Top 20 Music Festivals In The UK
UK festivals are renowned around the globe for their creativity and their clout in capturing the coolest acts around. As one of the most saturated festival markets in the world, here are 20 of the best festivals every music fan living in or visiting the UK should check out…
Bestival 2014 / 4-7 Sept / Newport, Isle of Wight
Headliners: Outkast, Chic ft. Nile Rodgers, Foals, Beck
The UK’s much lauded, award-winning boutique fiesta has as much silliness and absurdity as it does music performers - and there’s around 1,000 of them.
With legendary late night mischief, pianos popping up in the woods, lit-up lakesides, mass fancy dress, plus poetry, theatre, comedy and plenty more to discover, the only thing you’ll struggle with is fitting it all in.
Check out our Bestival 2014 guide here.
Boardmasters 2014 / 6-10 Aug / Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay
Headliners: Chase and Status, Bastille
Hidden amongst the swell and sunshine of the south west coast of England, Boardmasters mixes the best boarders in the world - whether they’re surfers or skaters - with BMX kings, and a line-up of dance dons, folk stars, and pop favourites.
With cliff top sessions and surf shack shows, its only a cocktail short of the best weekend of the year. Ready to make your Instagram followers jealous?
Check out our Boardmasters 2014 guide here.
Camp Bestival 2014 / 31 Jul -3 Aug / Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Headliners: Basement Jaxx, James, Johnny Marr, Sinead O’Connor
With all the playful nonsense of its naughty older sister event Bestival, Camp Bestival offers the same novelty of fancy dress and late night silliness, but with a twist: it’s completely family friendly.
Taking place in a beautiful English castle, it has everything from medieval jousting to face painting with music, comedy and poets hand-picked by Rob da Bank.
Check out our Camp Bestival 2014 here.
Creamfields 2014 / 22-24 August / Daresbury, Cheshire
Headliners: Avicii, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Tiesto
Cheshire’s colossal electronic gathering has everything a EDM lover could ever want: exclusive shows, big name DJs, breaking beat boys and invincible live acts.
There’s enough of them to fill 11 stages for three days with parties that go on so late, your mother would be horrified if she found out.
Check out our Creamfields 2014 guide here.
Glastonbury Festival 2014 / 25-29 June / Pilton, Somerset
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Blondie + loads more to be announced
It may be one of the UK’s oldest festivals, but Glastonbury Festival still kicks it stronger and longer than even the youngest of pretenders.
Expect bands you’ll find nowhere else, 1,000s of acts from comedians to theatre shows, a slice of traveller life and a pinch of hippydom, plus the best food stalls, secret acts and late night shenanigans you’re ever likely to find at a festival.
Check out the Glastonbury Festival 2014 website here.
Global Gathering 2014 / 25-26 Jul / Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon.
There will be a roar down on the runway as one of Britain’s’ biggest and best electronica institutions prepares the hit the tarmac again.
The pilots at Stratford Upon Avon’s Long Marston Airfield will be the world’s greatest EDM stars, who will rave it up across more than a dozen stages until sunrise.
Then there’s the hot tubs and hammocks for those not quite ready to face the dance the next day.
2014 headliners are still to be announced but Plan B, Example, Steve Aoki, Disclosure and many more appeared last year.
The Great Escape 2014 / 8-10 May / Brighton, Sussex
Headliners: Kelis, Wild Beasts, These New Puritans, Jon Hopkins
Brighton’s music bonanza is a seaside holiday with a difference, as the beachside waves mix with the sound of breaking bands.
Europe’s biggest emerging band showcase boasts some 400 of the Next Big Things in 35 venues with one wristband getting you into every gig. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the sunbathing and slot machines.
Green Man Festival 2014 / 14-17 Aug / Brecon Beacons, Wales
Headliners: Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel, First Aid Kit, Kurt Vile and the Violators
As far as festival locations go, Green Man Festival takes in the might of the UK’s landscape with its backdrop of the Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains in Wales.
The folk-led line-up fits in with its surroundings, but there’s plenty more hidden in the hills as well. Some 1,500 performers make sure the party goes on throughout the night with comedy, poetry and literature stars included.
Add in spas, therapies, local ale and cider, locally sourced food and this is a Great British Fete for the 21st century.
