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BLOG: 2014 Summer Festival Guide

Whether you’re after a week long rave or some quiet cultural fulfillment, here’s a selection of some of the world’s best festivals. 

Big Classics

Glastonbury: You'll drown in rain and middle class millennials at the UK's largest and most prestigious festival.

Worthy Farm, UK, June 25-29

Womad: Set up by Genesis legend Peter Gabriel in the 80s, this is the World of Music and Dance.

Charlton Park, UK, July 24-27

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Culture

La Tomatina: A week long Spanish festival in Buno near Valencia. As well as music, expect paella cooking contests and fireworks. Despite the August sunshine, you'll still need a waterproof as the festival finishes with a collossal food fight. The tomato is the weapon of choice.

Buno, Spain, August 20-27

The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival: The largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 5-13

Gay Pride Parade: Feel the love and dance all day on the streets of San Francisco.

San Franscisco, USA, June 28-29

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Food

Food and Wine Classic: Eat drink and be merry at one of the world's most prestigious food festivals.

Aspen Colorado, USA, June 20-22

Oktoberfest: The German beer festival that attracts millions, and makes millions, every year. Not to be missed if beer, sausage and loud singing are your thing.

Munich, Germany, September 20-05 October

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion: Live music paired with master chefs from around the world; head to Bristol for the festival that champions sustainable food production.

Bristol, UK, May 1-18

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Art, Design & Architecture

Burning Man Festival: If you haven't been to Burning Man you haven't lived. Once a year, tens of thousands gather in the desert to create a city out of art. When the sun goes down, music and shows transform the desert into a dance floor, only to disappear a week later without a trace.

Black Rock Desert, Nevada USA, August 25-1 September

Venice Biennale: This year's architecture biennale is curated by Rem Koolhaas and showcases some of the most exciting architecture under the title 'fundamentals'.

Venice, Italy, June 6-23 November

Frieze London: Born from the pages of a magazine, once a year Regents Park is transformed into a world of contemporary art, attracting millions of visitors from around the world.

Regents Park, London, 16-19 October

Frieze New York: Although Frieze NY is younger than its London counterpart, it has just as much to offer in terms of exciting new contemporary art and takes place in Randall's Island Park.

Manhattan, NY, 9-12 May

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Theatre

Fringe Festival: For almost the whole of August, some of the world's most exciting performers flock to Edinburgh for comedy, theatre and good old fashioned entertainment. Both established names and emerging talent share the stage in a unique line up that offers something for all. Book accomodation early to avoid breaking the bank.

Edinburgh, Scotland, August 1-25

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Music

Coachella: The embodiment of California's laid back lifestyle, this is one of the world's most popular festivals. Expect big-name bands and celebrity sightings.

Indo, Calfornia, April 11-20

Worldwide: Gilles Peterson's brainchild is an exclusive celebration of music in the beautiful South of France.

Montpellier, France, June 30-6 July

Roskilde: The largest cultural music festival in northern Europe is run entirely by volunteers, making it a non-profit event that still manages to offer an incredible line up, with everything from rock to pop to hip hop.

Roskilde, Denmark, June 29-6 July

Dimensions: A newcomer on the scene, this 'underground electronic' music festival is held in an abandoned 2,000 year old Roman Amphitheatre, with half a mile of beautiful beach right next to it.  

Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, August 28-1 September

Outlook: Widely celebrated as Europe's biggest Bass and Soundsystem music festival, Outlook is held at the same incredible location as Dimensions, just the week after. Combine the two if you think you can handle it.

Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, September 3-7

Sziget: As well as a offering an incredible line up, you can start the party early at this festival on its dedicated party train from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary, August 11-18

 

Hurricane: It's the biggest alternative music festival in Germany and that's why it continues to attract the likes of Moby to its programme.

Scheeßel, Germany, June 20-22

Benicassim: 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Spanish music festival and the line up is looking as promising as ever. Headlining are Kasabian, Paolo Nutini and Katy B. It's a holiday with 8 days of camping and four days of excellent music.

Benicassim, Spain, July 17-20

Secret Garden Party: Themed 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', this year's Secret Garden Party is again a celebration of music, creativity and individualism. Stick it to the man and dance all day and night in the safe haven of the garden.

Cambridegshire, UK, July 24-27

Farr Festival: A boutique festival held in a deserted woodland just an hour north of London. Only four years old, it has already achieved huge critical acclaim from party organisers, big name brands and world-class DJs.

Baldock/Newnham Village, UK, July 18-20

Love Saves The Day: Spreading the love over a whole weekend, with some of the world's most respected DJ's. Cyril Hahn, SBTRKT, Jamie XX and B.Traits are spinning their vinyl this year.

Castle Park, Bristol, May 24-25

Bestival: Rob da Bank's vision of a perfect festival has been attracting thousands of festival lovers every year. It's always an eclectic line up enjoyed by ardent fancy dress enthusiasts.

Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, September 4-7

Field Day: A weekend of excellent music in the heart of London. Headlining this year on Sunday are the Pixies.

Victoria Park, London, June 7-8

Found: Although only two years old, Found has built up a reputation for providing some amazing events, from underground raves to street parties. Found Festival is a day's party with some of London's best DJ's such as Krankbrother.

Haggerston Park, London, June 14

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Film

Tribeca

Set up by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal after 9/11, Tribeca Film Festival has established itself as a respected event in the film festival world, known for supporting emerging filmmakers and producing the talent of tomorrow.

Lower Manhattan, New York, April 16-27

Sundance London

The acclaimed film festival, founded by Robert Redford, showcases the best of international indie cinema in London.

The O2, London, April 25-27

Cannes Film Festival

The annual film festival in France is known for showing great work from emerging as well as established filmmakers. It's also where all the big yachts are.

Cannes, France, May 14-25