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5 Overseas Festivals To Experience This Year

With summer just around the corner, festival season will soon be upon us. If you’re a little bored of the usual events (and not so great weather), why not look at combining a holiday with some festival fun?

There are many great festivals all over the world, especially Europe, and it can often work out cheaper to go to Benicassim than Glasto. So, swap out your wellies for flip flops and your cans of beer for sangria and get ready to add some sun to your festival season!


1. SXSW – Austin, Texas

South by South West isn’t your traditional festival, for a start it’s aimed mostly at media and people working within the music industry. However, if you’re into music and the background of it then it’s a great experience as there are conferences, presentations and networking coupled with lots of music.

This year’s line-up of artists includes The Chills, Wyclef Jean, Puma Blue - oh, and did we mention there’s a session with Elon Musk too?


2. Snowbombing – Mayrhofen, Austria

Festivals on the slopes are becoming increasingly popular year on year, with new ones popping up all the time. The firm favourite amongst fans is still Snowbombing, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2019.

The festival is a mix of snow spots and music, with EDM and dance being the predominant styles. The line-up for their milestone year includes The Prodigy, Stormzy and Fatboy Slim.


3. Benicassim - Barcelona, Spain

A festival without mud? Sign us up! Benicassim is held in the July heat of Spain, so you’re certain to get amazing weather and maybe even some tan lines. The line-up is always a great mix of styles and this year is no different. In 2019 Beni will welcome Lana Del Ray, Blossoms, You Me At Six and The 1975.


4. Download – Donington Park, Leicestershire

With many of the UK festivals not quite being what they used to, it’s giving Download a chance to shine among a sea of others available on these shores. Glastonbury has slowly but surely become very commercialised and Reading & Leeds arguably hasn't had the headliners they were able to boast in the past, which has made way for Download.

This year, it will play host to Def Leppard, Slipknot, Enter Shikari and the final ever UK show for Slayer.


5. Primavera Sound – Barelona, Spain

Another hit for Barcelona with Primavera, one of Europe’s most popular festivals and this year the line-up looks set to beat that of their rivals, Benicassim. The festival is spread across 3 days in June in Barcelona’s Parc de Forum and will have sets from Nas, Tame Impala, Cardi B and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.



Will you be attending any festivals this year? Let us know by tweeting us at @icelollyholiday!



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