Cast your mind back to last summer, what were your highlights? For us, it was picnics in the park, walks on the beach and watching our favourite bands take centre stage at fantastic festivals. The recent spell of sunshine has given us a taste of what’s to come during the warmer months of the year, so, in anticipation we've been scouring the internet for the very best music festivals of 2014!
From California dreaming to the grassy plains of South Wales, come with Nica as we take a look at this year’s hottest festivals based on location, surroundings and entertainment.
Secret Island Parties and Sunshine in Croatia
Wedged between Slovenia and Hungary, Croatia is the new must-visit destination. With over 20 major festivals planned for 2014 alone, the country has gained popularity with travellers worldwide for its unspoilt beaches, crystal clear waters, pleasant climate and inexpensive cost of living.
Hvar, Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park and Zadar are tipped to be the best places to travel. Festival wise, The Garden Festival is the one we’ve set our sights on this year. Located in the beautiful village of Tisno (an hour’s drive from Zadar) Garden is Croatia’s founding electronic festival. Revellers can soak up the sun all day on the beach before hopping on one of the many boat parties at sundown.
World renowned DJ’s, secret island parties, a sublime atmosphere and affordable prices- what’s not to love?
Music Legends at Coachella
The Glastonbury of California, Coachella is often referred to as a ‘bucket list’ festival, and we’re definitely adding it to our festival wish list. After all, surely it’s everybody’s dream to watch Outkast perform Hey Ya in the Southern California valley?!
Famed for its star-studded line-up, dreamy location and fantastic atmosphere, this year’s bill sees our personal favourites Arcade Fire take to the main stage, as well as, Lorde, Empire of the Sun, Bombay Bicycle Club, Foster the People and Haim to name but a few.
Taking place in mid-April, Coachella launches a teeny bit earlier than the majority of festivals, and we've actually missed the boat this year (tickets sold out in under 3 hours), sob sob.
Get Back to Nature at Greenman
When it comes to surroundings, you can’t beat Greenman. Located in the Black Mountains of South Wales, festival goers can trek up mountains, indulge their creative passions at the themed Einstein’s Garden, sample dauphinoise potatoes from ex-British Bake Off contestants, enjoy tip-top comedy, take a dip in wood-fired saunas, and of course, enjoy live music with close friends.
A close contender for the friendliest festival ever, Greenman caters to a wide range of tastes and many enjoy the good-natured ambience so much they end up returning year after year.
Music wise, it’s the place to go to spot the next Laura Marling and future Brit nominees. Expect folk favourites too; this year Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut and First Aid Kit will headline with Daughter, Mac Demarco and Anna Calvi are also joining the bill.
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