SUMMER FESTIVAL : HOW TO SAVE MONEY

So you spend all your money on food this year and forgot to save for the summer? It’s all right, there are many solutions. You won’t be going to Coachella for sure, but believe me there are some cheap and awesome festivals out there. We are blessed with low-cost flight companies all around Europe and I am going to give you some extra tips to manage your expenses. Read carefully.

 

First of all, have a look at the list of some of the cheapest festivals that you’ll find in Europe  :

 

   •   OFF FESTIVAL – POLAND / 04.05.06 August 2017 

Price: 55£ for a 3 days pass  –  Line-up in three words: Feist / Jessy Lanza / Swans

-> check out their website

•   VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL – PORTSMOUTH (UK) / 25.26.27 August 2017 

Price: 67£ for a 3 days pass  – Line up in three words: Franz Ferdinand / Rita Ora / Madness

-> check out their website

•  EXIT FESTIVAL – SERBIA / 5.6.7.8.9 July 2017

Price: 120£ for a 5 days pass – Line up in three words: Rag’n’Bone man / Hardwell / Jamie Jones

-> check out their website

•   LES EUROCKEENNES – BELFORT (FRANCE) / 6.7.8.9 July 2017

Price: 114£ for 4 days pass – Line up in three words: Chinese Man – Jain – Nina Kraviz

-> check ou their website  (this one is my very first and for ever beloved festival)

•    VOLT FESTIVAL – HUNGARY / 27.28.29.30 June 01 July 2017

Price: 115£ for a 4 days pass – Line up in three words: Martin Garrix / Elie Goulding / The Cult

-> check out their website

•   BILBAO BBK LIVE – SPAIN / 6.7.8 July 2017

Price: 121£ for a 3 days pass – Line up in three words: Justice – Phoenix – Die Antwoord

-> check out their website

 

Then, let’s have a look at some cheap flight companies in Europe… 

If you’re not lucky enough to travel by train to your destination, you will be forced to take the plane. Don’t panic! There are plenty of low-cost companies all over Europe. Have a look at this list and peacefully start budgeting your summer trip.

Flying from/to…

ENGLAND : Easy Jet – Flybe – Jet2 – Monarch Airlines – Ryanair

FRANCE : French Blue – Transavia – HOP !

GERMANY : Eurowings

HUNGARY : Wizzair

ICELAND : WOW air

NETHERLANDS : Transavia

SPAIN : Iberia express – Volotea – Vueling

 

Finally, some extra tips. 

Avoid bringing your smartphone with you. There are too many chances that it will be stolen, no matter how careful you are. Instead, prefer the old ugly Samsung from 2009, hidden in your closet, that is still working for some mysterious reason. Yes, I hear you. What about the videos, pictures and memories? Well if you can’t afford to buy a new phone, don’t take the risk and bring a good old fashioned disposable camera.

Avoid bringing new and fragile clothes. You’ll ruin them for sure. Festivals are unpredictable and as you can read in the Testimonies article, mud fights are very likely to happen right in front of you.

Prepare the food, alcohol (whatever you need) budget in advance. It is obviously better for your safety but also for your wallet.

Keep your money with you at all times. Nope, not in the tent. A tent is unfortunately too easy to open and no matter how friendly the camping people seem, some of them are total creeps.

WHEN FESTIVALS GO GREEN – TOP 5

Do you want to have fun and respect our mother earth at the same time? In this article, you’ll find the Top 5 list of the most eco-friendly festivals in Europe. Indeed, festivals consume a lot of energy and produce a lot of waste. Aware of today’s environmental problematic, some festivals have decided to go green and take big steps to respect the planet and change festivals-goers behaviors.

 

T O P  5  :  M O S T  E C O L O G I C A L  F E S T I V A L S  I N  E U R O P E 

1  –  W O O D  F E S T I V A L  –  O X F O R D S H I R E  ( U K )

19th – 21st of May 2017

Wood festival wants to create environment-friendly community of folk music lovers. Their aim is to run an event with 100% renewable energy and recycle (or reuse) any waste produced. Not only do they sell organic food, they have composting toilets as well as showers heated by wood fire. Also, their scene and sound system are powered by sun and pedals. It’s not about making a good impression, it’s about passion. Just so you know – in case it freaks you out – Wood is a family festival so you’ll be surrounded by little kids enjoying nature and music with you. Are you interested ? Check out their website here.

