Family Friendly Festivals
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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
8 days and 7 nights
- 15 hours of music every day
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.
BARRAKUD GREECE // 14 - 31 AUGUST // CORFU, GREECE
HEADLINERS: Ben UFO, Jackmaster, Nina Kraviz, Pillowtalk
8 days and 7 nights
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.
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.
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.
Festivals In The Netherlands
Beautiful canals, tulip fields, coffee shops, buildings from the middle ages and incomparable skylines. The Netherlands not only has plenty to see, but it’s amazing range of festivals highlights the diverse culture amongst it’s music scene.
From the electronic riotous gatherings to the underground events celebrating the independent acts, who are changing our understanding of music genres, here’s Festicket’s pick of the best festivals in the Netherlands…
LOVELAND FESTIVAL // 9TH AUG // AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Dubfire & Extrawelt (live)
With an ethos of “music for everybody” Loveland is a huge garden party providing something different to the crowded field festivals we’re used. Electronic DJs and happy smiles fill the green and open location.
Find out more here.
MUMBAI COLOR FESTIVAL // 16TH AUG // UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: La Fuente, Eric Witlox, Franky Rizardo
Combining the colours of a traditional Hindu ritual with the beats of electronic music adored in Holland, Mumbai Color Festival is a powerfully vibrant event celebrating the ultimate clash of cultures.
Find out more here.
GROUND ZERO // 30TH - 31ST AUG // BUSSLOO, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: Angerfesit, Brennan Heart, Lenny Dee, High Voltage
From old school hardcore to raw hardstyle, this all-night rave in a forest is the must attend event for those who like their beats pounding, and the parties non-stop.
Find out more here.
VOLTT LOVES SUMMER // 30 AUG // WB AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Jospeh Capriati
Presenting variable beats in a former shipyard, bop to dub beats or rave to popping techno. Intimate with plenty of food stalls, chill out areas and other fun activities, if you love summer, Voltt does too.
Find out more here.
LIEF FESTIVAL // 6 SEP // UTECHT, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: Nicole Moudaber, Gregir Tresher, Aka Aka & Thalstorm.
Spread across 5 glorious stages presenting a hand-picked selection of house, deep house, techno and tech house, each year has an exciting theme, such as last year’s Animal Kingdom which saw techno at the Gorilla Rock and roaring acts on the Lion Stage.
Find out more here.
VALTIFEST // 6 SEPT // AMSTERDAM
HEADLINERS: 2ManyDJs, Tom Trago, Benny Rodigues
An eclectic mix of wild fancy dress and equally crazy lineup, it’s best turning up to Valtifest with an open mind and permission to be surprised. Theatrical and over the top in the best way possible, get ready for an assault of the senses.
Find out more here.
INCUBATE // 15 - 21 SEPTEMBER // TILBURG, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: 65daysofstatic, Current93. Wovenhand & Mariisa Nadler
Set in a location known for its appreciation of independent non-mainstream acts you really can expect to hear everything at Incubate. From heavy metal to folk, Incubate prides itself on being the alternative choice for the music fans desiring something unique.
Find out more here.
BEATLOVERZ // 8 NOVEMBER // ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
HEADLINERS: 2014 To Be Announced Soon
Beatloverz is a festival that sticks to its title as it whisks together some of the world’s biggest dance stars for a dark-til-dawn party with no sound restrictions. Not only that, the festival boasts some amazing visual sideshows from brass bands and flamethrowers to dancers, acrobats and incredible L.E.D. screens.
LISTEN: Leeds Festival 2014 Playlist
Bringing together the highest quality of rock, metal, dance, pop, indie, rap, grime and other music genre that deserves an audience, Leeds Festival is an event every curious and dedicated music fan should experience.
This years lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, The 1975, Metronomy, Annie Mac and many more. Check out our Spotify playlist below, and learn more about the festival here.
Disclosure: Our Top 5 Remixes & Collaborations So Far
It’s impossible to look at the landscape of British electronic music in 2010’s without mentioning Disclosure. When they’re not getting nominated for Grammys, they’re releasing infectious remixes and forever teasing and succeeding in their choice of collaborations.
