrow. I wasn’t familiar with Elrow before, but you best believe I’m now their number one fan! Elrow is basically synonymous with ridiculousness. Think – someone in a chicken costume crowd-surfing through in an inflatable raft, or people dressed in neon colors walking through the crowd in stilts and playing volleyball.

You’d see silly inflatable toys being thrown out into the crowd at regular intervals (I kept my inflatable hammer all week and had so much fun booping people with it 😛 ), and enough silly outfits on stilts to make you question how they even thought of these things in the first place. All the while listening to top-notch DJ sets. Sweet!

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Aquarius

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Papaya

Aquarius

Another amazing setup, Aquarius had a separate stage for pool parties and night parties at Hideout Festival.

Papaya

Papaya was where a lot of headliners played and had an unreal production value inside it’s open dome stage.

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Noa

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Euphoria

Noa

Noa is actually built on stilts out INTO the water. It sticks out like a little pier and has places for party-goers to jump into the water and swim while listening to their favorite artist! Trust me, nothing is cooler than jumping into the cool Adriatic while listening to Diplo play live.

Euphoria

This was an open club along the boardwalk without any security but just a nice spot to stop and have a boogie to some great dj’s on the way between the other Hideout stages!

 

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Secret Beach Party

On the Monday of the festival week, Hideout festival had a new event this year – a ‘secret beach party.’ Busses for this picked up at the main station and took guests to an unknown beach venue about 15 minutes away. The views were incredible, and it was nice to have one day in a different and more intimate venue away from the craziness of Zrce, but still with amazing headliners.

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Boat Parties

Certain headliners hosted boat parties as well, about three times per day. These cruises had a DJ booth set up above an big open deck with bars. These all lasted three hours and went on a lovely scenic sail around Pag island with good tunes.

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Hideout Festival Crowd

It’s pretty important to note that all of Britain basically takes itself and relocates to Croatia for the week of Hideout. Yes, the VAST majority of this festival is Brit… VAST. I talked to one of the marketing girls and she said the figure could be as high as 90%. It’s pretty crazy really.

So the question here was not “Where are you from?” it was “What part of the UK are you from?” When people heard my American accent they got super confused and enthralled, and being non-British was practically a bonding point between anyone at the festival. I made friends with a group of Aussies and even some more Americans simply because we bonded over the fact that we were a minority!

The crowd here is also fairly young, typically in their 20’s and 30’s I would say. The festival did attract a lot of fairly young people/Brits as well in their late teens and early twenties as well.

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Vibe

Hideout festival was unique in that it had more of a clubbing vibe than typical festival vibes. People were not as open and social as a usual festival, rather seemed a bit more to themselves and to their specific groups of friends.  I think this can be attributed to a few different things:

First, there was bottle service at all the clubs that cost a LOT of money. Getting bottle service in and of itself gives people a more stuck-up attitude. Each club had dozens of tables, which were usually bought out for high prices.

Second, the fact that nearly everyone was British could have contributed to the more closed-off vibe of this festival! If you have ever been to London you will know that it is considered strange to look anyone else in the eye on public transport, and I feel that maybe some of the people brought these ideals with them! Most people warmed up eventually (like after obnoxious waving or booping on the head with my inflatable hammer 😛 ) but weren’t generally as outgoing.

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Atmosphere/Decorations

Honestly Hideout festival’s location was atmosphere enough. Set on the bright, clear, blue Adriatic waters with northern Croatia’s interesting white hilly islands in the background, you didn’t need much more! Some people even say that this area looks like the moon. The pebble beach was set with thatched umbrellas and views of yachts out on the water, and inside all the clubs were lighting setups fit for the craziest club.

Each club had a different setup – Noa was covered in palm trees and tropical vibes, Aquarius was all white everything, Kalypso was decked out in ridiculous decorations for Elrow (think – rubber chickens and silly string) and some of the smaller clubs had pools, jacuzzis, and other decorations. It was very varied – like having a bunch of mini-festivals in one!

