Stuck in a festival rut? Looking for some exciting and enticing new festivals to explore? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve scoured the globe for the crème de la crème of inspirational festivals that we believe will change your summer and possibly even your life – you might just never want to go home again!
Burning Man, Nevada: 25th August – 1st September
If we’re talking life-changing festivals, it seems unthinkable to not include the monumental journey of self-discovery that is Burning Man festival. Comandeering Nevada’s Black Rock desert for the entirety of the week leading up to Labor Day, the Burning Man forges a temporary infrastructure for its residents to call home: Black Rock City. Within this City, ‘participants’ must commit themselves to the spirit of the community, with art, self-expression and self-reliance, all whilst leaving absolutely no trace when the festival diminishes.
Allowing all those who pass through the opportunity to truly express and explore their inner self, the Ten Principles of the festival ensure a positive life-changing experience that definitely should feature on everyone’s bucket list.
More info: www.burningman.com
Secret Solstice Midnight Sun Festival, Iceland: 20th – 22nd June
If you’re looking for a festival that provides an experience like no other, Secret Solstice is definitely one to mark on your calendar. Falling across the penultimate weekend in June for the first time ever this summer, Midnight Sun is strategically placed during Iceland’s summer solstice, allowing guests to witness the nation’s unique seasonal transition first hand. This means that while you’re grooving along to the likes of Massive Attack, the sun will not be setting for the entirety of the weekend, allowing you to douse yourself in a full 72 hours of glorious sun beams! Awesome line-up aside, festival fanatics need to tick this one off of their list simply to witness an experience completely out of this world!
More info: www.secretsolstice.is
Holi Festival, London: 29th June
Let a little colour and love into your life by joining in the Holi festival celebrations; an ancient Hindu religious event that has now been embraced all across the globe!
Traditionally, Holi festival is celebrated around March to mark the start of the spring equinox. During this time, festival goers start celebrations with a Holika bonfire, followed by a day of playing, chasing and colouring one another with coloured powder. Holi festival has now been adopted in many regions across the world, including a multitude of cities across the UK. This June, you can catch an adapted version of the innovative event during the festival of colours world tour, in London’s very own Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.
Both aesthetically astonishing and heart-warmingly fun, Holi festival will definitely have you smiling from ear to ear as you embrace the traditions of Hindu culture and religion.
More Info: www.holifestival.com/uk/en/your-city/london-142
Farm Festival, Somerset: 1st – 2nd August
For the economically conscious folk among us, why not put something back into the community by funding a completely independent festival? Your reward will be a refreshingly intimate atmosphere, pocket-friendly ticket prices and on-site alcohol and a completely fresh experience compared to the monster festivals dominating the festival circuit nowadays. Set in the rural heart of the great British countryside, Farm Festival will have you at one with your natural surroundings whilst also donating some of your entry fee to charity, allowing you to appreciate the true beauty of the great outdoors guilt-free. Plus, with the lack of overwhelming crowds, you can rest assured this is one festival that will have queue-free toilets!
More Info: www.farmfestival.co.uk
Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 1st – 25th August
Broaden your cultural and literary horizons with a trip to the largest arts festival in the world! Guaranteed to bring you a whole variety of performances that will inspire and entertain, the Fringe fest plays host to a range of artists – both established and upcoming – with a variety of talents, whether it be comedy, dance, acting, music, spoken word or an exhibition. With so much on offer to see and explore, Edinburgh is definitely the place to end your summer highs on!
More Info: www.edfringe.com