Festival News – How to do it abroad

26th June 2016

Spent the weekend watching Glastonbury from the comfort of your sofa, Sauvignan Blanc in one hand, TV remote in the other feeling some serious FOMO and live music withdrawals? Well fear not because at Candid we are making sure you don't miss out on anything else this summer.

Brits late to the festival party can see Glasto performers with the sun in the sky and over £100 change in their pocket, reveals a new study. Research, conducted by Voucherbox.co.uk and brought to you by Candid, has looked at the European festivals where you can still catch some of the top names on the Glastonbury line-up. All is not lost festival friends.

Of the twenty-four acts investigated, including the headliners across the four main Glastonbury stages, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Lowlands in the Netherlands have ten acts performing. Pyramid stage performers Tame Impala, Beck and Ellie Goulding can be caught at Rock Werchter on 30th June, while Lowlands on 19th August can offer you Muse, Foals and The Last Shadow Puppets

The cost of a ticket has been examined, along with travel and transfer to the festivals where at least four or more Glastonbury stars are performing and tickets are still available for the whole period.
Of the eight possibilities, the best deal is Rock en Seine in Paris, 26th-28th August, which if you’re willing to jump on a coach will only cost you £179.44. That’s £107.56 cheaper than the costs of getting to and into Glastonbury and you can see the likes of Foals, The Last Shadow

Puppets and Sigur Ros.

Of the eight possibilities, the cheapest festival is Rock en Seine in Paris, 26th-28th August, which if you’re willing to jump on a coach will only cost you £179.44. That’s £107.56 cheaper than the octs of getting to and in to Glastonbury and you can see the likes of Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets and Sigur Ros.

Make a holiday of it

Feeling a little flash and want to incorporate you summer holiday? The most expensive festival is the seven-day Sziget in Budapest on 10th-17th August at £407.57. Here you can see seven of the twenty-four acts, including Muse, Bastille and Jake Bugg.
Festivals abroad have become a popular trend amongst music lovers, as you're much less likely to be living in a swamp for the weekend (can't be guaranteed but worth taking the chance, we say) and you can give it a bit of two-for-one with your summer holiday too.

Something for a long weekend

The almost sold out Les Eurockéennes in Belfort, France, still has tickets remaining for the Sunday, 3rd July, which includes main Glasto acts Tame Impala, ZZ Top and M83, as well as up-and-coming acts like Blossoms, Mac Demarco and Kurt Vile. As a complete package of £119.45, including camping from Friday-Monday allowing you to make the most of the surrounding area.

For the eclectic music tastes

If you’re after a completely different experience you may consider heading to Montreux Jazz in Switzerland, which is the second largest jazz festival in the world. It’s a sixteen-day event and you can see an array of artists, including Glastonbury headliner Muse, as well as ZZ Top and PJ Harvey. However, it’s going to cost you as the ticket for the full festival is £1,013.94, and that doesn’t include accommodation.
Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager stated: “Tickets for this year’s Glastonbury festival sold out in a record thirty minutes, leaving many disappointed, and even more unaware they were ever available. Since then as the line-up has been announced and the festival approaches, it’s hard not to let the envy creep in. But we’ve discovered that you cannot only see the top acts, you can do so abroad at a similar price or less. On top of that, if you choose a sunny climate, who’s going to be the smug one?”
So don't feel glum about missing out, your summer musical experience is actually just beginning. You can thank us later.

 Words by Elspeth Pierce

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