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Guys, it has finally been done. My two favorite things, music festivals and travel, have FINALLY officially come together in one magical unison: music festival tours! This news comes after I have pretty much tried and failed to make festival travel happen on my own for as long as I have been traveling.
Really though, I have always tried to plan my travel routes around festivals, research the best fests in the area that I’m traveling or living, and attempt to make the two meet. But, it rarely happens that way. My route either does’t intersect with festivals, I hear of them too late and don’t have time to plan around them, or just have poor research in general and miss out on festivals that would have been great.
But now, all that has changed. Beats Travel has filled the hole in the travel industry that music lovers like me have been yearning for. No more research, poor planning, route changing, or missing out on music festivals. Now, Beats Travel does everything for you in their music festival tours – the planning, the research, the travel, the festivals, and the culture – from start to finish.
SO. MUCH. YES.
Music Festival Tours with Beats Travel
Beats Travel researches and finds all kinds of amazing festivals, from small niche music festivals where the people are mostly local, to bigger and more famous massives that are growing in popularity on a global scale. And then from this information, they plan music festival tours. These visit amazing cities and beautiful destinations in between festivals and opening parties where they work with famous DJ’s as well.
When I heard this news, I pretty much died of excitement. For anyone who knows me, you will know how much of a music festival fiend I am. And I am, of course, a travel fiend too. This company brings both my favorite worlds together and not only does all the work in identifying the best festivals to go to that I would not have discovered on my own, but adds in an amazing amount of culture and travel into their music festival tours.
As a tour guide myself in the same area Beats operates, and as a experienced festie-head, I knew that I had to somehow get involved with this company – so, I applied to be an ambassador. A few emails and a Skype interview later, I was accepted! And now it is my duty as an ambassador and festival-obsessed traveler who fully believes in what Beats is doing, to spread this amazing news of music festival tours to you.
I honestly I couldn’t be more stoked about this, and about the potential this company has for expansion. As of now, they operate mostly in the Balkans, India, and Iceland. They have 5 amazing tours so far (6 including India) with even more festivals – some tours include more than one! Most tours leave from Split, Croatia early in the week, making them perfect to take in conjunction with another sailing tour. Sail Beats is a new music festival tour also, with basically a festival aboard a boat.
The music festival tours revolve around the best music, going off the beaten track, and getting involved with the locals to see what the real music scene is like in each place. No top 40, no overplayed pop – this stuff is the real deal…. Which is also something I have been looking for. Their tagline itself says ‘Tours built around music, culture, and people,’ which basically says it all and is everything I want out of a travel experience.
Here is the festival agenda for this summer in the Balkans, with each included in a few different tour routes. check out their epic website right here for more specifics (and make sure you use my promo code ‘kimmiebeats’ for 5% off if you end up booking. It’s not a lot but its definitely substantial!)
Sonus Festival (Croatia)
Located in Croatia’s party capital, Zrce Beach (zerr-chay)on Pag Island, Sonus boats massive names mostly in the deep house and tech category (This year: Kolsch, Maceo Plex, Dubfire, and Tale of Us to name a few! Unreal). The festival takes place on Zrce beach and Pag’s best clubs, and you will be pool partying and flotilla-ing all day before being able to see some amazing acts at night.
Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
This festival is held on the beach near Budva, a beautifully scenic part of Montenegro’s mountainous coast. This year some massive names will be playing – think Skrillex, Lost Frequencies, Sub Focus, and more!! This fest goes for three days, but it’s up to you how much exploring and how much partying you want to do!
Held in a beautiful part of Serbia’s countryside, Lovefest is a fast growing festival with great electronic acts and a stunning backdrop. You’ll get a lot of culture out here in a remote part of Serbia, enjoying the music with locals and friends alike. I couldn’t find the lineup for this year yet, but previous names have included Fedde Le Grand, Wankelmut, and James Zabiela.
EXIT Festival (Serbia)
EXIT is definitely the biggest festival on the list. Its a rapidly growing festival in Serbia, with people like The Prodigy, Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, Marco Carola, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Solomun, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz…. you get the point. This has the most variety of genres with an ahhhhmazing lineup. It’s held outside the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad, and looks like its basically going to be unforgettable.
Sail Beats, Icelandic Beats, and Golden Beats have also been added as new music festival tours since I wrote this post 🙂
My general festival behavior. 😛 (Pictured: Coachella)
Anyway, lineups and names aside, we all know that we go to festivals for the experience and the connection with others that is brought about by music. We will enjoy the massively famous artists just as much as the random DJ’s playing at the small tent who we have never heard of, but end up loving the most. That’s what festivals are all about, why I love them so much, and why I’m ecstatic that music festivals and travel are finally combined. It’s pretty much my dream.
You can check out some of the talent that Beats works with right here – they have some DJ’s on board who will play their opening parties in Croatia before heading out the the festivals!
Head to the website and check out the tours – they have one tour done in conjunction with Stoke Travel that goes to La Tomatina, Oktoberfest, and some other classic European festivals. They have one that includes sailing, and some include more countries and cities than others depending on length. They’re currently expanding with the first stop being India in December, which also looks unreal. See what works for you!
As for me, I will be in Croatia again this summer for my tour guiding job, hoping and praying to get the right week off the be able to come on one of these tours. I have been dying to check out some Balkan festivals, and I wouldn’t have discovered some of these if not for the help of Beats! I am hoping to be able to catch some of EXIT fest, but we will see.
Anyway, I hope you can share my excitement about music festival tours finally being a thing, in these beautiful tour routes around the Balkans, Iceland, and India. Remember – use the promo code ‘kimmiebeats’ to get a discount if you decide to book one, let me know if you have any questions, and maybe I will see you there in July! 😉