As has long been known the festival season in the UK is now saturated.
Some of the bigger festivals have lost some of that original spirit with the notable exception of Glastonbury that still manages to maintain its unique atmosphere.
Many of us now choose to spend our time and hard earned cash at one of the boutique festivals that have sprung up and that still manage to capture the laid back charm that some of the bigger commercial festivals have lost.
In choosing three of our favourite boutique festivals for 2015 we decided to pick out three outside the UK where you really can get a fantastic experience in a different culture whilst being surrounded by people from across the globe.
Øya Festival 2015
Norway’s Øya Festival takes place in the draw dropping location of Tøyen Park, Oslo between 11th and 15 August. It really is the perfect backdrop for a festival that holds environmentalism close to its heart. It has a great atmosphere and you feel it has a genuine spirit which comes across in the facilities and general feel-good factor of the crowd. The line-up this year is also second to none with Beck, Florence and the Machine, Belle & Sebastian and Alt-J some of the main acts performing. It’s also just been announced that the band that launched a thousand imitators Ride have been added to the bill. It should be a great year to visit Øya.
For more information visit the Øya Festival website
All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015
All Tomorrow’s Parties have established themselves as a trusted brand amongst music lovers in the UK and they have since expanded to Spain, Australia, japan and the USA. Described as ‘the ultimate mix tape’ they go out of their way to hand pick the most respected bands and artists and deliver a quality experience for festival goers that has people coming back for more. To get to see some of the most exciting current acts in a majestic setting in Iceland really is a draw for music fans from across the globe. This year you can get to see Iggy Pop, Belle and Sebastian, Public Enemy, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Run the Jewels, Mudhoney, Loop, Lightning Bolt, Bardo amongst many others.
For more information visit the All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Meadows in the Mountains Festival
If you want to soak up the atmosphere of a truly unique festival then Meadows in the Mountains could be the one for you. You’ll find yourself above the clouds in the breath-taking surroundings of the Rhodopean Mountains nestled in the unspoilt Bulgarian countryside. It takes place from 12thto 14th June with a post festival spa pool party on the 15th June so you can recover and get your head back onto more earthly matters like getting home. You can dance away all your worries and cares with a line-up that should help lift the spirits including Kele Le Roc, Albrecht Wassersleben, Al Dobson, BINH, The Turbans, MOP MOP Feat. WAYNE SNOW and Quantic.
For more information visit the Meadows in the Mountains website