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I love a festival. As the UK’s longest standing festival blogger, I’ve been to 60 different festivals in 22 countries.

Have a browse of my experiences for top festival advice, and tips on getting the most from your festival life from Glastonbury to Tomatina to Coachella. I’m always interested to hear about new festivals, and to revisit old ones so let me know if there are any you think I should check out!


Want to read more about Latitude, Glasto, Isle of Wight, and other UK Festivals?

I’ve been to Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and a festival in Canada’s Yukon too!

Wherein is related the droll way in which Don Quixote had himself dubbed a knight.

UK Festival Blogger

VickyFlipFlop’s Festival History: Month by Month

All the festivals I’ve been to around the world.

January

Best festivals in January – 

Sapporo Ice Festival, Japan

Otaru Snow Light Festival, Japan

Dosijin Fire Festival, Japan

Hogmanay, Scotland

Tet, Vietnam

February

Kumbh Mela, India

March

Las Fallas, Spain

SXSW, USA

April

Coachella, USA

New Orleans Jazz Festival, USA

Hogs for the Cause Festival, USA

French Quarter Festival, USA

Seville Feria, Spain


50 questions, 50 answers – do it with friends, or by yourself!


May

Cannes Film Festival, France

Manly Food and Drink Festival, Australia 

VIVID Sydney, Australia

June

Parklife Festival, England 

Glastonbury, England

Isle of Wight Festival, England

Eroica Britannia, England

Hayling Island Kitesurfing Festival, England

Field Day, England

Primavera, Spain

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July

EXIT Festival, Serbia

Latitude, England

British Summer Time Festival, England 

Lovebox Festival, England

Henley Festival, England

Bilbao BBK, Spain

Dour Festival, Belgium

Global Gathering, UK

Dawson City Music Festival, Canada

Knysna Oyster Festival, South Africa

Warriorfest, England

Atlas Festival, England

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August

Sziget Festival, Hungary

Victorious, England

Wilderness, England

Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland

The Gin Festival, England 

Neverworld, England

MS Dockville, Germany

A Summer’s Tale Festival, Germany

Tomatina, Spain

FloVibe, England

Rock en Seine, France

Reading Festival, England

Leeds Festival, England

Notting Hill Carnival, England

90s Festival, England

September

Oktoberfest, Germany

Bestival, England

Festival No 6, Wales

Saas Fee Culinary Mile Festival, Switzerland

Bardolino Wine Festival, Italy

Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi

Voorkamer Festival, South Africa

October

Halloween at Dracula’s Castle, Romania

November

– Best festivals in November  –

Day of the Dead Festival, Mexico

December

Coolest festivals in December

The Best Alcohol for Festivals


MUSIC: A SUMMER’S TALEBESTIVAL | BILBAO BBK | COACHELLADOUR | EXITFIELD DAY | GLASTONBURY | LATITUDE | NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL | SZIGET

Healthiest Festivals in the UK

CULTURAL: BARDOLINO WINE FESTIVAL | BLOGSTOCK | CANNES FILM FESTIVAL | DAY OF THE DEAD | DOSOJIN FIREHOGMANAY | OKTOBERFEST | OTARU SNOWSAPPORO ICESEVILLE FERIA | TOMATINA | VOORKAMER


CRAZY AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVALS


If you’re looking for more festival blogs, check out this list from feedspot.com. You can find tip offs about some of the biggest festivals, and festival blogs, in there. But if you’re looking for the best overall advice, from someone who’s been there and done that, then stick with me!

Checking the Field Day Line Up

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CRUEL FESTIVALS YOU SHOULD AVOID! 


8 years of travel bloggingWhy I blog about festivals

Funny story: back in many, many years ago I started a blog about festivals as my high school computer project. I was 16 and doing my GCSEs. I set up a geocities blog about festivals and wrote online about my experience at Reading Festival and Leeds Festival.

It was something like geocities.com/vixakillah. 