Isle of Wight Festival 2014 / 12-15 Jun / Newport, Isle of Wight
Headliners: Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon
The reincarnation of the one of the UK’s first-ever festivals may not hold the hippie dreams of it’s past, but it’s still more than capable of pulling in the world’s biggest guitar slingers.
Now it’s cut its hair short, and it welcomes the best in dance and pop as well. What’s more, it has thrill rides away from the main stages too like its onsite fairground, rib ticklers and cabaret shows.
Check out our Isle of Wight Festival guide here.
Latitude Festival 2014 / 17-20 Jul / Henham Park, Suffolk
Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn
Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival.
With DJs hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the tufty fields, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, festival-goers will be far from bored.
Oh, there’s a full programme of music as well. Check out our Latitude Festival 2014 guide here.
Leeds Festival 2014 / 22-24 Aug / Bramham Park, Leeds
Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Blink-182, Jake Bugg
Leeds Festival is the type of riotous event that Bank Holiday Mondays are made for. Providing a platform for rising and established indie acts, metal groups, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. If they ain’t playing here, they ain’t worth seeing.
Check out our Leeds Festival 2014 guide here.
Lovebox 2014 / 18-19 July / Victoria Park, East London
London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground tides, Sunday’s flamboyant Gay Day is about chitzy cocktails and shaking of tail feathers, but the whole weekend is a carousel of creativity.
2014 headliners are still to be announced but Azealia Banks, Plan B, Goldfrapp and many more appeared last year.
NASS Festival 2014 / 13-17 Jul / Bath and West Showground, Somerset
Headliners: Cypress Hill, Netsky, Noisia, Reel Big Fish
A gnarly mix of extreme sports competitions and cutting-edge music, NASS Festival is a wild weekend of BMXing, skateboarding and inline-skating, with DJs and bands kicking up a racket through until dawn.
Throw in some free-running, fairground rides, shisha lounges and bars, and you’ve got three days of partying like no other.
Check out our NASS Festival 2014 guide here.
Sonisphere 2014 / 4-6 Jul / Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire
Headliners: The Prodigy, Iron Maiden, Metallica
Taking place in one of rock music’s most iconic venues in the UK, Sonisphere shakes off the stately shackles of decency that the Knebworth grounds demand by pulling together a immoral crew of the dark arts.
Anything that sits between heavy metal and glam rock will be here, leading the mosh like nowhere else.
Check out our Sonisphere 2014 guide on here.
South West Four 2014 / 23-24 Aug / Clapham Common, London
Headliners: Above & Beyond, Maceo Plex, Alesso
If London ever needed an extra club, South West Four is it. And what a club it is. Forget those tasteless, champagne with sparklers joints, this is a open-air party palace that sorts the essentials first: music, music and more music.
Its a coming together of the EDM world, their understudies and up-and-comings stars. If the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica ain’t quite enough to fill your ears, the countless after parties around the capital certainly will be.
Check out our South West Four 2014 guide here.
T In The Park 2014 / 11-13 Jul / Balado, Scotland
Headliners: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys
Scotland’s crowning glory, T in the Park is a festival with a bigger reputation than William Wallace. The Balado bash is the type of event that can make a reputation or kill of a career as the crowds expect only the best!
Only the finest acts across rock, pop and dance get given the nod to perform in front of the best crowds in the country, as they roar and scream and mosh until dawn makes its way round again.
Wilderness Festival 2014 / 7-10 Aug / Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Headliners: London Grammar, Burt Bacharach, Metronomy
If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespere’s Hamlet.
Wireless Festival 2014 / 4-6 Jul / London and Birmingham
Headliners: Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Bruno Mars, Outkast
Wireless is not quite bigger than hip hop, but its certainly getting that way. This supafly soiree is the best chance to see a line up of urban legends, leaning heavy on the side of rap, hip hop and R&B.
With dates in London and Birmingham to pick from, plus fairground rides, chill out areas, bars and artists singing booths to keep days filled, its often the only UK date these type of urban stars book in advance.
We Are FSTVL 2014 / 4-7 Sept / Airfield Of Dreams, Essex
Headliners: Richie Hawtin, Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth
With its Best New Festival prize still gleaming from its gantries, We Are FSTVL is about to launch into year two with more clout, more colour and more incredible EDM masters than last year even dared get close to.
