Looking for a cheap festival this year?
Looking for a cheap festival this year?
It would seem South East Europe is the place to be, both for prices and dependable weather. Here are some tips on the best, courtesy of Nikki Wright @ Global Publicity.
SPIRIT of Burgas, Bulgaria www.spiritofburgas.com
Date: 14th – 16th August
Venue: City Beach, Burgas
Ticket price: €45 – €50 for 3 day festival pass, €15-20 for 1 day pass
Direct Flights: from £189 (Balkan Holidays)
Cost of camping if applicable: €15
Average cost of 3 & 4 star hotel per night: from €20 (Balkan Holidays)
Cost of bottle of water: €0.50
Cost of beer: €1.5
Cost of spirit and mixer: €2.5 Euro
Costs of food on site e.g pizza or something similar:
What is the weather like? 30 degrees and sunshine
Brief description: SPIRIT of Burgas launched in 2008 and was the first event of its kind in the country, taking place on the beautiful Black Sea coast. Situated on the inviting white sands of the city’s central beach, SPIRIT of Burgas will be bigger and better and feature top local and international artists, covering all genres of music on 5 stages. If that isn’t enough there will be stunning views of the festival and the Black Sea coastline that stretches for 20km. Perfect to combine with a beach holiday on the Black Sea Coast.
Line-up: Line up will be announced in 12th May. Highlights from 2008 included; Asian Dub Foundation, Kosheen, Bonobo live, Gravity Co, Groove Armada DJ Set (Andy Cato) and Pendulum (DJ Set) & MC Jakes.
B’ESTFEST, Romania www.bestfest.ro
Date: 1st – 5th July
Venue: Romexpo, Bucharest
Ticket price: Three day tickets 270 RON (approx: €62 / £57)
Direct Flights: from £130 return (Wizz Air, Blue Air)
Cost of camping if applicable: N/A
Average cost of 3 & 4 star hotel per night: Single Room 330 RON (€77), Double Room 385 RON (€90)
Cost of bottle of water: 2.5 RON (approx. €0.5)
Cost of beer: 5 RON (approx. €1)
Cost of spirit and mixer: 10 – 15 RON (€2.3 – 3.5).
Costs of food on site e.g pizza or something similar: 10-30 RON (€2.5 – 7)
What is the weather like? 36 degrees and sunny
Brief description: Now in its third year, B’ESTFEST has come a long way since its launch and is now the biggest multi genre music festival in Romania. Taking place at the Romexpo grounds in the capital city Bucharest, B’ESTFEST offers a multitude of artists across 5 days from the 1st – 5th July. The festival has 3 stages of music (2 open air stages and one tent stage) and also includes a VIP Hospitality Village, Games & Entertainment area, Corporate responsibility area (ONGs), Food & drinks area and chill-out and lounge areas with special green and beach zones. Perfect to combine with a city break.
Line-up: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Santana, Motorhead, Moby, Orbital, The Charlatans, White Lies, Klaxons, The Ting Tings and many more....
EXIT, Serbia www.exitfest.org
Date: 9th – 12th July
Venue: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
Ticket price: £72
Direct flights: from £150 return (JAT & BA)
Cost of camping if applicable: £14 (7 days)
Average cost of 3 & 4 star hotel per night; £50
Cost of bottle of water: 50p - 80p
Cost of beer: £1
Cost of spirit & mixer: £2
Costs of food on site e.g pizza or something similar: £2
What is the weather like? Hot and sunny with a small chance of rain
Brief description: EXIT Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a staggering array of artists across 25 stages and the Dance Arena will be reuniting some of the best and most popular DJs to have performed over the years, for exclusive and back to back sets. As one of the most highly regarded festivals in Europe, EXIT has captured the imagination of festival goers worldwide with its unique 18th Century fortress location and electrifying atmosphere. It's the biggest music festival in South East Europe and not to be missed! Lineup: Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Moby, Manic Street Preachers, Kraftwerk, Madness, Korn, Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith and many more...
Other festivals in the region worthy of a mention are South East Europe Music Event in Bulgaria, Sziget in Hungary, Rock’n’Coke in Turkey, Rockwave in Greece and The Garden Festival in Croatia.