 

2  –  W E  L O V E  G R E E N  – B O I S  D E  V I N C E N N E S  ,  P A R I S  ( F R A N C E )

10th – 11th of June 2017

We Love Green is a French festival concerned with today’s environmental problematic. Through the intermediary of music, they aim to raise awareness about the ecological cause and therefore encourage everyone to change their behavior. The main scene is entirely powered by solar energy, composting toilets and free water fountains are available on site (cause plastic is going to kill us someday my friends), they recycle waste, organize workshops about the planet’s preservation, give away unsold products to charities and much more. The line-up is absolutely amazing, this year’s session is hosting DJs such as Nicolas Jaar, Solange, Maceo Plex or Recondite. Grab your ticket right now.

 

3 –  S H A M B A L A  –  N O R T H A M P T O N S H I R E  ( U K )

24th – 27th of August 2017

Shambala is a festival located right in the heart of the beautiful England. The steps taken in terms of ecological commitment are the following: they banned plastic bottles, installed solar panels, compost toilets as well as a food compost. They sell organic food and have a fair trade café. You will hear all different kinds of music at this family friendly event but mostly rock, pop and folk music. Visit their website and grab your tickets fast, it’s 100% sure it’ll be a total blast.

Join The Party This Summer from Shambala Festival on Vimeo.

 

4  –  G R E E N  M A N  F E S T I V A L  –  B R E C O N  B E A C O N S  ( W A L E S )

17th – 20th of August 2017

Since 2003, Green man festival is focusing on its positive impact. They offer a wide range of dance, folk, indie and rock live music across seventeen stages as well as other artistic and cultural performances. They deeply encourage their visitors to respect the environment by giving away several bin bags at the arrival (for recyclable and non recyclable waste) as well as cigarette putt pouches. You will find selective sorting bins on the festival site and many free water fountains. Ryan Adams and The Big Moon will be part of the celebration this year, grab your tickets now.

Watch this amateur video below to give you a good insight of the camping life in Green Man…

Green Man Festival 2016 from vj decoder on Vimeo.

 

5  –  L E S  V I E I L L E S  C H A R R U E S  –  C A R H A I X  ( F R A N C E )

13th – 16th of July 2017

Les Vieilles Charrues or ‘Gouel an Erer Kohz‘  is one of the largest festivals in France. Located in the Finistère – North West of the country – it is mostly known for the amazing line-up they’re announcing each year. In terms of ecological commitment, they recycle waste, installed compost toilets as well as water fountains and sell organic and fair-trade products. I’d advise you to go there and seize the occasion to visit the rest of this stunning region. What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets .

While we wait for the 2017 teaser, let’s have a look at the 2016 one…

The festival Republic – kaZantip

More than a concept, KaZantip festival is known as an independent republic and often referred as the new ‘Woodstock’ of Eastern Europe. This one-month festival, located in the city of Anaklia (Georgia), offers a 100.000m2 complex of bars, dance floors, lounges and X sports playgrounds that will leave you breathless. So, what makes kaZantip the craziest festival in the world ?

 

It has a constitution – and a government.

Anyone willing to attend KaZantip festival or to be a member of the community (a paradiZer) must read the Constitution. The twelve articles composing it define the code of conduct and the basic principles of this ‘happiness’ community. The festival is ruled by a queen, a foreign minister and other ministers such as the ones of love, dance and rave, intellect, visuals and illusions and much more . The community has an official anthem (that actually changes every year), a criminal code and fetish symbols such as the letter ‘Z’ or orange and black colors.

 

There is no line-up

Nope, no line-up. Artists and DJ are often announced on the day before, sometimes on the same day or even just a few minutes before they go on stage. You’ll have to get used to it because that’s the way things work in KaZantip. Though, there are known to host the best dancers, DJs and live performers in the world so be sure there will be somebody you know.

