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1) Wacken Open Air, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, August 1-3
Last year this festival earned the title of “largest heavy metal event on earth.” The organizers call it “louder than hell” with 75,000 strong attending. Dressing up as Vikings and throwing axes are among the activities on offer beyond the music. http://www.wacken.com
2) Lollapalooza, Chicago, United States, August 2-4
What started as a grungy event 20 years ago with headliners Soundgarden and Pearl Jam turned into a road show popping up in different places across the US. As of 2005, the festival put down roots in Chicago, hosting more than 130 acts. The kid-friendly fest offers plenty of attractions for your little one at Kidzapalooza as well. http://www.lollapalooza.com
3) Way Out West, Göteborg, Sweden, August 8-10
Set mostly in the picturesque Slottskogen Park, the entire city of Göteborg holds gigs all over town, creating an exciting, music-fueled city-break. http://www.wayoutwest.se
4) World Electronic Music Festival, Ontario, Canada, August 16-18
Formerly the World Trance Festival, this three day fest offers non-stop beats from 200 international artists creating a giant rave-up that is an off-the-chart clubbing experience. http://wemf.com
5) Creamfields, Cheshire, England, August 23-25
The daddy of European dance festivals where pyrotechnics, glow sticks and back massages are the norm. “If you’re in the mood for dancing and having a good time, you won’t want to miss Creamfields.” advised Lea Cooper of Destination Clubbing. “It’s one of, if not the most popular, summer festivals in Europe.” With over 40,000 strong in attendance the vibe is described “electric” and the lineup cutting edge.
6) Bestival, Isle of Wight, England, September 6-9
Elton John and Snoop Dogg will headline this annual 50,000-strong fancy dress party. Each year the organizers devise odd places for attendees to sleep including: tepees, and wooden beach-style huts. Beryl the Bespoke Bus can also be hired — a three-bedroom cottage on wheels. http://www.bestival.net
7) Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany, September 6-7
Set in a former airfield, you enter at the Arrivals Hall and then pass through immigration booths, luggage carousels and a departure board where the daily lineup is displayed. Art installations from local and international artists and an open-air silent disco are among the extras included. http://www.berlinfestival.de