English festivals may be fun but we’ve had enough of the mud baths and wellies. We want to free our feet and dance all night in pretty sandals without fear of thunderstorms. Enter the holi-val, the festival holiday, it’s like going on vacation with your favourite bands. Seriously though, save your pennies and combine your vacay and festival this year for the ultimate tanning experience, complete with live soundtrack. The only thing left to decide is which festival you fancy. To be as helpful as ever we’ve rounded up six of our personal faves.
What’s the vibe? Affectionately called Beni, this is the festival to go to if you want to feel sand beneath your toes. Held on the east coast of Spain, between Valencia and Barcelona, you’re bound to get your tan on. The combo of wild late night raves and daytime sun worshipping calls for a mix of sunscreen and stamina.
Who’s playing? Tinie Tempah, Kasabian, Jake Bugg, Tame Impala, The Libertines, Lily Allen.
What to wear? When packing, get into the mindset of a boho beach-babe who has a penchant for glitter. Think, bikini with a kimono and spattering of face gems.
Benicassim – 16th – 8th July
Way Out West
What’s the vibe? Way Out West is for the city slicker. Swap camping for the sites of Gothenburg, Sweden, at this three-day urban music fest.
Who’s playing? The National, Outkast, Future, Queens of the Stone Age, Blood Orange
What to wear? This one pulls in the Scandi cool kids. Wear a baseball cap, trainers and minimalist slip dress to fit in.
Way Out West Sweden – 12th – 14th August
What’s the vibe? Burning Man brings the most diverse of crowds. Everyone from new age hippies to P Diddy and Mark Zuckerberg have trekked to Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to experience this pop-up party-hard eco-conscious fest.
Who’s playing? Don’t be silly, you’re not here for the music. It’s all about the art, environment and community spirit. This is your chance to find your inner-zen, not listen to hipster bands.
What to wear? Some people go naked, some people wear costumes, we suggest a dollop of suntan lotion and a lot of tie dye.
Burning Man – 30th August – 6th September
What’s the vibe? Here’s your chance to dance the night away to a veritable mix of house, techo, electro, drum & bass and deep dubstep in a 2000-year-old amphitheatre. The magical settings don’t stop there as performances are held in a fort, dungeon, courtyard and moat– talk about fairytale vibes. And lest we forget there’s heaps of boat parties too.
Who’s playing? Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Giles Peterson, John Wizards, Warpaint, Kwabs
What to wear? Channel 90s Ibiza and choose a party-hard swimsuit and cut-offs paired with an ever practical mini rucksack.
Dimensions Festival – 27th – 31st August
What’s the vibe? This festival is not for the faint hearted, as it is a non-stop 48-hour party. Read: this means two days straight of bands with no break, totally perfect if you’re a caffeine junkie.
Who’s playing? Woodkid, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mount Kimbie, Crystal Fighters, Jessie Ware
What to wear? Anything with UV potential.
Berlin Festival – 8th – 12th September
What’s the vibe? Boat parties + private island + the beating sun of Croatia = a heavenly boutique festival.
Who’s playing? Disclosure, Chvrches, Chic Feat. Nile Rogers, London Grammar, Erol Alkan.
What to wear? This one draws London’s cool crowd so pack to impress. Perfect that beach babe hair, pile on the fringing and add the all-important poolslide.
Unknown Festival – 8th – 12th September
What’s the vibe? Since the dust has settled on ATP’s era of holiday camp raves (sadface) its current incarnation sees it move into a former NATO base in Iceland. Talk about obscure. It’s as eclectic and eccentric as it is intimate.
Who’s playing? Interpol, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Devendra Banhart, Mogwai, Liars
What to wear? You won’t find any flower headdresses here as it’s all vintage band tees and beards.
ATP Festival Iceland – 10th – 12th July