Are you studying abroad and want an experience which you will hold in your memory forever? Then head to a festival in the United Kingdom or Spain. What better way to spend a long weekend in the sun, than relaxing at one of the incredible music festivals around the world. Whether it be donning the wellies and hitting the mud, or sitting on a collapsible chair around a camp fire with the sausages sizzling and a cider in hand, there is a music festival for everyone.
Amongst some of the most famous festivals are:
Glastonbury – quite often referred to as “Glasto”, this festival is without a doubt the largest greenfield and most well known music festival in the UK, and even in the world. Not only does the line up include acts such as Beyonce and Coldplay, but there is also such a diverse range of music genres, attractions, performing arts displays, and many other aspects to this awe-inspiring weekend. Located in a quaint country village near Pilton, Somerset, this festival attracts visitors from all over the world, and is the most convenient festival for students studying in Bristol and even Bournemouth. As said before, this enchanting experience is best known for its music, but with around 100,000 ticket holders, there truly is something for everyone in this tented city.
Secret Garden Party – this unique independent arts and music festival takes place every year and can be found amongst the mystical trees in a field in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, making it the ideal festival for students from Cambridge, and Oxford. This magical and enchanting festival offers an alternative to the mainstream music festivals, as it concentrates more on up-coming artists and different music genres to the chart music played at many other festivals. The popularity and size of this festival increases every year, so don’t be afraid to go mad, join in on the fancy dress fun, and enjoy that primal sense of freedom.
Wireless Festival - one of England’s premier music festivals, takes place in the magnificent Hyde Park, in the heart of London. With the various stages, and grand open spaces, you will be able to experience the best of today’s mainstream music, from pop and dance, to rock and hip hop. The festival itself was established in 2005 by LiveNation, who also run Download and Hyde Park Calling, and despite many changes in length of time, venue etc, this festival has become a main event during the music summer.
Sónar – taking place over a 3-day period, this annual music festival is held in the artistic city of Barcelona, Spain. The festival itself is held in two separate locations with coaches travelling from the daytime location to the night-time location. This exciting music festival is officially described as a mix of the most up-to-date national and international artists, with a range of genres and performances. Although tending to favour the electronic music scene, with techno, house, and hip hop, there are many more aspects which attract a wider audience.
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – more commonly known as “FIB”, this outstanding music festival is held in the heat of the summer in Benicàssim, on the east coast of Spain, between Barcelona and Valencia. With plenty of flexibility on entrance, and buses which run regularly from the site to various water parks around the area, there is plenty to do for the week of fun in the sun. The line up never fails to impress with acts such as a Dizzee Rascal, Florence + The Machine, and David Guetta tearing up the stage and sending the crowds into a flurry of excitement. Soak up the rays and cherish that ice cold beer, as you create memories you’re sure to never forget.
So there we have it, a very short list of some of what we think are the top festivals around. Obviously the list is endless around the world, so wherever it is you’re studying, visiting, or living in; take that weekend trip and we can guarantee that as soon as the festival ends you’ll be counting down the days till next summer.