15 Epic Festival Locations You Need To See

#10 Mysteryland, Chile

Mysteryland is an icon of the Dutch festival calendar, stretching back to the early ‘90s. The grassy fields and rolling hills of Voormalig Floriade, just outside of Amsterdam, have hosted the party and its 60,000 attendees for nearly a decade. Journeys across the sprawling site take you over rivers dotted with lily-pads, along winding paths and down hillsides (either on foot, or sliding like a kid). As you can see in this fly-over video, ID&T transforms the Voormalig Floriade into another world.

While the hometown Mysteryland is a steadfast calendar fixture, in 2011 ID&T decided to take its famous festival to Chile. In December, you’ll need to head to Hacienda Picarquin, in the town of Mostazal, where you’ll be rewarded with a lush, dramatic setting for a festival. After all, we’re talking about the foothills of the Chilean Andes. As ID&T sells it: “It’s for a very good reason that the Mysteryland location is often described as one of the most special and unique in the world”.

In 2012, the site’s wide spaces and intimate groves were populated with a line-up that spanned Luciano and Green Velvet to Sander van Doorn and Wildstylez. And you know South Americans are among the world’s best party people…

WHEN: December 2013

WHERE: Picarquín, Santiago, Chile

WEBSITE: mysteryland.cl/en/

#9 Taico Club, Japan

The photo at the top of this article, from Taico Club’s official 2012 gallery, captures the beauty of the mountain-top festival. That’s the consummate Josh Wink against the backdrop of the Nagano Mountains, where the air is clear and the scenery is striking. It’s not too far from Tokyo, either, but the fast-paced metropolis feels a world away.

In 2013, Taico Club will take over the site on the first weekend of June with a line-up worthy of the location. Returning hero Ricardo Villalobos will be there again, alongside fellow innovators like Clark, Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum as JETS, Magda and Zip. The vibe is kept warm and intimate, with tickets selling swiftly. With natural acoustics accompanying the very-Japanese attention to sound, Taico Club’s the place to lose yourself, without once losing your friends.

WHEN: June 1-2 2013

WHERE: Kodama no Mori campsite, Nagano Mountains, Japan

WEBSITE: taicoclub.com

#8 Ultra Music Festival, Croatia

You don’t need further convincing of Croatia’s charms. Just stare longingly at the photo above, taken on Hvar Island, where one part of Ultra Music Festival’s European expansion will be staged. The Miami giant will arrive in Split at the peak of the European summer with a weekend’s worth of EDM headliners.

On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July, the beautiful city overlooking the Adriatic Sea will welcome Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Avicii, Hardwell, Porter Robinson and other top-line names, with a savvy undercard led by Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber and Umek. Split will also welcome the hordes of up-for-it ‘Ultranauts’ from around the world. Then on Sunday, an exclusive Ultra beach party is planned for Hvar. No-expense-spared production is a given, but this time the surrounds could steal the show.

WHEN: July 12-14 2013

WHERE: Split and Hvar Island, Croatia

WEBSITE: ultramusicfestival.com

#7 Coachella, USA

From Hot Chip to the xx to James Blake, inthemix heard countless acts gush at Coachella this year about the iconic setting. The view out from the stages to the Empire Polo Fields is certainly special: rows of palm trees stretching up to an open sky, shadowy mountains on the horizon and an enormous Ferris Wheel surrounded by a dusty haze. The desert backdrop seems to bring out the best in bands as well.

For punters looking up at the headliners, it’s quite a sight too. The open sides of the mainstage let those vivid desert sunsets glow through, creating the kind of moments you can’t get from the YouTube broadcast. After dark, Empire Polo Field is transformed into a glowing wonderland by art cars, the Do Lab village and luminescent installations. The 2014 dates are already locked in, with presale tickets beginning on 24 May. See for yourself.

WHEN: April 11-13, 2014 & April 18-20, 2014

WHERE: Empire Polo Fields, Indio, Southern California

WEBSITE: coachella.com

#6 Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

It’s for good reason that Japan’s longest-running music festival is also a must for any bucket list. You could start with the line-up – which in 2013 features headliners Nine Inch Nails and Bjork alongside everyone from Skrillex and Feed Me to Maya Jane Coles and Julio Bashmore – but it’s the location that really wows.

Fuji Rock doesn’t actually take place at Japan’s famous Mt Fuji, but in the ski resort town of Naeba relatively close by. The site has five main stages and four smaller ones set in the valley of bucolic green mountains, with a river running through the site. There’s the ‘Field Of Heaven’ surrounded by woods, the Green Stage with its mountain backdrop, a camping ground on the slope for 17,000 people and ‘the world’s longest gondola’ – in other words, a chairlift – up to the peak for a panoramic view. Fuji Rock is a festival for all the senses.

WHEN: July 26-28 2013

WHERE: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan

WEBSITE: fujirockfestival.com

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