Festivals

I love a festival.

As the UK’s longest standing festival blogger,
I’ve been to 45 different festivals in 17 countries.

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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!

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VickyFlipFlop’s Festival History:
Month by Month

The festivals I’ve been to around the world.

January

Sapporo Ice Festival, Japan

Dosijin Fire Festival, Japan

Hogmanay, Scotland

February

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

May

Cannes Film Festival, France

June

Glastonbury, England

Isle of Wight Festival, England

Eroica Britannia, England

Field Day, England

Primavera, Spain

Lovebox, England

July

EXIT Festival, Serbia

Latitude, England

Henley Festival, England

Bilbao BBK, Spain

Dour Festival, Belgium

Knysna Oyster Festival, South Africa

August

Sziget Festival, Hungary

Victorious, England

Wilderness, England

Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland

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

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

Day of the Dead Festival, Mexico

December

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FESTIVALS from 2017

England: EROICA BRITANNIA | ISLE OF WIGHT | PORTSMOUTH GIN FESTIVAL | ATLAS FESTIVAL | HENLEY FESTIVAL | VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL | GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Germany: HAMBURG MS DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL

Switzerland: SAAS FEE CULINARY MILE FESTIVAL

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FESTIVALS from 2016

USA: SXSW | HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL | FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL

England: WILDERNESS | FESTIVAL NO. 6

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

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Healthiest Festivals in the UK

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

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FESTIVAL TIPS: BEAUTY | FOOD | ALCOHOL | FASHION | PACKING


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And some top tips from me on how to sneak booze into festivals, and even more in the comments!

My Bestival Experience 2015

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Bestival was a bit of a last minute plan for me, but definitely a good one. As soon as I realised it was a weekend later than the usual first one of September I wanted in.And so, I flew in from Havana at 9am and was at Bestival on the G+Ts for 1pm... via a quick shower at my friends house in Emsworth near where we needed to get the ferry from.I w[...]

What Do I Need to Take To Bestival?

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Yay I’m off to Bestival this week!I’m planning on taking as little as possible to feel as free from ‘stuff’ as I can be. This means my kit list for Bestival needs to be carefully considered. I last went to Bestival in 2008 – so long ago – I had a brilliant time but I do remember it being an absolute nightmare to get there so I want to travel light. Train[...]

11 Awesome Ways to Sneak Alcohol into Festivals

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Once you add up the ticket, the equipment, the food and the alcohol festivals are expensive. There's no doubt that they're worth every penny, but they're definitely still expensive. Most of the weekend camping festivals let you take your own booze in, Glastonbury and Bestival included. There are always a few that are just out to make as much money as possibl[...]

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15 Comments

  1. by Omozuhiomwen charles on May 3, 2016  8:02 pm Reply

    I love this blog and i want start a blog on festivals

  2. by Vicky on May 16, 2016  3:31 am Reply

    Thank you. Just let me know if you do, I'd love to check it out :)

  3. by anne Steel on August 24, 2016  2:13 pm Reply

    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!

  4. by Vicky on September 7, 2016  1:46 pm Reply

    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!

  5. by Kelly Stewart on January 6, 2017  10:55 am Reply

    I'm heading to a new one called Haven in Copenhagen this August, wondered if you'd ever been to any over there before?! http://havenkbh.dk/

    • by Vicky on January 7, 2017  3:58 pm Reply

      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!

  6. by Kristijan on April 12, 2017  11:25 pm Reply

    Hello have you ever been to Croatia. there is SeaStar festival.

    • by Vicky on May 15, 2017  7:28 pm Reply

      Oh, I've not been to that one, or even heard of it actually. Any good?!

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  8. by Yvonne on April 4, 2018  10:46 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky,

    have you heard from the Folklorum? It's more or less a folk-world-music festval in Germany close to the Polish border. The festival takes place at a big wooden made playground... sounds strange but take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLI7RvN2s7Q

    • by VickyFlipFlop on April 5, 2018  8:35 pm Reply

      Ooo sounds fun. There are so many cool festivals around the world to try. I'm working hard to get through them :).

  9. by Adz Tayal on July 12, 2018  2:47 pm Reply

    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

    • by VickyFlipFlop on July 16, 2018  9:48 am Reply

      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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  11. by Kunal on October 25, 2018  6:58 pm Reply

    Lovely blog...

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