Tickets for Stradbally’s Electric Picnic go on sale this month but if you’re looking for something a bit further afield this year, you won’t be short on options. Team a trip away with a killer festival and you have the recipe for a most excellent time. Here are five far flung festivals that will be worth travelling for.
Sea Star Festival, Croatia
When: 25 and 26 May (opening day 24 May and after party 27 May)
Playing: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hurts, Robin Schulz, Disciples, Tram 11
Last year, the first Sea Star Festival bagged a nomination for ‘Best European New Festival’ at the European Festival Awards. We particularly like the sound of it because it takes place in the Croatian city of Umag (which much be a brilliant place!). Taking place this May, over 70 artists will perform across more than six stages. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are headlining with more acts to be announced.
Secret Solstice Festival, Iceland
When: 21-24 June
Playing: Slayer, Gucci Mane, Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler, Death From Above, Steve Aoki,Goldlink
This one is top of our wish list: a festival in Reykkavik during the summer solstice – the sun will literally not set all weekend! Secret Solstice Festival is also famous for its ever-eclectic line up and if you need any proof of that, this year sees Slayer on the same bill as Bonnie Tyler! Along with the main stages, you can take part in glacier raves, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon parties.
Exit Festival, Serbia
When: 12-15 July
Playing: Ziggy Marley, Migos Fever Ray, Alice Merton, Richie Hawtin, Tale of Us, Ida Engberg, Amelie Lens, Bombers, Dog Eat Dog
Fancy festivalling in a fortress? Sure, why not? The Petrovaradin Fortress near Belgrade plays host to this year’s EXIT festival. The event was born out of student protests in 2000 and as well as continuing to focus on good vibes and supporting community projects, EXIT is also a whopper party. This year you can catch the likes of Ziggy Marley and Migos as well as Belgian DJ Amelie Lens.
Positivus Festival, Latvia
When: 20 – 22 July
Playing: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Prodigy, Tove Lo
The coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia is home to Positivus, the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States. The location is surrounded by woodland so you can swim in the Baltic sea or chill out underneath the trees as you reboot for your next bout of shape throwing. The focus in on a diverse line up and there are lots of activities happening so you won’t be bored! Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds headline this year – The Prodigy and Sweden’s Tove Lo have all been announced, with more names on the way.
When: 17 – 19 August
Playing: Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, Gavin James
If you’re serious about your festivals, the famous Lowlands in the Netherlands is one to put on your list. It’s in Biddinghuizen, an hour’s drive from Amsterdam – so you can add a city break to your festival adventure! Lowlands has an excellent line up this year. Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Stormzy, and Irish lad, Gavin James are just some of the acts confirmed.