Let’s dive into some of the most exciting bars you should check out around Sydney this summer. Saddle up, friends, and prepare to go on a journey of insightful exploration.
Where: Indio, California, USA
When: April 14-16 & 21-23, 2017
Lineup: Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, The XX, Bon Iver, Lorde…
Taking place in the middle of the Californian desert, Coachella is one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. Due to it close proximity to LA, you might also spot the odd celeb amongst the 100,000 revellers who attend each weekend. It’s definitely a place where people go to be seen, and they certainly dress to impress.
Where: Manchester, Tennessee, USA
When: June 8-11, 2017
Lineup: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume…
As far as American music festivals go, Bonnaroo is one of the more authentic and hardcore festival experiences money can buy. It's one of the greatest camping experiences at any festival in the world, and the organisers always deliver a ripper lineup. After surviving four days of sleeping outside and watching remarkable bands, in the Tennessee heat, no one will doubt your festival cred.
Where: Somerset, England
When: June 21-25, 2017
Lineup: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The National, Katy Perry, The XX…
No festival comes with greater esteem or a richer history than Glastonbury. Countless greats have graced its stages and to this day the festival’s lineup is always guaranteed to be awe-inspiring.
From its monster main stages to its smaller (and anarchic) tents that litter the surrounding woods, your experience is sure to be a blur of amazing sounds, mischief, hippies and cider. In its essence, Glastonbury provides the quintessential festival experience and a definite addition to the bucket list.
Where: Benicàssim, Spain
When: July 13-16, 2017
Lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Kasabian, Foals, Deadmau5, Rufus…
The Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB), or Benicàssim for short, is a perfect combo of holidaying and festival. For the former, picturesque beaches are 20 minutes away, helping to wash away the toxins of the previous night. For the latter, you’ll witness some of the best guitar music line-ups year in and year out. There’s a reason why it’s gone from 50K capacity in 2009 to 150K over the entire weekend at last year’s event; it’s a beautiful festival, in a beautiful location, with lots of beautiful (scantily clad) people.
Splendour in the Grass
Where: Byron Bay, Australia
When: July 21-23, 2017
Lineup: The XX, Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Two Door Cinema Club, Haim, Catfish and the Bottlemen…
Splendour is one of the largest, and well-renowned, festivals on Australian soil. Since 2001, SITG has been producing impressive lineups, featuring a wide set of rock, electronic and alternative genres. It happens to fall during Australia’s winter season, so pack gumboots; it’s nickname, ‘Splendour in the Mud’, isn’t a coincidence. That being said, whether it’s raining or glistening, the sight of 30,000 revellers on North Byron Parklands’ hillside is breathtaking. The campsite boasts countless stages, tee-pee dance floors and craft stations (and they’ve ditched the annoying food and drink tokens this year).
Where: Boom, Belgium
When: July 21-23 & 28-30, 2017
Lineup: Alesso, David Guetta, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox…
Tomorrowland is, simply put, the biggest electronic music showdown on earth. The Belgian festival, based in the appropriately-named town of Boom, has attracted the biggest DJs and electronic music makers in the world for more than ten years now, and the party just keeps getting bigger and better. Fest-goers can expect a true feast for the senses; 15 stages of music, volcanoes, giant disco balls, even bigger butterflies and industrial-sized quantities of confetti.
Where: Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
When: July 28-30, 2017
Lineup: Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Queens of the Stone Age…
Fuji Rock is the biggest outdoor music event in Japan. It’s also one of the largest and most recognised music festivals in Asia (and the world, for the matter). In it’s infancy (1997/98), the event took place at the base of Mount Fuji, but ever since 1999 it has been held at Naeba Ski Resort. The resort enchants its visitors with sparkling streams and rolling green forests. As well as enjoying performances from more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, festival goers can also take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, providing spectacular views of the festival and its surrounds.
Where: Chicago, USA
When: August 3-6, 2017
Lineup: Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, Blink 182, Alt-J…
Few music festivals carry the same level of esteem or star power than Lollapalooza. It was created in 1991, by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, as a farewell tour for his band. Since then, the festival has evolved into an extravaganza of music, dance, comedy, and crafts, with over 160,000 festival goers taking part over the three days. This certainly isn’t a bad spot for a festival either, scenically flanked by Lake Michigan and the towering Chicago skyline.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: August 9-16, 2017
Lineup: Kasabian, Major Lazer, Pink, Alt J, The Vaccines, Charlie XCX…
Sziget is a giant of the European festival circuit, attracting more than 350,000+ revellers to its charming island location, in the heart of Budapest, each year. The sheer scale of the festival – 50 venues and 200 daily performances over seven days – is mind-blowing. This festival allows you to stay in Budapest and explore the city; its cool “ruin” pubs (shout out to Szimpla Bar) and thermal baths await. To take part in the live music, ongoing parties, theatre performances and even circus exhibitions, Sziget is only a tram or river ferry away.
