For some, a festival is the ultimate holiday. Considered to be a once in a lifetime, bucket-list type of event, festivals are all the rave this year, so do not miss out. From celebrations of music, film and food, to sacred rituals, here are some of the top festivals to attend this year.
Way Out West is a three day music festival held in Gothenburg, Sweden. This year, this event is hosting an extremely impressive line-up of popular artists. Ranging from rock, electronic, EDM and hip-hop genres, attendees can experience the performances of artists like Florence & the Machine, Kygo, Tove Lo and many others. Way Out West started in 2007 with a few artists playing in club venues, but by 2012, it became a full-fledged festival with live music available for several days. The festival has a strong focus on environmental activism and incorporates cultural activities including art exhibitions and film showings. As a winner of both national and international awards, Way Out West is definitely something to put on your bucket list for this year.
This year, the festival lasts from 13 — 15 August. Tickets are available now and prices range from A$250 to A$300.
The Summer Sonic festival is an annual three-day rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. The majority of bands playing in Osaka the first day, play at the Tokyo venue the following day and vice versa. Summer Sonic is known for its incredibly wide variety of artists as the Japanese rock musicians who perform are from both major and indie record companies, and there are international acts. In recent years, Summer Sonic introduced Sonicmania, which is an EDM focused main stage held during Summer Sonic to cater to event-goers who are looking for more than rock music. Dating back to 2000, the line-up continues to impress, and will definitely not disappoint this year.
This year, the festival lasts from 14 — 16 August. Tickets cost range from A$170 to A$330 and are available to buy now.
Burning Man occurs once a year, when thousands of people gather in Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA to create what is known as 'Black Rock City'. This temporary city is dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. Held at the end of August, Burning Man is not your typical festival.
Unlike other cultural festivals where everything is planned and orchestrated, the people who attend Burning Man are active participants in putting on the show. Whether you volunteer, make an art installation, or put on a performance, participation is at the very core of Burning Man. This is the event to attend if you are looking for more than a regular festival experience.
This year, the festival lasts from 30 August — 7 September. Tickets are still available (but for a limited time only) and cost anywhere from A$525 to A$1084.
Melbourne Festival is one of the world's leading art festivals. This Australian celebration of worldwide art and culture is unparalleled with any other event. This festival brings premier theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film to an incredible outdoor event in Melbourne each October. Thought of as the heart of Melbourne's culture of creativity, this experience has brought people together since 1968. The Melbourne Festival has teamed up with some of Melbourne's most well-known dining establishments, so alongside the impressive art and theatre, you can also experience some of the best local foods.
This year, the festival lasts from 8 — 25 October. The full festival program will be announced on 4 Aug., including ticket prices.
Rhythm & Alps takes place on New Zealand's beautiful Cardrona Valley in front of a scenic background of mountains and lakes. This is the only two day camping festival help in the South Island. Considered as one of the biggest New Year's Eve parties in South Island, this festival is definitely something to plan for. End your 2015 with a bang at Rhythm & Alps where you will be blown-away with an exciting line-up, beautiful scenery and all around good time.
Rhythm & Alps is being held from 30 — 31 December this year, and tickets are currently available. The tickets currently cost A$130.
You may have missed out on the festivities this year (the festival ran from 6 — 10 August), but you can start planning your 2016 trip now. Soundwave Festival Croatia is considered one of Europe's most friendly festivals with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds and lifestyles enjoying this four day event together. On top of the variety of music performances, Soundwave just introduced live art exhibitions and a film program to this year's event. Street artists, mural artists and illustrators from across Croatia and the rest of Europe are invited to transform the festival site into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Considered one of Europe's Best Music Festivals, festival lovers should attend Soundwave if you are looking to experience a truly artistic and creative event.
The main draw to festivals is the laid-back, relaxed environment. Entirely immerse yourself in the stress-free atmosphere by making sure you are fully protected in case an accident does happen, and buying travel insurance is an easy to way to keep the good vibes coming.
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