Tickets are secured and you’ve decided to hire a campervan for your next festival because after all, who wants to put up a tent or pay for an expensive hotel off-site? Hiring a campervan, when heading to an event, has many advantages and creates a much more relaxing and carefree experience. Here at Auto Europe, we’ve put a list together of some of our favourite festivals, so no matter your preference in music, we’ve got something for everyone!
Burning Man Festival, United States
Burning Man is an annual week-long gathering, or temporary community, that is held in Black Rock City in Nevada and attended by tens of thousands of people.Prepare for some of the strangest and most outrageous sights, characters, installations and music in your life – the festival is described as an experiment in art and community. It is called Burning Man due to the fact that each year as a symbolic ritual, a giant man-shaped sculpture is set on fire. So popular is the event, that most United States suppliers have a specialised package for those wanting to attend with a campervan hire.
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom
Known as one of the most famous festivals in the world, Glastonbury is a five-day festival full of contemporary acts and hosts some of the biggest bands and musicians around. Some of the most memorable acts over the years include David Bowie, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, The Cure, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Pulp, The Who, Pet Shop Boys, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Blur, Muse and Paul McCartney. The in-demand festival also hosts dance, theatre, cabaret, circus, comedy and other forms of art. Glastonbury tickets are some of the most sought after tickets in the world for people and celebrities alike (you never know who you may run into!) but it is also notorious due to the mud and bad weather that it sometimes experiences. It is wise to keep this in mind when taking a campervan, which provides much more protection and a good-nights sleep when compared to camping in a tent!
O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, Hungary
Held in Dadpuszta, Hungary, O.Z.O.R.A. Festival is known as a psychedelic tribal gathering. For lovers of trance and psychedelic music, this is definitely one for you and it is fast-becoming one of the biggest psytrance events in the world. On site amenities include numerous drinking water stations, food stalls, a grocery store and a greengrocer’s, so you can relax and know you’ll have a comfortable time while you lose yourself in the music, art and colours of the event!
Download Festival, United Kingdom
Turn it up to eleven with the United Kingdom’s premier rock festival. Since its beginnings in 2003, Download Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Motley Crue, ZZ Top and Guns N’ Roses. A separate field is designated for those travelling in campervans and includes portable toilets and showers, fresh water and waste disposal points.
Australia’s premier blues and roots music festival is held annually in picturesque Byron Bay each year. Apart from being a highly lively festival, Bluefest is also home to a bustling hub of keen campers. Wander around and enjoy the company of fellow attendees or even invite them by the campervan and become new friends. Bluefest presents over 200 worldwide performances, so whether you’re a family or group of friends, you’ll be sure to find something to groove along to!
Wacken Festival, Germany
Ask any metalhead what one of the biggest metal festivals in the world is and they will surely answer with Wacken. Falling in the middle of summer, the small municipality of Wacken, which is usually home to less than two thousand residents, is flooded with 80,000 festival-goers keen to head-bang to some of the world’s heaviest music. People that live in the town of Wacken are said to love the annual visitors, which is a big contrast to the usually quiet area.
With its beginnings in 1997 as a psychedelic trance event, Boom Festival is a biennial transformational festival held in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. The festival showcases music performances and a broad variety of visual art exhibits from across the globe. Other exciting things on offer include activities in ‘Liminal Village’ such as lectures, yoga classes, film screenings, group meditation, and discussions. The ‘Healing Area’ has group workshops for healing techniques, a pool for water therapy and a massage area. Definitely an out of this world festival!
Held in Tennessee, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is an annual four-day event known for its diverse line-up of acts including those from genres such as indie rock, classic rock, world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, pop, electronica, and other alternative music. The name ‘Bonnaroo’ was given to the festival as it is a Creole slang phrase meaning ‘best of the street’ or ‘a really good time’. The festival was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 as the ‘Festival of the Decade’. Notable acts include Elton John, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, The Beach Boys, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Mumford and Sons, Jay Z, Bob Dylan, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys and Dead & Company.
We hope we’ve put you into a festival-mood and have given you some inspiration on where you’d like to get a group of friends together and travel to next. Visit our website or call our toll-free number on 0800 358 1229 to find campervan or car hire at over 20,000 destinations around the world.