Bored of wading through mud at Glastonbury and sleeping in a smelly tent at Bestival? Well, never fear. Time to put those wellies down, as there are plenty of other options in the sun that can give you the festival hit that you're in training for.
Nuits Sonores, France
Nuits Sonores celebrates its 15th edition this year. Held in 40 locations in Lyon over five days – from heritage sites and industrial locations that seem made for dance music events – the festival draws together cutting-edge music while branching into other creative fields, such as design and architecture. This year the festival has a new venue, the vast Fagor-Brandt factory, which can hold up to 14,000 people, and boasts a line-up including a day programmed by the amazing Black Madonna. Other featured acts include Honey Dijon, the legendary Derrick Carter, Bronx party starters ESG and the Chemical Brothers.
Denmark has more to offer than chic furniture and cheekbones. Tinderbox – no, it has nothing to do with Tinder – which takes place in the city of Odense on the island of Funen, is still in its infancy. Going into its third year, the festival takes place over two days, and has announced some enviable acts to the line-up, including Run DMC, The Pet Shop Boys, The Killers, Travis Scott, HAIM, and Gogol Bodello.
Another French festival, but this one is by the sea, for a week. Curated by our very own Gilles Peterson, Worldwide continues to showcase the most creative and cutting edge acts in the global dance, electronic, and techno scene. Beach and street parties by day, live vibes by night. It's a stunning location, and well worth the trip. This year's beach vibes will be provided by The Cinematic Orchestra, Sampha, Bradley Zero, and the incredible Sun Ra Arkestra.
Electric Elephant, Croatia
Croatia is the new Ibiza, right? Perhaps even better... The Electric Elephant takes place in the picturesque Obonjan over four days, and has become the go-to summer festival for the last few years, and with good reason. A rave by the sea is always welcome, but with the stunning Adriatic ocean as the backdrop not to mention amazing food and boat parties. And for those who are seeking more alternative activities, wellbeing and fitness sessions will also be available across the island. The best of the house, disco, electronic and balearic scene will be in attendance in the form of Horse Meat Disco, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, Joe Goddard and Daniel Avery.
Secret Solstice, Iceland
A festival guide wouldn't be right if we didn't include one in Reykjavik. This one is for the sturdier ravers amongst you. This party never sleeps, unless you have a sturdy set of blackout blinds. Iceland celebrates the summer solstice under 72 hours of daylight. That's right. Just daylight. This year for the first time the festival will host intimate gigs inside a multi-coloured tunnel made entirely of lava. Others take place inside a glacier. You know, the usual stuff. And that's not all. At midnight, sun boat parties leave past timber-clad houses from Reykjavik’s harbour to watch the sun kiss the horizon and bounce back up again. International artists this year include Foo Fighters, The Prodigy and Chaka Khan.