Try its 16 stages, 200 DJs, stylised stages and VIP arena with bubbling hot tubs, spa treatments, gourmet food and champagne bars for a weekend (and hangover) you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Check out our We Are FSVTL guide here.
Where to eat, drink, party and relax in Budapest
With its art nouveau architecture, steamy Turkish baths and colourful cobbled streets, Budapest is one of Europe’s most enchanting cities. But for those in the know, it’s much more than that.
Whether you’re in town for the award-winning Sziget Festival 2014 or grabbing a couple of days rest and relaxation after Balaton Sound 2014 in nearby Zamardi, there will be something for your tastes to enjoy.
From pop-up bars and vintage markets to hidden night spots and amazing eateries, let Festicket guide you through the Hungarian capital.
Divided by the Danube, the city is made up of Buda to the west and Pest on the east, and both have their own individual charm. That’s why we’ve split this guide into two: one side for eating, drinking, partying and relaxing in Buda and the other for for dining, boozing, clubbing and chilling in Pest.
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Festicket’s Ultra Boat Party & Shuttle Bus Information
Every true Ultra Europe fan knows that, between the insane headline sets and the infamous beach party finale, you can’t say you’ve experienced the whole festival until you’ve attended one of the epic boat parties.
Imagine dancing on-board an open-air boat where the electronic beats are loud, the ice cold drinks and cocktails are plentiful, and the sea air with Mediterranean sunshine combine to create the perfect EDM gathering.
Festicket are excited to announce that we shall be holding our very own boat party, featuring local DJs and other surprises. As part of our exclusive package deals, join us on board for 3 hours of bass heavy beats and ever-lasting memories!
Setting sail from the Split Riva in the city centre on Sunday 13th July, the Festicket boat party departs at 12.30, with guests advised to arrive 15 minutes before those times.
For an extra €19 you can also purchase a Shuttle bus pass for the duration of your stay, which means that, aside from having unlimited transport to and from the festival, you can catch the Shuttle right outside your hotel directly to the Boat party departure point on the day!
Available from 4-8 night stays, there will be three bus lines departing from the following locations
Bus 37: From Trogir to Split City Centre & Festival Venue - For all visitors staying in accommodation in the Kastel area.
Bus 60: From Omiš to Splity City Centre & Festival Venue - For all visitors staying in the Stobrec & Podstrana aera
Bus Ultra Camp: Carrying all visitors from the campsite and party village Medena to the Split City Centre & Festival Venue.
For further information, check out our Ultra Europe festival guide, as well as our Ultra Europe packages page.
If you have already bought packages from us but would like to upgrade, boat party upgrades are available here, shuttle passes can be purchased here, or you can get boat party tickets and shuttle passes together as one deal here.
Top 10 Boutique Festivals
Some festival fans love the thought of being in the thick of a wild 50,000 strong crowd, whereas other festivals fans prefer a more intimate adventure. If you move to a different beat, enjoy your own pace at these carefully crafted boutique events…
Unknown / 8-14 Sept / Rovinj, Croatia
Headliners: Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Mount Kimbie
The location of Unknown is like a childhood dream, with it’s secluded forest getaways full of commissioned art installations, unravelling out to reveal beautiful beaches.
After a phenomenal debut year last September, this late summer adventure is a perfect end of summer music journey, with a lineup full of cutting-edge labels and international trend-setters.
Check out our Unknown Festicket Guide here.
Sonus / 18-22 Sept / Novalja, Croatia
Headliners: Chris Liebing, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano
It’s no surprise this event is expanding to five days and four nights this Summer, as fans of underground or non-mainstream electronic acts flock to the shores of Novalja.
When you’re not cruising the waves enjoying DJ sets on board a boat party, be sure to check out the beach side stages, and don’t forget to hop between sets in local nightclubs Papaya and Kalypso.
Browse the recently released full lineup over at the Sonus Festicket Guide.
Bestival / 4-7 Sept / Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Headliners: Outkast, Foals, Beck, Busta Rhymes
While attracting admittedly larger crowds then the other festivals on this list, Bestival is still complimented for having a “boutique feel”.
With it’s lack of brand sponsorship and endless separate areas to explore, the arts and entertainment programme is often nicknamed “Alternative Bestival” with so much to do away from the live music and DJs.
