A Traveller’s Guide to 2016 Summer Festivals Around the World

Get your passport and flower crown ready!

Read also: 10 things happening in Bali this summer.

#1 Melt! 

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Practice your tent-pitching skills!

Destination: Gräfenhainichen, Germany

Dates: 15 – 17 July 2016

Melt! is one of Germany’s biggest open-air electronic music festivals, held at the Ferropolis museum. The museum is also called the ‘City of Iron’ because of its unique location among mining cranes and excavators — the perfect venue for an incomparable festival with acts like Disclosure, Tame Impala, Block Party, Gold Panda. If you can’t make it this year, mark your calender for next summer when the festival turns 20 and you can bet on their biggest celebration yet.

#2 FIB Benicàssim

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Locals simply call it ‘FIB’

Destination: Benicàssim, Spain

Dates: 16 – 19 July 2016

Dancing in the mud has never seemed so fun, when you’ll be kicking it to acts like Clean Bandit, Portishead and Bastille. Last year’s festival received great reviews after acts like Kasabian and Lily Allen took the stage, in what was the event’s most notable line-up yet. Fans of more alternative rock will surely enjoy this festival more, where other past performers include Oasis, Bob Dylan and Artic Monkeys.

#3 Splendour In The Grass

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Bringing you splendour since 2001

Destination: Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Dates: 22 – 24 July 2016

Get crazy, because this year’s stage will see some of the best acts like, such as The Cure, The Strokes, Sigur Ros, Flume, James Blake and Santigold. We could go on — Jack Garratt, Snakehips, Peter, Bjorn & John and Matt Corby. One of OZ’s biggest annual outdoor music festivals, Splendour’s venue in Byron Bay has a capacity of up to 30,000 people.

#4 Soundwave Festival

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There’s also a donkey race but that doesn’t sound too ethical or appealing

Destination: Croatia

Dates: 4 – 8 August 2016

Beach rave, anybody? Things really heat up in Croatia, one of the world’s best party destinations, during this four-day bash. Three stages are set up around the fishing village of Tisno. Shows start during the day and carry on well-into the night, but blink and you’ll miss the sunset. This year expects jazz, dubstep and electonic acts like Alex Crescent, Riot Jazz Brass Band and Gentlemen’s Dub Club.

#5 Summer Sonic

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Third Eye Blind, apparently still together (yay) is also set to perform

Destination: Japan

Dates: 20 – 21 August

Japan’s best festival takes place in Osaka and Chiba, just outside of Tokyo. Bands usually play in Osaka first and then to Chiba the next day, and vice versa. Some notable past acts include The 1975 (returning this year too), Ellie Goulding and Pixies. The current line-up looks even more promising with names like Chainsmokers, Alesso, James Bay, Fergie and Radiohead. There’s also a silent disco and kid’s area if you can’t find a sitter, but we strongly recommend against bringing children to the Summer Sonic.

#6 Ultra Bali

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Held at the famous Potato Head

Destination: Seminyak, Bali

Dates: 15 – 16 September 2016

It’s only the second Ultra festival to be held in Bali, and we still don’t know who’s set to perform! Last year’s line-up was only announced a month before the actual event, and only after all the tickets were sold out. Still, no complaints with big names like Alesso, Kygo and Skrillex.

Tents or luxury villas?

Photo credits: Main, 1, 2, 3, 4, 56 and 7

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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