If you’re a seasoned festival go-er here in the UK then you’ve probably had some damned incredible experiences that you will hold dear for the rest of your life. The world is a large place however, and if you look even a little past the confines of the UK you will discover that there are some international festivals that make UK ones look like small gatherings at a neighbour’s house just down the street. There are some festivals such as Donauinselfest in Vienna, Austria that amass around 3.2 million attendees, making most other festivals look puny in comparison, but my intention is to simply make a list of some of the most interesting festivals to go to that aren’t confined to the UK, taking place in Europe and beyond and giving the festival-goer an experience that they absolutely will never forget. So prepare yourself for a bit of light listing that groups together some of the more eccentric and inviting festivals that don’t appear on our top UK festivals page.
Location: Fort Punta Christo, Croatia
Outlook isn’t your average festival that takes place in the middle of a field in the UK. Croatia is an immensely beautiful country with some heart-wrenchingly scenic environments and Outlook takes full advantage of this. With over 400 acts comprised largely of electronic music artists, Outlook has much to offer in the way of music but many go purely because of the location of the festival, which just so happens to be a 1Km stretch of beach with various stages set in stone formations as well as 48 boat parties to attend. This is far more than your average bass music festival: Outlook is the Mecca of many people around the world, and unsurprisingly so given the rich array of electronic music artists and stunning scenery.
Location: Boom, Belgium
Another electronic music festival that is larger than most, Tomorrowland takes place in Belgium and has seen huge electronic must artists such as David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Skrillex, and 2Many DJs play there. The event is so successful that a spinoff, TomorrowWorld, was held in Atlanta, Georgia to take the festival across the Atlantic, and with much success might I add.
Location: Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
Festivals that are held in fortresses quite simply have to be good, don’t they? Well, this isn’t a solid rule but it just so happens that Exit is an extremely popular gathering founded by three students. Though it has suffered from financial problems in its past, it continues to offer electronic, alternative, and occasionally indie music to its fans with acts such as Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, and Chase and Status making up the diverse roster in 2013.
Location: Miami, Florida
Though American music festivals have suffered from a bit of a bad reputation as a result of the rapid rise of Electronic Dance Music (the dreaded EDM acronym), Ultra music festival is hugely popular and is set to take place over 2 weekends in 2014 with an expected 330,000 attendees.
Location: Indio, California
Coachella Valley is host to an incredible festival with a huge variety of music for people to enjoy. The line-up has been comprised of artists such as Arcade Fire, Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine, The Verve, and the Beastie Boys in the past and only looks to get better with time.
Location: Benicassim, Spain
You’ll find plenty of young persons enjoying themselves to the max at the Festival Internacional de Benicassim, with bands playing from 5pm to roughly 8am, though times do vary from day to day. This is more of a rock and alternative-oriented festival, though a variety of artists can be enjoyed alongside several beaches which are in very close proximity.