With Christmas over and a new year upon us, now is the perfect time to plan travel destinations for 2015. One key requirement for many students choosing holidays this year will be the potential to attend a music festival and experience great acts and electric atmospheres. With a huge amount of different festivals taking place around the world, here is the RouteSalad guide to the best events happening in 2015.
#1: Counter Point Festival, Georgia, USA -> May 22 -24 2015 -> £130 for three-day pass
With so many festivals to choose from in America, the British crowds often flock to the more commercial events such as Lollapalooza and Coachella. However, there are many more hidden gems to be discovered and Counterpoint is one of them.
Located in rural Georgia, the weekend festival only began in 2012 but still managed to attract big acts including Avicii and Skrillex. Whilst electronic music is Counterpoint’s main focus, it is increasingly branching out as shown by headline slots for Outkast and Janelle Monae last year.
The 2015 line up is announced later in January and is certain to attract big interest from around the world.
More information: Counter Point Festival
Morocco is one of the hottest travel destinations for Brits at the moment and Mawazine provides another reason to visit in 2015.
Taking place on the streets of capital city Rabat, the festival offers a chance for local artists to perform alongside international stars. Big names to appear in the past include Rihanna, Kanye West and David Guetta with Maroon 5 already confirmed to perform this year.
With over a million people expected to attend the festival, a great atmosphere and high quality music is guaranteed.
More information: Mawazine Official Website
#3: Fuji Rock, Niigata, Japan -> 24 – 26 July 2015 -> £250 for three-day pass
The music industry in Asia is growing rapidly but rock is not a genre usually associated with the region. Fuji Rock Festival is aiming to change that perception with a weekend of guitar riffs and head banging in Niigata this summer.
Bands to have graced the stage in the past include Arcade Fire, Coldplay and Oasis with another stellar line up likely in 2015.
Keep an eye on RouteSalad website for travel deals to Japan as Fuji Rocks will certainly be on the agenda of any holiday maker.
More information: Fuji Rock Official Website
#4: Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium -> 24 – 26 July 2015 ->£205 for three-day pass
The growth of electronic dance music in recent years has seen many festivals spring up around the globe but Tomorrowland in Belgium remains the undisputed king.
Set amongst the fields and forests of remote Boom, the festival offers a holiday in itself by creating a magical atmosphere and friendly community spirit.
Throw in the biggest acts in dance music (such as Hardwell and Tiësto) and Tomorrowland becomes a festival you cannot afford to miss.
More information: Tomorrowland Official Website
#5: Groove Fest, Dominican Republic -> 6 – 13 September 2015 -> Nine-day packages (including accommodation) start from £900
For those who want to venture further from home, the Caribbean plays host to a bespoke festival in September offering the best in deep house, soul and disco
Advertised as a ‘Party in Paradise’, Groovefest takes place across the Dominican Republic with renowned global artists including Dennis Ferrer and MK already due to perform.
As well as the music, holiday makers have the opportunity to attend boat parties and spend time relaxing with all prices including food, drink and accommodation too.
For all those in the Dominican Republic this summer, Groovefest will be an unforgettable experience.
More information: Groove Fest Official Website