Duuun dun dunnn! It’s (finally!) the second edition of That Festival Wanderlust… bringing you a selection of the most awe-inspiring festivals across the globe to add to that bucket list and daydream about when you’re sat in the office (at least that’s what I’ll be doing!!)
I’ve invited some new pals, bloggers and fellow festival travellers to tell you about their first-hand festival experiences from Australia to Central America.
Strawberry Fields Festival
Australia | November
“Strawberry Fields Festival is one of the first festivals to ring in Australia’s ‘doof season’ each November, and couldn’t be a better doof to kick it off. Taking place on the banks of the refreshing Murray River on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, ‘Strawbs,’ as locals lovingly call it, is nothing short of magic.
At Strawberry Fields, you’ll find 4-5 musical stages, each focusing on a different type of music or time of day (i.e. the beach stage is THE place to be during the daytime as you take a dip in the river). Along with music stages, you can find tons of different art installations, multiple workshop areas, and even an art gallery.
It’s paramount at Strawberry Fields Festival to focus on much more than just music. Although massive headliners bring the crowds, you can also spend your time doing drumming workshops, yoga, creating art, dance classes, and even a tea lounge. There are also plenty of chill spaces, from hammocks to makeshift wooded chairs.
Lastly, at the other end of the colourful venue is a massive area of all different types of food. The food selection is truly incredible, and it would be impossible to try everything! With a small and manageable venue and glamping options, ‘Strawbs’ is a must while in Victoria. “
I found Kimmie’s and her wicked blog Adventures & Sunsets through a facebook group… she is absolute festival travel GOALS and has been to so many of them! Make sure you check out her full guide to Strawberry Fields Festival here.
USA | April
“Coachella’s one of the most notorious festivals, but it has more to offer than celebs partying hard. Each year Coachella descends on the desert town of Indio, to let loose on the immaculate grass of Empire Polo Club. With it they bring the best organic food, art and music! The vibe in car camping is a festival in itself, and along with daily beer pong, you can get your dose of pilates and yoga.
The acts at Coachella are guaranteed to bring their A-Game, along with A-List special guests, and the weirdest collaborations. Yes, Madonna lap dancing Drake we’re looking at you. Anyone who appreciates dance music has to experience the Sahara, with its 360 visuals, and killer DJ lineup.
Coachella don’t do Art lightly, expect brightly-coloured, lavish pieces that form the backdrop of the festival year on year against the pineapple purple sunsets above the palms and mountains.”
I met my lovely pals Keeley & Pete through a festival lovers instagram group! I love hearing about their adventures with their adorable son Emerson – you can read their Ultimate Coachella A-Z here!
India | December
Magnetic Fields Festival is in one of the most epic locations I’ve ever been to for a festival – a palace in the desert in the middle of nowhere in one of India’s most mystical states, Rajasthan. It’s a vibrant event showcasing the most cutting edge of underground music from across the globe nestled alongside an unmistakable flavour of traditional Indian culture.
You can read about my full experience at Magnetic Fields Festival in 2017 here as well as all my top tips for if you’re thinking of making the journey yourself.
Guatemala | New Years
“Nestled between volcanos, on the ancient Mayan site of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala’s fairytale festival Cosmic Convergence is a New Year’s Eve celebration to eclipse all others. The four-day explosion of colour and energy champions music of every genre and offers more wild ‘n’ wonderful workshops than you can even pack in (but don’t miss the sacred twerking ritual!) There’s a whole playground of eco-consciously-constructed market stalls, chill spaces, yoga sessions, Mayan ceremonies, live art galleries, activity zones and learning tents to discover. The setup is intimate enough that nothing is a mission to get to and vast enough to never be bored. This is a sustainable, transformational festival which attracts a refreshingly diverse mix of people from all over the world to experience its unique magic.”
I was introduced to Lara by a mutual friend of ours Suzie aka The Little Sauce. Lara works on some amazing festivals across Central America which I am definitely keeping in mind for my future – how epic does Cosmis Convergence’s location look!?
PLUS Great news for That Festival Life readers… if you’re heading to that part of the world around New Years you can take advantage of a discount code for Cosmic Convergence tickets, input THATFESTIVAL at checkout!
Got an incredible festival you think I’ve missed? Let me know! Get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me and contribute to the next instalment, I’d love to hear from you.