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Festivals in unexpected places

Published December 15th, 2015

We've all heard of the big-name festivals around the world – Coachella, Burning Man, Splendour in the Grass. But there's more to this world than the popular kids. We've found a few festivals you probably haven't heard about, but ones you should definitely stick on your radar for the coming years before they get too mainstream.

Holy Ship!, Caribbean

Take a huge cruise ship, fill it with young hedonists, pump in dance music and pray no one falls overboard. Holy Ship! turns cruising on its head, with clubbing at sea, burlesque entertainment, beach stop-offs and more. Who said cruising was for oldies?

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, Morocco

Performers from Lebanon, Hungary, Rajasthan and Pakistan play alongside Bjork and Joan Baez at this celebration of world music with a spiritual bent. It includes poetry nights in the medina, discussions and plenty of activities.

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Electric Zoo, New York, US

David Guetta, A-Trak, Ferry Corsten, Sasha, Tiesto, Bloody Beetroots (DJ set) and more come to New York's Randall's Island Park (reached by ferry, subway or bus from Manhattan or the Bronx) for this outdoor electronic festival.

Festival au Desert, Mali

The festival, inspired by traditional Tuareg gatherings but made famous by Damon Albarn, draws around 1,000 Westerners for its amazing world music line-up. The British Foreign Office warned people not to travel to the last event because of local unrest but a few hundred tourists couldn't resist the thrill of seeing Tinariwen, Amadou and Mariam, Toumani Diabate and others in this amazing desert setting.

Familiar faces at previous years' events include Robert Plant and Manu Chao, but it's the lesser-known Malian and Tuareg acts that really excite. It's best to join a tour or hire an expert driver or guide, as reaching the site independently is difficult.

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This article was written by Gemma Bowes from The Guardian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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