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Summer Festival Guide: Global

For many, travelling outside of the UK or Europe for a festival seems like a pipedream, but getting away to a shindig can be a good excuse to make the effort and explore somewhere totally new. Here’s a few global get-togethers it’s worth having a shot at...


THE only beach festival on offer in the Windy City makes the most of its unique status with sets from rapper Common, techno veteran Richie Hawtin and popular house type, Duke Dumont. Plus Dixon, Jax Jones and Walker & Royce also feature as highlights on the bill.

LOCATION:  Oakwood Beach, Chicago, IL, USA
DATE:  23rd - 24th June
PRICE:  $81.91 - $186.62
STAFF PICK: DJ Tennis — one of Italy’s nest takes to the decks on Sunday.


JAPAN doesn’t often feature amongst these pages as a raving destination, but that could all change with fests like Rural. Amongst those set to play are revered spinners Vladimir Ivkovic, Jane Fitz and Solar, while live performances are on offer from the likes of Broken English Club and ENA.

LOCATION:  Uchiyama Camping Village, Saku City, Japan
DATE: 14th - 16th July
PRICE: 16,000 Yen
STAFF PICK: DJ Nobu — Japanese legend on home soil.


NOW in its 21st year, Shambhala Music Festival has become a world-renowned getaway in British Columbia. With a focus on bass, this year features talents like DJ EZ, Dizzee Rascal, Delta Heavy, Machinedrum, Alix Perez, plus there’ll be plenty of house too from Claptone and Claude VonStroke.

LOCATION: Salmo River Ranch, BC, Canada
DATE: 10th - 13th August
PRICE:  $319 ($420 CAD)
STAFF PICK: Beardyman — always a unique show that takes beatboxing to the next level.

Want more? Check out our UK, European and Croatian festival guides.