3 Reasons Why Prague Is A Trance Fans Paradise

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While there are all types of music fans to be found in Prague, there is a deep affinity between the city and trance fans. From those who travel from aboard to attend their incredible festivals, to the local nightclubs and venues throwing unbelievable events, here are three reasons why Prague is a trance fans paradise.

1) TRANSMISSION - THE DEFINITIVE TRANCE FESTIVAL

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Many electronic festivals feature trance either on a dedicated stage, or through a few select headliners, however if it’s nothing but trance you desire than Transmission is the perfect event for you.

Last year the festival celebrated 10 years as a fundamental event for trance fans worldwide to attend. The visuals are show in itself, with lasers as far as the eye can see, fireworks and flames creating an eye-popping indoor experience, and LED screens making sure you don’t miss a second of the action.

Every year there is a encapsulating theme, with 2014’s theme of ‘The 7 Sins’ confirmed names include John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani along with annual regular and legend Markus Schulz. Find out more here.

2) THE REGULAR UNIQUE AND UNMISSABLE TRANCE EVENTS 

From beautiful theatrical performers and dancers on stage, to divine stage and location decor to match it’s current theme, Trancefusion is a recurring events series every true trance fan should attend.

Inviting 11 classic legends from the world of trance, this year’s event includes the special highlight of the first ever international female DJ to grace the stages of Trancefusion.

With this events theme "The Legends" get ready to hear equally godlike sounds through a heavenly crisp sound system. October’s event will be welcoming the likes of Scot Project, Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E Push and Dave202.

Whist on the subject of legends, Paul Van Dyk is set to be bringing his progressive trance and dance sound to Vandit Nights. A trance event setting on a new path bringing the vibe of Berlin to hottest venues of Czech Republic.

The full line-up is due to be released soon, with a hand picked selection of artists all earning the Van Dyk stamp of approval. 

What better way to enjoy trance music then to appreciate the sounds appreciated by the legendary Paul Van Dyk himself, an opportunity both new comers to the genre and regular die-hard fans should not miss.

3) THE WONDERFUL BEER

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For many travellers the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Prague is the glorious beer, and there is a reason why this cliché is so often repeated.

Beer in Czech Republic has long standing reputation in the taste history of the country, with the first brewery having existed around 993.

Many of the popular beers are typically pale, and adored for their fluffy tops, golden colour and light yet memorable flavours. However darker flavours and tones also exist, with many die-hard visitors and locals often debating their favourites in the many marvellous pubs in the area.

With so many brands to try and so many historical pubs and breweries with beer tasting tours, amazing gift shops and beautiful locations to visit, it’s worth doing some research before you attend.

Top choices on travel site Lonely Planet include Letná Beer Garden and the Pivovarsky Klub which also offers some delicious food. Popular tourist choices include the famous alehouse U Zlatého tygra, while U Černého vola is another recommended classic to visit.

Famous brands to try out include Pilsner Urquell, Straopramen and Budweiser Budvar, however many local breweries, pubs, and restaurants will have plenty of their own one of a kind beers to try!

Start planning your trip now, and make sure you include Transmission, Trancefusion or Vandit Night as part of your visit this season.

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LISTEN: Unknown Festival Spotify Playlist

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In a secluded spot of Croatia, boasting beautiful beaches and boutique forest hideaways, Unknown Festival is back after an outstanding debut last September. 

2014’s lineup includes Disclosure, Chvrches, Clean Bandit & Mount Kimbie, find out more about the festival here, and check out our spotify playlist below:

LISTEN: Club To Club Torino Spotify Playlist

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Setting trends and showcasing fresh electronic acts, Club To Club Torino is a forward-thinking event for up-to-date music fan. Find out about this venue hopping festival here, and check out our playlist here.

10 Electronic Music Events To Tick Off The Bucket List

From the world famous EDM banger Tomorrowland to the hardstyle rave of Syndicate, here are 10 electronic music festivals we highly recommend checking out.

(1) MUMBAI COLOR FESTIVAL / 16 AUG 2014 / UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS / Combining the vibrancy of India’s Holi Festival with the pumping electronic beats adored in Holland, Mumbai Color Festival is both a powerful experience and a chance to let go of every day inhibitions.

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(2) SONUS FESTIVAL / 18 - 22 AUG 2014 / NOVALJA, CROATIA / Creating the ultimate party zone across Zrće Beach, from the boat parties to the open-air nightclubs, Sonus Festival is both a holiday escape and a techno treat.