 

 

It hosts beauty competitions on a weekly basis.

In KaZantip, pretty girls get the chance to be elected as a beauty queen and rule for a week. The lucky one will have to form her own court, composed by a prince and three other princesses. What are the advantages ? She will get great privileges within the site for a week and more importantly…  free drinks.

 

It hosts extreme sports events.

There is a huge park dedicated to X sports and X entertainment that you can enjoy whether you’re a pro, an amateur or just curious. Check out the video below if you want to have a look at the facilities.

 

It hosts weddings

It is on the love bridge at twilight that you will be able to marry this stranger you just fell in love with, your boy(girl)friend, your husband/wife, your best friend, anyone, anytime. Many spectators will come to watch you and your partner walk along the ‘happiness path’ and fix your love lock on the bridge together. It is crazy I know, but it sounds fun. No formal outfit needed, the more eye-catching you are, the best your celebration will be.

 

It allows nudity

Nobody will blame you for walking around with the bare minimum. Elephant thongs, transparent thongs, Brazilian thongs, any thong and a pair of flip-flops is the common and advised outfit in KaZantip. The community glorifies human beauty (mostly feminine beauty) so the more you show, the more it is appreciated.

 

So you’ve well understood, this festival will leave a mark on you for ever. Leave the ‘imperfect world’ to dance naked on the beach, live from day to day, listen to music, celebrate human beauty, have sex and well, just get married if you want to. Are you tempted ? Go check out their website and the video right below.

 

TOP 5 Festivals with an incredible setting

Festivals are about the music you’d tell me. I totally agree, but who would not want to enjoy a stunning view when listening to their favorite band? I have selected for you the Top 5 of European festivals with an amazing setting. Again, it is a personal selection and I’d be more than happy if you have other suggestions to make. Who knows, you might make me change my mind!

 

T O P  5  F E S T I V A L S –  A M A Z I N G  S E T T I N G

1  –  M E A D O W S  I N  T H E  M O U N T A I N S  –  B U L G A R I A

9th – 11th of June 2017

Meadows in the Mountains will take you to another dimension. Its experimental music, art and location – in the secretive Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains – will make you feel like a hippie in a magical world just the time of a week-end. I would love to go there and will write an article about my experience if I manage to go. Wait for it ! In the meantime, watch and enjoy this video (available here) to give you a taste of the dream festival.

Meadows in the Mountains 2015 from Gallivant Film on Vimeo.

 

2  –  S E C R E T  S O L S T I C E  –  I C E L A N D

16th – 18th of June 2017

The line-up of Secret Solstice is often (well, pretty much always) amazing. Even the most grumpy people in the world would enjoy this festival simply because there are so many cool things to do there. You can party in a glacier, party in hot baths, enjoy breath-taking landscapes just a few kilometer away from the site and above all my friends, see the midnight sun. I won’t tell you more and let you watch this piece of art (available here).

 

3  –  T R AE N A  F E S T I V A L  –  N O R W A Y

6th – 9th of July 2017

If you go to Træna, you should expect to camp in the wilderness nearby the sea, dance all night in a huge cave done up as a stage (the Kirkhellenren) , eat fresh fish (Træna is a fishing village) and wake up with majestic sea eagles above your head. It is an exclusive and very unique experience that you will live on a small island, far from home and close to people (very close actually, cause it will be cold). Go check it out, it looks fantastic.

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(photo credits: Kenneth Solfjeld, 2012)

 

4  –  E D G E  O F  T H E  L A K E  –  S W I T Z E R L A N D

30th of June – 2nd of July 2017

Edge of the Lake or ‘Week end au bord de l’eau’  takes place by the lake of Geronde in Sierre (Swiss Alps). This week end is all about chill, music and friends in one of the most beautiful area of Switzerland. During daytime, enjoy the Lake Life and try the stand-up paddle, some canoe-kayak, Tuk Tuk Flamingo rides or play the Petanque. In terms of food, you will find a range of different stalls offering international food such as the good old Raclette, Indian food, Portuguese food, homemade waffles and much more.

