Music fans in the UK love going to festivals and grabbing a chance to see their favourite bands and singers and many are tempted to make the pilgrimage to some established events abroad.
If you intend to travel overseas to enjoy a music festival, you can check your travel documents are up to date or get some independent advice from an organisation like the London passport offices. Here is a look at what you need in order to be ready and prepared for a stress-free trip, so you can enjoy a great time at one of the great music festivals held each year.
Essential travel advice
Hopefully your trip abroad to attend a music festival will go without a hitch but you should never take chances especially when travelling overseas.
Make sure that you arrange a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for most eventualities and insures your kit you are travelling with, as personal possessions can be especially vulnerable in such a crowded and hectic environment.
Ensure that you have an up to date EHIC card with you. The European Health Insurance Card entitles you to access state-provided medical treatment in a European Economic Area (EEA) country. This is not a replacement for private medical insurance and you should still arrange comprehensive cover so that you have peace of mind.
Without being unfairly judgmental, some music festivals have a reputation for being a veritable hotbed of alcohol and drugs.
Nothing wrong with having a good time and enjoying yourself of course, but think very carefully about getting involved with any illegal drugs, as foreign countries vary dramatically in the way they treat illegal drug use and penalties are so severe in some places, that they even carry a death penalty so don’t be tempted under any circumstances to get involved.
Consumption of alcohol is part and parcel of the festival experience for many festival goers, so the advice is simply to know your limits and stay hydrated, so that you don’t suffer any ill-effects and end up missing some festival time while you receive medical treatment.
Having provided advice on how to make sure you are properly insured, travel with the right documentation and keep safe. It makes sense to offer some ideas on where to head to if you fancy taking in a top music festival abroad.
UK music festivals are well established and are also prone to the weather and some have a dubious reputation when it comes to the toilet and catering facilities on offer, which are some of the reasons why festival-lovers are tempted to jet off to sunnier climates and enjoy a new experience.
There is plenty to like about California in general with sunshine in plentiful supply, so the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival ticks plenty of boxes.
Start planning for April 2015 and take your time trying to work out who you want to see from the huge list of acts and events taking place during this amazing festival which has to be experienced at least once in your lifetime as a festival aficionado.
The Spanish capital is a popular weekend destination anyway, but in mid-July it gets even busier on the outskirts of Barcelona, where you will find Benicassim, which is widely regarded as THE holiday festival and not to be missed.
The 2014 Benicassim line-up included Kasabian, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, The Libertines and Paolo Nultini and as this popular festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, you can expect many top acts will be tempted to appear when asked.
If you love Glastonbury, then you should really give the Roskilde Festival a go. When you see the acts that have appeared at this festival in the last couple of years, the Rolling Stones, Artic Monkeys, Stevie Wonder and Damon Albarn to name a few, you should consider taking your summer holiday in the first week of July and head to Roskilde in Denmark.
Mention music festivals and famous venues and Japan is probably not going to be the first place that most people think of.
Fuji Rock Festival is a fairly new event that started in 2011, but when you consider that it is set in the shadows of the iconic and truly awe-inspiring Mount Fuji and that acts such as Arcade Fire and Manic Street Preachers appeared when it was held in June 2014, and you see that this could be a trip that gives you everything you want from a travel and music festival experience.
Broaden your horizons in 2015 and think about heading abroad for a memorable festival experience.
Sophie Miller is a self-confessed music festival fan of many years. Over time, she has learned the ins and outs of festivals and overseas travel. You can read her interesting posts on travel and music blogs and websites.