7 Spectacular Summer Festivals
If you were to buy an around-the-world ticket and festival-hop from one continent to the next, these seven spectacular and iconic events would have to rank highly on your list. From England to Japan, Spain to the United States of America, check out our favourite summer festivals.
Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England
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The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, or simply “Glasto”, takes place in Somerset County, South West England on the last weekend of June. The world’s largest music festival typically features over seven hundred acts on over twenty stages. If you don’t get tickets to the festival proper, it’s still an excellent weekend party in the area, and the perfect way to usher in summer.
Sanfermines, Pamplona, Spain
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The Festival of San FermÃn is a venerable cultural festival held from July 6 to July 14 in the beautiful and historic city of Pamplona. Sanfermines features countless traditions and customs but the most famous, without question, is the encierro, or “running of the bulls”. More than one million people attend the festival every year. From parades to fireworks, feasts to bullfights, the Festival of San FermÃn is a first-class celebration.
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan
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Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, hosts the massive Fuji Rock Festival every July. With average attendance in excess of 100,000, the event is one of the premier music festivals in Asia. The line-up typically features Japanese and international acts and boasts a dramatic mountain range backdrop (though perhaps not as dramatic as the original location for the festival – Mount Fuji).
Full Moon Party, Thailand
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The monthly Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, Thailand is a wild scene. Held every full moon, these veritable beach raves draw tens of thousands of revelers.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has enough street cred to earn the simple, effective nickname “The Fringe”. The pre-eminent arts festival on the planet, let alone Scotland, is the pinnacle annual event in this UNESCO City of Literature. Held throughout August in the streets, concert halls and theaters of Edinburgh, The Fringe features experimental plays, guerrilla art installations and a range of untapped talent from around the globe.
Lollapalooza, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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In early August, make your way to Chicago for Lollapalooza, the once-defunct and now hotter-than-ever music festival. The brainchild of Jane’s Addiction front-man Perry Farrell back in the early 1990s, Lollapalooza now has a permanent home in the Windy City’s superb Grant Park until at least 2018. Once dedicated to grunge and alternative acts, the revived annual event is now one of the most genre eclectic and all-embracing fests around. If you plan to attend Lollapalooza, check out terrific deals on hotels in Chicago.
Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, United States of America
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Finally, the week before Labor Day, what better way to end the summer than with Burning Man. The counterculture festival has gone decidedly more mainstream in recent years but nonetheless, holds steadfast to core principles such as radical inclusion, decommodification (no cash, no profit), “leave no trace” politics and self-reliance. The result is a singular celebration of experimental self-expression that transforms a desolate strip of Nevada desert into Black Rock City. Close to 50,000 people now attend Burning Man every year to commune with nature and total strangers from all over the globe.