With a sound that mixes influences from UK house, garage and pop while mixing in their own signature ingredients, with just one album under their belt we wanted to take some time to appreciate their side remixes and collaborations.
1 - SAM SMITH, NILE RODGERS, DISCLOSURE & JIMMY NAPES: TOGETHER
2 - DISCLOSURE: F FOR YOU (REMIX VERSION WITH MARY J BLIGE)
3 - PHARRELL WILLIAMS FEAT JAY Z (DISCLOSURE RE-WORK)
4 - USHER: GOOD KISSER (DISCLOSURE REMIX)
5 - THE MECHANISM: DISCLOSURE X FRIEND WITHIN
Touring extensively this year, one of the best places to experience their sound is at a festival! And here are some tour dates we recommend for you to check out:
- LEEDS FESTIVAL / Leeds, UK / 22 - 24 Aug
- UNKNOWN FESTIVAL / Rovinj, Croatia / 8 - 14 Sept
- BESTIVAL / Isle Of Wight, UK / 4 - 7 Sept
Top 5 Reasons To Visit Istanbul
Where traditional architecture meets the modern buzz of the nightlife, many regard Istanbul as the cultural hub of the diversely cultured Turkey.
Pumped for the launch of Isle of Dreams Turkey we thought we’d explore what makes Istanbul such a invigorating place to visit. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this multifarious city…
REASON NUMBER 1: TURKISH BATHS OF COURSE!
Relax at one of Turkey’s famous bath houses or ‘hamams’, where the marble decor is often as wonderful as the therapeutic experience itself. Heavily ingrained into many historical stories of Turkey, with many built under the Ottoman empire, some Turkish baths are places of worship and of traditional importance, while plenty are also popular communal centres.
It’s worth knowing there are over 200 hamams in Turkey, with WikiTravel’s community putting together this helpful starters guide. Many vary in size, and some offer massages, cleanses, mud treatments and much more.
REASON NUMBER 2: TASTE SOME DELICIOUS TURKISH FOOD!
From variants of the kebab to the decadent sweetness of Turkish delight, it’s criminal for you to visit Istanbul and not try some of the local food.
Visit a docked fisherman’s boat and try the yummy and fresh Balik Ekmek (a type of fish sandwich), snack on some crunchy and warm Simit bread, and don’t forget to try a Ayran cold yogurt drink!
REASON NUMBER 3: ENJOY THE LOCAL NIGHTLIFE!
It may be located in an officially Muslim country, but Istanbul is nowhere short of exciting meyhanes (tavern) or nightclubs to party at. The nightlife at Istanbul is so hip it even held a venue-hopping music festival called Club To Club Istanbul (Turkey’s turn at Italy’s electronic music showcase Club To Club Torino)
Many travel guides recommend Beyoğlu as the best ditrict to visit with the following nightclubs heavily recommended:
- Roxy (Electronic Music)
- Mojo (Rock)
- Babylon (World & Jazz)
- Riddim (RnB, Hiphop, Dancehall, Reggae & Afrobeats)
- 360 (Resturant & Bar)
REASON NUMBER 4: EXPERIENCE THE LAUNCH OF ISLE OF DREAMS
Following on from Istanbul’s love of nightlife and music, one exciting event that many Istanbulians are looking forward to is the launch of the EDM festival Isle Of Dreams Turkey.
Set to be an electronic event which shall redefine the limits of sound and production, headliners appearing across two huge stages include Ingrosso, Afrojack, Avicii, Axwell, Steve Aoiki and Jamie Jones.
Find out more about this highly anticipated event here.
REASON NUMBER 5: GO ON AN ADVENTURE
Go on a shopping journey down one of the many covered market bazaars, relax with round a Hooka Water Pipe with various teas in comfy café, take the Classic Bosporus Cruise, walk along the ancient Thedosian Walls, visit the many ancient building such as the blue Mosque and Topkapoi Palace, or simply walk out of your hotel and see where you end up.
Istanbul is such a concentrated location of wonder you might want to extend your trip!
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LISTEN: Alt-Fest 2014 Spotify Playlist
Crowd-sourced and fan curated, Alt-Fest is set to redefine what a festival means to their audience, and how those attending have a say in the music they will be paying to see. Find out more about the festival here, and check out our Spotify playlist below