 

5  –  E X I T  –  S E R B I A

5th – 9th of July 2017

Want to party in an 18th century fortress build along the Danube river ? Exit is an award-winning festival, with a dozens of scenes and dance floors where you’ll have the pleasure to hear some of the biggest DJs in the World. This festival is perfect for musically open-minded people; this year’s line-up announces Rag’n’Bone Man, Lost Frequencies, Jamie Jones, Robin Shulz and plenty more. What I like about this festival is its history. It began in 2000 as a student protest against government and is still quite committed today.

 

Be safe – Be well

There are some rules one must know and respect. These few principles are the key to a successful festival experience. You’ll see, it’s very simple to be smart.

 

R U L E  N ° 1 :  Stay with your friends

You might not be going to Tomorrow Land, Coachella or huge festivals like these, but you will be very likely to find yourself in a huge crowd filled with crazy party people dancing, shouting, and jumping. Even thought you’ll be having the time of your life, try to check from time to time if you’re friends are still around. Festival locations are often in isolated places where data is rare. Once you lose them, you’re destined to a great solitude.

 

R U L E  N ° 2 : Protect yourself from the sun

European summers can reach temperatures up to 40°C with no wind, no humidity and no hope. If you don’t want to be a dehydrated lobster, wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap whenever you’re outside. If you chose to camp, there are relatively affordable extra protection that you can put above your tent to avoid extreme heat.

 

R U L E  N ° 3 : Make sure to get enough sleep

I know I sound like your mother, but seriously getting enough sleep is IMPORTANT. You want to make the most of your experience and being a zombie after the first day is such a shame. We are young, but five hours of sleep per night is a must.

 

R U L E  N ° 4 : Drink water

Beer might be your faithful and beloved companion but you must let it go sometimes and stick to the good old water bottle. Despite all the benefits the booze brings, it contains alcohol and will dehydrate your body very fast. Especially in high temperatures, try to drink water as much as possible during the day and keep some with you during concerts. I would advise you to get a Camel Back of 1 to 2 Litters and fill it up with fresh and clean water. Camel Back are often filled with alcohol and it’s fine but make sure that at least one person of your group has a water camel back so he/she can save you all.

 

R U L E  N ° 5 : Don’t go over your limits

It is important to be careful with alcohol, drugs or whatever you’re taking. You’re not at home with a comfortable bed waiting for you and appropriate medical care if needed. Many people will get too much and won’t be able to handle it. You don’t want to end up in a crowded tent, not able to stand up and missing the artist you’ve been waiting for all year-long. It’s really easy to get carried away so I would advise you to prepare the quantities in advance (whatever it is you are taking), and don’t go over this limit.

 

TOP 5 electro festivals

There are a lot of electro music festivals taking place in Europe this summer and choosing the right one can quickly become a hassle. Don’t worry, once again I dedicate myself to helping you. Don’t get lost into endless lists of events going on this summer, this is article gathers all the best of electro, techno, house, deep house music festivals. If you still hesitate, listen to the sound cloud playlist of the some of the DJs. Of course, it is a personal selection and I am sure some events I haven’t mentioned are worth going to. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. 

T O P  5  E L E C T R O  M U S I C  F E S T I V A L S 

1 – A W A K E N I N G S

24th – 25th of June 2017

Awakenings is a techno festival mostly based in Amsterdam, Netherlands but has recently organized events in Belgium, the UK and New York City. It takes place at several times of the year. They are hosting la crème de la crème of techno DJs since 2001. This June will be a two-day madness on EIGHT stages where you will find the pioneers of techno such as Adam Beyer or Nina Kraviz as well as very promising beginners.

Click here for more info

 

2 – T I M E W A R P

1st of April 2017

Timewarp is THE reference for techno and underground music listeners. Since 1994, the biggest and most famous DJs of the world are gathering in Mannheim, Germany. Be careful, the line up is exceptional every year and tickets are selling fast. While you are in Germany, why don’t you take a road trip with your friends to discover the coolest underground venues in Berlin or Leipzig?