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Hideout Lineup/Music/Artists

In that it was mainly British and put on by a British company, hideout had LOTS of Techno and tech house. Brits LOVE their techno! Think – lots of bass and minimal house. There was a bit of variety (Diplo and Major Lazer headlined) but it was mainly tech and deep house.

Some of the big names apart from Diplo were Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, Dusky, and the Martinez Brothers, Disciples and Alan Fitzpatrick. You can be confident this festival will pull in the big names within its genre.

Hideout Festival Tickets

The best way to get tickets is to check Hideout Packages on Festicket. They’re an official partner and offer packages with accommodation and even transport, which makes it a lot easier.

Check for Hideout Festival Ticket Packages here! 

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Hideout Accommodation/Camping

Hideout festival is held at Zrce beach, which doesn’t have much accommodation in itself but is connected well by busses with a few surrounding towns. The biggest and closest in Novalja, a lovely little beach town. All the busses stop at the Novalja bus station and go to their respective destinations from there. Novalja would definitely be the most convenient place to stay! Other towns connected by busses are Stari Novalja (about 15 mins away), Gajac Beach (tiny beach closer to Zrce) and Barabati (25 minute bus).

There is a campsite near the festival site, but I don’t think it was affiliated with Hideout at all. Festicket can set its attendees up with Hideout accommodation in apartments or dorms, which will come as a 7-day package and is booked in groups (like the Festicket packages link above). The accom is sorted for you at a nightly price if you book through the website, and you can choose where you would like to stay.

If you don’t book through hideout/Festicket there are many hostels in Novalja and lots of B&B’s. I booked mine on Airbnb and loved it! If I could recommend one of my best Hideout tips, though, it would definitely be to stay in Novalja because the busses to farther places often took ages and Novalja was the center of all the action and had many more busses.

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Hideout Festival Amenities – Other Stuff to Do

There was lots to do in Zrce! Here are a few things they had:

Bungee Jump: They had a massive crane take people up to bungee jump over the water from a little cage!

Wifi: Wifi was provided by vodaphone for the festival site. The vodaphone tent also had lots of little events happening at it.

Face Painting: there were people going around and painting people’s faces sporadically. There were also girls painting faces in blacklight neon paint one of the nights.

Water Sports: They had jet skis, banana boats/donuts, and other water sports going on from the beach for anyone who wanted a bit of adventure in their festival day. They also had lots of inflatable water toys like trampolines and icebergs to play on; and one of those massive inflatible bags to launch people into the air.

Massages: They had massage tents right on the beach too!

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Getting to Hideout Festival

To get to Hideout festival, there’s a company called Octopus Transfers (or check out their insta here – that’s how I found them!) who can do private transfers for you in lovely air conditioned cars/vans with wifi. Trust me, this is an absolute dream after coming off a slow sweaty bus with awful ventilation in the middle of the Croatian summer!

We got a transfer from Zadar and it was honestly like a breath of fresh air after our bus journey – we plugged our phones in the aux cord, connected to the wifi, and relaxed in the nice cool car with our helpful driver. He even stopped at a viewpoint for us to stop and take photos on Pag! Check them out 🙂

Other Hideout Transfer Options:

Book through Hideout: Hideout has a schedule of airport transfers that you can book through the website from about 10 airports in surrounding cities and countries. The closest big city is Zadar (about an hour away).

Bus: You can get busses to Novalja from Zadar and other places in Croatia; just keep in mind you may have to change busses. I had to go from Dubrovnik and change in both Split and Zadar… it was a long day!

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Transportation/Parking at Hideout Festival

Most people at the fest purchased a shuttle pass as an extra option, which enables you to take the city busses between the festival, Novalja bus station, and the various accommodation places. The idea was great – there were different busses that went on different colored routes, and used Novalja bus station as a main hub to go from.

