Whilst it’s true that it’s often the line-up of a festival that will make or break your experience (as well as the weather of course…) there are some events where the location also has a part to play. If you’ve had enough of journeying into the centre of a suburban town for a festival like Reading, or being stuck in the middle of a field at Glastonbury, then why not check out some of the festivals below for some really cool and unusual locations.
Sun and Bass is a drum n bass festival that takes place each year on the sunny island of Sardinia. If your idea of heaven is enjoying some heavy beats whilst lazing on a stunning white sand beach then this is the music festival for you. Sun and Bass happens in the first week of August each year (1st August – 8th August) and tickets cost €159.
If you like a dramatic backdrop to your music festival then the Festival Au Desert is an excellent location. The event takes place in January of each year just outside Timbuktu in Mali and lasts three days, from the 10th to the 12th January. It was originally conceived to recreate original Touareg celebrations but now the line up is open to artists and visitors from around the world. A €235 ticket will buy you entry to the festival for the three days, a Touareg tent to sleep in and three meals and three litres of water per day.
For those who prefer to do their festivals in the cold, the annual dance festival that is Snowbombing is held at the top of a mountain in Mayrhofen, Austria between the 1st and 6th April each year. The festival attracts some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and is a unique experience combing daily skiing and snowboarding with dance parties. Tickets are sold on a deposit basis of £125 and the event and accommodation are sold as a package, so once you’ve picked your hotel your wristband is included in the cost. For more details on accommodation prices, see the website.
Outlook Festival takes place each year from 30th August to 3rd September just outside the city of Pula, Croatia. The festival grounds are spread around Fort Punta Christo and the surrounding beaches and the locations range from traditional stages to the festival’s famous boat parties. Tickets for the event cost £135 and boat party tickets are extra.
If you can rustle up the plane fare then the annual Coachella Festival that takes place in California each year is one of the biggest events on the world music calendar that sees scores of music lovers and industry professionals, celebs and models descend on the Coachella Valley for two weekends in April (12th and 19th). Coachella has one of the biggest and best line ups of rock indie, dance and electronica and you’re (usually) guaranteed fine weather as the festival is located in California, so no need to pack the wellies!
If you’re looking for a bit more of an exotic location for your festivalgoing this year then these suggestions make a great change from the norm. Whether you fancy dancing the night away half way up the side of a mountain, or in the middle of a desert, there are plenty of fabulous, non-field based, locations to choose from!