International Festival Circuit
The festival business has boomed in Britain over the past ten years; whether you're after a small boutique gathering or a mini-city located in the middle
of a field, there's pretty much something for every taste - but this doesn't mean that festival itineraries should be limited to the UK. There are events
worldwide that offer up not only an abundance of sunshine but also a variety to the festival scene, and the only extras you'll need are international
travel insurance, sunscreen and a plane ticket. Here is our round up of some of the best options out there.
Festival au Desert - Mali
Held in Essakane, this festival has become synonymous with traditional Touareg music, nomads from the south of the Sahara. Started in 2001,
following a meeting between Touaregs from Mali and European musicians, the event has been built upon the annual gatherings that take place
following the nomadic season. The event now plays host to a variety of world music and attracts acts as diverse as Robert Plant and Ali Farka
Sonar - Barcelona
Whilst most UK festivals offer the option to get out and about in a field with a pint of cider, Sonar is completely different. Located within the centre of
Barcelona, the event showcases the best in new electronic music, with the schedule running from public art spaces and marinas through to aircraft
hangers and car parks. Alongside live performance, there are all manner of workshops and seminars that focus on the technology and technique
behind the music.
Burning Man - Nevada
Taking place at the centre of the Black Rock Desert, Burning Man is a temporary city of some 50,000 people who converge to share art, music and
experiment with community - at its heart is a 40ft tall wicker figure that is burnt at the climax of the festival. The event, which was borne on the summer
solstice in 1986 San Francisco, has developed into a massive, unique affair and whilst many festivals have moved more mainstream, Burning Man has
swung more out there.
Worldwide - SÃ¨te