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5 sensational festivals not to miss

May 09, 2014
Lenka

Are you a music festival junkie? If so, then it’s about time to start planning your perfect music fest. Whether you’re looking for the new electronic music, fresh underground DJs, indie tunes or top pop divas, here are the music festivals worth checking out this year.

Plus, festivals are a perfect excuse to TRAVEL, PARTY and EXPLORE so mix the killer line-ups with a cultural discovery and get to know the sights of the festival’s home town.

©Eva Rinaldi

©Eva Rinaldi

EXIT festival, Serbia

Are you looking for a cutting-edge music and eclectic line-ups surrounded by beautiful scenery? Then head down to Exit festival between 10-13 July, set within the walls of the captivating fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, and enjoy more than 600 musicians across 20 stages. Right on the banks of the Danube River, you’ll be spoilt for a choice of beautiful panoramas while jumping up and down under the Balkan Sun.

Book your stay at Novi Sad – City Hostel to recover a bit from this almost week-long insanity, take a walk along the cobbled streets packed with the stalls and restaurants and explore the town’s bustling coffee culture.

Exit festival 2010

Sonar festival, Spain

Thousands of people flock to Barcelona for the very best of the electronic culture between 12-14 June to experience the legendary Sonar festival. This year’s line-up has been already released and with headliners such as Massive Attack, Rudimental, Bonobo and Richie Hawtin, you’ll be looking at some unforgettable moments. Enough said – get your tickets now and be part this madness.

Check out our hostels in Barcelona to be close to the action, explore the city, taste delicious food and relax on a beautiful beach.

©Oh-Barcelona.com

©Oh-Barcelona.com

Governor’s Ball New York, USA

Top artists such as OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend and The Strokes will be all making their way to New York City’s Randall’s Island on 6-8 June. Yes, that’s right with this year’s music bill, New York is throwing an amazing a party so grab yourself tickets, pick your festival outfit and get into the vibe as the festival is just around the corner.

Stay at the Manhattan’s premier hostel HI-New York City for some well-deserved sleep after the party and while you are here, wander through the streets and check out some of the most popular sights of ‘The Big Apple’.

Secret Solstice Festival, Iceland

Are you one of those festival-goers that never sleeps and can rave continuously all day and night?  Then check out this spanking new Icelandic festival that runs under the Nordic midnight sun with 72 hours of constant daylight. Secret Solstice Festival, held in the Hot Spring Valley, Reykjavík, on 20-22 June, boasts a diverse mix of talents both from the international and local scene to suit every taste.

Check out our hostels in Reykjavík and experience a bit of downtime from the festival. Make the most of your stay, experience the geysers and waterfalls, or take a trip to the warm and relaxing geothermal seawater of the Blue Lagoon which will help you to re-energize and get back to reality after the festival.

Austin City Limits, USA

With the world’s top DJs, great bands and musicians, Austin City Limits festival spread out over two weekends on 3-5 and 10-12 October, is well worth checking out this year. A star-studded line-up featuring Eminem, Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris and Lana Del Rey will get your blood pumping and you’ll be sure to experience thrilling moments and a great fun.

Stay at HI – Austin for a guaranteed comfortable and laid-back atmosphere, and discover the city’s thriving music culture.

©Nan Palmero

©Nan Palmero

Which festivals grab your attention or which one would you add to the list? We’d love to hear from you, so leave your comment in the box below or email us at socialmedia@hihostels.com.


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