Published on May 16, 2013 | by Sean McKee

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Three of This Summer’s Best Festivals

@SeanJPMcKee

An audience dancing at Outlook Festival

If you’ve had enough of muddy fields, then head to Outlook Festival in Croatia for a boat party or two. [flickr: James Starkey]

As the summer (finally) creeps up on us, with its moderately high temperatures and sporadic bursts of heavy rain, it gives us students the chance to relax and have a long, well-deserved break. But what is there to do while you’re off, other than party?

If you’ve got a few bob and love your music, then there may be one British summer essential that you should consider…attending a music festival! The festival scene has exploded over the last two decades and there are now hundreds to choose from. Whether here in Britain or across Europe, covering every genre of music, there really is something for everyone.

Yahoo! Wireless Festival

A highlight for the London festival line-up is this year’s Yahoo! Wireless Festival. The festival has switched location to the brand new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that is due open in July. To celebrate opening the park with a bang, organizers are going all out to ensure this will be the biggest line-up to date.

One of the acts joining Justin Timberlake and Jay Z at the world premiere of their Legends Of The Summer tour on Sunday 14 July, is British songstress Jessie Ware.

The singer/songwriter released her stunning debut album Devotion to critical acclaim last year, receiving BRIT nominations for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough and her soulful voice should be a surefire hit with the crowd. Also added to the line-up is singer songwriter Katy B, dub-step DJ’s Magnetic Man, US hip hop star 2Chainz, electro DJ Porter Robinson and hot UK stars Angel and Daley.

The bill already boasts huge names including: A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, A$AP Rocky and Rizzle Kicks, and most recently, will.i.am. This is the event for any Londoners wanting the festival experience on a low budget or wanting to give the camping part a miss! Tickets start from £75 for the day.

Glastonbury

The Big One, aka Glastonbury 2013, boasts a line-up that is set to be the most epic yet, with The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons revealed as headliners on the Pyramid Stage. You have to be on the ball for these tickets, however, as they went on sale in October, but it’s a surefire hit for music lovers.

Go all out for the ultimate festival experience here, but remember whatever the weather, you are guaranteed mud! Tickets will set you back £200, not to mention the essential camping gear and the pricey food stalls, so if you’re lucky enough to bag one, get saving!

Outlook Festival

If you’re looking to make a holiday out of your festival experience, why not try one on the continent? Now in it’s 6th year, Outlook Festival, based in Fort Punta Christa Pula, Croatia, is widely recognized as Europe’s largest bass music and sound system culture festival, featuring the biggest names from the most vibrant and cutting edge dance scenes around.

If you’re into underground dance floor music, whether it’s house, techno, dub step, reggae, dub, hip-hop, garage, grime or electronica, then this is the experience for you!

The motto of Outlook Festival goes by the famous words of Duke Ellington: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”

Outlook has grown rapidly over the past five years and is going from strength to strength, with critics raving about everything from the amazing vibe, to the wicked music on set and even how beautiful the smiling people were.

For those who want to make a holiday out of a festival, Outlook is the place, offering the ability to have an amazing time for around just £450, which is pretty good for the holiday of a lifetime and a great music festival combined! The official website offers a general budget for your trip to Outlook.

Festival Tickets themselves cost £135 and are still available, they also recommend attending the Boat Party, tickets for which cost a very reasonable £15. Camping is also pretty cheap at £36 site hire for the entire four-day fest. The biggest cost would be your travel from the UK, with Sunshine Bus/Flights & Transfers totting up to roughly £200, so if you’re a spendthrift, this is the festival for you!

A host of new names have been announced to take the stage in 2013, with their most expansive line-up to date including: hip-hop legend Mos Def, Reggae icon Anthony B and Warp Record’s finest Rustie. The line-up also welcomes back a number of festival favourites including Gentleman’s Dub Club, Hatcha, and Submotion Orchestra, with a heap of Outlook debut’s also on the cards from the likes of Evian Christ, Happa and Artwork, amongst others. Outlook Festival runs from midday Thursday 29 August 2013 – 6am Monday 2 September 2013.

So, whatever your taste in music and whatever you aim to get out of this summer, attending a festival is an absolute must, tickets are in abundance so don’t be afraid to shop around and pick your perfect one.

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