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(3) TOMORROWLAND / 2015 DATES TBA / BOOM, BELGIUM / Arguably the most quintessential electronic event on this list, from the magical decoration and setup of the stages, to the world class lineups, it’s a crime to be an electronic music fan and not attend this festival at least once in your life. Join the 2015 waiting list for updates here.

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(4) KAZANTIP REPUBLIC / 20 - 30 AUG 2014 / ANAKLIA, GEORGIA / Providing an alternative to reality, this party paradise of an independent country invites you to the ultimate hedonistic experience, where freedom and euphoria is on the agenda, and the need to return annually is a certain result.

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(5) SYNDICATE FESTIVAL / 4TH OCT 2014 / DORTMUND, GERMANY Seen as the ‘ambassadors in harder styles’ from hardstyle to hardcore, this is the ultimate winter indoor event, for when the nights are longer but the raves continue.

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(6) GROOVEFEST / 9 - 15 SEPT / PUERTO PLATA, DOMINCIAN REPUBLIC / Taking over a VIP resort in the golden Dominican Republic, your ticket to Groovefest will include drinks and meals, meaning all you will have to concern yourself with is enjoying the house, nu-disco and soul sounds.
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(7) LIEF FESTIVAL / 6 SEPT 2014 / UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS/ Inviting you to what could best be described as a fun childhood escape for adults, come visit the colourful stages, treating you to sounds of deep house, tech house, techno and all that delightfully fits in-between.
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(8) TRANSMISSION / 26 OCT / PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC / If you adore trance and want to experience visuals that will truly take your breath away then Transmission is the full ticket. With Markus Schulz returning every year, attend once and you’ll want to come back regularly as well!

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(9) MYSTERYLAND / 2015 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED / HAARLEMMERMEER, NETHERLANDS / Where each stage takes on a different persona, step into a fantasy land where you can expect anything from Mad Hatter tea parties to walk-about theatre. Join our Mysteryland 2015 Waiting List here.

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(10) SUNBURN GOA / 27 - 29 DEC / GOA, INDIA/ Asia’s biggest EDM festival is an event every true electronic fan must add to their to-do list. Taking place later in the year it is a perfect way to have one final festival blowout before the year is through.

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7 Urban Acts You Have To See This Year

With Europe’s #1 hiphop event Fresh Island Festival celebrating another successful year, along with the recent launch of our Marsatac packages, Festicket thought we’d take some time out to recommend some unmissable rap, hip-hop, soul and urban influenced acts you need to experience this summer…

1 - JUNGLE

Debuting with a mid-tempo funk sound pleasantly arranged with soul influences and psychedelic touches, this London based collective are one of the hottest new acts on the urban scene.

Creating a sense of mystery around the faces behind the music, press photos are rare but their signature uplifting videos are plenty. From the adorable yet fierce 6 year old b-girl Terra in ‘Platoon’, to the infectious roller-skate dancing of ‘The Heat’, the energy and concepts of their videos are often felt in their live performance.

Appearing at: Pitchfork Paris, Club To Club Torino & Unknown.

2 - KELELA

Having previously dabbled in singing jazz and progressive metal, Kelela has now formed her own distinctive sound which falls into a hybrid of R&B, grime, techno, house and ambient.

Earning praise from the likes of Björk and Beyoncé, her ‘Cut 4 Me' mixtape has provided an exciting glimpse into what we can expect from her highly anticipated debut album.

Appearing at: Tauron Nowa Muzyka and Club To Club Torino

3 - ONRA

With a sound as multinational as his family background (Born in Germany to French parents, with his father having Vietnamese ancestry) Arnaud Bernard aka Onra is an experimental hip hop beat-maker all urban fans should experience.

King of samples and bringing together fans with an eager international ear, get ready to hear an unwinding sound both modern in its display, yet nostalgic in its call back to the heritage of countries he’s influenced by.

Appearing at: Marsatac

4 - YOUNG FATHERS



Utilising influences from band members family and living experiences in Liberia, Nigeria, USA and UK, this alternative hip hop group are a force to be reckoned with live.

Presenting a sound that has sprinklings of electronic, pop and rock, the band have regularly found themselves on “Best New Acts To Watch” lists, and have slowly been creeping higher up festival lineups.

Appearing at: On Blackheath

5 - DIE ANTWOORD

Fiercely dividing critics and fans of hip-hop, many wouldn’t include the South-African gang in this genre, whereas an equally large percentage would argue they have continuously earnt their stripes.

