Seven of the best alternative European festivals
Europe is a hot spot for festivals in unusual settings
More of a lavish house party than a festival, Uva is an intimate 650-person gathering in a 15th-century Spanish monastery.
Deep in wine country (“uva” is Spanish for “grape”), set among the cliffs and vineyards of Ronda, this UNESCO world heritage site features discerning selectors and local chefs.
The flourishing greenery, orange trees and labyrinth of ancient walls and secret hideaways are guaranteed to be an instant Instagram hit.
Acts include: Call Super, DJ Central, DJ Sports, Donna Leake, Habibi Funk, Debora Ipekel and more.
Tickets £72.75. See facebook.com/uvafestival
Uva festival is located in a 15th century MONASTERY
LUXURY CRUISE SHIP
The Ark Cruise
Sailing from Barcelona, stopping off at Sete, Ibiza and Palma, August 30 –September 3 and September 3 – 9.
Join 4,000 like-minded party-goers on one of the world's most luxurious cruise liners with a soundtrack of 50 DJs from all electronic music genres.
Transforming into a floating festival across the Med, this Royal Caribbean ship will feature four stages, including an impressive open-air stage on the upper deck around the pool.
Theres also a spa, cinema, casino, yoga, six Jacuzzis, climbing wall, sports court, jogging track and fitness centre.
Acts include: Loco Dice, Luciano, Nastia, Booka Shade, Camelphat, Claptone, Faithless (DJ Set), Nic Fanciulli, Patrick Topping, Fatman Scoop, Solardo, Infinity Ink, Miguel Campbell and more.
Tickets from £130 for two days/one night, £481 for four days/three nights, from £569 for five days/four nights. See theark.cruises/en
PORTUGUESE TRAM TERMINUS
Multi-coloured PARTY: Nova Batida takes place in Lisbon
Nova Batida, Lisbon, Portugal, September 14 – 16
Taking place across two venues, the LX Factory, a creative hub made up of warehouses, roof terraces, fashion outlets and bars; and Village Underground Lisboa, a former tram terminus and venue comprising old shipping containers and buses, Nova Batida celebrates Lisbon as an arts, music, tech and cultural hub.
Other highlights include the city's beaches, surf lessons, boat parties, yoga, wellness, and street art performances.
Acts include: Little Dragon, Gilles Peterson, Yazmin Lacey, Seun Kuti + Egypt 80, Mount Kimbie, Maribou State, George Fitzgerald and more.
Day tickets from £43. See novabatida.com/
19TH-CENTURY POLISH FORTRESS
Instytut Festival, Garnizon Modlin, Warsaw, Poland, June 22 – 24
Garnizon Modlin, a historic 19th-century Polish fortress near Warsaw, and the longest building in Europe, will play host to a unique coming together of art and music, hosted by Polish techno brand Instytut.
Featuring a three-stage programme of “main”, “rave” and “underground” it will host of some of the world's most esteemed techno heavyweights.
Acts include: Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Oscar Mulero, Dax J, Headless Horseman, Kobosil, Randomer and more.
Two-day tickets from £53.39. See technoinstytut.pl/
POST-INDUSTRIAL ITALIAN CITYSCAPE
UK's best summer music festivals
From Glastonbury to Camp Bestival, family-friendly raves to boutique glamping, the UK summer festival season offers something for everyone. PH Camp Bestival has won numerous awards for being the best family festival. It has been held in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle since 2008
Kappa FuturFestival, Parco Dora, Turin, Italy, July 7 – 8
HAVING emerged from Torinos urban wasteland, the soaring steel columns and vast concrete towers, now surrounded by lush greenery, are the perfect backdrop for the iconic festival hub – the Kappa Futur MainStage.
Using Cashless technology, it is one of the most well organised festivals in the world, with the craziest of crowds.
Acts include: Jackmaster, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Solomun, Peggy Gou, Amelie Lens, Robert Hood, Seth Troxler, Motor City Drum Ensemble and more.
Weekend tickets from £67.14. See kappafuturfestival.com/
12TH CENTURY UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
RPMM Festival, Porto Portugal, July 28-29
A brand new festival, taking place at the historic Alfandega buildings as well as other satellite venues around Porto, it will showcase 50 local and international underground artists.
Acts include: Âme DJ, Matthew Dear, Francesca Lombardo, Guy Gerber, Matt Tolfrey, Margaret Dygas, Barac, DJulz, Mella Dee, Patrice Scott, Jasper James, Jackmaster, Matthias Tanzmann, Art Department, Death on the Balcony, Kenny Glasgow, Nitin, Robin Ordell, Geddes, Varhat, Alexis Raphael and more.
Day tickets from £40. See facebook.com/rpmmglobalfestival/ and
UNDERGROUND: RPMM shines a light on up and coming local artists
Ledegem, Belgium, August 3-5
A unique celebration of magic, frisky clowns and circus culture set to a house and techno beat with Cocoon label head and Ibiza legend Sven Vath at the forefront.
In a pop-up village there will be five musical areas including the mysterious Imaginarium stage and theatre in the Circodrome, with fire-breathers, acrobats and stiltwalkers adding to the spectacle.
Festival-goers also get to join in workshops, plus theres a special kids area with crazy animations.
Acts include: Sven Vath, Luciano, Monika Kruse, DVS1, Roman Flugel, Miss Kittin, Mano Le Tough.
Tickets from £34.50. See cirquemagique.eu