When festival season rolls around, it’s all too easy to default to what you know. Sure, you can go through the pain of trying to get Glasto tickets (along with everyone else) and wishing you’d bought a bigger tent, or you could take a little advice from us instead. We’ve handpicked our favourite left-field festivals to help you escape the crowds and find a little luxury this summer. 

On UK Soil

Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire

Perhaps the most well-known on our festival hot-list but still a far cry from the well-trodden festival scene. Can’t sit still? You’re sure to find plenty of new ways to challenge yourself at Wilderness with everything from circuit classes, climbing, paddleboard yoga to wild swimming, axe throwing and workshops galore. Throw in film, music and some serious boutique camping options, and you’ve got a pretty enviable weekend on your hands. 

Houghton, Norfolk

With a musical line-up to challenge, excite and inspire the festival goer in equal measure, Houghton prides itself on offering something extra special. With a range of stunning accommodation options, from Portobello Tents and tipis to luxury vintage caravans and Airstream trailers, this little-known festival is only in its third year but packs a real punch for those looking to get off-grid. And, thanks to Houghton’s 24-hour music licence, the music never stops. 

Also Festival, Warwickshire

Also Festival sums up the sentiment ‘why the hell not?’. Throw yourself into over 200 experiences with new bands, artists and audio experiences, plus wine tasting and cocktail making, wild swimming and forest bathing, disco bunker, sunrise nature swimming, running club and core strength yoga provide just a small insight into what’s on offer at Also. If you’re looking to really blow your mind with a three-day nature fix, this is where you’ll find it. Fully-furnished bell tents are available - enough said.

Noisily Festival, Leicestershire

Offering an alternative to mainstream festival culture, Noisily prides itself on creating a haven for undiscovered music and unapologetic self-expression. Rooted in the electronic music scene, this festival is based on five pillars of inclusion, environment, wellness, community and creativity, feeding the mind, body and soul with a plethora of performances, workshops, therapies and talks. With a boutique camping area with views to die for, Noisily is truly inspiring.

Further Afield

Dimensions, Croatia

When it comes to festivals, Croatia has it nailed. Set amongst the ruins of an abandoned fort, Dimensions festival boasts a killer line-up across seven stages, with boat parties, Zerostrasse (underground tunnel parties), and plenty of accommodation options from classic camping to apartments and plush mobile homes. 2019 is The Last Dance, the final year at Fort Punta before the festival moves to a new home. 

Oasis, Marrakech

Dance somewhere different at The Oasis Fest, a melting pot of music, relaxation, culture and wellness. Away from the dancefloor you’ll find champagne and cocktail bars, a pool and spa, plus a selection of the best food Marrakech has to offer. Tents are not allowed on the festival site, replaced by various luxury hotel or apartment packages including a full yoga and surf spa package. Camping not your bag? This one’s for you. 

Secret Solstice, Iceland

How about a party in the midnight sun? This Icelandic festival runs during the summer solstice on the edge of the Arctic circle, meaning 24-hour sunlight and a pretty unique experience. Much like Oasis, no tents are allowed on site so it’s a case of checking into a hotel or AirBnB for a coveted slice of post-festival luxury. The only way to top partying under the never-ending sun is with one of their serious VIP packages and a complementary post-festival spa session. 

With all these festivals in your diary, you’re going to need some serious gear to help you look the part. We’ve got just the thing.

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