With festival season just around the corner and such an excitingly diverse array of festivals to choose from, audiences are after more than just a fantastic musical line up. More than ever, many are choosing to venture overseas, combining their favourite holiday destinations with some of the most exciting events, providing the ultimate music and cultural fix. From mountain top snow resorts, sun-kissed Croatian festivals and exotic Moroccan locations, to wallet friendly Eastern European hotspots, there is something for everyone to enjoy, the choice is yours!
Taking place in the charming alpine town of Mayrhofen, Austria. Snowbombing has carved out a reputation as the No.1 festival on snow. A world-class line-up, warm spring rays, 5* spas, and pure powdery perfection make snowbombing the ultimate winter sports festival experience. With live acts The Prodigy, Jungle, Bastille, Skepta and Slaves mixing with electronic music’s finest including Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Netsky and Oliver Heldens to name just a few, it’s set to be one of the most exciting editions to date.
Launched in 2003, the concept of Caprices Festival was to bring people and artists together in a dreamlike location in the Swiss Alps: Crans-Montana ski station. Now in it’s 13th year, the festival has gained a reputation for outstanding electronic lineups, an operational excellence, a creative mindset and one of the finest mountain line of the Alps. With a line up of the biggest names in techno including Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex and Jamie Jones, Caprices is set to be an unmissable party.
Set in a magnificent natural amphitheatre with gently rolling hills leading down to a private bay, a shimmering sandy beach and crystal clear waters, Electric Elephant offers the perfect fusion of holiday and festival. For five days, the picturesque Garden Tisno site is taken over by many of the the leading names in House, Disco and Electronica, playing across three stages, daily boat parties and the much-loved open-air club Barbarella’s. Acts taking to the decks for EE16 include Âme, Andrew Weatherall, Bicep, Boo Williams, Greg Wilson, Kerri Chandler, Laura Jones, Jacques Renault, Psychemagik, Steffi and Todd Terry.
Started as a student protest fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT continues to spread positive vibes in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. With a host of different stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels, EXIT welcomes you to enjoy artists from a diverse mix of musical genres. Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, this beautiful medieval fortress provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy the likes of hip hop hero Wiz Khalifa, pop superstar Ellie Goulding, much loved indie rockers Bastille as well as some of the biggest names in the electronic music such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Solomun, Nicky Romero & James Zabeila. EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism.
Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia, Positivus is gearing up to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary in 2016. Positivus transports chart-topping headliners, underground emerging talent and exciting art and dance stages to their unspoiled atmospheric coastal setting amid stunning woodland. Festival goers can dip their toes in the baltic sea or take in the atmosphere in a hammock beneath the trees as well as enjoying artists such as Ellie Goulding Wolf Alice, Seinabo Sey, Richard Hawley, John Newman, C Duncan, Mercury Rev and San Fermin.
Fresh from the success of its 10th anniversary edition in 2015, OFF Festival returns with another bold and eclectic lineup. With everything from the vital hip hop of Flatbush Zombies and grindcore legends Napalm Death through to much lauded producer Machinedrum and Philadelphia punks Beach Slang, OFF is truly a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. Staying true to itself and flying in the face of current trends the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music.
Sonus Festival is a techno beach festival held on Croatia’s Zrce Beach. The stunning Adriatic coast comes to life, as some of the world’s best dance clubs host huge superstars of techno. Aquarius, Kalypso and Papaya open their doors to an international audience year after year, hosting some of the season’s stand-out parties in perfect summer surroundings. As house and techno music continues its global festival sweep, Sonus Festival will return for its fourth year to the shores of Croatia for a 5-day affair with over 60 of the best international underground DJs. Sonus has officially revealed the first phase of artists performing at its 2016 edition in the fall including festival staples like Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Marco Carola, Apollonia, Chris Liebing and Dixon.
Just a short distance from the city of Amsterdam, the world’s longest running dance music festival takes visitors on a creative journey, combining the finest electronic music with an extensive arts and culture line-up. With over 346 acts, criss-crossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, there’s something for every electronic music fan. The extensive lifestyle and culture programme also features theatre, movies, live art, interactive installation art, street performers, hidden raves in the forests and spectacular shows.
Oasis brought a unique new festival experience to Morocco in 2015 with its debut event at the Fellah hotel in Marrakech. Soundtracked by the ultimate blend of house, techno, disco and electronica, the sizzling Moroccan sun ensures a laid-back festival vibe by day as guests cool off in the pool, unwind with daily yoga and massage, enjoy authentic local street food, and revel in the spectacular views of the nearby Atlas Mountains. As night falls, the dancefloor brings the heat, as the finest DJs and live acts perform under captivating star-lit skies.
Amsterdam’s thriving club and nightlife scene is well documented and for 5 days a year the city becomes the centre of the electronic music world as over 375,000 visitors flock to the city for the Amsterdam Dance Event – the ultimate music event for fans of electronic music. Taking place from 19-23 October, the festival features more than 2,200 international artists performing in more than 100 of Amsterdam’s most celebrated venues including Melkweg, Closure, Gashouder, the NDSM Docklands and De School.