While at any given moment there are multiple festivals happening around the globe, we’ve searched far and wide for the best destination festivals 2018 has to offer. While some of them take place simultaneously on opposite ends of the world, if you plan well you may be able to enjoy at least some of all of them. Get packing and start partying!
1. Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found
- St Pauls Bay, Malta, 3-6 May
This year’s festival will host their first ever beach party on Friday 4th May with MC Stefflon Don and tech-house top dogs Solardo, Riton, Kah-Lo, Jamz Supernova, and Annie Mac. There will be pool and boat parties and rave in an actual castle with headliners Diplo, Jamie XX, Four Tet, and J Hus.
- The Albanian coast at the meeting of the Adriatic and Ionian, 20-27 June
This Albanian coastal location has never been used for a festival before and the line-up is crammed full of stars such as Moodyman, Undergound Resistance, Depth Carge, Mark Flash, Mike Banks, DJ 3000, newcomers Peggy Gou and Jayda G, and maestros such as Alfredo and Roy Ayers.
3. Secret Solstice
- Laugardalur, outskirts of Reykjavík, Iceland, 21-24 June
If exploring a 5200 year old lava tunnel or attending a 120-capacity party in a glacier sounds like your type of party, then Secret Solstice is not to be missed. With a line-up including Gucci Mane, Stormzy, J Hus, Skream, and Slayer on their last ever tour, Iceland will also experience a 24-hour period of sunlight during this time.
4. Hospitality On The Beach
- The Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia, 12-16 July
Good luck finding time for online slots Canada with a line-up including Andy C, Calibre, dBridge, London Elektricity, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Kings of the Rollers, DJ Marky, Fabio, Lenzman, Logistics & Nu:Tone, Hospitality On The Beach is the place to be in mid-July this year.
5. Kappa Futur
- Parco Dora, central Turin, 7-9 July
An industrial park with a river running through it sounds like the perfect location for a techno festival with heavy hitters such as Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Solomun, Derrick May, Marco Carola, Illario Alicante, and Luciano.
6. Waking Life
- Medieval town of Crato, Northern Alentejo, Portugal, 15-19 August
The Waking Life festival returns to Portugal for the 2nd year and has an eco-friendly and artistic approach that aims to captivate its visitors both musically and aesthetically. The lakeside stages will host Abdulla Rashim, Aleksi Perälä, Lone, Dedbeat, and V.I.V.E.K.
- Fort Punto Christo, Pula, Croatia, 6-10 September
The 11th edition of Outlook has a line-up that reads like a rare treat indeed: David Rodigan, Kojey Radical, Children of Zeus, AJ Tracey, Lady Leshurr, Devilman, Jah Shaka, Channel One, Irration Steepers, DJ Storm, DJ Hype, Bryan Gee, and Doc Scott.
8. Oasis Festival
- Atlas Mountains of Marrakesh, Morocco, 14-16 September
North Africa might not have been on your festival radar before now, but it will be after you experience the Oasis Festival set against the backdrop of the magnificent Atlas Mountains. Expect Carl Cox, Actress, Mount Kimbie, Derrick Carter, Black Madonna, Rødhåd, Nastia, Octa Octa, Paula Temple, Monille, and Kosh.
For an unforgettable, life changing experience, be sure to visit at least one of these festivals during 2018.