This group comprised of rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek mix lashings of alternative hip-hop and rave, along with signature elements of the ‘Zef’ South-African counter-culture.

Appearing at: Leeds

6 - MYKKI BLANCO


Michael Quattlebaum Jr - mostly referred to by her feminine stage name of Mykki Blanco - is another game changer, forcing the status quo to expand their understanding of the possibilities of rap and hip-hop.

Defying gender roles, and drawing diverse influences from the roar of the riot grrrl voice to the fierce personas she presents in her outfits, You never quite know what to expect during a Mykki Blanco performance, and that’s what makes her an unmissable live act.

Appearing at: Berlin Festival

7 - KELIS

From the memorably angry ‘Caught Out There' to the instant floor-filler 'Milkshake’, Kelis has graced us with many hits and shakers and she’s back to bring us more.

Having recently released her sixth album ‘Food’, 2014 has been a busy year for this American artist, sharing her own appreciation for festivals and live events by touring festivals with her own food truck, to releasing her own designer tent with Field Candy.

Appearing at: Berlin Festival and Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival.

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If you enjoyed some or all of the acts we mentioned, checkout our spotify playlist below:


Family Friendly Festivals

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While many festivals target themselves at young and carefree adults, there are many events that are more encompassing, going out of their way to cater to all lifestyles and all ages.

From events coming up set to close the summer in style, to festivals we strongly recommend making plans for in 2015, here is our guide to the top family friendly festivals…

UPCOMING EVENTS

ON BLACKHEATH // 13 - 14 SEPTEMBER // LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

This one is a great event for parents who are massively into their food, as in between the massive food markets and stalls, there will also be tasting courses and live cooking demonstrations from mMchelin starred chefs, as well as celebrity foodies such as Gizzi Erskine.

Musically the lineup mixes legends like Massive Attack and Grace Jones with highly acclaimed acts such as Imelda May, Frank Turner & Aloe Blacc.

In terms of fun for the kids you may have trouble trying to take them away from the festival with so much to do! Taking place over the whole weekend the Kid’s Fun Factory presents t-shirt and graffiti design, hula hoop classes, village fete games, swing dance lessons, jugglers, marching bands and much more.

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TAURON NOWA MUZKYA // 21 - 24 AUGUST // KATOWICE, POLAND

If you are a curious music fan and are looking for an event to broaden your older child’s relationship with music, then this event might be for you.

Regarded as forward-thinking festivals often picking up on music trends before they hit the mainstream, Tauron Nowa Muzyka celebrates the sounds that strive to differ and confuse the average music fan.

Your child will experience dance, electronica, jazz, nu-jazz, and variants of soul world music, at a festival that also has a full programme of events targeted at youngsters. From art and music workshops to games, for ease of mind there is a children’s only zone providing escape from the main festival hype, and there is also on-site  professional child care for the little ones.


ONES TO WATCH FOR IN 2015

CAMP BESTIVAL IN EAST LULWORTH, UK  // 2015 AUGUST DATE TBA

Set in the magical surroundings of Lulworth Castle, this festival has won the Best Family Event accolade at the UK Festival Awards so many times, that it’s considered a must attend event for children and adults of all ages.

Sister event to the majestic Bestival, little sister Camp Bestival is just as full of nonsense and surprise, with theatre, art, comedy, poetry and all kinds of entertainment, specifically targeted at different age groups from 0-100

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POSITIVUS IN SALACGRIVA, LATVIA // 2015 JULY DATE TBA

While this is the largest event of it’s kind in the Baltics, the event is pleasantly spread out within a forest that ends with a beautiful beach.

A strong contender for art & culture enthusiasts, the festival also has a whole island dedicated to family fun, with children under 10 allowed to attend the festival for free.

Musically the lineup is a great genre mix featuring some acts the young teens in your family appreciate like Ellie Goulding and Bastille, as well as legends you can educate your naive ‘younguns’ to appreciate like Kraftwerk.

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LATITUDE IN SOUTHWOLD, UK // 2015 JULY DATE TBA

Opera on the lake stage and DJs hidden in the wood, Latitude is as much a visual adventure as it is physical and audio. Mixing the obscure with the mainstream, Latitude is that idyllic English countryside holiday you imagined but didn’t know existed.

We’d highly recommend doing some research on all the culture to experience at Latitude, because there is almost too much to do, making you want to return year after year.

Those are our top five events, but there are plenty more to be investigated and enjoyed. If you are looking for another festival that is both diverse in sound and activities for all ages, we’d also recommend checking out Colours Of Ostrava in Czech Republic.