Unfortunately Geocities got rid of all the blogs. Makes me sad that I’ll never get to access that festival blog. Who woulda thought I would end up being a festival blogger for a career? Definitely not my computer teacher, that’s for sure!

But now I travel the world, bouncing around from festival to festival. I feel very lucky that I can say I’ve been to so many festivals as a blogger, and that I often get to go as press too. I love festivals, from the planning to the final act – maybe not so much the coming home. 

I’m planning an epic summer of festivals for 2020, so if you don’t see the festival you want to go to on this page right now, then come back next year and hopefully I’ll have been!


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40 comments

  1. Hello! Have you heard about the Maui Waui Festival? It is 2-4th Sept in Suffolk (Theberton) – 5 stages – world music plus cabaret, circus and street performers plus the living art show http://www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/ A great family- friendly, all ages festival of the arts – very, very creative. Check it out!

  2. Nope! Sounds cool. Looks like I’ve just missed it for this year but I’ll keep an eye on it for next. Sounds interesting!

    1. Nope! Would love to do a bit of a Scandinavia tour one day though. That festival looks AWESOME. I love The National, and Beach House. I want to go!

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  4. Hi Vicky,
    Just thought id drop a msg. I’m looking to go to a Festival, either in the Uk or abroad in Europe, i don’t actually have anyone to travel with this year. Do you know of any festival websites where i can chat to people or put up an Advert seeing if anybody else is interested in festivalling together?
    Thanks

    1. Hey Adz, great that you’re still going to go. My advice would be to look at the particular festival’s website, or their Facebook page to see if there’s a solo festivaller’s group or anything. Or, you could look on efestivals.co.uk – they often have groups for solo people. I’ve been to festivals alone before and although I’d rather go with someone it wasn’t the worst. You’ll meet people and get to see the bands YOU want to. Winner!

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  6. I can’t believe how many festivals there really are and how many you have been to! I want to go to them all too! We do festival makeovers for kids who sadly can’t go to a lot of these festivals until they are old enough! However, they are boho inspired and love a bit of eco glitter so it works really well!

  7. Hey there. I am not sure if this would be a festival you would like to go to, but there are many EDM festivals in the USA and around the world like EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival). It is super fun and you meet some of the best people out there, along with listening to wonderful music. Some of the artists even play at Coachella. Just thought I would let you know if you wanted to check it out.

    1. You’ve done Isle of Wight but it’s a chilled friendly one if they book some good bands.
      Lollapalooza in Paris looks great too ?

    1. Oh are the Foos there?! Amazing. Definitely one of the biggest and best gigs I ever went to, seeing them at Glastonbury a few years ago. They’re awesome live!

  8. I love festivals too! The one I’d most like to go to is Glastonbury as there’s such a variety of acts, loads of choice and I’m sure the atmosphere would be amazing! Would love to win the tickets & visit the 80s, 90s festival too!

  9. WOW! You have been to a LOT of festivals!! I would love to go to the Isle of Wight festival myself 🙂

  10. Wow soooooo many festivals! You must have the most incredible memories from them all. I’ve only been to 1 about 18 years ago, before health issues kicked in preventing me for many years, but I would really love to go to Glastonbury one day, I’m determined to do so. Please count me in for the giveaway.

    1. Oh Glastonbury is amazing. I’m fresh back from it – feel like I’ve only just recovered to be honest! Yeah I have been to quite a few – there’s always more though!

  11. My Husband is American and I would love for him to experience Glastonbury festival. I have been 3 times but not since 2005.

  12. sziget would be my choice – loving the idea of a great, international audience and festival site

  13. Have always wanted to attend Isle of Wight. Great location, great people and fantastic music. Hard to beat!

  14. I’ve only ever been to one festival which was V Festival and it was amazing! Being born in the 70’s I would love to go to Back to the 80s & 90s Festival! I love Doctor and The Medics and would love to see them live – along with all the other amazing artists of course!

  15. Would absolutely love to go to Glastonbury, it is definitely top of my list – although would go to any! Your list has inspired me!

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