BEST FESTIVALS WORLD WIDE IN JULY 2014

As we are still in the middle of the festival season and Summer just started we will share with you the best festivals world wide in July. It could be a life chancing experience or your only and never-to-forget holiday so you better pick the right one (or several). 

Open'erPOLAND
Open'er Festival | 2-5 July 2014
Poland's biggest music festival, the Heineken-sponsored Open'er, in Gdnyia, is this year headlined by a list of music heavyweights that includes Pearl Jam, Foals, Phoenix and MGMT. There's also a fashion stage, where upcoming designers can exhibit their wares to a daunting 80,000-strong audience.

UK
Rapha Tempest | 3-6 July 2014
This July, Le Tour de France passes through Yorkshire for the very first time. You can get close to the action at the Rapha Tempest festival, which takes place at the Broughton Hall Estate in Skipton, a 10-minute bike ride from Stage 1 in the Yorkshire Dales. Big screens dotted around the estate mean you can watch the race between guided bike rides and cycle-centric talks and workshops. Learn how to care for your bike and your body, with masterclasses on using food as fuel to get you through long rides. You don't have to be a cyclist: there are also yoga classes, an outdoor cinema and live music from local bands and DJs. And you can sample Yorkshire's finest real ales and homemade food and produce from local farmers.

ITALY
Lucca Music Festival | 2-26 July 2014
The picturesque town of Lucca, in Tuscany, plays host to some massive names in music this summer. Among those playing in its historic Piazza Napoleone this year are Eagles, The National and The Prodigy. Well, everybody needs a holiday.

The Knysna Oyster FestivalSOUTH AFRICA
The Knysna Oyster Festival | 4-13 July 2014
The Knysna Oyster Festival in South Africa features sports events as well as a feast of fresh seafood.

high definition festivalESSEX
High Definition | 5 July 2014
High Definition's eponym illuminates what sets this Essex-based festival apart: a heightened visual and sonic experience. LED screens, laser systems, pyrotechnics, glitter launches and lights that dance better than you do are all on the HD agenda this year. Oh, and there's electronic music and live acts, too.

CROATIA
Dubrovnik Summer Festival | 10 July-25 August 2014
Enjoy music, dance, opera and theatre at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. If you can manage the heat, take a walk atop the city's famous walls for views of the city and the coastline.

ST PETERSBURG
The White Nights Festival | 10-12 July 2014
The White Nights Festival of ballet and opera is held at the city's famous Mariinsky Theatre during the magical summer period when the sun never sets.

Exit festivalSERBIA
EXIT RE:VOLUTION | 10-13 July 2014
Serbia's EXIT festival evolved out of student protests in 2000, but is now known less for its political roots and more for leading the way in the bass music scene in Europe. The event's Petrovaradin Fortress-base will this year host Skrillex, Rudimental and more.

SCOTLAND
T in the Park | 11-13 July 2014
T in the Park is Scotland's answer to Glastonbury: the multi-stage festival in Kinross attracts some of the biggest names in mainstream music, and this year is headlined by Arctic Monkeys.

Soundwave festivalCROATIA
Soundwave | 17-21 July 2014
The new Ibiza - beaches, sun and the best dance music at this bijou bash with three stages just round the bay from the pretty fishing village of Tisno. The daily boat parties, where DJs and record labels put on a show to a sunset backdrop, require separate tickets to festival tickets. And the after-party, which kicks off each night at the open-air club Barbarella's, is worth making a beeline for.

GERMANY
Melt! | 19-20 July 2014
Melt!, in Ferropolis, Germany, is the alternative music fan's haven: Portishead are headlining, and there are also appearances by Haim and Metronomy.

FIB BenicàssimSPAIN
FIB Benicàssim | 17-20 July 2014
The ever-popular Benicàssim music festival in Spain is one of the few events where you can legitimately get away with sporting flip-flops and don't have to worry about drowning in mud. Last year's line-up was billed as the strongest ever, and including the Killers, the Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Dizzee Rascal and Azealia Banks, amongst others. This year could be even bigger.

SWITZERLAND
Verbier Festival | 18 July-3 August 2014
Enjoy classical music in a spectacular Alpine setting at the Verbier Festival, with about 60 concerts over 17 days.

BRISTOL
Bristol Harbour Festival | 25-27 July 2014
Bristol City Council Arts & Culture department have rounded up a cornucopia of musical and performance acts to be showcased and enjoyed - free of charge - around the city's sights. Highlights are the kids' activities aboard the Brunel SS Great Britain, the acoustic concerts on the city's Cascade Steps and the special Happy City Zone.

EdelwiseAMSTERDAM
Edelwise Festival | 26 July 2014
Music, entertainment and a lot of surprises, that's what you will find at Edelwise Festival at a beautiful location in Amsterdam. Five stages with some of the greatest artists and new acts. Enjoy this wonderful festival and don't forget to taste all the good food.  

FRANCE
Midi Festival | 25-27 July 2014
The pretty medieval hill town of Hyères in the French Riviera serves as the base for Midi Festival, a three-day showcase of some of the world's best left-field music. Au Revoir Simone, Erol Alkan and Connan Mockasin are a few of the acts that'll play beneath the stars at one of the festival's three quirky venues: a racetrack, beach, and an arts centre.

Source CN Traveller

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