When the news broke in November 2016 that T in the Park would be taking a 2017 hiatus due to pressure from authorities, devotees of Scotland’s biggest music festival were left understandably disappointed.
The festival has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene for over 23 years now, and in the process it has become one of the biggest, best known and most loved festivals in the world. But as Alexander Graham Bell once said; “When one door closes, another door opens”.
While Glasgow Green’s TRNSMT festival seems like the obvious alternative, perhaps now is the perfect time to spread your wings and experience the best festivals that the world has to offer. Travelling abroad for a music festival may seem like an unnecessary expense at first, but the international festival scene is full of truly unforgettable experiences for music lovers of all tastes.
So if you’re feeling adventurous and are looking to fill that T in the Park shaped void in your life, look no further, as here are five festivals from around the world that are truly worth the travel.
Goodbye rain and mud drenched fields, hello sun-kissed beaches and never-ending daylight.
Begun by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Ferrell in 1991, the once-roving Lollapalooza set stall in Chicago’s Grant Park a decade ago, where it has since found a permanent home. Surrounded by Lake Michigan and the towering downtown skyline, the setting of Lollapalooza can be stunning.
While attendances of Lolla have soared well into six figures in recent years, the festival boasts hundreds of acts across eight stages. From the never-ending rave at Perry’s Stage, an EDM festival-within-a-festival in its own right, to the mile-long stretch of local food stalls, there’s guaranteed to be something to keep you on the move throughout the 300-acre site.
Taking place from the 3rd to the 6th August, Lollapalooza’s 2017 line-up features huge draws such as Chance The Rapper, The Killers, The XX, Lorde, and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. With such a diverse line-up, there is bound to be something for everyone.
Secret Solstice is Iceland’s premier music festival, each year welcoming a pulsating line-up to the naturally breathtaking country for main-stage sets, glacier raves, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon blowouts.
The festival showcases both established artists as well as exciting up-and-coming talent, and takes place over a three-day period in the 24 hour midnight sun during the surreal summer solstice. The 72 hours of constant daylight create a truly unique party experience, which has firmly established Secret Solstice’s place on many a festival-goers bucket-list.
Taking place from the 16th to the 18th June, 2017’s headliners include the Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Rick Ross, and Chaka Khan. With a line-up that spans from indie and house to hip-hop and techno, Secret Solstice ensures that the entertainment doesn’t get lost in the festival’s incredible setting and atmosphere.
Eden Festival, Scotland’s second largest festival, is this year setting sail to include a new event in Tinso, Croatia. Under the moniker of The Lost Disco – taken from Eden Festival’s most popular stage – the sun soaked event will host four stages of music, and will even offer festival goers boat parties across the Adriatic.
Taking place along the Adriatic coast, the Garden Resort is a truly incredible festival venue. Beautiful beaches, tree-lined walkways and the Adriatic Sea all help create a stunning setting for the Lost Disco, while the town of Tinso offers numerous restaurants, bars and cafes for a real taste of Croatian culture. As well as boasting some of Scotland’s finest acts, the festival will also feature acts such as UK Reggae band The Skints, Jazzanova, Maribou State, Ghetto Funk Allstar, and many more. The Lost Disco takes place from the 17th to the 20th August.
The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, or Benicàssim for short, is the perfect combination of both holidaying and festival going. You have the actual town of Benicàssim a mere 20 minutes away, while a glistening sea will help you wind-down and relax from the previous night’s festivities.
In terms of the festival itself, Benicàssim is very much regarded as a mainstay of the European festival scene, and FIB has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of music fans across the continent. The days at Benicàssim are very much made for relaxing, as music only starts at 5pm and then goes on throughout the night until the next morning, meaning that you can take full advantage of the festival’s stunning coastal location and guaranteed good weather.
With line-ups that regularly boast the biggest names throughout a range of genres and a beautiful location, it is easy to see why FIB has proved to be so popular year after year. As a result, attendances have soared from 50,000 in 2009, to 150,000 over the whole weekend last year.
2017’s edition, which takes place from the 13th to the 16th July, features the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weekend, Kasabian, deadmau5, and Foals as headliners.
5. TOMORROWLAND (BOOM, BELGIUM)
Tomorrowland is without a doubt the biggest and most important dance music festival on the planet. House, techno, drum and bass and any other form of electronic music are well and truly represented by worldwide artists, all staged alongside incredible levels of production.
The Belgian festival, based on the somewhat appropriately named town of Boom, has attracted the biggest and best DJs and electronic music makers in the world for more than 10 years. Each year Tomorrowland defies all expectations and continues to get bigger a
Tomorrowland-goers can expect 15 stages of music, with extravagant sets featuring volcanoes, giant disco-balls, huge butterflies, and vast quantities of confetti. A festival that is said to leave a lasting impression that long out lives the actual party itself, every ounce of detail poured into Tomorrowland guarantees that those who are lucky enough to be in attendance are in for the weekend of a lifetime.
2017’s Tomorrowland has been extended to take place over two weekends, welcoming in more fans than ever before. The first weekend of the festival will take place from the 21st to the 23rd July, and the second weekend will take place from the 28th to the 30th July. This year’s headliners include Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Alesso, and Afrojack.