Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to head overseas to music festival, but couldn’t be bothered with coordinating EVERYTHING and then figuring out all the fun tourist-y things to do?
Well, Sweat Tours have done all the hard work for you. They have packages for two US music festivals; the Governors Ball in NYC and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
The line-up for Governors Ball includes Lorde, Flume, Tkay Maidza, RUFUS, Tool, Franz Ferdinand, The Avalanches along with SO many others. Electric Daisy Carnival is the EDM festival to end all EDM festivals. Held at the Las Vegas Raceway, it’s combination of spectacular art installations, impressive light shows, thrill seeking rides, multiple stages, roving performers and so much more.
Sweat Tours are offering massive discounts on prices for both packages; it’s the perfect time to head overseas, so ditch the Aussie winter and chase those summer-festival feels. “Sweat Tours was created because I have an intense passion for live music and travel,” Founder and director of Sweat Tours, Eli Akerlund, says.
Eli shares his fave, overseas festival destinations.
This festival is definitely one of our faves as the line-up of artists every year never disappoints, showcasing massive names from an array of different genres. Headliners in 2017 were Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and Lady Gaga, however the list of artists who performed was endless. Huge art installations are often scattered throughout the fields surrounding the stages, transforming the area into a magical canvas.
The best restaurants in the country also set up food trucks, offering gourmet food for punters in between sets and if you get hot during the day, there are numerous epic pool parties in neighbouring Palm Springs. It's an awesome festival spanning two weekends that should definitely be experienced at least once.
Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is the mecca for EDM music. Every year, EDC boasts a line-up showcasing the best names in dance music and enough explosive lights to literally outshine the Vegas Strip. This multi-million dollar production is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and will completely blow your mind.
Aside from the insane line-up, this festival boasts hundreds of performers, dancers, stilt-walkers, acrobats, clowns and entertainers. As a participant you are encouraged to wear your own costume (think grown-up kandi raver) to help you let loose and get in the mood. There are also massive, interactive, neon art installations littered throughout the grounds.
Showcasing a line-up of elite DJs on seven stages, all individually pimped-out, it quickly becomes obvious why Ultra Miami was voted the best music festival in 2016. This festival brand has become a worldwide phenomenon, however our favourite would definitely be the O.G in Miami, which occurs annually in March during Spring Break, at the end of Miami Music Week.
This festival's roots are firmly planted within the electronic genre, however headliners in 2017 included Ice Cube, Justice, Major Lazer, The Prodigy and Underworld. Festival goers can enjoy after-parties that spill out over the beautiful beaches nearby, as well as delicious Latin flavours of the city.
The Governors Ball is a fairly new festival, but has quickly crept into our favourites list. This annual event occurs on Randall's Island in New York and has been referred to as the East Coast's version of Coachella, but offers a much more chilled and hipster vibe.
Headliners in 2017 include Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Cage The Elephant, Wiz Khalifa and Logic. This festival is definitely the city's best music festival and we are really excited to incorporate it into our tour set-list. The underground music scene in New York is deep rooted within society and so the vibes at this festival are reflective of this.
Set among pristine forestry in Japan's largest ski resort, Fuji Rock boasts the country's largest outdoor festival and the world's cleanest music festival. Showcasing a mixture of both local and international artists, festival goers can enjoy numerous stages, some of which are tucked away in the greenery, and then take a dip into the natural hot spring.
Headliners in 2017 include Apex Twin, Björk, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, Major Lazer, Queens Of The Stone Age and The xx. One of the main attractions at the festival is the Dragondola cable-car (the longest gondola lift in the world), which carries festival attendees 5km to the top of the mountain overlooking the entire site. We absolutely love Japan and this festival is definitely our favourite in Asia.