Such is the ever changing landscape of the festival that music fans are constantly looking for new ways to enhance their festival experience.
Gone are the days when a field with a few stages would suffice. Nowadays, festival-goers are combining their festival-hit with a holiday, looking for a trip that ticks a host of boxes - a unique location, great music, other activities to do beyond the festival...
With that in mind, we picked out some of our favourite destination festivals for 2019, for those looking for that little bit extra. And what's more, if you book before 31st May you'll be able to save 10% on all our festival packages.
Festival lineup (2019): Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Adam Beyer, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren
The European edition of the worldwide dance festival, Ultra Europe lays on a week of parties in what is dubbed Destination Ultra. That includes its main event inside Split's historic Stadion Poljud, which in 2019 was filled with names such as Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta, as well as Ultra Beach on the island of Hvar, a Regatta beach party on Brač, and a number of parties hosted by Resistance inside beach clubs and fortresses.
When & where: 10-12 July 2020; Split, Croatia
Festival lineup (2019): Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Robert Plant & The Sensational Shapeshifters, Patti Smith, Black Eyed Peas, The Sugarhill Gang, Morcheeba, Kerri Chandler
Held over the summer solstice, in a country where the sun never sets, there aren't many festival experiences unique as that of Secret Solstice.
The icelandic getaway brings some of music's biggest names to the sparsely populated island, showing off its lineup across its Reykjavík site, as well as at secret lagoon parties, midnight sun boat outings and even inside a glacier.
When & where: 21-23 June 2019; Reykjavík, Iceland
Festival lineup (2019): The Cure, Carl Cox, Skepta, Greta van Fleet, Jeff Mills, Chase & Status, The Chainsmokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
EXIT is a Serbian rock, indie and electronic music festival held each summer in Novi Sad's magical 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress, showcasing its diverse lineup across over 40 stages inside the fort's moats, trenches and even tunnels.
And beyond the festival, festival-goers are also encouraged to explore Novi Sad – one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2021 – brimming with excellent museums, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars.
When & where: 4-8 July 2019; Novi Sad, Serbia
KAABOO Del Mar
Festival lineup: Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons, Duran Duran, Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan, Bryan Adams
KAABOO Del Mar is a Californian paradise. Setting up on the sun-drenched Pacific coast, the festival brings together music, comedy, art and food in this idyllic coastal setting.
When & where: 13-15 September 2019; Del Mar, USA
Meadows in the Mountains
Ever fancied partying atop a mountain while the sun comes up? Well, at Bulgaria's Meadows in the Mountains, you can do just that.
This truly inspiring music and arts adventure is all about immersing yourself in the wilderness and tranquility of this secluded Bulgarian community within the country's Rhodope Mountains. So embedded are you encouraged to get, that many festival-goers actually stay with locals during the festival, before heading into the mountains to party.
When & where: 6-9 June 2019; Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria
Nestled in the shade of Morocco's Atlas Mountains, and inside the grounds of the luxury Fellah Hotel, is Oasis Festival. Bringing together wellness and relaxation (morning yoga and spa lounges) with a forward-thinking dance lineup (Four Tet, Jayda G and Loco Dice), Oasis is a unique cultural experience laced with late-night partying.
But don't be confined just to the festival, and instead take advantage of the incredible surroundings by trekking into the Atlas Mountains, or exploring nearby Marrakech.
When & where: 13-15 September 2019; Marrakech, Morocco
Festival lineup: Ben Klock, Carl Cox, Bicep, Helena Hauff, Charlotte de Witte, Len Faki, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DVS1
House and techno fans still in search of their summer festival-fix should take a look at Glitch Festival. Set on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the festival is a sun-drenched sonic journey across rooftop pool parties, secret cave raves and boat parties.
And away from the festival, you're in one of Europe's destination hotspots, filled with beautiful beaches, cultural ruins, cute towns, and inspiring views.
When & where: 14-16 August 2019; Rabat, Malta
Festival lineup: Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Rødhåd, Bicep, Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Tale of Us, Charlotte de Witte
The legendary creators behind Time Warp have steered the ship to the Croatian coast for one of Europe's most celebrated house and techno festivals, throwing parties inside some of Zrće beach's best clubs and aboard boats on the lush Adriatic.
When & where: 18-22 August 2019; Novalja, Croatia
Festival lineup (2018): Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Jamie Jones, The Chainsmokers, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Coone, Timmy Trumpet, Sam Feldt
Creamfields fans after something a little different should consider Creamfields Chile. Showcasing all the hallmarks of the UK event – top lineups, epic production – but in the Chilean capital Santiago, this is your chance to experience the festival in a completely new setting.
When & where: 23 November 2019; Santiago, Chile
RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
Festival lineup: The Killers, alt-J, Erich Church, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Kygo, Alexisonfire
What may have started out as a traditional blues festival has steadily grown into one of Canada's most celebrated and diverse. Its lineups now welcome sounds from across the genres, yet it continues to remain anchored to its blues roots.
The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 with another mammoth 10 days of music, further cementing itself as a true bucket list festival.
When & where: 4-14 July 2019; Ottawa, Canada