Around the world in 80 raves – Five “must see” overseas music festivals

As music award ceremonies draw to a close and festival season opens there is no better time to look at some of the best music festivals from around the world. Being overseas we promise there is not a muddy field or overflowing portaloo in sight…

1) Soul Beach Festival – Oranjestad, Aruba
20th – 25th May 2015Aruba music festival

With previous names such as R Kelly and LL Cool J having graced the Aruban stages, Soul Beach Festival has a lot to live up to. 15 years down the line, it shows no signs of slowing down, with urban stars Trey Songz and Charlie Wilson leading the charge for this year’s edition.

Kicking off with a spectacular opening party, the festival never slows down, with many more sub-events and club nights around the town. The festival’s successes have recently been recognised by USA Today as one of the “Top Five Caribbean Celebrations” so there must be something going right!

Tickets range from £50 – £365

To combine this with an Aruban holiday, prices start around £1200 per person including flights and accommodation for 7 nights.

2) St. Kitts Music Festival – St. Kitts & Nevis
25th – 27th June 2015St Kitts festival

Now entering its 19th year, the St. Kitts music festival continues to blend an array of musical tastes into one vibrant cocktail of fun, sun and great sounds. From jazz and soca, to soul and reggae, there is a little something for everyone. 2014’s line-up set a strong precedent; with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Latin star Elvis Crespo, Reggae legend Beenie Man and the incomparable Deniece Williams. If 2015’s line-up follows suit, then as the website claims, it truly will be ‘An Experience like No Other’!

To combine this with a St. Kitts & Nevis holiday, prices start around £1150 per person including flights and accommodation for 7 nights.

3) Reggae Sumfest – Montego Bay, Jamaica
12th – 18th July 2015Jamaica Music festival

Teeming with contemporary urban music royalty, Reggae Sumfest is one of the most hip, bouncing and joyous music festivals on the planet! Originally taking over from the now-defunct Reggae Sunsplash, Sumfest has seen its star shine brighter and brighter in its 20 years, not only showcasing current talent, but the pride of the future also. With The Voice USA winner Tessane Chin, Sean Paul and Chronixx amongst last year’s headliners, the occasion lived up to everything it promised and this year will be more of the same!

Tickets range from £16 – £156

To combine this with a Jamaican holiday, prices start around £1100 per person including flights and accommodation for 7 nights.

4) Rio Carnival 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5th – 10th February 2016Music festival image

Possibly the most famous festival the world has ever known, Carnival in 2016 promises to continue tradition in the same spectacular fashion as years gone by. Held just before Lent, over two million people fill the Rio streets for a fantastic celebration involving music, dancing, parades, parties and much, much more. There is never a dull moment as the party never stops, it is a truly unique experience that you won’t help but be drawn into. Rio is the perfect host for a vivid, dynamic few days that you will never forget!

Tickets range from £57 – £311

To combine this with a Rio holiday, prices start around £1400 per person including flights and accommodation for 7 nights.

5) Soundwave – AUS
February (est) 2016Australia music festival

With this year’s edition having just gone by, we can begin to look forward to another amazing outing next year. One of the biggest and best rock, metal and alternative festivals around, Soundwave takes rock down under for a killer show. This year took place over four venues on two weekends, allowing for a wealth of visitors to see their favourite acts. Legends such as Slipknot, Soundgarden, Faith No More, The Smashing Pumpkins and many more were topping the bill this year so next year will have to go all out to better it! Beginning in 2004, Soundwave has gone from strength to strength and looks set to go even harder in 2016!

Tickets (est) will likely range from £90 – £170

To combine this with an Australian holiday, prices start around £2000 per person including flights and accommodation for 7 nights.

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