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Worldwide Music Festivals
With Glastonbury sold out already without a single band being announced, many people may be wondering how they are going to get their quirky festival fix next year. Luckily, the Worthy Farm weekend is not the only option around, with every corner of the world hosting weird-and-wonderful festivals all year round. For a music festival with a difference in 2013, why not try one of these fantastic options.
Rototom Sunsplash, Spain
With 2013 being the festival's 20th birthday, the next edition of the famous week-long Rototom Sunsplash promises to be a vintage edition. Held in Benicàssim from August 17th to 24th, it is a celebration of all things ska and reggae, with the last edition featuring stars such as Beanie Man, Max Romeo, and Sly & Robbie. Tickets for 2012's Sunsplash were only €210 for seven days with camping included, and with the huge selection of Caribbean-inspired food on offer at low prices, it works out to be a very cheap holiday indeed.
The Distant Festival, Jordan
The distant festival is held in Aqaba, the only coastal city in the whole of Jordan. Specialising in the best in electronic and dance music, the festival last took place in 2010, but organisers promise it will be back bigger and better than ever in 2013. Above & Beyond, David Seaman and Armin Van Buuren have all delighted revellers in recent years. Although camping is sometimes available for a small additional fee, why not stay in a hotel? The plush Kempinski Hotel Aqaba comes highly recommended.
Burning Man Festival, USA
Once a year, 48,000 people pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for a festival unlike any other. Whereas Glastonbury is sometimes referred to as the festival where the music doesn't matter, Burning Man is the only festival truly worthy of this accolade. Taking its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on the Saturday evening, it is described by its participants as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and self-reliance. Leave cash at home and the only rule is: there are no rules.
Stop Making Sense, Croatia
Named after Talking Heads' famed concert movie, Stop Making Sense is a music and dance festival that prides itself on acting as a summer haven and holiday getaway for its visitors. Located on the beautiful Croatian coastline between Zadar and Split, Tisno and The Garden is a picturesque secluded bay with its own private beach and onsite accommodation. Including dancefloors by the sea and many, many boat parties, Stop Making Sense features a huge variety of world-renowned DJs playing the best in all things dance, incorporating everything from jazz and Latin to house and techno via reggae, dubstep and electro.