Boutique, culture driven festivals seem to be popping up in their thousands in recent years, all promising something different, and mostly entirely indistinguishable from one another. But there are a few pockets of the globe yet where you can enjoy the entirely surprising and untainted festival experience that you felt on entering your first, muddy British field as a wide eyed teen. From the sweltering African desert, to a mountain top in Bulgaria, here are 5 festivals you should be flogging your early bird tickets for.
Set atop a mountain in Bulgaria, you cant get much better. Waterfalls, flowering meadows and a small crowd could make you think you’ve died and gone to party heaven. Featuring mainly unsigned, underground artists, this is the place to discover the new in dance, disco, jazz and contemporary house. A chilled out atmosphere and arty vibes make this a calmer, if trippier alternative to the standard, bass pumping European festivals. Galloping unicorns aren’t far off.