As the festival market grows ever more saturated, individual festivals are constantly having to do more to set themselves apart from the crowd. Which for us punters, is no bad thing. The festival trip has become about much more than just the music, and instead about the whole experience: what there is to do away from those overwhelming main stages, and what story the festival is trying to tell?
This race manifests itself in all kinds of forms, be it unusual locations, or individual quirks unique to each festival. Here are five that go against the norm.
Into The Valley
Held down a coal mine
Breathtaking is an understatement when it comes to Into The Valley; a new festival set to take place inside a former limestone quarry. The amphitheatre is used to hosting opera, but does also boast an alumni that includes Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros, who incidentally personally chose to play the venue. Now though, it turns to mining the electronic scene, with Four Tet, Ben Klock and Nina Kraviz dropping down to lend a hand in what's probably the most unique location they've ever played.
When & where: 31 July - 1 August 2015, Rättvik, Sweden
Venues change each day
Partying at the same stages everyday is boring, right? We agree, and so do Barrakud, which is why for their Greek event they've decided to move the party every day. From a panoramic pool, to a sunset beach and down into a cave, each day brings a new experience, meaning Barrakud won't just be taking us on a musical journey, but a physical one too.
When & where: 29 July - 2 August 2015, Corfu, Greece
Lineup kept secret
Not many festivals would have the nerve to keep their lineup under wraps until the day of the event itself, but when you've built up a reputation as strong as Geheime Liefde's, then it's part of the appeal. With a name that translates to "Secret Love", Geheime Liefde is a creative dream; a magical world of decoration and underground tunnels, meaning the minimal, techno and tech-house lineup is as much part of the surprise as the landscape.
When & where: 2 May 2015, Utrecht, Netherlands
Festicket Guide / 2015 Event Has Passed
Annual naked run
You'd think that when you're camping in a field for days on end and without the luxury of a shower, the last thing you'd want to do is to strip off and race through some mud. Well, at Roskilde Festival, it's actually quite high up on the list. The annual naked run is now engraved in the festival's folklore, with hundreds competing each year to win a free ticket to next year's event, and the race, of course. They've got a record to protect.
When & where: 27 June - 4 July 2015, Roskilde, Denmark
Only UK festival with a swimming pool
Even if you were near a UK beach, the chances of you wanting to actually take a dip are slim at the best of times. A swimming pool on the other hand, well, that's a whole different story. Picture the scene: you've spent your night partying hard to Basement Jaxx, and naturally, woken up feeling like death personified. What else could possibly nurse away that hangover like a nice refreshing dip? Agree? Pack ya speedos and get yourself to Standon Calling then.
When & where: 31 July - 2 August 2015, Standon, UK