If you like music but think you prefer sunshine to possible downpours and clouds, if you’re more of a flip flop than a Wellington kinda girl, then why not consider some festival fun abroad this summer? There are plenty of summery, glittery venues across Europe - and at some of them, like Garden Festival in Croatia or Benicassim in Spain you can even hit the beach in between raving!
Garden Festival Weds 4th - Weds 11th July, The Garden Tisno, Tisno, Croatia
This will be year seven for the very gorgeous Garden Festival, on the stunning coastline of Tisno, Croatia. The festival’s ethos is to provide an experience combining festival and holiday vibes seamlessly as one. It’s set in a gently hilly area, which overlooks the Garden’s very own beautiful bay below, complete with sandy beach and crystal clear water It’s situated pretty much right between Zadar and Split airports, with lots of flights from Europe to each. Music-wise it’s definitely one for the ravers and fans of dance music and this year’s acts include Nicolas Jaar, Kenny Dope Gonzales, Tiger & Woods, Tim Sweeney, Space Dimension Controller, Appleblim & Metro Area.
Florence and the Machine will play at Benicassim this summer!
Benicassim Festival 12th July 15th July, Benicassim, Spain
Benicassim Festival 2012 or Festival Internacional de Benicàssim ( FIB 2012) as it is known in Spain, is a 4 day music festival taking place in Benicassim on the east coast between Valencia and Barcelona – which means there’s a beach as well as an arena! It’s a great alternative to mega Brit festivals like Glastonbury (not taking place this year) or Reading and Leeds with a healthy line up of guitar groups and pop stars and crucially - SUNSHINE!
This year's headliners are The Stone Roses - the Manchester band reformed last month after splitting up 16 years ago and their reunion tour is currently breaking records for the fastest selling rock concerts ever! Also added to the line up are Florence and the Machine and the Vaccines and Noel Gallagher Katy B New Order. And be warned – it does get rather hot this far south in Spain – so pack plenty of sun cream!
EXIT Festival 12th –15th July - Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
This music festival takes place in the magical Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the river Danube. Yes, you read that correctly, it’s held in a MAGICAL FORTRESS! EXIT is known as one of the most adventurous and best value for money festival experience, with a diverse and cutting edge line up, bathed in the hot Balkan sunshine. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with over 600 artists performing on 20 stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels. If you like the sound of dancing with 20,000 people as the sun rises over the fortress walls then maybe you should get involved!
Acts for 2012 include Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran, New Order, Plan B, Avicci, Richie Hawtin, Gossip, Wolfmother, Luciano, Laurent Garnier LBS, Miss Kittin, Little Dragon, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Azari & III live, Buraka Som Sistema, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Kenny Larkin, Robert Dietz, When Saints Go Machine, Maayan Nidam, Lone, Pariah, Teengirl Fantasy live, The Chain…. with much much more to be announced! Oh my goodness!
OFF Festival 3rd - 5th August - Katowice, Poland
You may not have heard of this unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival in 'Three Lake Valley', Katowice - a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. With a hippyish vibe, OFF Festival sees itself as a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, supporting both art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time.
This year’s line-up is eclectic everything from alt-rock faves to trailblazing electronic artists, including Iggy and the Stooges, Death in Vegas, Iceage, Matthew Herbert, Sleep Party People,Suicide, Swans, Battles, Baxter Dury, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Spectrum , Container, Suicide, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Africa HiTech,, Atari Teenage Riot, Sleep Party People, Black Face, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Colin Stetson, Nosowska, and Other Lives. Intriguing!