Top 5: Festivals with a Difference

Time to shake up your festival season

  • RELAX

    Restival, Arizona
    14-19th and 21-26th September

    Sometimes festivals feel a bit more like an endurance test than a break. Well, that’s not the case with Arizona’s Restival, which gives you a taste of traditional Navajo life in a contemporary setting. Try your hand at Navajo language sessions, art classes and astronomy, or settle for some yoga and meditation.

  • EXPLORE

    Dimensions, Croatia
    30th August-3rd September

    Everyone knows that the setting for Dimensions (an abandoned fort on the coast) is incredible, and the line-up (Grace Jones, Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson, Ben UFO) just as good. But it also gives you a chance to extend your holiday and explore the rest of Croatia at the same time – like the amazing Krka National Park and Zlatni Rat beach.

  • ESCAPE

    Field Maneuvers, London Location TBC
    1st-3rd September

    Too often these days, festivals are synonymous with crowds, queues and long drives. ‘Dirty little rave’ Field Maneuvers changes all that. Limited to a capacity of only 700 people in a secret location, it’s all about intimacy and good vibes. With residents Ben Sims, Santi Celeste and Midland and a Funktion-One system, it’s gonna be a good one.

  • WORK OUT

    Balance, London
    12th-14th May

    If you want to totally eschew the traditional festival activities of drinking, partying and eating all the carbs available to you, then go for London’s Balance festival. Fitness heavyweights Barry’s Boot Camp, Boom Cycle and Frame join clean-eating gurus Detox Kitchen and the Mindful Chef to make sure you leave feeling better than when you arrived.

  • EAT

    Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
    3rd-6th August

    As well as having a stellar line-up (Bonobo, Jackmaster, Nightmares On Wax), Wilderness Festival have seriously upped the festival food game this year. Forget the burrito truck and opt for one of their long table banquets for communal feasting with Yotam Ottolenghi, Nuno Mendes and Thomasina Miers.

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