However, while I was there, there were some problems with the busses taking AGES. Sometimes either waiting for a bus or waiting for the bus to leave took a pretty unreasonable amount of time. We thought it would be so convenient to go home for a nap staying in Stari Novalja (a ’15 minute ride’ away).

But, in reality we would have to wait a half hour for the correct bus to come/leave, often change at Novalja bus station and wait for another bus for a while, and finally get back. I think it took us over an hour to get back one morning! So, just keep this in mind when planning Hideout accommodation/trips back to the apartment!

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Hideout Food/Drink

Hideout festival had pretty much EVERYTHING you could ever want inside the venue. Along the kilometer of beach were DOZENS of restaurants, bars, lounges, takeaway food stalls, and little convenience stores.

As far as food goes, there were lots of options. Whether you wanted a sit-down meal or just a slice of pizza, there were tons of places for you. Plan for lots of classic Croatian foods like pastas, seafood, meats/cevapi, seafood, chips, and lots of takeaway pizza.

As for drinks, Croatia is known for being the haven of cocktails!! 1L cocktails ran rampant throughout the whole venue, with certain places selling them cheaply for 100kn (but would definitely be 200 inside the clubs). There were bars selling all kinds of beers, ciders, and coolers, and even bars selling craft beer and fancy cocktails. Honestly, if you want it, you can find it somewhere on Zrce.

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Hideout Prices

For a FIVE DAY festival, Hideout Croatia was a steal for only £139. Like, that price is unreal. However, you will easily double this with flights, accom, and transfers… and double it again with all the cocktails!! At least the base price starts low, right? Getting tickets as a package with accom and transfers would help save you money, though – check package rates here.

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Hideout Security

There was minimal security to get into Zrce – there were some guards checking wristbands and that’s about it. The real security checks were going into each of the clubs. When entering the main clubs you will have your bag checked, all liquids disposed of, and wristbands checked again. Think just like any normal club, but you get re-checked upon each entrance due to the nature of this festival. This can get pretty annoying, just don’t forget about it when changing stages.

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Hideout Weather

Hideout Festival is at the perfect time really – at the end of June. This is just before the insane heat of the Croatian summer, but still generally nice and warm. BUT, as I always tell my passengers as a tour guide, Croatia does have weather, and it can get bad. The worst part about Croatian weather are the strong winds. Each wind has a name based on the direction it blows, and this summer we have had strong north (bura) and west (jugo) winds. Hideout was no exception- the Jugo started blowing on the third day and caused all the boat parties for both days to be cancelled. Yeah, not cool. The wind here is a serious thing, especially if you are out at sea.

The temperature will generally hover around 30, but some days can also get overcast. On the last day at hideout this year there was a rain storm, which isn’t the best when most clubs are open-air! Just know to be prepared for anything.

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Hideout Outfits/Fashion: What to Wear

I was honestly BLOWN AWAY with how stunning girls looked at Hideout Croatia. There were more ‘SLAY GIRL SLAAAAAY’ moments here than basically any other festival I have been to – everyone had the CUTEST bathing suits on (lots of one-pieces that looked like they were straight out of a catalogue), everyones hair and makeup were on-point, and people were generally covered in an intricate pattern of glitter or color.

The Hideout uniform for girls is basically a swim suit, maybe a small bag/bum bag, and cute sandals/even wedges for some, trendy sunnies, amazing hair/makeup, and occasional coverups. It was like Vegas pool party meets music festival, and everyone slayed.

For boys… just take your shirt off, and thats about it. 😛 I remember driving into Novalja for the first time on arrival and it was just completely overrun with shirtless men. My friend and I weren’t complaining, though!

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Hideout Time

Hideout Festival has a pretty interesting schedule with day parties running from 3pm-8pm and night parties 11pm-6am. See, they strategically schedule in a nap time – how great is that?! Just remember that it might take a while to take shuttle busses back to certain locations.

Daytime headliners would generally come on at 6 or 7 and night time headliners were usually from 4-6am. Pretty full-on!

