With a myriad of festivals spawning on our home turf every year, 2014 is the year to venture across earth, wind & fire to experience the weird and wonderful world of European festivals. As Glastonbury’s only a few weeks away, this is your chance to educate yourself before you take the plunge…
The Garden Festival, Croatia
Nestled away in the idyllic setting of Tisno, The Garden Festival is a longstanding member of the Croatian festival scene. With DJs hailing from all corners of the earth, the disco-head mecca is the epicentre of chilled vibes, picturesque scenery & a beautiful crowd. With a range of boat parties setting sail into the Adriatic Sea, you’ll be drawn back to shore by the late night partying that ensues at world renowned party-centre Barberellas. If you have the stamina to prolong the fun, Electric Elephant festival runs adjacent to Garden in the same location. A smaller, more intimate affair; the perfect combination to nurse your comedown.
Worldwide Festival, Seté
The South of France is renowned for its associations with opulence, money and sheer class, so it seems a fitting location for the more refined festival goer who doesn’t wish to stray too far from home comforts. Worldwide is the brainchild of French record label owner Gilles Peterson, and one of the most anticipated festivals which Peter claims to “highlight the authenticity and rich culture of the cities”. With Seté being the leading setting for the festival, there have been other mini festivals spanning across the world from Shanghai to Singapore.
Iconic Exit festival is set in the surroundings of the Petrovaradin fortress lined with collosal stone walls, forming the most incredible acoustics in the arenas. The award-winning festival, situated in the centre of Novi Sad city, Serbia features Carl Cox, Gorgon City & Heidi in this year’s line-up to name a few. If the acts & setting didn’t sell it to you, it was voted ‘Best Major European festival’ at the EU Festival Awards at the start of this year. And with the cheap flights & ticket, it’s probably the most economic.
Unknown festival comes from the makers of Hideout and WHP, and started welcoming the crowds only last year. The date sits right on the cusp of the end of the summer season in September, making it the perfect opportunity to draw a close to your debauched spell of summer fun. With Hideout becoming overrun by the type of people who you wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley, successor Unknown is a mystical adventure into the, well, uknown in the old town of Rovinj. With the likes of Chic ft. Nile Roger, Disclosure and London Grammar performing over a 5 day period, it’s the ideal opportunity to end your summer on a massive high.