Five Music Festivals in Stunning Locations


Festivals, Food and wine, Poetry, Travel, Yoga / Thursday, September 13th, 2018

I’ve just returned from Festival No.6, which is held in the quirky Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales – location of the film The Prisoner. The festival has been running for six years (so quite apt) but this year was the last one. Portmeirion is in a beautiful location overlooking the estuary, where you can go paddleboarding or swimming, surrounded by the mountains of Snowdonia.

Highlights were the amazing yoga in the forest tipi, sitting in the piazza listening to poet Luke Wright, singer I Am Kloot and the Welsh Male Voice Choir. But also, there was so much amazing food on offer – truffle fries, Singapore curries, homemade pies, tacos, paella and lots lots more. It was by far the best festival I’ve been to for good food. There was also a Zubrowska vodka tent, with tastings and masterclasses, lots of local craft beer, and two wine tents. That alone would keep you very busy for a few days.


Pic: Andrew Whitton

Pic: MAX-MIECHOWSKI

Anyway, now Festival No.6 is over, I thought I’d look for other similar festivals in quirky locations. Here’s what I came up with:

      1. Sziget, Hungary

        This music and culture festival takes place on Obudai-sziget island on the Danube in northern Budapest. You can arrive by ‘party train’, which picks up festivalgoers from all over Europe and transports them to the festival with a resident DJ, or just make your own way and enjoy the unique location and line-up.

      2. Dimensions, Croatia

        A 19th-century fort is the venue for this Croatian music festival, which hosts underground DJs and boat parties galore. The coastal town of Pula also has beaches, bars and restaurants. Similar to Festival No.6 but probably far, far less rainy.

      3. Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria

        Another mountainscape festival – this one with yoga, workshops, eco-friendly policy and lots of music and dancing in the forest.

      4. Magnetic Fields, India

        Head over to India for this three-day jol, set in a 17th-century Rajasthani palace near Jaipur, where you can camp or lord it up in a plush suite then party till pink dawn.

      5. Lake of the Stars, Malawi

        One of Africa’s finest parties, set on the shores of Lake Malawi. Talent from all over the continent, as well as further afield, play here every year, making it a truly magical experience.

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