This year's best wilderness festivals

Pitch up at one of these music festivals this summer to experience European countryside at its bestWednesday, 12 April 2017

By Stephanie Cavagnaro

Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria
9-11 June
The misty Rhodope Mountains are a breeding ground for free spirits at this scenic weekender. Set at nearly 3,000ft, this far-out festival has a party atmosphere with a Burning Man-style vibe of experimental music and art.

G Festival, Faroe Islands
13-15 July
(Sound)waves wash over the beach at this unlikely spot for a music festival. The windy, remote town of Sydrugota — population 400 — swells to accommodate the thousands that move to electropop and hip-hop beats by bands like Mø, Teitur and Suspekt. There are also Finnish hot tubs and saunas to get toasty in after plunging into the icy Atlantic.

Wilderness Festival, England
3-6 August
Deep in the woods of Cornbury Park, hedonists feel at home with a lineup that includes Two Door Cinema Club and Grace Jones — plus boho wellness options such as wild swimming, a lakeside spa and hot yoga. Come hungry — food is by Petersham Nurseries and Ottolenghi.

Festival N°6, Wales
7-10 September
Portmeirion is plonked in North Wales straight out of the Italian Riviera. Complete with piazza and Romanesque colonnades, it's a bewildering contrast to its rugged Snowdonian setting. When Festival N°6 descends upon this quirky town, catch acts like The Flaming Lips and Bloc Party before cooling off in the pool. And for shut-eye, you can bed down in a boutique tipi.

Secret Solstice Festival, Iceland
16-18 June
The sun literally never sets on Secret Solstice Festival. Headline acts like the Foo Fighters and The Prodigy will take to the sun-lit evening stage, while guests can also attend a gig in a lava tunnel, a midnight sun boat party and a soiree in a glacier.

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Published in the May 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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