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A Globetrotter’s Guide to Spring and Summer Festivals

If your never-worn wellies are still sat in the box and the only band you watched this summer was at your uncles wedding, just face it you’ve missed out on some amazing festivals! While the best of the festival season may be over there’s still an endless list of festivals to look forward to next year.

From Coachella’s celebrity packed tents to Ultra’s enviable line ups and Benicàssim’s impressive 120,000 square-metre location, these are just a few of the festivals that have given us a serious case of wanderlust.

So, let’s relive the around-the-world festivals that have turned us all into travel junkies.

Ultra, Split, Croatia

When: July 10 –12

Croatia is known for its overload of summer festivals, so with so many to choose from where do you start? As one of Croatia’s newer fests and part of one of the largest electronic music festival groups in the world, Ultra is definitely worth the ticket price. This year dozens of revellers set foot on Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline where they danced to live sets from some of the world’s finest DJs, including Avicii, David Guetta, Disclosure, Martin Garrix, and Sebastian Ingrosso.

Secret Solace, Reykjavik, Iceland

WhenJune 19 – 21

Have you always wanted to party in a unique location? Well, there isn’t many backdrops that will compare to Reykjavik in Iceland – and Secret Solace is one of the best ways to experience it. Taking place over the summer solstice during the brightest part of the year, this festival is becoming a real contender in terms of Icelandic music events! This year’s lineup included over 100 names with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, FKA twigs, and Kelis hitting the stage.

Sunsplash, Bodrum, Turkey

When: June 21 – 28

If camping in muddy field isn’t for you, how about a festival in the sunshine where you can trade in your tent for a luxury hotel? If this sounds like your kind of party then say hello to Sunsplash, the Turkish Riviera’s biggest event.

This week long spectacular takes place on Aspat Beach and celebrates the international dance music scene. Although it’s a much more intimate setting compared to other music festivals and most of the artists are up-and-coming, there’s so much more to get involved with. Party-goers can try yoga sessions, food workshops, and even showcase their talents on the graffiti wall.

My garden at Sun Splash Festival #sunsplashfestival #summermusicfestival #bodrum #turkey   A photo posted by @joanneokinolaporte on

Nos Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal

When: June 4 – 6

Formerly known as Optimus Primavera Sound, if you haven’t already heard of Nos Primavera Sound, it’s about time you do because it’s Portugal’s answer to Glastonbury. Yes, it may be smaller than the British favourite but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t offer a sensational line-up. Looking back at this year’s acts we saw a diverse list of music from a mix of big names such as FKA Twigs and Damien Rice followed by a a number of lesser-known artists.

That was fun. See you next year #nosprimaverasound #nosprimaverasound2015 #porto #oporto   A photo posted by Diego Cruz (@diegovicianna) on

Coachella, California, America

When: weekend 1 10 – 12  April or weekend 2 17 – 19

I’m sure you’ll all agree that this year’s Coachella will be hard to beat– and there’s no way you could have missed its world-wide coverage, if it wasn’t being planted in every magazine it was being broadcast over an endless list of celebrity Instagram accounts. With headliners as big as AC DC, Drake, and Hozier performing in a truly unique setting, this all-Americian fest is one of the best in the world. Plus, with Kendal and Kylie Jenner’s unique festival style and Vanessa Hudgens enviable hairstyles this isn’t just a festival. No that’s right, Coachella is as much about fashion as it is music.

Benicàssim, Costa del Azahar, Spain

When: July 14 – 17

Four days of music in the Spanish sunshine, yes you’ve reached Benicàssim. As one of Europe’s most famed summer fests with its multi-genre lineup, made up of British and European acts, partiers travel from all over the world to experience this Spanish extravaganza. This July we saw music lovers united as acts like Florence + The Machine and Prodigy entertained hundreds of festival-goers.

Breve pero intenso #FIB #FIB2015 #Festival #Benicàssim #VetustaMorla #Vetusta #vsco #vscocam A photo posted by Borja Ruiz Aleixandre (@bruizaleix) on

Sunscape, Gozo, Malta

When: July 3 – 5

This is definitely the place to release you inner hippie as its one of Europe’s most intimate island settings. This under-the-radar festival isn’t just a place to party, but it’s also a place to take part in workshops and exercises geared towards freeing your mind, making new friends and transforming yourself. This July we saw performances from the likes of Audiofly, Eric Volta, Goldfish, and a number of Maltese acts. So, if you’re looking to discover Malta we suggest you start with Sunscape.

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