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Money

There was no special money system at Hideout festival – just the local currency (kuna) mostly in cash at the venue and anywhere else. Many places took card also but not everywhere – get cash out to be sure.

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My Top Hideout Tips

  • Stay in Novalja – it’s the most well-connected and easiest to get to and from (and is the most central!). That way you might also be able to actually make it home for a nap (we couldn’t make it home and ended up napping on benches… sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do)
  • Prepare for all weather, and check it in the mornings. Croatian weather can change quickly!
  • Also prepare for pretty intense heat. Stay hydrated!
  • Remember that each individual club has their own security checks each time you enter a new one.
  • Try a boat party and the beach party if you are staying all week!

 

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July 24, 2017

5 Reasons to Be Stoked for Hideout Fest 2017

5 Reasons to Be Stoked for Hideout Fest 2017

For the first time in three years, I FINALLY have time off during Hideout Festival. Hideout is one of Croatia’s premier music festivals held on the northern coast at the famous Zrce Beach on Pag Island. So upon getting my schedule, after obviously having a miniature excitement attack, I booked my trip! Somehow I have yet to make it up to Zrce in my summers sailing the Adriatic, so I am pretty ecstatic for what I can only predict to be a fantastic introduction to this emerging party capital of Europe.

The festival has an amazing lineup, but that’s only the beginning. At Hideout you get to experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world via pool and beach parties, on some of the most amazing water with an international crowd. They can organize all sorts of packages and add-on’s for you too! Here’s what I’m most excited about for Hideout this year:

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Location, Location, Location. It’s in CROATIA.

If you know me you know that this country has a special place in my heart, not only because I work here but because it is completely unwaveringly BEAUTIFUL. With amazing rocky mountains, old Venetian architecture, vibrant red roofs, and the clearest water you have ever seen… it’s the definition of paradise. No wonder this country is emerging as a festival hub of Europe!!

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Six Beachfront Stages

Hideout goes from day to night each day, on not one but SIX beachfront stages. It’s basically a massive pool party that goes for a week. What could be better?!

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Lineup: On Point

Hideout boasts a pretty stacked lineup of some of the leaders in electronic music, namely deep and tech house music. If you are into that scene you will no doubt know quite a few pretty exciting names on the lineup.

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Boat Parties

As if the six beachfront stages were not enough, Hideout has multiple boat parties each and every day with different artists from the lineup playing on them. So if you miss anyone at the festival, you very well may catch them playing on a boat! These boat parties are very affordable too!

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Secret Beach Party

This year Hideout has done something new – they organized a completely secret beach party away from the festival site where Basement Jaxx and a few other fantastic names will be playing. How COOL does that sound – a secret beach party on an island in Croatia. Sign me up.

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Warmth & Weather

The end of June is juuuuust heading into peak season in Croatia – meaning it will be just hot enough to make you know you’re on holiday, but not unbearably hot quite yet! Think- mid 20’s to 30, always in your bathers and surrounded by water you can jump in. Perfection at its finest!

Will you be at Hideout this month?! I would love to meet up if so! I’ll be there taking some epic photos for my blog, and hopefully the review + guide I write afterwards will make you want to plan your trip for next year!

Thanks to Hideout Press for all these photos… In a few weeks I will be posting my own!! 🙂 

June 17, 2017

Complete Oktoberfest Guide: All the Tips You Need for Munich’s Beer Festival

Complete Oktoberfest Guide: All the Tips You Need for Munich’s Beer Festival

This Oktoberfest Guide breaks the German cultural beer festival down into 15 specific categories telling you absolutely everything you could want to know before going to Munich! Keep reading for Oktoberfest tips on the venue, location, transportation, accomodation, food, tents, drinks, time, money, and MORE for your beer festival in Germany. 

