Unmissable® Festivals for 2014

 

Here we take a look at some of the best festivals for 2014.  We’ve included the major contenders, such as Bestival and IOW, simply because they are still so popular on the festival calendar.  We can organise the tickets for the day or weekend, travel (train, car or campervan for example) and a huge array of sleeping options from basic hotels and camping, right through to VIP accommodation experiences in the heart of the festival grounds.  Money can’t buy elements can also be added, if your budgets allow.

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen – April

Not long to go now until this week-long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands, in the idyllic alpine setting of Mayrhofen, Austria.  Days are spent skiing/boarding, enjoying music on mountain-top stages or relaxing in the spa of a 4* hotel.  Nights deliver cutting edge performances from world-class acts in unique venues; from a sky high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. Now in its fifteenth year, Snowbombing is regarded by many as, “The Greatest Show on Snow” and isn’t to be missed.

Coachella  – April

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a three-day annual music and arts festival is held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features a wide choice of genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and electronic music as well as large scale sculptural art.  Ok, so it’s not cheap to get to, but boy, what an experience you get here.

Isle of Wight Festival – June

A staple in the festival calendar.  The Isle of Wight Festival returns from 12 to 15 June at Seaclose Park, near Newport and we cannot wait – its going to be epic as ever!  Biffy Clyro will be headlining the Friday night and joining them will be Calvin Harris and the Kings of Leon.

Montreax Jazz Festival – July

Founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs the festival was first held at the Montreux Casino featuring mostly jazz artists including the Charles Lloyd Quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. In the 1970s, organisers began allowing artists from other musical genres such as blues, soul and rock to perform. Today, jazz remains part of the festivals historic roots, but other musical styles have found their place with a line up last year consisting of eclectic acts such as BB King, Black Eyes Peas and Jeff Beck. This year’s line up is attached to this itinerary.  Last year Leonard Cohen and Green Day performed on the main stages, so there’s every likelihood that the calibre will be equally as high this year.

The Garden Festival  – July

Live bands and DJs from all aspects of dance music culture have been to play and party, and there are not many festivals where revellers can swim in the glistening Adriatic, relaxing beneath the pines and dancing under a canopy of stars. One of Europe’s best boutique festivals was nominated in the prestigious UK Festival Awards 2013. Arguably the most charming boutique festival in Croatia and the founding father of all the festivals on the Adriatic coast, The Garden Festival has been nominated in the Best Small Festival and in the European Festival Awards and Best Overseas Festival in the UK Awards.

The Secret Garden Party – July

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and magical festivals in all the land, the Secret Garden Party overflows with creativity, colour and mystery. Set in a 10 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and a lake, the Secret Garden Party is a true escape from normality, with surprises and new experiences around every corner. Creativity, participation, exploration and adventure are the motivators for organisers and gardeners alike. The many installations are there to be played and engaged with, rather than observed. Play being the key word; behaving silly and getting messy are encouraged and expected rather than frowned upon.

Wilderness – August

Had it up to the brim of your straw hat with overly commercial, logo-splattered festivals? This relatively new, unapologetically boho weekender, is about as far away from all that nonsense as it’s possible to be. Vibe-wise, Wilderness is more in line with Glastonbury, except that, at a fraction of the size, it’s a whole lot more manageable. As well as the musical performances (which you can actually experience first-hand, rather than squint at via a plasma screen from half a mile away), there’s a huge line-up of theatrical, literary and culinary events and a fully-functioning spa. Seriously, even the loos are civilised.

V Festival – August

You’ve just returned from a full day of V festival fun.  Upon entering the accommodation zone, you find yourself experiencing the magic of light filtering through the wheel on the rooftop of your room. You’re greeted by crisp white linen on a king size bamboo bed, a sumptuous duvet on a real mattress. You find fresh flowers at your bedside and chocolates on your pillow. Does that sound like your usual festival camping experience? Probably not, and that’s because you’re staying in a fabulous Yurtel Yurt.  This is just one of the accommodation options available.  Ask us for details or more options.

Bestival – September

Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill – a beautiful leafy country park and a veritable Garden of Eden near Downend in the heart of the Isle of Wight.  The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ had a dream to one day create his vision of how the modern day festival should be.  With a little more space and some top notch facilities, the Wild Copse has its own car park, and when you arrive it’s just a short walk to where you can pitch your tent in an area limited to a set number of ticket-holders. Boutique Camping is next door and you’ll share a great food and seating area, a lovely chill-out bar serving until late and it will be close to the healing area and the Soul Park.  Again, more options available.

 Festival No. 6– September 

We invite you to leave the real world behind and enter the fantasy world of Festival No.6. set in the magical village of Portmeirion, in North Wales, this is a festival unlike any other, in a place like no other. But the location is not just a stunning backdrop; the village will once again come alive with venues likes the historic Town Hall, The Piazza and The Stone Boat. If you are looking for the boutique VIP style Festival No.6 experience, you have just found it…

Berlin (on the hoof) – September

Weʼll kick off 48 hours of festival madness starting at Flughafen Tempelhof. Numerous acts, newcomers and DJs of all genres will take on the airfield as well as hangars 4 and 5 until midnight. But Berlin would certainly not be Berlin if we sounded the bell for the last round at midnight. So, under the banner Club Xberg, you can revel in more of this amazing city until the small hours of the morning as we continue the whole shebang with gigs, DJ sets and performances at other great venues including Arena Berlin, Arena Club and Glashaus. Also in co-operation with Clubcommissionʼs Berlin-based Berlin Music Week Clubnacht, Berlin Festival visitors will gain free entry to over 30 clubs all over the city. Previous headline acts include The Killers, Blur, Editors, Fat Boy Slim and Primal Scream

Iceland Airwaves Festival  – November

Some of the world’s most exciting artists have performed at Airwaves Festival. The Shins, The Rapture, TV On The Radio, Florence and the Machine, Klaxons, Hot Chip, Flaming Lips, Wolf Parade, Bloc Party and Fatboy Slim have made the short hop from Europe or North America to share the stages with Iceland’s finest talents, including bands such as Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men and Seabear, to name but a few. And when the live bands have done their thing, top DJs from all over the world spin across the city until the crack of dawn.  It’s magical.

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