Click here for more info

 

3 – D G T L  A M S T E R D A M

15th – 16th of April 2017

DGTL Amsterdam is not only a festival but also a concept, trying to raise festival’s standards as much as possible. This year, the festival will take place in April, a bit early for summer you’d tell me, but it felt necessary to tell you about this one. It combines good electronic music with great art projects, exhibitions and healthy food. DGTL is extremely concerned with the environmental and societal impact of their festival. They focus on developing new technologies for a more sustainable event, calling for local participation or promoting vegetarian food. Its unique and human commitment makes this festival an incredible and unforgettable life experience.

Click here for more info

 

4 – S O N A R  B A R C E L O N A

15th – 17th of July 2017

If you like techno or electro you must have heard about Sonar Barcelona. It takes place in June, in one of the coolest Spanish city in the world. Wether you’re into techno, electro, minimal, house, deep house, tech house, anything, you’ll find what you are looking for. Sonar is to me part of the Top 5 electro festivals in the world. What are you waiting for?

Click here for more info

 

5 – I N T O  T H E  V A L L E Y  /  I N T O  T H E  F A C T O R Y

29th of June – 1st of July 2017  /  10th – 12th of August 2017 

These festivals are part of a brand new concept coming from Sweden. If you like dancing and raving in isolated industrial locations, this festival is for you. This year, Into the Valley will take place in the heart of Rummu quary, Estonia. This place used to be a prison back in the 30s and has now transformed into a shooting and sport area. Into the factory is happening in august in the industrial site of Stora Vika, a few kilometres from Stockholm, Sweden. This festival is totally new but very promising, offering the opportunity to enjoy excellent electro music in exclusive and isolated venues all around Europe. If you are ready to go further, ‘Into the castle’ is happening in Africa soon.

Click here for more info

Did you like it ? Listen to the sound cloud playlists of the one who made me discover electro music in London 🙂 

Testimonies

You’ll often hear that festivals are all about fun, good music, friends, amazing memories and to be honest, it is true. But there’s also a part of survival in festivals and I thought it would be nice for you to read some testimonies of experienced festival-goers. Enjoy.

 

Adrian, 21

” I went to my first festival when I was 15. I still lived with my parents back then and this was the first time I could taste real freedom. What marked me the most was my arrival on the camping site. It was 11am, I had spend 3 hours in my cousin’s car with his friends smoking and listening to hard rock all the way long. They were older than me and I thought ‘ok these guys are the craziest’. Actually, I had seen nothing. Once our tent was set, our ‘neighbours’ came to see us with, no kidding, twenty or thirty beers in plastics bags to welcome us ‘properly’ they said. This is the moment I realized festivals were going to be my favourite thing in the world.

Cécile, 20

” There are a few things that you have to know before going to your first festival.Concerning the showers, you have to be aware that there are strategic hours because most of the time really, I ended up having to wait 30 minutes in the sun. But the best part was that the water was ice-cold. It was a funny experience because you could hear a few people singing “it’s warm, it’s warm” to convince themselves it was actually warm. At one point I lost all my friends and when you are surrounded by 100,000 people it is near to impossible to find them. So I had to survive the rest of the night alone. But, you know, when you have good music, everything is wonderful.

Watermelons are life.”

 

 

Michael, 18

” I went to a festival but I did not camp, I took a room with my boyfriend and my best friend in the closest hotel we found. What I remember the most of this festival is this extraordinary atmosphere. Seriously, I’ve never felt so close and so bound to complete strangers. I did not stop dancing for a second and I can definitely say it was one of the best moments in my entire life.”

 

Laetitia, 23

” It was my first time at a festival, and I was really excited to see all the different artists my friends and I had been listening to for the past months. We were greeted by pouring rain, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying our day before the concerts, getting pretty drunk. Wearing our rain coats and boots, we eventually headed to the festival itself, and waited for one of the artists we had come for, Metronomy. Music finally started to play, and to my dismay, the crowd started going crazy and I was lucky enough to discover pogos. Slightly (very) easily oppressed by small places and large crowds, I ignored the concert and tried to escape this hell hole as fast as possible. I ended up listening to the concert from the bar stand, still in the pouring rain and pretty much missed the best parts of the show.”

