Whilst many music festival loving Brits are lamenting the fact that there is no Glastonbury Festival this year, the savvier ones are looking overseas for their festival fix in 2018, particularly the ones who are looking to combine it with their holiday in the sun.
Recent research carried out by tailor-made travel expert Travelbag has shown that the unpredictable British weather has not been kind to festival-goers over the years, with it having rained at 74% of Glastonbury Festivals with surprisingly only nine of the festivals having been completely rain-free! Not that this deterred diehard revellers.
Interestingly Travelbag has discovered that flights from the UK to LA have increased by 81% in the last four years as Brits hungry for sun and music have flocked to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. For those of you interested, next year’s festival will be taking place from 12th to 21st April 2019.
If you can’t wait until next April then there are a number of alternatives that might tempt you such as taking a cable car to Naeba Ski Resort in Japan for the Fuji Rock Festival, Japan’s largest outdoor music festival which will be taking place between 27th and 29th July. And if you are wanting to celebrate the anniversary of last year’s Glastonbury Festival, then how about flying off to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Dumpling Festival for foodies with its famous dragon boat race that takes place on Glastonbury weekend.
But if it’s music you are hankering for then, how does South America sound? The Day of The Dead in Mexico City offers revellers a night of singing and dancing with colourful costumes and traditional skull features. If, however you fancy getting away to India just before Christmas, then a visit to the Magnetic Fields electronic music festival at the beautiful 17th century Palace in Rajasthan offers a stunning setting and takes place from 14th to 16th December.
However if it’s the US you are after, then the Burning Man takes place in the Nevada Desert from 26th August to 3rd September this year and offers fantastic music performances, art installations, stilt walkers and fire breathers, rounding off with the burning of a huge wicker-man-style effigy.
If you’d like to stay closer to home, then the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that runs from 3rd to 27th August offers plenty of entertainment for all the family with over 50,000 performances in 300 different venues.
Travelbag’s Marketing Director Paul Hopkinson says, “With no Glastonbury this year and the world as your oyster, British festival fans can enjoy the sun all year-round at global festivals. Travelbag has seen an 81% increase in flight bookings to LA in the last 4 years around the Coachella festival period. This trend for culture-hungry travellers is why we’ve hand-picked this bucket list of the world’s most renowned and celebrated festivals, providing keen festival-revellers with their perfect match.”
He adds, “At Travelbag we help our customers create tailor-made travel plans to suit their exact needs and we hope the Global Festivals Tour will inspire the discovery of new experiences, cultures and adventures on their holidays.”
Whilst I have shared a taster of some of the other festivals that are taking place around the world, why not take a look at Travelbag’s interactive Global Festival Tour map, where you can explore music, culture, food, art and much more, as you tick off your bucket list of things you would like to do this year.
Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.