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6 festival holidays that will make you want to go abroad this year

Trade the sketchy English weather for a sunny festival break overseas this year!

Tonnes are hosted across the year, showcasing varying genres. All you need to do is find the line-up you like the most and book your flights!

We’ve scoured the globe, looking for the brightest and boldest international festivals we could find.

Will we be seeing you at any of the following this year?

Coachella 10th – 12th and 17th – 19th April (USA)

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We’ve spoken about Coachella before; when we were talking about international events you have to see on your gap year. But this festival is so nice, we’ve mentioned it twice! 

While it looks as if this musical mecca is in the middle of a field, it actually takes place at the Empire Polo club in Indio, California; which is in the Colorado Desert. Bringing together elaborate art displays, world-famous music acts and a bit of a celebrity sparkle, Coachella is an experience that every festival-goer has to try in their lifetime.

Tomorrowland TBC (Belgium)

Tomorrowland festival occurs in three locations around the world and, whichever one you visit, you’re bound to have a mind-blowing experience. Belgium, Brazil and the USA undergo a magical transformation into a realm of dream and fantasy. Art installations blur with stage sets to create one of the most aesthetically impactful dance festivals going.

Hideout 21st– 25th June (Croatia)

Six open air arenas play host to over 100 headline acts and DJ’s. Beaches contain the after parties and boat tours take the party to the waves. Let’s face it, Hideout has got it going on! A

Croatia’s azure blue seas and skies are the perfect setting for a festival. Hosted on the Island of Pag, this European gem is a steady 25º during the day, with a warm 21º ocean.

Splendour in the Grass 24th – 26th July, Byron Bay

When you think of a winter festival, the last place you’ll probably think of is Splendour in the Grass.

Taking place in the picturesque North Byron Parkland (near to the infamous Byron Bay) during Australia’s winter season, SING is a great way to shake off those winter blues. This coastal area sees an average temperature of about 21º, better than we’ll ever see in a UK winter although there is a chance of cloud/rain.

Combining banging tunes; contemporary arts and performance pieces; and hair and beauty bars with the balmy Australasian weather sounds like festival heaven for us!

Burning Man 30th August – 7th September (USA)

Burning Man has become an institution amongst festivals. Tens of thousands flock to the middle of the Nevada desert to create Black Rock City. This temporary metropolis boasts stunning views of the harsh landscape in which it is located.

Truly a place to let go and express yourself, Burning Man calls those with an artistic eye and a taste for the unknown to brace what nature can give (or take) from you.

Outlook 30st July– August 4th Croatia

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The largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, Outlook is a sun seekers paradise. An abandoned Roman fort in Stinjan, Croatia, contains Outlooks stages and its beachfront setting hosts many a beach/boat after party. Old moats are turned into thumping dancefloors; hidden pits (the Noah’s Ballroom stage) are converted into intimate arenas; and stables repurposed and illuminated for revellers provide a truly unique experience.

Croatia’s bright shores, framed with history make it a traveller’s hotspot year-round, but if you’re looking to catch a good tune, then set sail for Outlook!

What festivals are you looking forward to going to this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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