European Festivals are the way to go for Summer 2012

Along with Glastonbury and Oxygen, The Big Chill Festival today announced that it will not be running this summer and has now been added to the list of festivals which have been cancelled, to make way for the London Olympic Games.

If your a die-hard festival goer and are at a loss with what to do with yourself this summer, or perhaps you are just keen to escape the Olympic hype, then a festival on the continent could prove to be the ideal solution.

Europe has many fabulous options to offer, which incorporate guaranteed glorious sunshine with the most fresh and exciting beats. Swap your wellies for your bikini, your anorak for your sunnies and enjoy some of your favourite bands whilst catching some rays.

If your a bass fan, Outlook Festival in Croatia ticks all the boxes. Hosted in previously war torn but stunningly beautiful Croatia, Outlook is Europe’s Biggest Bass Music & Soundsystem Culture Festival, which happens every summer in the North of the country.

The weather is amazing ,it’s close to the shore- perfect for those late night dips, but more importantly the music is always fantastic, favouring underground acts over mainstream ticket-selling ones. Last years acts such as Benga,Trojan Sound System and The Bug went down a storm and the 2012 line-up which is due to be released on Sunday, surely will not disappoint.

If an indie vibe is more your thing, Benicassim Festival definitely is the one for you. Held in Spain, it’s a four day festival taking place on the East coast of Spain, between Valencia and Barcelona. The sunny festival has seen the likes of indie giants Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and The Strokes perform, as well as some home-grown Spanish talent. So far the Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine and The Vaccines have been confirmed to play at the 2012 festival, but many more acts are still to be announced.

A less publicised but truly incredible festival is Open’er in Poland. This is the biggest Polish outdoor music festival which just keeps growing in size. A range of successful and eclectic acts have played at Open’er including Pulp, The Strokes, Foals, The Wombats, MIA, Coldplay, Simian Mobile Disco. This year French electro duo Justice are set to headline, along with The XX and zany Icelandic Bjork. The biggest seller for this fest is the price, with a four-day camping ticket priced just £90.

So this year, why not enjoy your summer retreat and your festival experience at the same time. A festival in guaranteed sun, is sure to be your best trip yet!

More information including prices for tickets and accommodation can be found at these websites;

www.outlookfestival.com

www.benicassimfestival.co.uk

www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/opener/2012

Article by Lauren Probert

Visiting Autumn Festivals in France

All over Europe, the summer months are more than known for the usual hype of music festivals, that are able to boast incredible bands and a ton of outdoor activities. There is also much drinking and food involved, turning these occasions into a feast of the senses, and to top it all, the sunny weather helps, too.

With the coming of Autumn, there is no reason to stop searching for other just as incredible venues; as the temperature falls, don’t let your enthusiasm get bummed out as well. For instance, in France, there happens a number of events worthy of a visit and equally exciting.

From mid-September until the very last day of December begins the Paris Autumn Festival, a contemporary arts festival featuring well over 40 events around the city and giving you plenty of time to plan a few days off in advance, travel to the City of Light and tour your favourite showcases with all the convenience and ease. From dance, theatre, music, to a variety of artists coming from all corners of the world, this is the perfect opportunity to get in tune with the current times!

During the following week, however, two other events have grasped our attention and we can’t help but share them with you: the Marseille International Fair has opened last Friday, the 23th of September, and will be keeping its doors widely open to all visitors until the coming Monday, 3rd of October. The time-span may be short, which gives you all the more reason to go check it out as soon as possible!

You may find that having a car hire booked during your days in Marseille will show itself helpful to reach the destination with less hassle and get you there in no time; also, there is no need to worry about parking: the venue offers 1,500 parking spaces, allowing you to leave your vehicle in safety while you spend the day visiting this massive exhibition.

And what is there to see, anyway, you may wonder. Well, all I can tell you is: what isn’t there to see! Parc Chanot, where the fair is hosted, holds over 1,400 exhibitors from a total of 50 countries and whose showcased products range from interior décor, technology, home improvement, beauty care, gastronomy, leisure… Whew, all of this at the price of 7.50€ – what a bargain, wouldn’t you say? Better yet, it makes for a great family outing since kids under the age of 12 are free of charge. Other discounts concerning groups as well as more information is available on the Foire de Marseille official page.

While you’re by the French Riviera, do go admire the St Tropez Regatta, considered the ultimate event of the season as it occurs at the beginning of October. This sailing race comes as the ideal chance to marvel at yachts from all over the world or, if allowed, to be part of the sailing crew in one of these sailing beauties.

