first_imgBored of V? Didn’t get Glastonbury tickets? Fed up with camping in the mud? There are plenty of alternatives for the music festival-goer in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Here are 20 of the biggest, the best, the sunniest and the downright craziest. Rock on! 10. Montreux Jazz FestivalWhere: Montreux, SwitzerlandWhen: 5-20 JulyWhat: Historic festival that’s hosted names from Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Zappa… and Status QuoWho: Prince, Deep Purple, Bobby WomackWhy: To take the Jazz Train through the Alps11. PohodaWhere: Trencin, SlovakiaWhen: 11-13 JulyWhat: Family-friendly fest featuring big names in rock, pop and danceWho: Smashing Pumpkins, PeachesWhy: There’s a kids’ club where you can leave your offspring while you mosh to The Offspring. Not that they’re playing.12. BenicassimWhere: Valencia , SpainWhen: 18-21 JulyWhat: All your favourite acts, plus sunshine and cheaper beerWho: The Killers, Arctic MonkeysWhy: Swap the mud and rain for Spain… yeah, yeah, yawn13. MetaltownWhere: Gothenburg, SwedenWhen: 4-6 JulyWhat: Metal, metal and more metal (like, duh, what were you expecting, The Carpenters?)Who: Slipknot, Korn, DanzigWhy: Just so you can attempt to say ‘I’m going to Metaltown’ while keeping a straight face14. OutlookWhere: Pula, Croatia When: 29 August – 2 SeptemberWhat: Beats by the beach for those who like their beats more Andy C than Armin Van BuurenWho: LTJ Bukem, The Pharcyde, GoldieWhy: Boat parties fuelled by sub-bass, sunshine and, quite possibly, alcohol15. Hellfest Where: Clisson, FranceWhen: 21-23 JuneWhat: Well, from the name you may have deduced that it’s not a family-friendly event featuring magicians and story-telling tentsWho: Def Leppard, ZZ Top, WhitesnakeWhy: So you can tell your mum you saw Pig Destroyer Mainland Europe6. Rock WechterWhere: Leuven, BelgiumWhen: 4-7 JulyWhat: Mega rock festival with heavyweight line-upWho: Rammstein, Tame Impala, Vampire WeekendWhy: They publish all the times that bands are on stage in advance, so you don’t have to fork out even more cash on one of those lanyard thingys7. TomorrowlandWhere: 26-28 JulyWhen: Boom, BelgiumWhat: ‘A trippy technicolour fantasy’Who: Avicii, Knife Party, Armin Van BuurenWhy: It’s set in an amusement park, so you can go on the rollercoasters when you’ve had a few beers8. RoskildeWhere: Roskilde, DenmarkWhen: 29 June – 7 JulyWhat: Massive, famous music festival, once graced by Status QuoWho: Kris Kristofferson, KraftwerkWhy: To witness/take part in the annual Nude Run, the male and female winners of which win a ticket for next year9. SzigetWhere: Budapest, HungaryWhen: 5-12 AugustWhat: Europe’s biggest music festival, held on an island in the DanubeWho: Bad Religion, The CribsWhy: It goes on for a whole week (if that’s a good thing), and boasts ‘an electronically amplified, warped amusement park that has nothing to do with reality’ Related20 best music festivals 2014Forget Reading. How about Hellfest? 20 of the biggest, best and craziest music festivals in the world in 2014.Top 20 music festivals in 201220 of the biggest, best and the craziest music festivals in the worldReal Value Music Festivals: budget savvy music fans should head to PolandReal Value Music Festivals: budget savvy music fans should head to Polandcenter_img The rest of the world16. Burning ManWhere: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USAWhen: 26 August – 2 SeptemberWhat: The daddy (or should that be Earth Mummy?) of far-out festivals. Makes Glastonbury look like The Proms, especially after a shandy or twoWho: ‘Burning Man isn’t your usual festival, with big acts booked to play on massive stages’, they sayWhy: $380 and they haven’t even booked The Kaiser Chiefs. Why indeed!17. Strings & SolWhere: Puerto Morelos, Mexico When: 11-15 DecemberWhat: As the name suggests, music and sunshine, by the beach on the Mayan RivieraWho: Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Greensky BluegrassWhy: You’ll be goin’ loco down in Acapulco,,, well, almost18. Craven Country JamboreeWhere: Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaWhen: 11-14 JulyWhat: ‘The World’s Greatest Country Music Festival’Who: Dixie Chicks, Randy TravisWhy: If Hank Williams was still with us today, he’d be there19. ShambhalaWhere: Nelson, British Columbia, CanadaWhen: 7-12 AugustWhat: Not for the faint-hearted! New Age-y electronic music festival held on a cattle ranch in the Canadian RockiesWho: Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts… Disco Dave!Why: To daub yourself in luminous paint and have a strange encounter with someone dressed as a nine-foot insect20. Fuji RockWhere: Naeba, Niigata, JapanWhen: 26-28 JulyWhat: Japan’s largest outdoor music event in a mountain setting, with forests and rivers between stages, and a cable carWho: My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, The CureWhy: For a festival experience so utterly different to Reading or V. For example, their website advises not to go near the bees’ nests. Watch out for the snakes, and the bears!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map UK1. GlastonbudgetWhere: Leicestershire, EnglandWhen: 24-26 MayWhat: Not just a bad pun, but a festival specialising in tribute bandsWho: Oasish, Green Date, The Fillers, Kins of Leon etc, etcWhy: Even better than the real thing? It”s certainly cheaper.2. The WickermanWhere: Dumfries & Galloway, ScotlandWhen: 26-27 JulyWhat: Glastonbury on a much smaller scaleWho: North Tyneside SteelbandWhy: To witness the burning of a big bloke made of straw3. RewindWhere: Perth, Scotland and Henley-on-Thames, EnglandWhen: 26-28 July and 16-18 AugustWhat: 80s-tastic retro festWho: Belinda Carlisle, Heaven 17, Level 42, Rick AstleyWhy: Because heaven is a place on Earth4. BloodstockWhere: Derbyshire, EnglandWhen: 8-11 AugustWhat: The UK’s biggest independent metal festivalWho: Anthrax, SlayerWhy: To cheer yourself up with a good headbang5. Festival No.6Where: Portmeirion, WalesWhen: 13-15 SeptemberWhat: ‘A festival like no other’Who: Manic Street Preachers, ChicWhy: The Don’t Tell Stories Magical Woodlands Traillast_img read more