No longer confined to muddy fields, modern festivals come in all shapes and sizes. And when it comes to choosing your perfect weekender, location is of paramount importance. We’ve chosen four of our favourite festivals, which take place in incredible locations. Enjoy!
GROOVEFEST, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Quite literally a party in paradise, Groovefest, brings house and techno artists including Derrick Carter, Kidnap Kid and Kenny Dope to Dominican Republic's tropical beaches. Taking place across seven days in a luxury, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, this is a festival like no other!
WHERE: Barcelo Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
WHEN: 4th-11th September
Since its inception at the turn of the millennium, Exit Festival has grown into one of the world's best-loved events. The music is great, as is the atmosphere, but Exit's real selling point is the location. Based on an island fortress, architectural features surround you at every turn. The dance stage – our personal favourite – is a huge open air expanse that was previously the fortress’s moat. This year, you can catch Åme, Fort Romeau and Fred P bringing the noise.
WHERE: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia.
WHEN: 7th-10th July
Hideout takes places on Zrce Beach, on the Croatian island of Pag, at the centre of the ever emerging Croatian scene. Spread across three nightclubs and aboard numerous boat parties – which set sail from the beach itself – Hideout is a truly remarkable festival choice. Seth Troxler, Jamie XX, Gorgon City and Patrick Topping are 2016's DJ highlights.
WHERE: Various Venues, Zrce Beach, Pag, Croatia
WHEN: 26th-30th June
A Parisian institution, Weather Festival is a seriously unique event. Based at Le Bourget, at the French Air and Space museum (Parc de Expositions), Weather Festival is perhaps the only place in the world where you can dance beneath a life-size space shuttle! It give this avant-garde event a surreal and exciting feel. This year's line-up includes techno luminaries Ben Klock and Ricardo Villalobos alongside a live set from Venetian Snares.
WHERE: Parc de Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris, France
WHEN: 3rd-5th June
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