Last of the festivals of 2012

August 17, 2012 , Round-up travel features, Reykjavik, Paris, Austin, Seattle

Outlook Festival - Photo: Marc Sethi
So you've seen endless Facebook photos of friends frolicking in sunny fields or dancing amidst bouncing crowds, and now you feel left out. Well, it's not too late to get involved with some of the world's most dynamic festivals still to come, many perfect for pairing with a mini-break. Here we outline the best of the rest of the fests.


Shambala, Northamptonshire, UK
Set in a stunning secret location just one hour from London, amidst lakes, woodlands and meadows, this boutique arts festival offers everything from death-defying aerial circus acts to champagne-drinking in hot tubs. Voted Best Alternative Festival 2012, it's line-up gallivants through genres as diverse as gypsy punk and electro house. The last remaining tickets are still up for grabs.
Shambala; 23-27 August; Four-day camping: GBP 119


Arctic Monkeys at Rock En Seine - Photo: ohmyterrificdraco on Flickr
Rock En Seine, Domaine Nationale de Saint-Cloud, Paris, France
Located just outside Paris, they've got the good and the great of the rock world with legends like Green Day and Placebo. More civilised than other rock festivals, it's held in a magical castle garden where French kings once hunted deer, and the best bit is you can get a metro back to Paris when the music stops.
Rock En Seine; 26-28 August; Day pass: EUR 49


Outlook Festival - Photo: Marc Sethi
Outlook Festival, Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia
The biggest festival of bass in Europe people come to do some serious dancing. By day, party on boats in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, before hitting the rave up in an abandoned fort by night to see headliners like Fat Freddy's Drop and Shy FX. Expect to get hot and sweaty, though we recommend retreating to a villa on the Istrian coast to recover afterwards.
Outlook; 1–4 September; Four-day non-camping ticket: GBP 119


Bumbershoot - Photo: August Wilson Way
Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington
What is a Bumbershoot? Well, it's an old-world word for umbrella, as well as an epic three-day extravaganza of music, arts and all things cultured and curious 'umbrellaed' together in one grand festival extravaganza. Now the ripe old age of 42, this is North America's largest urban arts festival taking place in the 74-acre Seattle Center, leaving you free to explore the city as well.
Bumbershoot; 1-3 September; Three-day pass: USD 165


Austin City Limits - Photo: Cambria Harkey
Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas
Austin knows what it's doing when it comes to music festivals, and the 20-year-old Austin City Limits has cemented its reputation as being hot on the musical pulse. Legends like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Iggy Pop and Neil Young are joined by the likes of Florence and the Machine and Crystal Castles to perform in the inner city public green of Zilker Park, alongside a host of foodie and fun goings-on.
Austin City Limits; 12-14 October; Three-day pass USD: 200


Iceland Airwaves - Photo: Alexander Matukhno
Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
It may not be a summer festival, but that doesn't rule it out of the fun stakes. Held across venues in the oh-so-cool - and handily compact - capital of Reykjavik, dash from club to club catching the likes of Sigur Rós, The Vaccines and Django Django, and lounging by day in the thermal hot pools of the Blue Lagoon. Take a few days after to recover in the geysers, waterfalls and lava fields of this volcanic island.
Airwaves; 31 Oct-04 Nov; Sold out except for travel packages including return flights: From GBP 333


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