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The Hottest Summer Festivals Abroad

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Can’t face wading through Glastonbury’s mounds of mud? We don’t blame you. If you like your festivals with a side of sun, you’ll need to book further afield. From sun-kissed beaches to desert hideaways, here’s our pick of the hottest music festivals in Europe and America that promise glorious weather and guaranteed good times.

Sziget Festival, Hungary

Where is it? Budapest.

When is it? 9th – 16th August 2017.

What to expect… A haven for culture vultures and mad music fans. Set in the charming centre of Budapest, this giant festival hosts an impressive 200 daily performances in 50 different venues over seven days. And the line-up is pretty immense too. See everyone from Kasabian, alt-J and Major Laser to Pink and Rita Ora. This is a pop and rock lover’s dream.

How much? From €299 for seven day ticket.



Oasis Festival, Morocco.

Where is it? Marrakech.

When is it? 15th – 17th September 2017.

What to expect… Sizzling street food, relaxing yoga sessions and a heavy hit of music. This magical festival in the heart of Marrakech has everything from massage, yoga and reflexology to all-night dance sessions with the coolest names in cutting edge music. Relax in the hammam, wander through the bustling souks of the Medina and soak up the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains – this is quite literally a heavenly oasis waiting to be explored.

How much? €159 for a weekend pass.



Exit Festival, Serbia

Where is it? Novi Sad.

When is it? 5th – 9th July 2017.

What to expect… A politically-fuelled party session set in the majestic setting of a medieval fortress. This year’s killer line-up includes Liam Gallagher, Faithless and Rag’N’Bone Man.

How much? Four-day tickets from £97.90.



Hideout Festival, Croatia

Where is it? Zrce Beach.

When is it? 26th – 30th June.

What to expect… Beautiful beaches, epic boat parties and the biggest names in clubland. This year’s bill includes Major Lazer Soundsystem, Stormzy, Diplo, Jamie Jones, Wiley, MK, Elrow's Rowlympic Games and many more.

How much? £152.90 for standard tickets.



Sea Dance Festival, Montenegro

Where is it? Budva.

When is it? 13th – 15th July.

What to expect… Towering mountains, unspoiled beaches and an impressive line-up including the likes of John Newman, Sean Paul and Fatboy Slim.

How much? £42.50 for a three-day pass.



Way Out West, Sweden

Where is it? Gothenburg

When is it? 10th – 12th August 2017.

What to expect… With headliner Frank Ocean, The xx, Lana Del Ray and Pixies, there’s a little something for everyone at this Swedish festival. In addition, the organisers continue their long-term commitment to environmental issues, ensuring the festival is completely meat, fish and dairy free. Interested? Get your Scandi cool on and embrace the party with a side of conscience.

How much? From 1995 SEK plus booking fee (about £178).



Benicàssim, Spain

Where is it? Barcelona.

When is it? 13th – 16th July 2017.

What to expect… Sun, sea and an epic music line-up. Just minutes away from the beach, festival goers can bask in the sunshine, cool down in the crystal waters and then get in full party mode by rocking out to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kasabian and Foals.

How much? Four-day tickets €149



Love International, Croatia

Where is it? Garden Resort, Tisno.

When is it? 28th June – 5th July 2017.

What to expect… A beautiful wonderland on the Adriatic coast. The festival is set in a majestic natural amphitheatre, surrounded by rolling hills and a private bay with shimmering sandy beaches and turquoise seas. With everything from sunrise sessions to secret boat parties, this coastal gem promises a week-long party session with guaranteed sunshine.

How much? Eight-day pass £125 plus booking fee; day tickets from £15.



Burning Man, USA

Where is it? Nevada.

When is it? 27th August – 4th September 2017.

What to expect… A hedonistic funfest – it’s not every day you get to party in the middle of the desert donning fancy dress and a pair of this season’s essential space-age goggles. DJs spin the decks from sunrise to sunset for 24-hour party vibes and there’ll be plenty of pyrotechnics and mesmerising laser shows. Sensory overload.

How much? From $425 plus $80 for vehicle pass.



Primavera Sound, Spain

Where is it? Barcelona.

When is it? 31st May – 4th June 2017.

What to expect… Beach vibes and an eclectic line-up of international acts. This year’s highlights include Arcade Fire, The xx, Frank Ocean and Bon Iver.

How much? €90 for day tickets. Full festival tickets have now sold out, but resales are available here



Sónar, Spain

Where is it? Barcelona, Spain.

When is it? 15th – 17th June 2017.

What to expect… With a dazzling reputation for pulling together some of the world's best electronica, Sónar promises an enviable line-up of dance-fuelled mayhem.

How much? €90 for a two-day ticket.



Tomorrowland, Belgium

Where is it? Boom.

When is it? 21st – 30th July.

What to expect… Party goers can look forward to 15 sprawling stages of music – EDM features heavily here – as well as volcanoes, giant glittering disco balls, enormous butterflies and industrial-sized quantities of confetti. Magic doesn’t even cut it.

How much? Full madness pass €281. Tickets have now sold out but keep checking the website for resales.



Villette Sonique, France

Where is it? Paris.

When is it? 25th – 31st May 2017.

What to expect… Seven days of rock and electro in the super cool setting of Parc de La Villete. Look forward to an eclectic music line-up, with gigs scattered across different venues in the city. Two days of the festival are free, so things can get a little crowded.

How much? Various prices from €22.



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