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There’s nothing quite like a stomping around in the pouring rain at a British festival, but imagine what living it up at a festival would be like in the sunshine?! Oh yes, beyond our island, there’s a whole host of festivals making a name for themselves across the pond too. Here’s 11 of our favourites to boogie at.

Coachella, California

We’re being basic AF with this inclusion and ticket passes for this year have already sold-out, but we’d be foolish not to even give this celebrity endorsed festival a mention. Coachella, the festival where everyone in the know gains access with secret passes and brand partnerships, is a festival that’s more about flooding it on your Instafeed than it is about the music. But, for those who fancy venturing over to Cali for the latter, this year sees Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Rage Against the Machine headline.

10th-12th / 17th-19th April
www.coachella.com

SXSW, Texas

One festival I’m yearning to get my hands on tickets for is SXSW (or, South by Southwest for you newcomers to the festi). Bringing together the biggest and rising names in film, interactive media and music into ten days of electrifying fun, the Texan festival is a celebration, and raises a toast, to these creative industries through screenings, workshops, exhibitions and showcases. Get your holiday requests in now and book into ten days of serious entertainment.

13th-22nd March
www.sxsw.com

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Vivid Sydney, Australia

The photos alone are enough of a visit. Dubbed the ‘largest festival of light, music and ideas in the South Hemisphere’, Vivid Sydney has become a platform for light artists, musicians and creative minds alike to showcase their wondrous creations to thousands of eager festival goers. It’s a slightly more relaxed, less-party originated festival, and is more dedicated to showcasing these creative minds to their fullest potential. Expect 3D projections on Sydney’s iconic architectural buildings. It’s truly beautiful.

22nd May – 13th June
www.vividsydney.com

Lost & Found, Malta

Party vibes and good times should be the motto of Malta’s famed Lost & Found festi. Expect four days of nonstop musicians belting out their tunes, pool parties galore and even partying it up at your very own castle rave. Seriously, there’s an ancient castle party with your name on it. Line-up includes: Annie Mac, Slowthai, Mella Dee and Big Miz.

30th April – 3rd May
www.lostandfoundfestival.com

Primavera Sound, Spain

Known for being a bit of a lads, lads, lads festival, Primavera Sounds in Barcelona sure knows how to get a Brits to swing by. You lucky partygoers can expect to be boogying with Bikini Kill, Pavement, La Favi, Kim Gordon and Chromatics, all while you’re in the scorching Spanish sun. Perfect.

Meadow in the Mountains, Bulgaria

Except for the legendary Sunny Beach strip, Bulgaria isn’t your typical tourist trap, but you can sure snap up a cheap flight to this sun-kissed destination. Utilise it and opt for the festival kissed with mountain tops, aptly named Meadows in the Mountains. This year sees the festi celebrate its tenth birthday so you can guarantee it’s going to be one hell of a b’day bash. This year’s line-up includes: Jane Fitz, Kink (live), Miss Jay and Magda. 

Credit: Roger HO

The Governors Ball, NYC

Vampire Weekend? Check. Miley Cyrus? Yee haw. Stevie Nicks? Oh, hell yeah!

With ‘You’re doing great’ as a mantra, The Governors Ball is a festival we can get on board with. Promoting cheerful encouragement, positive reinforcement and a damn good time at the forefront of the festival, it’s a festival that’s well worth the buck. Spread across three days, expect to be partying to serious names.

Tomorrowland, France/Belgium

They say to live in the moment, but when tomorrow looks as good as Tomorrowland, it’s hard not to daydream today away. Whether you’re after a quick getaway for March, or you’re longing for a summer romance in July, Tomorrowland has two festies fitted for ‘winter’ and ‘summer’. For their March takeover, expect a line-up of Charlotte de Witte, Brohug, Da Tweekaz and HIDDEN.

Dates in March & July
www.tomorrowland.com

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Secret Solstice, Iceland

Boy, it’ll be cold AF but Secret Solstice is the place to be seen at this summer. Located in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, the year’s festival will see you partying to Lil Pump and Primal Scream inside a 5000 year-old lava tunnel. So, you know, just the usual…

 

26th-28th June
www.secretsolstice.is

Mysteryland, Netherlands

Another day, another -land festival, and this time it’s dedicated to you electronic dance lovers! With 300 artists spread across 22 mega stages, expect to be dancing deep into the night with DJ Snake, Timmy Trumpet, Armin Van Buuren and even a mystery headliner…

3rd-7th June
www.mysteryland.nl

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Burning Man, Nevada 

Burning Man is set to make its epic annual return in early September and everyone is trying to nab up flight tickets outta London and into Nevada. Nuzzled deep in the Black Rock Desert, Burning Man defines themselves not as a festival but rather ‘a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens’.

It’s become a way of life for its goers and is steeped in culture and history, and is a must-do for any party-fan.

30th August – 7th September
www.burningman.org