There's a lot more to London ya know, and we're here to prove it. One avid Google glob trot later, and we've come up with some of the best festivals that the planet has to offer. From getting down to it in a glacier and dancing in the USA dust to making memories in the Bulgarian meadows, the globe offers up some of the best and most unique festivals in the world, and here's the list that says so...

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Belgium, July 22nd-24th

Unity, love and loud bangs; and that's just the start of the Tomorrowland adventure. Begging you visit Belgium, and offering up party troops one of the most fantastical festival experiences in Europe, Tomorrowland isn't just a nod to electronic music and beckoning beats; the artistic stage sets and the Dreamland community camping make this one not to be forgotten. It takes place in a town called BOOM for christ's sake.

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Tomorrowland has a culture all its own, and some of the most storming stage scenes in the festival industry.

Burning Man

Nevada USA, August 28th - September 26th

Black Rock City in the Nevada desert sets the stage for one of the most unique festivals in the world. A temporary community set up in the heart of the sand and dust, Burning Man blends artistic production, creativity and self-expression into a myriad of stunning festival moments and installations. Topping it all off? They finish it all Wicker Man like with the burning of an erected man shaped effigy, aptly named 'The Man'. 

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'Desert Spirits' has been one of the most memorable installations to take place at Burning Man. 

Festival No 6

Wales, September 1st-4th

Partying in the plush Portmeirion, Festival No 6 leaves lacklustre festivals by the wayside, making time only for picturesque scenes, stunning plots and coastal village cool. Not only set upon the shore, and markedly pretty (just look at the antics below), Festival No 6 tinkers in and out of the Wales woodland over the whole weekend for a beautous selection of live music, storytelling, performances and dancing. 

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Vitamin D doses the Welsh crowd at one of the prettiest festivals on the planet. 

Secret Solstice

Iceland, June 16th-19th

Iceland, it's on my bucket list for sure, and this festival is set to be on plenty of others. Held against the breathtaking backdrop of Iceland's natural fjords and hills, Secret Solstice is not only an electronic, indie and urban homage, 100 lucky guests get to party the night away in a glacier. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, they're also the only the festival in the world to boast a $1million festival ticket. You'd better be getting a goodie bag and biscuit for that.

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Decks on ice, Secret Solstice is one of the best festivals in the world thanks to its noted glacier gathering. 

Secret Garden Party

UK, July 21st-24th

Bringing it home is the one and only Secret Garden Party. A platform for pixies, and party goers alike, Secret Garden Party is a multifaceted event of unique spaces, shindigs, bars and art. Whether you're settling down for a swim in the lake, gorging on live music courtesy of the main stage, nestled down in the sunflower field, ploughing through a paint fight or having cocktails at the kitsch inn, this is wonderland for certain. 

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Adventurous, authentic and booming, Secret Garden Party is the UK festival that nails them all.


USA, March 11th-20th

Texas is one of the most noted locations in America for festivals, and SXSW in Austin just happens to be one of the best of them. Whether it's film, music or media that you're looking for, SXSW is one of the best showcases of 'em around. From music festivals, to premieres and previews across a multitude of venues, SXSW will leave you senseless, somewhat delirious and knackered, but you'll sure never forget it. Be there with bells on.

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SXSW blends the best of movies, are and music into 9 whole days of mischief and fun.

Meadows in the Mountains

Bulgaria, June 10th-13th

Ever been to a festival in the far-flung reaches of a Bulgarian mountain? Nah, I haven't either, but plenty of folk flock to one every year and with good reason, they're headed to Meadows in the Mountains. A throng of foliage and flower crowns, Meadows in the Mountains is a charming and relaxed dabble, all mixed in with music by the campfire, DJs, outdoor pool parties and more. 

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Meadows in the Mountains welcomes floral patrons and botanical babes alike.

Electric Forest

USA, June 23rd-26th

While Electric Forest's testament truly lies within the realm of electronic music and jam band genres alike, it's clear that their notority and classing as one of the most unique festivals in the world relies heavily on their incredible menageries of lit spaces. Almost an effigy to neons, flit through forests of nightly colour, hunker by the fire or go wild by the main stage, anything goes at this proud Michigan plug-in.

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Colour, bulbs and flourescents come to light at this festival homage to lights and music. 

Envision Festival

Costa Rica, February 23rd-26th

From sun up to sunset, there's pretty much always sun at Envision Festival. Held upon the shores of the Uvita village, Envision not only bathes the crowd in Vitamin D by the beach, this homage to all things mind, body and soul is one of the best ways to get to know yourself in the world. Creative, cultural and humble, Envision promise everything from yoga, earth classes and live music to art and a true, community spirit.

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Envision Festival reconnects party goers back to the earth at a truly humble and honest event.

Into The Valley

Sweden, July 29th-30th

House and techno in a limestone quarry; when it comes to one of the best festivals in the world, that outta do it. Held in the Swedish countryside, and cultivating some of the best in DJ names around, Into The Valley plunges partgoers into the depths of this echoing quarry for a selection of heaving days as deck-demons descend on the rural plot. The ancient forst that it's found in? That's super ancient too.

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Sweden plunges party goers into the hearty of the valley at this top DJ festival.