Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock may be a distant memory, but you can still look forward to a hazy summer lying in the grass listening to your favourite bands. Unfortunately, we can't go back to hear Jimi at Woodstock (time machines are way overdue, right?), but with increasingly cheaper airfares, music festivals around the world are right outside our doorstep. A dream summer for me would be touring them all!
Here's a list of a few of the coolest music festivals of 2014. Which one catches your eye?
Coachella music and arts festival, held in April in California is undoubtedly the mecca of summer festivals. The 2014 lineup includes an Outkast reunion, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Lorde and influential 80s pioneers The Replacements, as well as the legendary Motorhead. Coachella even has its own huge fairground, as well as the perfect balmy Californian weather. Tickets for Coachella sell out extremely fast, so you'd probably be better off planning for summer 2015, as I'm planning to do! (Still gutted to be missing the OutKast reunion!)
Something to look forward to for next summer though, eh?
Reading and Leeds Festival, UK
Probably the biggest UK festival, other than Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festival is famous for having a slightly more rock music twist. Blink 182 are headlining this as their only UK show this year, in a bid to make us all feel like we're 15 again with their nostalgic pop-punk anthems.
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, Nevada
With enough lights to be seen from space (probably) and some bass that could be measured on the Richter Scale, the Electric Daisy Dance Carnival is held in June on the Las Vegas Speedway. This exciting EDM festival has a host of performers, from stilt-walkers to dancers and you're highly encouraged to dress up to get in the carnival spirit. Electric Daisy is an all-nighter, so be prepared to dance until sunrise
Lightning in a Bottle, California
If you like your music festivals to be a bit more participatory, you'll be pleased to know that the Lightning festival includes yoga and hikes up the nearby hills. Held next to the gorgeous Lake Skinner, Lightning is a 4 day sustainability, arts and music festival, which falls under the banner of a 'transformational festival' with personal-development workshops taking the place of getting wildly drunk and passing out at 3 in the afternoon.
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