Festivals have become so ubiquitous that people are now going to them for their summer vacations. Of course this isn't new (hence the birth of Festicket), but as more and more festivals pop up they become more and more engrained in our yearly schedules.
One thing I know about couples is that they like to do things together. While festivals have traditionally been more an activity for larger groups, we've reached the point where there are festivals out there that cater to lovebirds as well.
Another thing I know about couples is that they often would rather leave their friends behind and do things just the two of them. So with that in mind, we thought we'd run down a list of the best festivals to go to just with your special someone.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Herbie Hancock, Alanis Morissette, Logic, Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Diana Ross
A special someone requires a special festival. Heading into it's 50th anniversary this year, Jazz Fest fits the bill as one of the most legendary festivals in the world, in one of the most legendary cities in the world. When you're not getting down to the beat at the festival, you can explore the city's vibrant culture, eat food and walk through the birthplace of jazz.
When & where: 23-28 April & 2-3 May 2020, New Orleans, Louisiana
Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest
Festival lineup (2019): Dubfire, Protoje, Teflon Zinc Fence, Max Glazer, Naomi Cowan, Audiofly, Sabo, Justin Roy
The definition of a destination festival, Tmrw.Tday is set on Negril's pristine beachfront. About more than music, the festival is dubbed a cultural experience, with workshops, eco courses, fitness instruction, and sound and wellness sessions complimenting the beach parties and concerts.
When & where: 28 April - 3 May 2020, Negril, Jamaica
BottleRock Napa Valley
Festival lineup (2019): Imagine Dragons, Logic, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Mumford & Sons, Santana, OneRepublic, Sylvan Esso
It's a proven fact that wine is the nectar of love. At BottleRock Napa Valley you can combine seeing your favourite musical acts with going wine tasting with your favourite person. Set in the US's famed Napa Valley wine country, BottleRock goes above and beyond to showcase the best of the region, and even has sommeliers and wine experts on site to help point you in the right direction if need be.
When & where: 22-24 May 2020, Napa Valley, California
Festival lineup (2019): Hamza, Parcels & Sebastian, Lolo Zouaï
With its intimate walkways and historic charms, you'd be hard pressed to find a more romantic setting than Venice. Showcasing contemporary and Italo disco sounds, the MORE Festival takes place in the fabled confines of the floating city. Explore the city by day, dance to the rhythm at night. La dolce vita.
When & where: 6-9 June 2019, Venice, Italy
Meadows In The Mountains
Festival lineup (2019): Bradley Zero, Ishmael Ensemble, Andrew James, Gustav, Eddie C, Mr Shiver, Hush Moss, Mim Suleiman
There aren't too many festivals in the world that can rightfully claim a truly unique location. Meadows In The Mountains is one of these festivals. Set in the mountains of Bulgaria outside the confines of everyday life, the festival is like something out of a fairy tale. Dancing with your partner until the sunrise rises over the hills in the distance is a memory neither of you will soon forget.
When & where: 4-7 June 2020, Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria
Montreux Jazz Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe, Anita Baker, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Randy Brecker, $uicide Boy$, Andrea Belfi
Second in size only to Montreal's Jazz festival, Montreux has been the European home of jazz since its first festival in 1967. Broadening its horizons over the years, the festival curates a lineup of free and paid shows from a wide range of genre leaders each year. It also doesn't hurt that set on Lake Geneva, the city is the embodiment of Swiss beauty.
When & where: 3 June -18 July 2020, Montreux, Switzerland
Festival lineup (2019): Groove Armada, Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Honey Dijon
The UK's chic festival leader, Wilderness is full of accoutrement to set your experience apart. With world-class chefs and mixologists, you won't go hungry or thirsty. With a theatre program, your intellect will be appealed to. With a stand-up comedy lineup, your funny bone will be worked out. And of course, with the sounds of everything from jazz to pop and electronic music, you'll be dancing well into the night.
When & where: 1-4 August 2019, Charlbury, United Kingdom
Vodafone Paredes de Coura
Festival lineup (2019): The National, Patti Smith, New Order, Father John Misty, Car Seat Headrest, Parcels, Spiritualized, Deerhunter
If you were God (or Leo in Inception) and you were creating a rural camping festival you'd create Paredes de Coura Festival. Set right on the Rio Coura, the festival site encompasses the river and neighbouring woodlands and fields. Oh yeah, and there's music too. Beyond its almost unparalleled beauty, the festival presents a lineup of influential acts outside of the mainstream.
When & where: 19-22 August 2020, Paredes de Coura, Portugal
Rock En Seine
Festival lineup (2019): Aphex Twin, Jorja Smith, The Cure, Major Lazor, Foals, Royal Blood, Bring Me The Horizon, Jungle
La cité de l'amour. If you can't understand why this festival made the list I dare say you might be single. From Montmartre to Montparnasse, pretty much everything about Paris is associated with love. One of the city's major festivals, Rock En Seine is a great reason for a trip to the French capital.
When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Paris, France
Festival lineup (2019/2020): Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Apollonia, Guti, Luciano, Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping
Another escape festival, Epizode is set on an island off the coast of Cambodia. With more than half of the island part of a national park, this is as close to paradise as you can find on Earth. Taking place over New Years, the festival is the perfect place to make those resolutions with that certain someone.
When & where: 27 December 2019 - 7 January 2020, Phú Quốc, Vietnam