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Throwback to Glasto!

We can’t help but think back to Glastonbury this time last week! We may be mud free and out of the rain for now but nothing quite beats the vibes that Glasto offers. It’s also the place for discovering the next big musical act. If you expand your horizons past the classic Pyramid stage, you’ll soon find there’s so much fresh talent on offer for you to Spotify the heck out of when you return. Only caught the headliners? Don’t worry! We’re here to make sure you know who to get on your radar for future festivals as you’ll guarantee to see the three acts below creep up the festival posters over the next few years..
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Burning Man Festival comes to Europe!

Burning Man Festival comes to Europe

Famously held in a desolate Nevada desert at the tail-end of summer, Burning Man Festival is upping sticks and crossing the pond to unleash its craziness in Europe.

Burning Man

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8 reasons NOT to go to Glastonbury!

Yes, yes, we’ve heard it all before. Glastonbury is the ‘best festival in the World’ and everyone’s having the greatest time EVER. But don’t worry if you didn’t get a ticket, this one’s for you guys, the people at home! Glitter, staying up late, mud and dancing can have extremely serious effects on your excitement levels. Those poor folks don’t know what they’re in for.

Here are 8 reasons why you can thank your lucky stars you’re not at Glastonbury this year…

1. You’ll get too excited and do something embarrassing.

Adele Glastonbury

Image: www.musictimes.com

Like cry when you see Adele.
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Top 4 quirkiest festivals in Europe

Travelling through Europe is often considered a rite of passage; where else could you discover jaw-dropping historical sights, stumble happily from gigantic beer halls, fall madly in love with the world’s most romantic cities or yodel yourself hoarse on green pastured mountain peaks. With festival season just around the corner, there is no better excuse to start planning your European summer trip!

1. LA BATALLA DEL VINO


Image: www.hoy.es

Where? Haro, La Rioja, Spain
When? 28-30 June
Why? We’ve always been told wine is too precious to waste, and if you are going to waste it – do it wisely. However, in the small town of Haro – a battle to end all battles takes place to celebrate the Spanish wine festival. This is not the kind of wine festival where people stand around swirling glasses, scoffing camembert whilst discussing bouquets and undertones. This is rioja-soaked carnage involving the entire town throwing over 50,000 litres of red wine all over each other. Rest assured, the wine is no Gran Reserva – so grab a jug and get stuck in. With no rules, teams, winners or losers – why not celebrate St. Peter’s Feast Day with the locals, get a bit drunk and turn a beautiful shade of purple.

2. LA TOMATINA

Where? Bunol, Spain (close to Valencia)
When? 31 August
Why? There is something strangely enticing about a festival dedicated to throwing squashed tomatoes! That’s why thousands flood in to Valencia each year with the specific intent of taking part in the world’s biggest food fight. The fight begins at 11am when a loud firework will go off, and then participants are left to stand their own over the next chaotic hour as the streets and the people turn into a sea of red, until the second firework goes off to indicate the end. The fun doesn’t stop there, the palo-jambon event will see people climbing a soap-covered pole to reach the prosciutto on the top, with the first person to grab it claiming victory and the ham! So if you are a bit of a foodie, be sure to get a ticket to this event.

3. HALLOWEEN


Where? Translyvania, Romania
When? 29 Oct – 4 Nov
Why? We know Halloween is worldwide, but there’s something about Transylvania that sends an icy chill down the most fearless adventurer – would you be willing to spend the one of the most haunted days in the year in Dracula’s castle? You can attend a Halloween party in an authentic, gothic castle and rave the night away to the monster mash. While you’re there explore Romania’s haunted castles, Gothic architecture and enchanting forests. You might even meet some lovely locals.

Fact: Dracula was based upon the Transylvanian villain known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’.

4. OKTOBERFEST

Where? Munich, Germany
When? 19 Sep – 4 Oct
Why? Oktoberfest is the German beer folk festival held once a year in Munich. It celebrates the anniversary of the wedding between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his wife. Oktoberfest takes place in giant beer tents, serving the best German beer and food you’ll enjoy for a long time! But it’s not just about the beer, each tent has a brass band playing everything from chart hits to traditional classics. All you have to do is grab your mates, don the lederhosen, pick up a pint glass and party German style…worry about the hangover tomorrow.
Fact: Bavaria does not run out of lederhosen. For cheap outfits try C&A in Neuhauserstrasse at Marienplatz. A one litre Stein costs about £8.

Europe has got some wicked festivals, let’s just say it’s going to be a great summer!

Top 10 Things we love about Ireland!

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to celebrate the best bits of Ireland*. Here are the Top 10 things we love most about the glorious Emerald Isle!

*to be taken with a pinch of salt (and a pint of Guinness)

1.U2

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