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Leave the Wellies Behind: the Top Summer Music Festivals for Sun Lovers in 2016

“Mud, rain and mayhem come inevitably with the territory for seasoned festival goers”

Ireland’s biggest annual music festival, Oxegen, hosts up to 60,000 rock fans each year and is usually a raucous yet damp affair to say the least…

  • Leave the Wellies Behind: the Top Summer Music Festivals for Sun Lovers in 2016

    Mud, rain and mayhem come inevitably with the territory for seasoned festival goers. Ireland’s biggest annual music festival, Oxegen, hosts up to 60,000 rock fans each year and is usually a raucous yet damp affair to say the least. Meanwhile, indie fans have long flocked to see the eclectic alternative line-up of Electric Picnic and wander around its art trails in search of Irish storytelling traditions. However, these are sometimes washed out by the wet Irish summer too.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. There are festivals further afield that offer both glorious weather and cultural and musical abundance. Here are a few festivals we’d like to suggest if you wish to swap wellies for flip-flops and umbrellas for sunhats.

    Woman singing

    Sumfest, Jamaica

    Where else would you find the greatest reggae show on Earth but in Montego Bay, Jamaica? Held in mid-July, the Reggae Sumfest showcases home-grown reggae music as well as host performances by global artists. The highlight of the festival is most definitely the reggae, but this festival also includes beach parties, with local artists laying down the grooves, and International Nights, which see internationally recognised artists hit the festival stage. Artists to have graced the stages of Sumfest in the past include Alicia Keyes, Kanye West and the mighty Lionel Richie! Once you’ve fully immersed yourself in the joys of Sumfest, it’ll be as clear as beautiful Montego Bay’s waters why locals refer to Jamaica as ‘Jamrock’!

    Reggae singer in Jamaica

    Arona Summer Festival, Tenerife

    Tenerife is renowned as a place of rest and relaxation, but there’s a whole other side to this lovely Canary Island. Every August, the Arona Summer Festival gets underway and the island comes vibrantly alive after dark. Though this festival may be young, it’s already garnered itself a big name in the world of electronica.

    Based in the resort of Playa de las Americas, the festival brings together major starts of electronic music, such as David Guetta and Avicii, and revellers intent on enjoying the marathon dance sessions together. The culmination is 13 hours of uninterrupted music. Party on!

    Festival goer on shoulders

    Sonar, Barcelona

    Catalonia has many melodious joys for visitors to the region. Take a trip down from the Costa Brava  or the nearby Costa Dorada to Barcelona, just an hour and a half away, and you can get in on the Sonar festival. Taking place in mid-June, Sonar is a combination of electronic music and technology, and is split into two parts. Sonar by day features multimedia art displays, record fairs and exhibitions, all with a DJ spinning tunes in the background. Come the night time and the festival is truly all about the music, as visitors jump on the shuttle bus to attend concerts and events with DJs in Hospitalet.  

    There are plenty of opportunities to combine sun, sea and surf with musical good times the world over. Take advantage of them with Falcon Holidays. Although the often-swampy pandemonium of the Irish festival has its own special charm, sometimes it’s necessary to get away and just let the sun shine in!

Author: Carol Oconnor

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