While many people may think of famous landmarks and natural attractions as the primary drivers of tourism, there is another branch of the industry that draws throngs of excited travellers the world over – festivals.
From week-long dance parties and art fairs to centuries-old cultural rituals and celebrations, there are countless festivals around the world that attract local and international participants and partygoers annually.
Though some of these may not be on the top of your travel bucket list, these are undoubtedly some of the world’s most extraordinary and memorable events that typify the term “once-in-a-lifetime experience”.
First held in 2005, Tomorrowland has since become one of the biggest and most acclaimed electronic music festivals on the planet.
Taking place every year in Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland sees partygoers dancing through the night to the world’s best dance music. And with cutting-edge stage and light displays, it’s no wonder this relatively new player on the festival scene has become so popular, drawing crowds of well over 100,000 annually.
One of the world’s biggest and most famous arts and cultural festivals, Glastonbury is a five-day affair that has recently attracted more than 100,000 festivalgoers each year. Located on a farm in south-west England, the event hosts the world’s top musicians, bands, performing artistes, theatre and comedy acts, and a host of other artistic and cultural endeavours.
This year the festival is set to take over Worthy Farm from June 21 to 25. Though 2017’s line-up hasn’t been released, Glastonbury is set to light up its location in Pilton, Somerset, in dazzling, crowd-roaring splendour – if last year’s performances are anything to go by.
Another wildly popular and world-famous event, Coachella, officially known as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, rocks the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, every year on two consecutive weekends in April.
Attracting some of the entertainment industry’s biggest acts, as well as hordes of famous partygoers, Coachella is a celebration of music in all its genres, from rock and hip hop to electronic dance music.
This year, as in previous years, the festival’s performances are bound to be nothing short of spectacular, with headlining acts such as Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar (among many other incredible artists of course).