Hard to categorise musically, check out the eclectic programme via our Bestival Festicket Guide.
Camp Bestival / 31 July - 3 Aug / Dorset, United Kingdom
Headliners: Basement Jaxx, Johnny Marr, Laura Mvula, The Skatalites
It would be impossible to mention Bestival without a nod to sister event Camp Bestival, welcoming families of all shapes and sizes with it’s all ages ethos, this festival has won countless awards.
Workshops, children’s shows, comedy, theatre, art, games, talks from authors, medieval jousting and live music are just a tip of the programme’s ever expanding iceberg.
Like it’s sister event there is a massive fancy dress competition event on the Sunday, find out the 2014 theme via our Camp Bestival Festicket Guide.
Marvellous Island / 7-10 May / Paris, France
Headliners: Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Art Department
Occupying a secret island in the middle of a Parisian lake, Marvellous is a flamboyant celebration of electronic beats.
Creative minds from sound engineers to artists and decor specialists transform the island into a magical wonderland, where 140+ French and international acts treat revellers to 70 hours of enchanting sounds.
Returning bigger and better after it’s debut last year, find out what’s in store for this year via our Marvellous Island guide.
Peacock Society / 11-14 July / Paris, France
Headliners: 2014 acts to be announced soon.
Peacock Society is another Parisian wonder taking place in Parc Floral de Paris, part of the capital’s Botanical Gardens.
Turning the warehouses and pavilions into a fantasy playground for electronic music fans, live sets on beautifully unique stages are complimented by varied food trucks, colourful bars and a crazy choice of entertainment and games.
From the art geeks to electronic music clan, find out more about joining the Peacock Society via our guide.
NASS / 11-13 July / Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Headliners: Cypress Hill, Netsky, Noisia, Reel Big Fish
Nothing gives a festival a strong personality like a fusion of interests, marrying extreme sports with live music, NASS is where the band geeks and sports enthusiasts come to misbehave.
Get ready to be spoilt rotten with a visual and audio treat, as the days are filled with BMX, Skateboard and Skate displays and competitions, while the nights are dominated by headlining names from a wide spectrum of music
We haven’t even begun to tell you about the amazing side entertainment, find out about it and more via our NASS festival guide.
Latitude / 17 - 20 July / Southwold, United Kingdom
Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala
Self-described as more then just a music festival, Latitude brings arts & entertainment to the idyllic English countryside of Southwold.
Engaging the brain with poetry, comedy, literature, film and other surprises, the lineup often include thinkers and genre-shakers and breakers including the pairing of Röyksopp and Robyn.
Find out more via our Latitude guide.
Bloodstock / 7 - 10 Aug / Catton Hall, United Kingdom
Intimate may not be a word often associated with heavy metal music, however Bloodstock has a special place in many a metalhead’s heart.
Straying away from the mainstream programme of Download and Sonisphere, Bloodstock puts together a programme that compliments the sub-genres of metal from thrash to progressive.
The festival is also complimented for having an insanely friendly crowd and annual traditions that take place in the jovial campsites.
Secret Garden Party / 24 - 27 July / Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Headliners: Clean Bandit, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Little Dragon, The Correspondents
Selling out early bird tickets before a theme and headliner is revealed, Secret Garden Party is an ethereal escape for fans of the festival holiday.
Surrounding the lake in the grounds of a Georgian farm house in Huntingdon, the varied programme of live music and fun leave many people depressed for weeks once they return.
Established as an alternative to the mainstream ideals of how a festival should operate, Secret Garden Party continues to be on many UK festival fans bucket list.
Wilderness / 7 - 10 Aug / Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Headliners: London Grammar, Metronomy, Burt Bacharach
Banquets, workshops, bandstands, panel debates, outdoor pursuits, and healing gardens are just a glimpse into the varied culture to be experienced at Wilderness festival.
Pushing the boundaries of music festival expectations, every year Wilderness amazes its attendees with mind-altering entertainment, and many unlisted surprises.
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Festicket’s Zack Sabban interview in the Northern England edition of the Metro
Festicket are pleased to have been featured in last Thursday’s Northern England edition of Metro newspaper, what we learnt in our recent festival goers survey and what his predictions are for the future of Festicket.