 

 

Jeanne, 21

” It started as a nice, sunny and beautiful day. People were tanning outside while complete strangers were trying to spray water on you without permission. Of course, the trash’s’ smell and the brown dust under your nails were here to remind you it was not a fairy-tale, but after all who cares. I also remember feeling my make-up dripping all over my face as I was sweating a lot. Bear in mind that nobody will judge you because there are naked men painted in pink and blue queuing for their eleventh beer behind you anyway. This is freedom. But unfortunately, the nice weather of July might sometimes disappear, to give way to incredible storms. Of course, I wasn’t expecting it, and took good care of only bringing my little brother’s canvas sneakers. I really started questioning my intelligence and my whole life as I was watching everybody wearing rain boots when I was here, walking barefoot in the mud. But hey, I survived and had a total blast this night. ”

 

Sophia, 24 

I still remember this crazy summer night. Rain was pouring, my best friends and I were struggling to pass through a huge mud fight some drunk guys had just started near the main scene. We gathered and hugged, seeking some warmth and then started to pray for the rain to stop (literally praying, you can’t imagine what the lack of sleep and a few beers can do to your body). During this never-ending wait, I decided to go to the toilets (which one could describe as hell on earth) with my best friend, who had an urge will to go. We had to queue for at least 15 minutes and it was too much for her at that time. As we frantically started laughing about this situation, she wet herself, and for a second, laughing with tears, I forgot all the cold, crap, dirt and crazy strangers around me. I will never forget that face of despair when she realized what she was actually doing. As weird as it seems, it was night one of the best and funniest night of my life. “

How to get ready for a festival

Going to a festival and camp onsite is like going on a vacation. Except that you will have to carry your own house and bed on your back. You’ll probably sleep next to the strangest people in the world and hear drunk people singing all night (and you will possibly be one of them). It’s going to be fun, intense and tiring so BE PREPARED to face any type of situation. Here is a list of EVERYTHING you need to bring with you. 

 

So let’s say you are planning on doing a four days summer festival – your bag should contain:

Clothes

  • Five to six shirts
  • Two shorts/two jeans
  • As many underwear and pair of socks as you need
  • Two warm sweater – yes, it is summer but believe me the nights are cold
  • Pyjamas
  • Flip flops – sneakers (no, not the sick white ones you just bought)– rain boots

 

 Food & drinks

  • Dry biscuits for breakfast and snacks – no chocolate or anything that could melt
  • Bottles of water
  • Dry fruits, nuts
  • Alcohol – might or might not be authorised in the camping area

 

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Girls, don’t worry about your style cause you might end up looking like this anyway.

 

Hygiene:

  • Shampoo, Body Lotion
  • Baby-wipes – seriously don’t laugh, you will need them at some point
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand lotion

 

Comfort:

  • Ice compartment – nobody likes drinking warm beers
  • Portable camping chair – it will ease your back after having danced all night long
  • Sleeping mat and bag
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Pack of trash bags

 

Survival:

  • Portable lamp
  • Additional small bag pack to keep your phone, your ID, tickets and money with you at all times.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap
  • First aid kit (plasters, disinfectant, antibacterial lotion, headache pills)
  • Camel Bak

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For the ladies…

  • Sanitary towels – if it’s not for you, it will probably help someone else
  • Make-up remover – if you decide to wear some
  • Hairbrush and some elastic bands

 

 Additional advice: 

  • Chose an appropriate bag pack; I would advise you an 8 Litres capacity minimum.
  • Don’t bring new clothes – it is too risky
  • You can motivate your friends and decide to bring a barbecue, proper chairs and tables to make the most of your camping experience. Before you do that, consider the weight and the probability of it being stolen while your gone.

 

Don’t forget your tent.

 

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