Awesome Festivals That You've Never Heard Of Featured

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As festival season rolls around to a close, here is our guide to some of the more spectacular festivals that you may have never heard of (and that you should probably get on the early-planning list for next year!)..


Every body loves a good festival. There's nothing like being off your face for a weekend seeing incredible bands in a muddy field, and Britain has some brilliant ones. Glastonbury is, of course, the daddy of all British festivals, but we also host Leeds and Reading - not to mention V Fest, Isle of Wight, Download and a fair few others. However, believe me when I say we're nothing on what the rest of the world has got. Here is your guide to some of the most coolest festivals out there. 


1. Burning Man

Based in Nevada, USA, this week-long festival takes place in the Black Rock Desert! Do I really need to go on? They describe the festival as an 'experiment' of community, art and self-expression. 'There are no rules about how one must behave or express one selves', says their website; save for some healthy and safety rules, you can do what ever you want. You can even burn your own art. It's how the festival started out actually; a couple of friends built a huge wooden structure of a man, set it on fire and twenty years later had a sell-out festival with 50,000 people attending. The festival is incredible and if you're a huge art lover - or in fact just your standard hippy - this festival is for you. Visit for more details.


2. Tomorrowland

Some of you have probably heard of this one. It's a festival on the rise as one of the most extravagant festivals out there. Taking place in town called Boom, Belgium (very fitting) it's a huge electro festival which boasts act such as David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Armin van Buuren, Avicii and Knife Party. But one of the biggest attractions is the festival's décor; their main stage does not disappoint. The last one resembled a huge disco library on acid, with giant books towering over the crowd (see picture). This festival is not one to miss out on - their camp-site is called Dreamville for god sake! Why would you not go?


3. Beat-Herder

Here's a cheeky British one for you. In a farm just outside of Lancashire, this small festival is a hit for reggae, urban and dubstep fans. They have some beautiful decorations and use the woodland areas to create stages and even their own little high street - complete with tattoo parlour. They even have regular performances from parody bands such as The Lancashire Hotpots and William Fairey Acid Brass. 


4. Dour

Don't have a favourite type of music? Fear not. Dour, a Belgium festival, covers nearly every single type of music genre you can think of. Punk, techno, hip hop, rock, drum & bass, indie, metal - you name it, they've got it. Starting out with just five bands way back in the 80's, the festival now attracts over 100,000 visitors every year and the head-liners for this year were The Smashing Pumpkins, Wu-tang clan, Sub Focus and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

5. Holi - The Festival of Colours

Not such a good one to be off your face at, The Festival of Colours is one of the more beautiful festivals. Located in India, Holi celebrates the coming of spring - which brings along colour. The participants are sold paints and dyes that aren't harmful and can be washed off easily, and throw them over each other - thus creating this breath-taking mass of vibrant colours. The Festival of Colours is not the only thing they celebrate; on Holi there is also Holi Cow! - a music festival which features acts such as Bombay Basement and Menwhopause. Also on the agenda is The Elephant Festival; a parade of beautifully decorated elephants. This festival is definitely one for travellers.


Emma Phimister

20 year old Student from Leeds. Currently studying Drama at Hull Uni.

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