Distributed all over the UK with exposure strong in city centres, the Metro newspaper is found everywhere throughout the working week from public-transport services to selected cafes and workshops.
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Festicket’s Tomorrowland Time Conversion Chart
With Tomorrowland packages going on sale Saturday 15th February at 17:00 CET, make sure you know the right time to be at your computer!
Check out our time conversion guide below…
Tomorrowland 2014 is getting ready to take off
People of Tomorrowland, fasten your seat-belts, we’re turning the tunes up to turbulent!
Yes, this is your last call for flights to the best weekend of your life.
Festicket’s Tomorrowland 2014 packages go on sale this Saturday 15th Feb at 17:00 CET and this year we’re offering Global Journey flights from New York’s JFK Airport direct to Brussels as part of the deal.
But these aren’t any ordinary flights, these are Tomorrowland flights. So forget about baggage allowance, booze restrictions and boring on-board entertainment, the Global Journey plane trips are riotous rave-ups, ones even air travel control can’t regulate.
Sneaking past security, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Yves V have been known to pilot the planes into party mode at 30,000 feet. It’s anyone’s guess if DJs will be able to smuggle decks and a sound system on-board this year, but if not, you can still expect the blinds to go down, the tunes to go up and the complimentary champagne to keep on flowing.
Sexy stewardesses and handsome hosts usually dish out glowsticks, tote bags, sunglasses and even brand new watches while the aeroplanes are cruising in mid-air.
Festival-goers will touch down just in time to be lifted back up in Boom as Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Alesso dish out the dance dust at the festival of a lifetime. Hostesses will greet the People of Tomorrowland in Brussels, get them through customs and onto the most unbelievable weekend of their life - just make sure you’re with them.
The Global Journey is the only way to travel to the festival. Don’t miss out.
Check out our Tomorrowland 2014 tickets, travel and accommodation packages.
2014 Festival Headliner Exclusives
The festival-only tours are making a comeback as Outkast have returned to announce a circuit of 40 festivals, all in name of celebrating 20 successful years in the music business.
Confirmed festival dates so far include Bestival, Coachella, Counterpoint and Governors Ball, with many more to follow.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers are also set for a festival-only tour, where they will be headlining Lollapalooza, Festival Estero Picnic and Isle Of Wight with more announcements to follow as a world tour has been promised.
While not celebrating a birthday like Outkast, the band’s tour would mark the end of their “hibernation” period they have taken to a new album set for release this year.
To any festival fans living in the UK it seems the general concert circuit may be a little crowded or untimely for some, as Blink 182 fans should catch their UK only performance at Reading & Leeds, while anyone hoping to catch the mighty pairing of Röyksopp and Robyn need to book their tickets to Latitude pronto.
If there are any Motely Crüe fans out there still mourning their final tour announcement, they might want to head to Summerfest, which will be the only festival date as part of the band’s farewell journey across North America.
While the Western summer festival period may seem too distinct to look forward to, it’s around this time festivals are confirming headliners, and bands are announcing tours, so make sure you stay updated!
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Tomorrowland 2014: The Latest Ticket & Lineup Update
With fresh lineup additions coming every day, and our Festicket Official Global Journey packages prepared, here is what you need to know in preparation for sales this weekend.
At 17:00 CET on Saturday 15th February, Festicket Official Global Journey Packages will go on sale, at the same time worldwide ticket sale starts via the Tomorrowland website.
Our packages are ready for you to browse now with prices to be released very shortly. To be prepared for when the sale goes live, make sure you have done the following:
1) Become A Festicket Member: Make sure you are registered on the site and logged in at the time of sale, you can register here.
2) Remember The Correct Time: A common mistake many people make when buying tickets for an internationally famous festival, is to get your timezones confused. Remember we go on sale on Saturday 15th at 17:00 CET, use out Time Zone Converter to work out what time you need to be online
3) Have Your Payment Details Ready: If you make it to the payment page you will have a limited time to make your purchase so make sure you are prepared. We are happy to accept the following payment methods:
Just make sure you have the right amount in your account, and if you need to contact your bank with anything regarding your card do so asap!
With your preparation in place we wish you the best of luck! In the lead up to the sale don’t forget to check out the daily lineup additions.
