Bucket List: The Best Festivals to attend in 2017
The global festival scene is thriving, with a diverse array of unique festival escapes in exciting new destinations. From mountain top snow festivals and exotic Moroccan escapes, to adventures in the Costa Rica jungle, wallet friendly Eastern European hotspots and amazing city festivals to combine with long weekends of culture and sightseeing, there’s something for every festival adventurer. Need some inspiration? Here are 9 unforgettable festival escapes for 2017…
START 2017 WITH A TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVAL AT COSTA RICA’S ENVISION
Located where beach meets forest and waterfalls in the jungle of Uvita, Costa Rica, Envision Festival days are bursting with art, spirituality, yoga and education, whilst nights are committed to celebrating humanity through music, dance and performance. Offering an enticing mix of world music, dance music, reggae and live acts, the 2017 line-up includes Opiuo, Autograf, Rising Appalachia, Goldfish and Acid Pauli. Envision takes place from 23-26 February 2017. You can book tickets here on the official Envision website.
RAVE IN AN IGLOO AT SNOWBOMBING, THE WORLD’S NO.1 FESTIVAL ON SNOW
Snowbombing. Where to start… Mayrhofen, Austria, that’s where. A festival up a mountain 8,497 ft above ordinary, in one of the finest ski resorts in Europe, showcasing world class acts in one of the most unique venues imaginable (think igloo raves, enchanted forest parties and mountain-top stages). Snowbombing 2017 promises to be the most ambitious event to date with a world-class lineup that includes Run The Jewels, Chase & Status, Dixon, Courteeners, Blossoms, Slaves, Novelist, Monki, Grandmaster Flash, KiNK, Groove Armada, Eats Everything, Cassy, Stefflon Don and many more. All this plus TV legend Pat Sharp is set to bring his FunHAUS to SB17!
Snowbombing takes place from 3-8 April 2017. To book tickets visit the official Snowbombing website.
MIX MUSIC & CULTURE ON A CITY BREAK TO BILBAO FOR BBK LIVE
Set atop the Kobetamendi Hill with breathtaking views across culture-rich Bilbao, Bilbao BBK Live 2017 will showcase the most-respected names in electronic music including Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall, Daphni, Job Jobse, DJ Tennis and Motor City Drum Ensemble. With many more acts still to be announced, it’s the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, a vast cultural hub, and the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene.
Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. To book tickets visit the BBK website.
PARTY IN A FORTRESS OVERLOOKING THE RIVER DANUBE AT EXIT, SERBIA
Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, the magical Petrovaradin Fortress set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad provides the perfect setting for the EXIT Festival. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with a diverse mix of artists performing on numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts, and tunnels. Also renowned for its amazing atmosphere, it’s that special moment when the sun’s rays shine over the fortress walls and your favorite tune is belting through the sound system and into your soul! EXIT continues to deliver the most adventurous and value for money festival experiences in Europe so keep your eyes peeled for the first acts to be announced soon.
Exit Festival takes place from 6-9 July 2017. 4-day tickets from £79 available at exitfest.org
ENJOY THE PICTURESQUE WOODLAND SETTING OF POSITIVUS FESTIVAL IN LATVIA
Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia, Positivus is the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States, transporting chart-topping headliners, underground emerging talent and exciting art and dance stages amid stunning woodland. Festival goers can dip their toes in the baltic sea or take in the atmosphere in a hammock beneath the trees while enjoying a rich diversity of international chart toppers and underground emerging talent in this idyllic holiday location. Positivus was also recognized in the 2013, 2015 and 2016 European Festival Awards being a finalist in the ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ category and also for ‘Best Festival Line Up’ in 2013. First acts for 2017 will be announced soon
Positivus takes place from 14-16 July 2017. 3-day festival passes from £67 at positivusfestival.com
DISCOVER THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC AT OFF FESTIVAL IN KATOWICE
OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. OFF’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward-thinking, music policy and it’s bold and eclectic lineups. OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organizers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music. This year will be more of the same with the first acts announced being Kikagaku Moyo, Swans and The Black Madonna.
OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. 3-day tickets from £52 available at off-festival.pl
FIND YOUR ZEN AT MYSTERYLAND’S HEALING GARDEN
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, crisscrossing 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 program also features theater, movies, live art, interactive installation art, street performers, hidden raves in the forests and spectacular shows.
Mysteryland takes place from 26 – 27 August 2017. To book tickets visit mysteryland.nl
JOURNEY TO NORTH AFRICA TO DANCE BENEATH THE STARS AT MOROCCO’S OASIS FESTIVAL
Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. Guests can experience Moroccan culture on-site with authentic local street food, a wide selection of locally produced and organic products, market vendors, henna artists and more. With the ‘Red City’ of Marrakech just 10 minutes from the festival it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the rich Berber, Arabic and Moorish culture, historic sights, desert landscapes, souks, spas and aromatic cuisine.
Oasis takes place from 15 – 17 September 2017. To book tickets visit theoasisfest.com
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC CULTURE AT THE AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT
Amsterdam’s thriving club and nightlife scene is well documented and for 5 days a year the city becomes the center of the electronic music world as over 375,000 visitors flock to the city for the Amsterdam Dance Event. The ultimate music festival for fans of electronic music takes place in October, featuring more than 2,200 international artists performing in more than 100 of Amsterdam’s most celebrated venues including Melkweg, Closure, Gashouder, Claire, Shelter, Paradiso, the NDSM Docklands and De School. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, ADE also offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program featuring a wealth of dance music-related exhibitions, films, documentaries, DJ showcases, gear master classes and artist Q&A’s, taking place across Amsterdam’s five main districts, utilising historical locations and unique venues across the city.
ADE takes place from 18 – 22 October 2017. To book tickets visit www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl