Further Afield - Ten Festival Picks

Insights Editor, Giles Fitzgerald, has selected his favourite festivals from around the world.

Sticking to no conventional theme, these festivals will guide you through every season of the coming year. Here are some the most uniquely located and original festivals you can imagine, from Cruise ships in the Singapore seas to the South African bush. Whether you're looking for boiling hot temperatures or the freezing cold, a relaxed cultural weekend or a full on rave, there's plenty to choose from.

FOMO / BRISBANE / AUSTRALIA / 9 Jan

Held over one day, with one stage and no clashes, this fresh out of the box festival features the likes of Jamie xx, Skepta and RL Grime, and aims to alleviate the pain of missing acts across multiple stages

BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT / NEW ORLEANS / USA / 11-12 March

An evocative mash up of New Orleans Mardi Gras culture, underground art communities and music from the likes of Pretty lights, Above & Beyond and Kid Cudi, this riverfront festival delivers a house party on a massive scale

SNOWBOXX / AVORIAZ / FRANCE / 12-19 March

Upping its game yet again for it 4th outing, the ultimate après ski party hits the Port du Soleil ski region with an onslaught of tropical pool parties, igloo rave sessions and mountainside concerts

LOST VILLAGE / LINCOLNSHIRE / UK / 27-29 May

Sample everything from emotive techno to Dutch electro funk in a secluded woodland setting. Billed as “a kaleidoscopic dreamscape of sights, sounds and secret hideaways”, its time to brush up on your map reading skills.

SECRET SOLSTICE / REYKJAVÍK / ICELAND / 17-19 June

Looking for a festival fit for 24-hour party people? How about 72-hours? Scheduled to tie in with the summer solstice, experience an eclectic music line-up and three days of perpetual sunlight. Pack your shades.

INTO THE VALLEY / DALHALLA / SWEDEN / 29-20 July

Easily the most instragram-able festival location of the year, join fifty of Electronic music’s finest as they descend into the depths of an abandoned limestone quarry on the edge of a forest for a uniquely Swedish take on a pool party.

OPPIKOPPI / LIMPOPO / SOUTH AFRICA / 5-7 August

Forget glamping and sample the real outdoors this summer. Set your tent in the hardened South African wilderness campsite affectionately nicknamed ‘Mordor’ and sample a diverse desert bound line-up

A SUMMER’S TALE / LUHMÜHLEN / GERMANY / 10-13 August

Recapture that small festival vibe and become one with nature as this laid back festival, which celebrates art, culture and culinary delights as well as good music, embarks on its 2nd outing

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA / KATOWICE / POLAND / 18-21 August

Set on the site of a former coal mine, this award winning festival serves up cutting edge electronic music and a plethora of avant-garde art installations, all under the backdrop of a unique post industrial setting

IT’S THE SHIP / MARINA BAY / SINGAPORE / 4-7 November

Hop aboard one of the largest cruise liners in the world, as this epic dance music festival steers the party out to sea for a third consecutive year. Light sticks and life jackets at the ready. 

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