So, as you can see, Autumn may change its feathers but these are still entertaining months, where you won’t be short on opportunities to amuse yourself, whether by car, foot or… boat!

Paris Welcomes Rock en Seine Festival This Summer

Parkat highlights a fantastic up and coming Rock festival set to take place this summer in Paris, France.

The festival starts on the 26th of August and runs over a period of three days at the famous Château de Saint-Cloud’s park, which was once the grounds of a 15th century Castle.

With the current economic downturn, festival goers are taking advantage of the budget flights combined with car parking at quieter airports such as Liverpool John Lennon who are offering cheaply priced Liverpool airport parking services around the festival dates.

Rock en Seine festival is relatively new and first opened its gates in 2003 which is late compared to other leading festivals such as Glastonbury festival which has been running since the early 1970s.

This year the festival organisers have put no limits on the acts. The amazing line up consists of Sheffield indie band Arctic monkeys to New York post-punk band Interpol and not forgetting the world famous Foo Fighters.

The festival is set to attract a record number of international festival goers from across Europe.

Official festival dates 26th, 27th, 28th August 2011.

Top 10 summer music festivals in Europe

Dedicated to lovers of jazz, rock and rollers, or heavy metal fanatics, HotelTravel.com is pleased to present its Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in Europe for 2011:

1) Rock Werchter: Belgium’s Big Band Jam (June 30 to July 3)

Rock Werchter is one of the big five European music festivals, bringing together a host of the hottest acts for four days in the Belgian countryside. The event is held in the village of Werchter, which is an easy commute by train from Brussels. For great rates starting from just EUR 31 per night, click on our Brussels hotel promotion page.

2) Montreux Jazz Festival: Rhymes of Rock ‘n’ Fusion (July 1-16)

Back in 1967 when Claude Nobs chose this delightful town on the shores of Lake Geneva, the festival he inaugurated was only a three-day event and was almost purely dedicated to jazz. This year, good hotel deals are available on our Montreux hotel promotion page with rates from EUR 88 per night.

3) Oxegen Festival: A Blast of Fresh Eire (July 8-10)

If you want to attend one of this year’s greatest outdoor concerts, then look no further than Oxegen, Ireland’s biggest music festival featuring rock, pop, electro, hip hop, indie. The host town of Naas is less than an hour away from Dublin, so look over our Dublin hotel promotion page for low rates from only EUR 35 per night.

4) Rock’n Coke 2011 Fizzing Pop in Istanbul (July 16-17)

Summer time in Europe means festival time and this is no different in Turkey’s capital Istanbul, which hosts the Rock’n Coke Festival 2011. The event is held at Hezarfen Airfield outside the city, with HotelTravel.com featuring excellent rates on our Istanbul hotel promotion page starting from EUR 27 per night.

5) Sziget Puts Budapest in Party Fest Zone (August 8-15)

The Sziget Festival has a multi-cultural theme, which has been built upon to such an extent that half of the fest’s visitors come from outside Hungary, and it received a top-ten rating at the European Festival Awards. Scroll through our Budapest hotel promotion page for deals from only EUR 12 per night.

6) Oslo Jazz Festival Silver Anniversary Swing (August 15-20).

To celebrate its silver anniversary, the Oslo Jazz Festival has invited a very pleasant group of friends – not too crazy, not too conservative – to perform from August 15-20 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Rates on HotelTravel.com’s Oslo hotel promotion page start from EUR 75 per night.

7) Pukkelpop Festival Oozes Entertainment in Belgium by (August 18-20).

One European festival causes quite a stir with a mixture of both contemporary and progressive acts on its bill – The Pukkelpop Festival. Fortunately our Antwerp hotel promotion page offers deals starting from EUR 48 per night.

8) V Festival: As Up North, So Down South (August 20-21)

This year, US rapper Eminem and the pride of Barbados, Rihanna, are just two acts that will hit the stage at “V Fest.” Our Birmingham hotel promotion page has deals from only EUR 25 per night.

9) Reading Festival Rolls In and Rocks Out (August 26-28)

This popular event is twinned with Leeds Festival, in northern England, with both being held on the same weekend and sharing the same acts. Our Reading hotel promotion page has rates starting from EUR 40 per night.

10) Leeds Festival: By Gum, it’s Back (August 26-28)

The annual Leeds Festival, a 3-day event, is packed with music, a bit of comedy and, well, more music. HotelTravel.com has heaps of excellent deals on its Leeds hotel promotion page from EUR 34 per night.