Festivals in unexpected places
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.
Wrap up warm: Winter music festivals in Europe
Strong opinions: Sightseeing for free in NYC
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.
Don't miss @aboveandbeyond's return to the big apple! Use your pre-sale code tomorrow at 1pm ET for first access to acoustic tour tickets. May 20th & 21st, 2016 @thebeacontheatre #AboveAndBeyond A photo posted by Electric Zoo Festival (@electriczoony) on
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.
For the latest deals on travel, browse our great range of offers online or visit your local Student Flights.
This article was written by Gemma Bowes from The Guardian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
More like this
Unusual destinations to tick off in 2016
The most difficult path is the most rewarding. For the intrepid traveller, there is no greater thrill than having the chance to explore a destination seemingly untouched by tourism. Or at least people in your social circle.
Summer music festivals fit for a holiday
Why hold a festival in the middle of the desert? As I applied more sun cream, a teenager was hauled from a crowd being doused with water nearby. Despite the 40-degree heat, those around him were euphoric, arms raised in the fine layer of cooling spray, all eyes on the stage: swaying, singing.
Travelling after a breakup
You can rarely predict when love will evaporate, leaving behind a gloomy abyss of too much solo Netflix and mope. However, we are steadfast in our belief that travel is deeply healing after a romantic setback or gruesome break-up.