Complete Oktoberfest Guide: All the Tips You Need for Munich’s Beer Festival

Oktoberfest is a bit different than most festivals I cover… but it is a festival just the same. The only difference is that it’s not centered around music, or food, or art, or spirituality…. it’s centered around beer… pure and simple. Or, bier as they call it here in Bavaria. This can mean any of a few things, including drinking your bodyweight in steins (over 1L of beer each… the only size they serve), having little to no recollection of returning home, but then saving yourself by eating your bodyweight in pretzels, pork knuckles, and sausages. And then riding a roller coaster or trying your hand at shooting in the carnival games. That’s how they do it here in Munich… it’s a massive party for sure, and one of the best things to do in Munich!

I went to the fest with Stoke Travel, who showed me a fantastic time (promo code below!!)  and this Oktoberfest guide will also detail my experience with them. Like most other similar travel companies, Stoke has a massive campsite located at Campingplatz Obermenzing just outside the city, but unlike the others, Stoke’s camp is completely decked out and throws awesome campsite parties each night as well. There are also some amazing places to stay in Munich if you aren’t the camping type.

I wouldn’t have had a single complaint about it if it weren’t pouring rain the entire time I was there…. but what can you do? The campsite was awesome, and the people were as well. You could always find a group of people to head into the tents with each day after a few games of beer pong, or usually find your fellow stokies at the Lowenbrau tent. It was a pretty cool setup. Check out my Top 20 German Music Festivals List while you’re at it!

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(Side Note: Please excuse the subpar photos in this guide… it was raining and there was no way my Nikon was coming out with beer and rain around. My Go Pro tried, but it was low light. I did what I could :P)

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Oktoberfest Guide: The Venue

Oktoberfest is held just a ten minute walk from the Hacker-Brucke stop on the S-bahn – Munich’s metro. It’s very central! It’s basically an enormously massive fairground-type open asphalt area, absolutely covered with food stalls, carnival games, carnival rides, and equally enormously massive beer tents/halls. There’s one main street with all the beer tents on either side, and it’s fully pedestrian only.

The beer tents are all named after a different German Beer – you have Augustiner, Paulaner, Lowenbrau, Hofbrau, etc… each one is a bit of a different vibe and different beer. Each one is bustling with people, has a band playing in the center, and waitresses running around like crazy carrying 4 steins in each hand.

There are no bars in the beer tents, to my surprise… it’s all table service! So even if it’s packed, do your best to stand near a table and a beer lady will come up to you and take your order. These people are so impressive! You can also order food in the tents, but I’ll get to that later.

Oktoberfest really is like a huge carnival. There are loads of rides and games where you can win silly stuffed animals and prizes. I rode a roller coaster, there were a lot of spinning rides and swings and the kind where you go up to the top and drop down (for lack of having any clue what those are really called) and tons of other games.

We played a shooting game and my friend won us this crazy rainbow soft stuffed animal thing. We named it Fredrick (photo below), carried it around with us all day, and let other people pet him. It was hilarious. So yes, there is more to do than drink beer! But, you usually end up in the beer halls all day anyway, especially if it’s raining!

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Oktoberfest Guide: The Crowd

The crowd here is absolutely international! People of course come to Oktoberfest from all corners of the earth. You can tell who the Germans are when they have nice tables reserved with heaps of fantastic food. You know who the Aussies are when they stand with one foot up on the table to skull(chug) their entire stein. And you will find absolutely anyone in between! Its really is a massive celebration.

At Stoke, they attract a largely Aussie audience, but there were honestly people from everywhere. I met some Swedes, some Argentinians, some Americans, Canadians, Kiwis, French, and Brazillians. Basically tons of nations united under the power of…. beer. Beer and being in a cold rainy campsite. It really does bring you together! 😛

Oktoberfest Vibe

The vibe throughout Oktoberfest and Stoke’s campgrounds was insanely upbeat and celebratory. Everyone was there for the same reason, which was to have a good time. Old people and young alike celebrated and sang together in the beer halls, and each morning at Stoke everyone woke up early and helped rally each other over morning beers and hot breakfast. Good vibes all around!

