Everyone knows Oktoberfest, Tomorrowland and Running of the Bulls but with over 10,000 festivals every year in Europe, it's hard to know which rabbit holes to travel down. Luckily our mates at Stoke Travel have helped put together a must-do list of lesser known festivals for 2018 that’ll set your jowls quivering and get you saving up your sick days.
10. Secret Solstice - Reykjavik, Iceland (June 21-24, 2018)
Iceland brings to mind long cold nights, big hairy vikings and, the Northern Lights! But at this time of year Iceland’s proximity to the Arctic Circle provides 24/7 daylight which promises an unforgettable experience, especially when combined with the Norse themed decor of the festival (did you know the Vikings loved their psychedelics??). Combine all this with a line up made of established and up and coming artists and the stunningly varied scenery Iceland is famous for and you’re in for one hell of a trip!
The Essential Stoke Travel Passport
When you’re in the city that has it all (Amsterdam, duh), the only thing you really need is a ticket out of there and maybe a little more sun. Stoke Travel, your infamous friends with the €10 open bar and unbeatable ambience across Europe’s greatest festivals, can offer you both, simultaneously, and we’ll tell you how in three easy-to-follow steps.
New Years Eve, NYE, the final Hurrah! A time to get together with loved ones, to drink, to dance, to sin, to love, to celebrate the year that was. Here's to the New-Year-New-Me's, the October surprises, the well meaning gym memberships and the hangover from hell. Cheers to these top places to bring in the new year around the world in 2016!
10) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Europe is a continent so vast and diverse that every time you think you’ve finally worked out what you want to do with your time there, someone will say, Oh, are you going to check out [insert festival/place/sight here] while you’re here? and then you have to start planning all over again. To help you decide which famed European festivals will best suit your tastes, we’ve put together a short-list of five must-see European celebrations.
One beer festival a year isn't enough for the Germans. Oktoberfest, widely publicised as the biggest and best, is now being challenged by Springfest, which if it was a person, would be arguing “even though I’ve got it, size isn’t everything”. And as Spring is just around the corner, we thought we’d look take a look at the differences between the two.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 200 years, there's no doubt you've heard tales of the annual 16 day Bavarian beer fest. Running from late September through til the first week of October, young and old strap on their Lederhosen, lace up their Dirndl's and gather together to consume copious amounts of golden nectar and Bavarian cuisine.
As our Californian counter-parts are coming down from their weekend in Coachella, the Dutch are coming up as we enter the European festival season. As our mates back home wake up early and race to the computer to lock in their Tomorrowland tickets, you could've slept in knowing there's a bunch of equally epic festivals next door in the Netherlands. With the European summer quickly approaching and with the Dutch affinity for high quality ecstasy, it's time we bring to light some of our must-do Dutch music festivals for 2016.
Beginning in 1993, Mysteryland is one of the longest running dance festival's in the world playing host to many top Dutch and world renowned DJ's. The festival focuses on electronic music, art, culture, talent, and sustainability. Mysteryland has been awarded by Julie's Bicycle with a “3 Stars Green Industry Certificate” which is the highest designation for sustainability within the creative arts, music, and theater industries. That means you can feel clean and green as you and your friends rave holes in your shoes.
This year, Mysteryland is celebrating a multi-day edition for the second time on the former Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer. Extended international editions of Mysteryland take place at the foot of the Andes in Chile, and the legendary Woodstock '69 site of Bethel Woods in New York, USA. Mysteryland is a concept of ID&T.
This years festival will be held Aug 27 - Aug 28, 2016 at Paviljoenlaan 1, Haarlemmermeer.
For more information and ticket sales visit www.mysteryland.com
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