European music and dance festivals are the new city break for the Sloanie set, and with a choice of dazzling destinations for every weekend of the summer there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Here’s our pick of summer festivals on the continent for beautiful days and long, enchanted nights. It’s time to put flowers in your hair and dance like you just don’t care…
Perfect for those of you who just don’t do Glastonbury mud, Benicàssim is all about long hot days on the beach (kicking the day off with some beach yoga) and nights dancing away to the likes of Florence and the Machine, Blur, Mark Ronson and Bastille. Festival Internacional de Benicàssim takes over this pretty Spanish holiday resort every July and attracts a young, beautiful and international crowd, from gangs of friends on their gap year travels around Europe to movers and shakers from cities all over the globe. Pack your bikini and a beach towel, and plenty of sunscreen!
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Nicknamed ‘poshfest’ for its Sloanie clientele, this one’s popular with the Kings Road and Notting Hill set, with scrummy foodie pop ups hosted by everyone from Daylesford to Raymond Blanc, and a packed programme of events including Bjork and Ben Howard. Book a session in the lakeside hot tubs and attend a cookery masterclass after starting the day with a bit of meditation in the cornfields. This one’s a real treat for the mind and the body.
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16th – 20th August
Taking place on one of Croatia’s most glittering and exclusive islands – Pag – Sonus is a dance festival like no other: five days and five nights of world-class DJs and house and techno acts, playing right on the beach. There’s no camping here, so party people book into local hotels and apartments for the week and make a holiday of it. After parties will take you through till the sun comes up, in time for a refreshing dip in the shimmering waters of the Adriatic ocean.
Pack your sunscreen in our fittingly nautical Anchor Slouch Backpack.
Holi Festival, Munich
Part of the international Holi Festival of Colour calendar, this vibrant event comes to trendy Munich in August, taking inspiration from the Hindu festival of the same name. Holi festival sees crowds of thousands dancing to Indian rhythms and throwing handfuls of natural paint powder into the air – an ancient ritual thought to cleanse the spirit (though you’ll need a good shower after this!)
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Where are you off to this summer, Sloanies? Be sure to tag us in your festival snaps @SloaneRanger, and we’ll share our favorites.