Artists confirmed so far include: Alesso, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Netsky, Loco Dice, Laidback Luke, Diplo, Above & Beyond and Sven Väth. Check out the confirmed list so far on our Tomorrowland guide.
Top Carnivals Of The World
Carnival is a word that takes on many different meanings around the world, but always conjures up images of colourful fun in everybody’s imagination.
Whether it’s a traditional pre-Lent dose of decadence, or an annual celebration of culture, we’ve put together a list of carnivals everyone should attend from the the avid traveller to the fancy dress junkie…
1) RIO CARNIVAL - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 28 Feb - Mar 4
Known as the biggest and most famous festival in the world, 2 million people a day gather in the streets for a samba-enriched party of floats and street dancing.
The main purpose of the festival is for samba-schools to compete by combining their best themes, costumes, music, dancing and general visual look to win.
Dating back to 1823 the event is a sensual fiery display celebrating the music and dance invented by their Afro-Brazilian ancestors.
2) QUEBEC WINTER CARNIVAL - Quebec City, Canada - Jan 31 - Feb 16
When most people think of carnival they imagine a summertime affair with bright clothing, however this winter celebration has a completely different vision all together.
Opening and closing ceremonies at the Ice palace, snow sports, a winter wonderland, free outdoor banquets, a masquerade ball, sleigh races and an annual ice canoe race is just the tip of the iceberg when listing the fun of Quebec Winter Carnival.
Taking advantage of the fresh white surroundings, wrap up warm because being in the snow never looked so appealing!
3) NOTTING HILL - London, United Kingdom - 24 - 25 Aug
Since 1964, Notting Hill carnival has been an integral part to London’s multicultural community where every August Bank Holiday weekend is dedicated the roots and spirit of the Afro-Caribbean community.
Known as the largest street party in Europe, the main street hosts the day long parade bursting with colourful floats and costumes, while the side streets host smaller parties with music ranging from Reggae to Drum n Bass.
Sip on rum whilst you chew some jerk chicken, and either join the free-spirited festivities of the Monday “Adults Day” or take it at your own pace with your relatives on Sunday “Children’s day”.
4) VENICE CARNIVAL - Venice, Italy - 15 Feb - 4 Mar
Welcoming 3 million visitors a year, the streets of Venice unleash a theatrical wonderland where masked and costumed performers take to the streets to entertain.
Immerse yourself in the bizarre and brilliant baroque atmosphere, and become enchanted by the picturesque setting of Venice’s narrow yet charming streets and river.
If you are looking for a little decadence after dark, we’d highly recommend checking out the Venice Carnival Decadenza party, which takes the carnival spirit to heart so strongly it operates a “no-costume no entry” policy!
5) MARDI GRAS - New Orleans, USA - 4 Mar
Since the mid 1800s, Mardi Gras has a been a symbolic event capturing the different cultures that make New Orleans the famous music cocktail it is.
Expect a parade, BBQ cookouts, bars and venues opening their store fronts to the streets, and the traditional beads and toys thrown from the window.
Celebrating “justice, power and faith” the colour scheme is always purple, green and gold, so get creative!
Those were are our top 5 recommended events but other carnivals worth checking out are…
Nice Carnival (France, 14 Feb - 4 Mar): A city wide party in France where by day parades are adorned with colourful and large paper mache heads, and the night is a joyful explosion of fireworks
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival (Spain, 28 Feb - 9 Mar): In a city twinned with Rio, Spain’s Santa Cruz carnival is a fancy dress street bonanza that takes place into the early hours of the next day, while playing caribbean tunes as well as electronic hits and local music highlights.
The Carnival Of Basel (10 Mar): Described as looking like “the joyful mess result of an overturned toy box” prepare to be covered in confetti as drummers and piccolo player lead the sounds and costumed characters at Switzerland’s biggest carnival.
Goa Carnival (28 Feb - 1 Mar): For three days in February the indian streets become a vibrant celebration of the legend of King Momo - the king of Carnivals. The long party always finishes with the traditional red and black dance by the Club National.
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival (3-4 Mar): Held in the port of Spain many argue this is the birthplace of the culture that inspires many of the similar festivals worldwide, with it’s calypso, soca and limbo colours and sounds. If you want to experience a truly wild carnival, this is where to go!