Which foreign music festival should you go to?

Every year the vast majority of 16-25 year olds attend music festivals across the UK, but we all know what to expect here don’t we? Unpredictable weather, the same people, the same crowd and all that jazz. So this year how about you and a few friends try something different and take a trip abroad on a holiday of a lifetime?

We’ve compiled a list of just a few possibilities for you in 2012. We obviously couldn’t mention them all, so be sure to comment telling us your recommendations, experiences and top tips about festivals you’ve been to in foreign lands!

Coachella Festival, California

April 13–15 and 20 – 22
Set under the Californian dessert sky this music festival promises to provide you with the finest from the music world. This April it has got bigger as it is now spreads across two consecutive weekends, instead of the usual one. Last years line-up included the explosive Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Black Keys and Kings of Leon. Tickets went on sale last week. www.coachella.com

Jack Johnson performing at Coachella

Bilbao Festival, Spain

July 12 -14
Although this festival is only in its sixth year they already have the power to attract big names such as this year’s first headliner, Radiohead. It may be another Spanish music festival on the list but it would seem the only similarity between them and Beni is the weekend they are held. Bilboa, set in northern Spain, has previously played host to rock giants such as Iron Maiden, Rammstein and Metallica. www.bilbaobbklive.com

Benicassim, Spain

July 12 – 15
Benicassim is recognised as one of the best international festivals on the circuit. The grounds are open for nine days which allows festival goes the chance to party on beaches of the Costa del Azahar before the music begins. The Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine and The Vaccines have already signed up to perform at this years festival. www.fiberfib.com


Maximo Park at Benicassim in 2009

Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium

August 16 -18
Sadly last years festival was cancelled due to violent weather conditions, but this year they are back. Pukklepop claims to have it all, pop, electro, rock, dance, punk, hip-hop, and heavy metal. It may not seem possible to cater to everyone’s needs but recent years have seen the Belgium festival welcome Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tinie Tempah and Groove Armada to the stage.

Big Day Out , Australia

January 20 –February 5
Australia, being a rather large place, wanted to ensure that all their music worshiping citizens had the chance to attend the Big Day Out. The only way to do this of course is move their festival around the country. Starting January 20 in Auckland, it then travels to the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and ends in Perth on February 5. Although the line up differs from place to place, the big acts this year include, Kanye West, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance and Soundgarden. www.bigdayout.com/


Alice O’Leary – Platform


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