Where in the world is your favourite music festival? Tell us and you could win 1 of 10 FREE Filthy Fox festival survival kits!
Jimi Hendrix, the wild blue angel, playing to over half a million people on the Isle of Wight in 1970. The Who climaxing a 7-minute-long rendition of My Generation at Woodstock with Pete Townshend throwing his guitar into the crowd. Beyoncé showing us who runs the world at the 2011 Glastonbury, in a pop set of pyrotechnic magnificence. They are moments that are remembered for a lifetime and not just in the world of music, festivals can provide moments of huge cultural significance. Which begs the question? Which is the Best Festival Ever? At The Insurance Emporium, music is a passion and festivals are an adventure, so tell us what you think and you could win 1 of 10 FREE Filthy Fox festival survival kits!
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There is a whole world of music festivals out there, it is almost too hard to choose from. That’s why we’ve drawn up a quick list of 5 festivals, that we feel might make the grade!
The grand old dame of British festivals, Glastonbury first appeared as Pilton Pop, Folk & Blues Festival back in 1970. Organised by local dairy farmer Michael Eavis, the festival has gone from strength to strength, with attendances rising from 1,500 to an incredible 135,000 (larger than Bath, the biggest city in Somerset!) Legendary acts to grace the famed Pyramid stage range from David Bowie to Oasis and Paul McCartney to Adele.
Situated in the gorgeous tourist village of Portmeirion on the coast of North Wales, Festival Nº6 has grown rapidly in popularity to become one of the UK’s favourite boutique festivals. Named after Patrick McGoohan’s character in the cult TV show The Prisoner, filmed amongst the faux-Italian architecture that makes up Portmeirion, the festival has hosted the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers and Catfish and the Bottlemen down the years.
The original counter-culture festival, the Isle of Wight Festival first took place between 1968 and 1970. Huge crowds forced Parliament to introduce a special licence needed for open-air events on the Isle of Wight, which forced a hiatus until 2002. Acts from the first few years, such as Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan and The Doors, have been followed at the revived festival by huge international acts like R.E.M., Coldplay and The Rolling Stones.
The new millennium saw the EU deregulate the aviation industry and the subsequent boom in cheap flights led to a rash of new music festivals appearing across Europe. Many of these died off but the best have persevered. Set in the brutally beautiful Parc del Fòrum on the Barcelona seafront, the favourable climate and affordability has seen tens of thousands of music-lovers attend to witness artists such as Arcade Fire, Public Enemy and New Order.
Possibly one of the world’s only festivals to take place in a desert, Coachella, held at the Empire Polo Club, is a two weekend event which is now well into its second decade of existence. The free spirit vibe, abundance of art installations and eclectic musical acts makes this a truly must-visit festival. This year, Radiohead and Lady Gaga will follow in the footsteps of previous headliners such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg and Drake.
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