Reading and Leeds
Where: Reading, England & Leeds, England
When: August 25-27, 2017
Lineup: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse, Two Door Cinema Club, Major Lazer, Haim…
Reading and Leeds Festival rightly sits among the world's genuine rock elite. Held over England’s summer bank holiday weekend, this festival is a right of passage for many of the local students who add to this festival’s young and enthusiastic crowd. Beyond being a slice of heaven for British indie/guitar loving festival goers, recent Reading and Leeds lineups have expanded to include more next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. Eclecticism at its finest.
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
When: 27 August – 4 September 2017
Lineup: You’ll know when you see them…
Described as "an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and self-reliance", Burning Man is more of an artistic escape than a music festival, with each camper providing a service or performance for their space over the event. There are also interactive sculptures, the chance to meet a wonderful variety of free sprits and the famous annual burning of a large wooden effigy. The performing DJs are last-minute surprises – techy producers like Deadmau5 and Tyco – but that’s just part of the action in a place that has its own pyrotechnics and laser regulations.
8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
As one of the world’s most relaxed cities, in regards to drugs and sex, it’s not hard to imagine why Amsterdam is popular amongst partygoers. While not everyone’s cup of tea, the infamous Red Light District is a main attraction, and it’s an experience that every young traveller should have. There are sex workers peering out of brothel windows, raucous bars, haze-filled ‘coffee shops' and strip shows all squeezed into a few city blocks; the place is crazy. If you’re after a night or two of debauchery, look no further.
7. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona certainly comes alive at night and, no, it doesn’t sleep. Everything happens later around these parts, with late night dinners and drinks the norm. The same goes for clubbing as well; the city’s big clubs don’t even open until midnight - 1am and they kick on well into the morning. So, be prepared for a big one - you can sleep when you’re dead!
6. Lagos, Portugal
In peak season (summertime), Lagos’ warm cobblestone streets are swarmed with partygoers sampling the smorgasbord of small bars and clubs the town has to offer. The venues are dirt-cheap and have their own unique novelties/drink deals/competitions that they use to draw in the punters each night. The result is plenty of booze-fuelled antics and a bunch of laughs.
5. The Prague Pub Crawl
In terms of pub-crawls, they don’t get any better than Prague’s. The ‘Prague Pub Crawl’ is arguably the biggest pub-crawl in Europe; the sheer number of travellers who go on the crawl each night is crazy. If you jump on board, you’re in for a wild ride. The guides take you to all the best spots in town (Prague has some awesome clubs) and you get the usual perks - free entry and drinks at each stop.
4. "Sparty", Budapest
Budapest’s Sparty (spa + party), held most Saturday nights at Budapest’s renowned Széchenyi Baths, will blow your mind. DJs play to a psychedelic light show, creating an incredible atmosphere for the hundreds of revellers drinking and dancing in the bath’s waters. Don’t stress if the weather is bad either; you’ll be more than warm enough in the bath’s toasty waters.
3. Oktoberfest, Munich
With all the hype and tradition surrounding Oktoberfest, one can be forgiven for being a little skeptical as to whether it can be as good as everyone says. But, let me tell you, it's even better! The atmosphere is truly incredible - the steins, the sing-alongs, the rides, the food - a day at Oktoberfest blurs into one extremely foggy (but fond) memory. Also, don’t be deterred if you don’t drink beer; there’s other drink options available.
2. Ios, Greece
There are plenty of party options throughout Greece, but Ios is something else. There’s an abundance of bars and clubs, all packed together in the middle of town. The atmosphere is electric and, with party goers hopping from one place to the next, the whole town turns into one big party. The fun doesn’t stop there either; during the day, head to Far Out for their epic pool parties.
1. Sail Croatia
Living on a party boat for a week, and island hopping through the stunning Croatian islands, pretty much speaks for itself, doesn’t it? While there are many different routes you can take, the outcome is always the same - amazing parties, beaches, activities and vibes. It’s a great way to meet people; by living and partying together for the week, you become like family with your fellow sailors. The must-do for the young party traveller, Sail Croatia has the potential to be the best week of your life.