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Top 20 Beach Festivals in the World

Did you know that festivals don’t have to mean getting washed out and traipsing through mud to see your favourite artists? It can also mean chilling on pristine sands, swimming or surfing in clear blue waters, and soaking up rays while listening to top, top names. Here's our selection of the top 20 beach-side events.

Sonus Festival

With a passion for underground electronic music, Sonus is tucked away on a little slice of paradise: Croatia’s Island of Pag. Once the suitcases hit the hotel floor, it’s five days and four nights of partying, which means beachside sets, boat fiestas and plenty of pool action – whether that’s relaxing or raving.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Novalja, Croatia

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Spanning the UK's Cornish coastline, Boardmasters is a festival dedicated to surfing, skating and live music, even hosting its own pro competitions. The Chemical Brothers, Annie Mac and The Horrors were on the lineup for 2018.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Newquay, UK

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Ultra Europe

Born in Miami, Ultra Music festival has since taken its huge L.E.D. screens and colossal sound systems around the world, leaving its beloved EDM mark on Ibiza, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Santiago and Seoul, now taking up its residency in Croatia. Aside from the main stadium event, there is also outstanding beach parties and a fun boat party that anyone in their right mind would not miss.

When & where: 12-14 July 2019; Split, Croatia

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Hangout Festival, USA

Boasting a status as the only music festival located literally on a beach in the US, Hangout brings all the elements of a grand-scale music festival to the sandy shores of Alabama, meaning you can stroll out of your beachfront condo and catch sets from top names.

When & where: 17-19 May 2019; Gulf Shores, USA

Annie Mac Presents: Lost & Found Festival

Now in its fourth year, Annie Mac's Maltese adventure has become Europe's most explosive start to the summer. Lost & Found festival takes a distinctly UK-flavoured lineup to the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, with pool-parties, boat-parties and even a castle rave making it a unique and high-energy festival.

When & where: 2-5 May 2019; St Paul's Bay, Malta

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Electrobeach Music Festival

Right down near France's border with Spain, EMF brings the very biggest names in dance music to the coast at Le Barcarès. Last year saw three days of full-throttle partying to the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris and deadmau5 – it's any EDM fan's dream, and one of the best beach spots around.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Le Barcarès, France

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Gnaoua Festival

This magical world music festival on the north-eastern coast of Morocco has built its reputation on a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere blessed with wonderful Riad guesthouses and meandering bronze beaches. Focusing on the traditional Gnaoua (pronounced "Now-ah") music which originated from sub-Saharan Africa, the festival takes in ritual poetry, soulful African beats, jazz reggae, rhythmic drum sets and acrobatic dancing, alongside more contemporary world music by musicians from all over the globe.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Essaouira, Morocco

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Dimensions / Outlook

Sibling festivals Dimensions and Outlook bring distinctive sounds to Pula, Croatia. While house, disco and soulful selectors are more at home at Dimensions, the more bass-heavy DJs and MCs shine at Outlook. Venues range from an idyllic Roman Amphitheatre to an old fort, where both the underground elite and firm favourites play out against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic coast.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Pula, Croatia 

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BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

Immersed within the coastal city of Barcelona, BBF is a mecca for all electronic and dance music lovers. Barcelona's Platja del Forùm sets the scene, with the Mediterranean as a beautiful backdrop to some of the biggest DJs and producers in the world.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Barcelona, Spain

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Soul Beach Music Festival

A cornerstone of Caribbean musical culture, Soul Beach is a full five-day long groove on the sexy, smouldering beaches of Aruba that swings both day and night, only pausing for a touch of some delicious food.

When & where: 23–28 May 2019; Aruba

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound keeps its roots under the wide canopy of rock, with recent headliners including Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and Björk. However, Barcelona's indie giant does also dip its toes into electronic and dance waters while priding itself on also giving rising artists an international platform. And once the festival is over, you’re perfectly placed to explore one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

When & where: 30 May - 1 June 2019; Barcelona, Spain

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Not strictly at the beach, but definitely close to water, Sziget Festival takes over Obudai Island in the River Danube just off Budapest each August. Alongside high-profile lineups, sky-bars, heated spring baths and theatre sideshows have turned this into one heck of a carnival. With so much colourful non-music activity taking place, Sziget has been described as Europe's Alternative To Burning Man.

When & where: 7-13 August 2019; Budapest, Hungary

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Hideout Festival

Another festival taking advantage of the breathtaking scenery on Pag Island is Hideout, continuing to roll out the house and techno in a country hardly spoilt for choice. But Hideout shows year after year that it's ahead of the rest, remaining a popular choice for travellers from far and wide looking to get away for an incredible summer party.

When & where: 1-5 July 2019; Novalja, Croatia

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MEO Sudoeste

MEO Sudoeste is a Portuguese institution that goes way beyond the music, having grown into a staple of the Portuguese summer calendar. Drawn primarily to its eclectic musical mix, festival fans know that parties take over the campsite just as much as the stages. MEO Sudoeste may only be officially scheduled for five nights, but revellers often end up staying for more like nine in what is essentially an extended summer camp.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal

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Cavendish Beach Music Festival

If country music is more your kind of thing, then Cavendish Festival will suit you like a dream. The 3-day long bash is held each year on Prince Edward Island, Canada, turning what was once a cow pasture into a 70,000-strong music and dining festival. Names such as Luke Bryan and Shawn Mendes compliment the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Cavendish, Canada

Spring Break Island

As you’ve probably guessed, the Island of Pag has a fair claim to being Europe's number 1 dance festival destination. Split into two different chunks, Spring Break Island will be cranking it up for a total of 10 days and 12 nights hosting a selection of top international DJs and local favourites to really kick off the Croatian summer.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Novalja, Croatia

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Les Plages Électroniques 

France's stylish southern city of Cannes welcomes superstars of house and techno to the beautiful golden sands, which saw performances from the likes of Jamie Jones, Amelie Lens and Sven Väth last edition across three days in the Mediterranean sun.

When & where: 9-12 August 2019; Cannes, France

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Fresh Island Festival

With three beach-side stages, plenty of poolside action and bungee jumping for the more adventurous, Fresh Island has it all. Add stunning sands, 24-hour parties and some of the biggest names in hip-hop into the mix and you’re probably already booking your festival trip. The likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and A$AP Rocky have hit it in the past and over 40 live acts and DJs will be carefully selected for the upcoming four-day bash.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Novalja, Croatia

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Beyond The Valley

Ever been stuck for New Year’s Eve plans and wished you could be at a music festival? Beyond The Valley, a new boutique camping festival in Victoria lays on an unrivalled lineup of Aussie and international music, complete with food trucks, boutique beer and cocktail bars. Oh, and a hangover spa named the Luxury Pop-Up Hotel.

When & where: 31 December 2018; Larder, Australia 

Zrce Spring Break Europe, 

Zrce Beach’s very own Spring Break spin-off takes place on what was named the most beautiful and best-kept beach on the Adriatic in 2002. Secluded from neighbours by a pine wood, it’s the perfect place to let loose to some of the finest dance, techno and house. Spring Break shows no signs of letting up and continues to ride the crest of public imagination and demand.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Novalja, Croatia

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