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Oktoberfest Atmosphere/Decorations

Everything was Bavaria-d out at the festival. Each tent was decorated a bit differently, with massive ribbons/banners or hanging plants, beer logos absolutely everywhere, and wooden cabin style buildings with pointed roofs. Pictures of people in leiderhosen and dirndl’s were everywhere, with feathered hats, long socks, and the whole nine yards! Everyone gets pretty into it 🙂

Stoke also outdid themselves in the campground. It was decorated all over with an awesome stage, a spinning wheel, and hilarious stoke quotes all over the place. My personal favorite is one of their hashtags – “If you can’t find the party, you must be the party.” This is now one of my favorite quotes. They also had a spinning wheel where you would have to do any of a few ridiculous things, like a beer bong, kiss a stokie, do a shoey, do a nudie run, or win a prize…. Stoke really does know how to party.

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Oktoberfest Music

They had music in all the beer tents- usually there was a band at a bandstand in the middle playing classic Bavarian songs and some well known ones as well – I swear they played “Sweet Caroline” every 10 minutes. They also played that “Country Road” song quite often as well. It was amazing having the entire tent scream-singing “Sweeeeeet Caroliiiiine… BUM BUM BUM” all the time. Soooo much fun. There was also what I can only imagine to be a classic German drinking song that would play quite often, in German, to which everyone would stand up and knock their steins together in a massive cheers/prost. I think I even knew the words to it by the end – so I did learn a little bit of German 😉

There were DJ’s at the campsite parties as well, of course with a bit of a different vibe than the beer tents but awesome just the same. It was great to go back from the classic live music to come more current/dance type music at the camp!

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Oktoberfest Guide: The Fashion

Oktoberfest has a specific and awesome fashion – leiderhosen and dirndl’s, of course!! And to clarify, dirndl’s are the ones for women – the cute lil dresses that push your boobs up. 😛 And Leiderhosen are for the boys, the suede shorts with cute little connecting overalls that you wear over a checkered shirt with long socks. Both are generally work with little leather shoes/heels, and even a fedora with a feather if you want to go all out.

Yes, they are quite expensive… but, you gotta do it. I wasn’t so sure before I went  if it was a must or not to buy the whole outfit, or if it was worth the price. But, it is. Everyone does it (well, most people), and you have more fun if you’re wearing the actual outfit. You get lots of cute photos and feel more legit. You are looking to pay at least 50 euro for a dirndl, probably more.

Apparently there are some places near the train station where you can pick one up for fairly cheap. I got mine in a random store in Salzburg for 65 euro for the dirndl and 25 for the little white top you wear underneath- but this was less than half price and it fit me absolutely perfectly so I couldn’t really resist. But anyways, there are lots of places to buy them of all different qualities.

For leiderhosen, you’re looking to pay a bit more. I met travelers who spent anywhere from 100-150 euro on theirs from similar places. However, Stoke does sell dirndl’s for 70 euro and leiderhosen for 90 at the campsite – not bad prices at all!

However, if you are planning in advance (which I know you are if you are reading this guide… so responsible of you!!) you can order your clothes in advance ON AMAZON. And these are actual fairly nice quality Oktoberfest gear, not the slutty costume versions 😛 What can’t you do on Amazon?! This is probably the most convenient route.

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Oktoberfest Guide: Camping + Camping Amenities

So again, I of course camped with Stoke Travel. It was not too far from the venue (easy public transport) and the campground was really well set up, with a capacity of 2000 people. Most tents are two person tents, but you can upgrade to a single person tent for an extra 20 euro per night.

They all come with air mattresses. And yes, they will put you with a random if you are traveling solo! But not to worry, one of Stoke’s quotes is ‘we used to be strangers, but now we’re just strange.” Another one I love! Everyone is super friendly and welcoming.

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The campground has a front desk hosted by the actual campsite, which is where the wifi, general store, and bathrooms are. There actually are not lockers… they are all booked out by people who actually live on the campsite. So if you want to keep your belongings safe, make sure you lock your tent!