If it’s festivals that give you an awe-inspiring location to see as part of the package, Green Man Festival in Wales has a wonderful green mountain backdrop and a very intimate but friendly group.

Parents looking to safely rock out with their children should check out France’s Beauregard, while those looking for a more colourful and eclectic experience should check out Shambala festival in a secret country estate near Northamptonshire, England.

If you are looking for further family travel advice we would strongly recommend checking out family holiday site Away With The Kids.

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LISTEN: Creamfields 2014 Playlist


Regarded by many as UK’s definitive electronic dance festival, if you love world-class lineups that dabble in mainstream and independent sounds across the electronic spectrum, then this event is one for your bucket list.

Music aside the visuals are itself an event, with festival itself once joking it “had more lasers then Star Wars”. Discover more about the event here, and check out our dedicated playlist below.

Barrakud Events - Where Music Meets Travel

Barrakud invites you to experience the ultimate party trip, where you will be immersed in glorious sunshine and happy techno beats, with the chance to dip into blue seas, relax on highly desired beaches, and party in exclusive nightclubs.

Set against the backdrops of Croatia and Greece, we thought we’d take a look at what each of the two events had to offer….

BARRAKUD CROATIA // 9-16 AUGUST // NOVALJA, CROATIA

HEADLINERS: Sven Väth, Dubfire, Ellen Allien, Paul Kalkbrenner

MAIN FACTS:

  • 8 days and 7 nights

  • 15 hours of music every day
  • 5 venues

Taking over the stunning area of Zrće Beach, Barrakud Croatia spreads out its electronic extravaganza over 5 venues, along with beach parties, boat parties, intimate dinner shows and late night beach sessions.

Including events at famous nightclubs Papayo, Tenex and Kalypso, Barrakud Croatia is now in it’s third edition meaning each year is going to be bigger than the last.

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BARRAKUD GREECE // 14 - 21 AUGUST // CORFU, GREECE

HEADLINERS: Ben UFO, Jackmaster, Nina Kraviz, Pillowtalk

MAIN FACTS:

  • 8 days and 7 nights

  • 6 venues

Following the success of Barrakud Croatia, it was only a matter of time before the Barrakud experience was going to expand its horizons, and the mesmerising island of Corfu is the perfect fit.

With each date and event taking over a new location, the welcome event will take place on a cruise ship, whereas the final day is left open for local exploration after several days of beach parties and clubbing.

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DIFFERENCES

Both are phenomenal events, happening in islands with diverse landscapes boasting idyllic beaches, cliff locations, green escapes and vibrant towns, with plenty of side tourist attractions and activities to take advantage of.

If you are content to stay and really immerse yourself in one location, Barrakud Croatia is centred around Zrće Beach.

Clubs like Papaya are difficult to plan getting into when part of a general holiday, but with Barrakud Croatia you don’t have any stress about planning nights out, all you need to do is turn up!

If you prefer a more active exploration, Barrakud Greece guarantees a different location every day, encouraging you to appreciate Corfu in it’s fullest.

You are even given a full day at the end before the shuttles come to pick you up, allowing you to shop, play or simply go wherever the streets lead you.

Both offer a grand audio experience with intimate crowds in comparison to competitor events, Barrakud Croatia has 50 acts, whereas Barrakud Greece has a carefully created selection of just 20 acts.

Barrakud Croatia offers more hedonistic boat parties to mix in with nightclub ventures, while Barrakud Greece is more about the club events, that said both have a great focus on beach events.

Which ever one you decide to chose, both offer a range of wallet-friendly packages along with decadent VIP blowouts. The lineup for both feature international celebrated techno greats, along with fresh acts to welcome to the electronic family.

So…one question remains…which will you pick?

For further information on Barrakud Croatia, click here and for more details on Barrakud Greece visit the guide here.

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Tomorrowland: Everything You Need To Know So Far

With ‘Weekend 1’ done and ‘Weekend 2’ in full swing, July has truly been the month of Tomorrowland! Rounding up highlights, recently confirmed rumours and how to stay up to date with Festicket’s packages, here’s everything you need to know about Tomorrowland so far…

LISTEN: Sziget 2014 Playlist



1,000 acts are set to take over the beautiful Óbuda island at Sziget Festival this August. With acts from all genres at an event known as nicknamed ‘Europe’s Burning Man’ check out our Sziget guide here, and check out our Spotify playlist below.