As 2014 fast approaches so do thoughts and dreams of next year’s adventures. It’s that time of year where we start to think about where the music will take us next. What or better yet where can offer me the best experience possible. Many people search far and wide for that new life changing festival moment that makes them say ‘I was there’ and it’s something we hold dear if we capture it. So here we take a look at 4 festival from across the globe that are serious contenders for your travel itinerary 2014.
Day Zero – Year One at Chanolandia
Where? Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
When? January 11 – January 12
The first up on our list is the second inception of the Day Zero festival curated by the Crosstown rebels crew. There isn’t anywhere else on earth you can party next to a Mayan Temple in a sun soaked jungle. Those who attended last year’s inception have continued to talk about the energy and vibe of the festival. Of course the end of the world paranoia can be attributed to this as it created a sense of ‘This is the party for the end of the world vibe’ but what made it truly special was a carefully crafted line-up.
This year is no exception with Simian Mobile Disco, TEED and label head honcho Damian Lazarus amongst others guiding you through a series of cosmic sounds set to put the crowd into a state of togetherness and connectivity.
Where? Berlin, Germany
When? January 24 – February 2
For those looking to have their personal boundaries of electronic acceptance pushed next year CTM is worth checking out. CTM dedicates itself to cutting edge and contemporary electronic and experimental music. The auditory and visual range on offer here is diverse to say the least.
Berlin is a hub for experimental music at the moment personified in the on-going series Boiler room berlin and heading there next year is sure to be an eye opener but it certainly isn’t for everyone. It does however almost guarantee an entirely new experience and with Charles Cohens performance with Rabih Beani headlining its certainly worth thinking about.
Where? Mayrhofen, Austria
When? 7 – 12th April
If you are one for winter fun then Snowboming is an ideal choice. There aren’t many festivals (if any others at all) where you can spend an entire week spending your days sking/boarding, then spending your nights fist pumping to some of the world’s top DJs. The Austrian festival’s line-up is consistently big, perhaps it isnt as forward thinking as other festivals but it sure does bring the big names.
2014s edition sees Carl Cox, Groove Armada, James Zabiela, Daniel Avery, Paul Woolford and many more take to the igloos of Snowbombing to deliver banging 4×4 house and techno all night long. The best part is that there are a range of luxury accommodation available, even some 4*hotels (Check Royal Holiday for the best deals) So no camping in the snow!
Where? Anglesey, Wales
When? 19TH – 22nd June
You might be surpassed to see a festival from of England’s closest neighbours on the list but it’s there for good reason. Many people hop across the atlantic to the UK each year to experience what is arguably the greatest place for electronic music culture in the world. Yet, when people are exposed to the commercial offerings of Creamfields or Global Gathering it can be hard to see what is so different. Enter Gottwood. This small forest residing festival is fast becoming a UK favourite and yet it is still relatively unknown. Gottwood transforms a forest in wales to deliver a truly mind blowing experience that is trippy and delightful to all the senses. This year’s line-up continues on its consistently great form with the likes of Max Coopers, Prosumer, Dense & Pika, Last Magpie and many others taking to the decks.