There are real bathrooms and not port-potties, which I kind of considered nice. The bathrooms are fairly well kept in a building near the front reception, and have showers, lots of mirrors, changing rooms, and stalls. Plenty of room for a girl to get ready!

Stoke itself also has a big reception tent to help check you in and find your tent, and a massive bar and food area where the campsite parties happen each night, there is a store to get your leiderhosen and dirndl’s or do washing, a phone charging station, food tickets, some sitting areas, the DJ booth (which has its own little radio station and is manned quite early each morning until 11pm or so), and, of course, the bar.

If I were you, I would grab the unlimited beer and sangria deal which is 10 extra a night-  it’s well worth your while for the campsite parties and pre-drinking. Oh yeah, and you can actually get that for free using my promotional  phrase ‘adventuresnsunsets.’ Get on it!!

As far as food goes at the campground, you can get a hot breakfast each morning and a hot dinner each night, which are all amazing! One morning I got a yummy pancake with caramel sauce and another it was a muesli with fruit and berry sauce. It was delicious. The dinner menu is great as well and offers a bit of a departure from the Bavarian food at the fest, which I will go into below!

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The blurriness of the images represent the blurriness of the day.

Oktoberfest Guide: Accomodation/Transportation/Hotels

Now, of course, camping isn’t the only way to go to Oktoberfest. There are tons and tons of hostels and hotels in Munich, and apartments as well. I always find the best hostels on hostelworld. I stayed at A&O Hostel for one of the nights, and it was totally fine!

If you are looking for more luxury in your stay, I would try and Airbnb or a hotel. Book your Airbnb in advance, though, because they definitely book up! As far as hotels go, there are TONS in Munich, but I would also look to book these in advance due to volumes of crowds.

I’m sure hotels or airbnb’s would be much more comfortable, and hostels have a great vibe and would be easy to find friends to go with. But, when you wake up each morning at a campsite full of happy people ready to celebrate, it’s a nice and inclusive vibe.

Oktoberfest Glamping (also with Stoke!) is also a thing. They finally decided that small wet tents were not for everyone and added in a new option! Check this link for packages for this year.

As far as the transport in Munich goes, the busses and metro (the S-Bahn) are super easy to navigate. People in Munich actually don’t seem to often actually pay for their public transport – I didn’t pay for the bus once  (you take a few stops on a bus and a few stops on the Metro from the campground- the bus stops right outside!) and on the metro you don’t have to scan a ticket or anything on the way, but if you accidentally hop on a train that they’re checking tickets you’ll get fined 60 euro. Just be careful!!

The metro in Munich is interesting – all 8 ’S’ trains have the same middle 10 stops, and branch out from there. So, if you’re traveling through the city center, you can literally hope on any train and must just make sure it is traveling in the right direction. Convenient!

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Oktoberfest Guide: Food/Drink

The second reason people come to Oktoberfest…. BAVARIAN FOOD! Pork Knuckles for days, Currywurst on every corner, pretzels all over the place. Prepare yourself, because if you come to Oktoberfest you pretty much have to indulge in the Bavarian food. You can get nicely prepared platters in the tents if you are fancy (I never did, so I am not sure how to go about it – not fancy enough) but all the stands and tents inside the venue sell hot, fast food.

There are all kinds of German sausages (bratwurst, cheese kransky, debreziner, frankfurters, you name it), pork knuckles in all different forms (as a sandwich, on a plate…) so many pretzels, schnitzels, sauerkraut and spatzle for days. Try a bit of everything! You need to sober up somehow after all the steins! 😉

As far as drink goes…. big surprise… BEER! The steins in the tents will go for about 10.60 euro, and like I said above, it’s all table service (no bars) so you gotta order from the servers who are surprisingly effective at coming around, taking everyone’s orders, and carrying lots of heavy steins at once.

Oktoberfest Price

If you didn’t already know, Oktoberfest is FREE! It’s the largest public festival in the world. You can just waltz on in, as many days as you like. I don’t recommend too many though ;).

