A festival celebrating penises? Or a festival where you lose yourself in dystopian parties set in far off deserts? April 2016 sure seems to have some awesome festivals!
When: April 1 to 4.
The Desert Hearts Festival experience is all about the One Vibe, One Stage. With some notable influences of Burning Man and Lightning In A Bottle, Desert Hearts fosters the community feeling that sets these festivals apart. Describing themselves as the place where ‘reality is finally better than dreams’. Desert Hearts is all about healing of the soul with some amazing music surrounded by some beautiful people. With acts such as DJ Harvery, Atish and Butch dropping some sick beats at the festival this year, it is going to be one hell of an event.
When: April 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23 and 24.
Coachella turns the sun scorched deserts of South California into one of the biggest parties in the world. The festival, that sees about 90,000 people every day is undoubtedly the dream music festival. Festival goers are a distinct mix of almost every nationality as Coachella brings out the most diverse crowds. One of the biggest treats here is the insane line up they concoct every year, with M83, Ellie Goulding, Foals and Chvrches all set to perform this year. And what’s more, there is also one of biggest reunions in rock history, that of the great Guns N’ Roses all slated to take place.
3. Kumbh Mela
Where: Ujjain, India
When: April 22 to May 21.
Staying true to the eclectic culture of the country, the Kumbh Mela is a grand affair. The Kumbh Mela takes place at four different cities, Nashik, Haridwar, Allahabad and Ujjain at decided intervals. All these cities have one thing in common,they have the holiest rivers in India flowing through them. At any given place, the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years, while the Kumbh Mela is held every three years . During the festival, reclusive hermits and saints who usually nest faraway in the mountains step out to take a dip in the holy waters of the river. These hermits are most notably naked or partially covered as they are known to have given up all worldly inhibitions and holds to devote themselves in the worship of the Lord.
Where: South Africa
When: April 25 to May 1.
AfrikaBurn came to be as a kind of extension of Burning Man. Every year, it welcomes people from the oddest corners of the world to come together and build a city or music, art, costumes and dance! Though possessing a much more ‘party vibe’ than that of Burning Man, AfrikaBurn is slightly more colourful than its influences. The African location very obviously infuses some of their diverse culture and you are treated with an array of costumes and appearances typical of this place. The breathtaking location, with its rocky deserts and rich sunsets is the perfect way to let go and immerse yourself in on the coolest experiences in the world.
When: April 8 to 10
Lucidity refers to those rare dreams s that are so vivid, they almost seem real. And if this is the trance like stage that you want to immerse yourself in this season, this festival is absolutely perfect for you. One of the prettiest festivals that we have seen, its leafy location and the beautiful Californian weather makes this a perfect break from the mundane. The festival is the brilliant combination of mind blowing aesthetics, great music and some of the coolest souls from around the world. The heavy techno and electronica vibe of the festival is fused together by some of the biggest names such as Keller Williams and Haywire.
6. Bali Sprit Festival
When: March 29 to April 9
Imagine returning from a festival not exhausted and hungover but replenished and rejuvenated. The festival, backed with multiple health and nourishment brands aims to give you a festival experience that leaves you feeling rested and happy. And somehow, it still happens to be one of the most fun festivals on this list. It is an immersive 10 day experience where the surreal location and beautiful people who flock to Bali every year will leave you wanting for much more. With art and music classes, yoga workshops and tours of local temples, the festival is an experience that you do not want to miss out on.
7. Tomorrowland Brasil
When: April 21 to 23
One of the biggest festivals in the world is holding its edition in Brasil this year and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us! Tomorrowland has been changing the music scene one brilliant festival by another and the dance music mammoth is ready to take on this year. The theme for this year, ‘The Key To Happiness’, is based on the 10 years celebrations of Tomorrowland Belgium, which is where it all really began. Tomorrowland describes itself as the place where stages and concepts come to life, experiences are created, and musical explorations are made.
8. Further Future
Where: Beyond Vegas
When: April 29 to May 1.
Known as ‘a new kind of music and lifestyle festival’, FF is breaking all kinds of boundaries. Set in the far flung deserts of Las Vegas, the festival is bringing about some of the coolest talent to fro fans to witness. The festival is built on the themes of community and experiences and welcomes people from all areas of life including science, art and music to come be a part of this fantastic experience. Further Future also holds talks and seminars by tech geniuses all day. We can safely say that this is probably the only place where you can rave all night and go attend a talk by tech giants in the morning.
9. Kanamara Matsuri
Where: Kawasaki, Japan
When: April 3
Trust Japan to come up with a festival that celebrates the penis. Well, actually more of a celebration of fertility and life but, yes, also the penis. Every year, the citizens of Kawasaki gather around and parade a fake giant phallus as a way to celebrate the gifts abounded by the nature on mankind, mainly the gift of procreation. Kanamara Matsuri (The festival of the Iron Phallus) has its origins in an equally weird tradition. In the 1600, local prostitutes would gather around and pray for protection against sexually transmitted diseases and slowly this accumulated into the bizarre celebrations we see today! One can witness penis hats, penis floats and penis puppets all through the parade!
When: April 4 to 9
This one’s for the sport enthusiasts! Snowbombing is an annual snow sport festival that takes place in Austria. The town of Mayrhofen comes alive as the local snow covered mountains are peppered with festival goers who indulge in thrilling snow-sports in the day while grooving to some of the freshest music in the night. The festival has a number of stages at different venues that dish out the most diverse music. A quick walk to the neighbouring forest reveals a completely different vibe as pine stages host some of the biggest names, with Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy and Jamie Jones all set to perform this year.