You can’t deny it, festivals are more popular than ever. Many people prefer a good festival over hanging out in an overly crowded club. There’s something about the open air that get people going and make them feel free and without any worry whatsoever. Not only can you enjoy your favorite music, you also have the chance to see the artists perform them live on stage…while you’re enjoying a good beer and soaking up the sun.
But which festivals are worth spending your hard-earned money on and go traveling for. We have made a selection of the five best festivals of 2018 we think you should absolutely go to if you have the chance.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival – Indio, California (USA)
(April 13-15 and April 20-22 / Three-day ticket $429)
Coachella must be one of the world’s most popular festivals. It attracts lots of visitors from all over the world and not without reason. This year’s lineup is pretty impressive if we might say so. With acts like Miguel, Cardi B., Migos, Eminem, The Weeknd and no one other than the Queen (Beyoncé) herself, Coachella 2018 is already promising more than are hearts (and feet) could probably take. So bring your comfy shoes and good spirits, and you’ll have the time of your life without a doubt!
Parklife – Heaton Park, Manchester (UK)
(June 9-10 / One-day ticket $88)
If the Louis Vuitton DJ set alone doesn’t impress you, then wait for the real showstopper: Liam Gallagher’s homecoming show (you know the guy from the band Oasis)! But the rest of the lineup isn’t too shabby either. With acts like Lorde, J Hus, and A$AP Rocky, Parklife is definitely worth the visit. Especially with VIP tickets to the Colonnade area which gives you access to special bars, stages that aren’t accessible to non-VIP pass holds, and the most delicious food spots at the entire festival!
Bergenfest – Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen (Norway)
(June 12-16 / Four-day ticket $279)
Have you ever partied in a real castle that was built in the 1200s? If you haven’t, you should definitely consider going to Bergenfest. The five day long festival performances by artists such as Queens of Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, J Hus, George Ezra, Sigrid, and James Bay. But even if you want some change and get away from the performances on stage, this festival has more to offer. There are a range of cultural attractions (such as Kode art Museum and Bergen Art Hall) to visit which are in the near vicinity of the festival grounds.
Isle Of Wright Festival – Isle Of Wright, Newport (UK)
(June 21-24 / Weekend ticket $284)
This year the Isle Of Wright Festival is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. The festival was first organized in 1968 and has grown into a bigger event than people could’ve ever imagined. This year’s list of headliners is pretty impressive, with acts like Liam Gallagher, Depeche mode, Rita Ora, Van Morrison, Kasabian, and Camila Cabello. When it comes to food and drinks you won’t be disappointed either. In the Octopus’ Garden you’ll be able to enjoy a nice glass of quality gin/tonics, a specialty beer or stuff your face with lots of international dishes. The fiftieth anniversary is being celebrated with a spectacular party on Saturday, June 23rd.
Lovebox – Gunnersbury Park, London (UK)
(July 13-14 / One-day ticket $81)
Lovebox is one of London’s most popular festivals. For the past 12 years it was located in Victoria Park but this year the event is moving west of downtown London, to Gunnersbury Park. But don’t worry, that’s the only change you can expect. The lineup will be amazing as usual, with acts like Wu-Tang Clan, NERD, Childish Gambino, Anderson Paak, and Skepta.