As far as the Stoke Camp goes, it’s 60 Euro a night for everything! And remember you can get the beer and sangria for free using my promotional phrase ‘ADVENTURESNSUNSETS’ 🙂 You’re welcome.

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There are about 30 of these standing under the entrance, and that’s about it.

Oktoberfest Security

There are about 30 police standing at the entrance of Oktoberfest, although I’m not entirely sure what they are all doing. They just look around and maintain the order, I suppose. Don’t try and bring your own beers in or anything, because they may check your bag.

Basically, unless you’re being a total drunk idiot (which I suppose is quite possible) you will be fine. Oh, and they also check your bags when you enter the beer tents. So like, don’t bring a bomb in or anything. They’re probably just checking you don’t bring in your own alcohol or anything ridiculous.

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This is Fredrick and his little brother Ricky. (I’m talking about the stuffed animals obviously. We won them in a shooting game!)

Oktoberfest Guide: Weather

PREPARE FOR THE WORST. An Oktoberfest Guide would not be complete without mentioning a little thing called weather. This isOktober-fest’ and it basically signifies the end of European summer. I was coming off and entire summer in Croatia and did not have enough warm clothes for the amount it rained while I was at Oktoberfest. I have never witnessed such continuous rain. It did put a ‘damper’ (literally and figuratively, lol) on things at the campsite, but it honestly brought us all together- all of us wet, cold, little Stokies hiding out in our tents.

It didn’t stop us at all though – we just got out our umbrellas, purchased ponchos, and went straight to the beer tents. No biggie. It did stop on my fourth day in Munich, but I was leaving. Bummer. I don’t think the weather is always this bad, but it just goes to show that it can definitely be bad! Just bring warm clothes.

Oktoberfest Guide: Bathrooms

I was quite worried about the bathroom situation at Oktoberfest – with thousands of people in one place drinking copious amounts of beer and all. It’s hard not to break the seal when you have had 2 liters of beer… However, the toilet situation was surprisingly effective. There were lots of toilets in each tent and in the festival grounds, and the lines moved quickly due to the hardworking people in the restrooms.

I was there opening weekend, and the toilet lines was a bit slower on Saturday and Sunday due to the absurd amount of people. It wasn’t optimal to take 20 minutes to use the toilet, but it was the reality. Go on weekdays or any other weekend and it will be much better.

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Time

Especially on opening weekend there will be lines to get into the tents, so make sure to get there early or prepare to wait. On the first day the tents open at noon, but people queue up all day to get a spot. On weekends people get to the tents as early as 7 or 730, so this is absolutely a morning/daytime event! You can still do carnival rides and games at night, but generally the tents will close in the evening and everyone can go home or move onto campsite parties or go to bars in the city.

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Final Oktoberfest Tips

Reserving Tables – As far as tables go, you can reserve them up to months in advance. It’s quite crazy really. But, if you go on a less crowded day it’s usually pretty easy to find one at least for a little while. If you are there opening weekend or any other busy time, you can just head into the tents and find a place to stand around near the stage or near other tables and you can still have your order taken. Just make friends!

Carrying Your Stuff – I brought a fanny pack/bum bag in the first day and wore a poncho to protect from the rain. But, I was honestly happier with a purse and an umbrella and cardigan the next day. If it’s raining, I would bring an umbrella. Ponchos keep you warm but they’re a huge nuisance! Boys usually just kept everything in their pockets as usual.

Venture out of the Beer Halls -Try to do more than just drink in the beer halls, really! Try the food, do some rides and games… Stoke even helps organize walking tours of the city too. It’s always good to actually see the city you’re visiting, right?! Spend some time in the city center, there’s a lot to see!

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This was my first time traveling with Stoke, but I soon found out that they do tons of other tours, festivals, and global parties as well. Here are a few more of the things they do, which I will be trying out next year:

And much much more! My promo code should work for most of these tours – check them out 🙂

 

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September 30, 2016