With festival season upon us, we pick out some of the best around the world – without having to break the bank on flights.
Roskilde Festival, Denmark (26 June – 5 July)
Roskilde is northern Europe's largest festival, hosting a huge mix of upcoming music and established acts in genre spanning hip-hop, electro, rock and alternative. The lineup goes on forever, spread out over a week on nine stages. The lineup this year includes Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Muse, Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Hot Chip, Jamie xx, St. Vincent and The War on Drugs.
Blissfields, Vicarage Farm UK (3-4 July)
If you fancy something a little more intimate, boutique festival Blissfields is for you. Located on a small farm in the East Midlands, ticket capacity is only 2,500. Nonetheless, the lineup is great, with highlights including The Horrors, Simian Mobile Disco, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols and Glass Animals. It's a family-friendly festival, and easy to access via train from London.
Exit Festival, Serbia (9-12 July)
This is a festival renowned for its diversity. With a mixture of indie, rock, hip hop and EDM, some consider Exit to be the best festival in the world. The lineup this year sparkles with names like Faithless, The Prodigy, Motorhead, Eagles of Death Metal and John Newman headlining. There's nothing quite like an Eastern European party, but an Easter European festival is on a whole new level.
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan (24-26 July)
Well worth saving the dates in your calendar for this one. Pop over to the picturesque Naeba Ski Resort in Japan this July for a droolworthy lineup of electo and rock. Although it's not easy to get to (by train from Tokyo then an express bus), the lineup is worthy the long journey. Highlights include Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Muse, Deadmau5, Belle and Sebastian, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and FKA Twigs.
Summer Sonic Festival, Japan (15-16 August)
Summer Sonic Festival returns, stronger than ever, to Tokyo neighbor Chiba and Osaka. This time names like D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Manic Street Preachers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharell Williams head the bill. Bands switch between the locations over the weekend, and on the 14th, its little electo sister, Sonic Mania, takes over Tokyo's Makuhari Messe with names like the Prodigy and Marilyn Manson headlining.
Burning Man Festival, Nevada (30 August – 7 September)
Possibly the most hardcore festival in the world, Burning Man takes place in a desert, and has been compared by many to a prolonged acid trip. Throughout the week, festival goers experience tribal culture alongside contemporary music. It's a harsh environment and a surreal experience, and as a result, it's completely unforgettable. Best enjoyed with plenty of fancy dress, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure.
Ultra Music Festival, Japan (19-21 September)
Ultra Music Festival only takes a short breather before returning to Tokyo's Odaiba Ultra in September. So far the only names to have been confirmed are the king of trance, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Nicky Romero and Skrillex. It seems like these boys will have spent a large chunk of this year gracing Asia with the delights of Ultra.
Flight Centre Update: Ultra will also be hitting Bali this year at the Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak on 24-25 September. Lineup is yet to be announced.