If, like us, you're still in the grip of winter, now may be the perfect time to start thinking about getting away from it all and throwing caution to the wind at a music festival this summer. So whether you're into your crowd-pleasing indie, obscure EDM or you're looking for something completely different, we give you our top 5 most anticipated festivals of the summer.
1. Field Day - London, 1st & 2nd June 2018
From living legends like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Detroit techno pioneer Jeff Mills to some of the hottest new artists and DJs, London's Field Day has you covered this year. For 2018, the massively popular 2-day festival relocates to South London's Brockwell Park, but it still promises to be about the most fun you can have with a London Travelcard. Expect the capital's coolest kids and the occasional off-duty hedge fund manager.
2. Bestival - Dorset, 2nd - 5th August 2018
Another festival to move away from it's birthplace this year is Bestival. Run by veteran DJ Rob da Bank, it's new home on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset promises just the same chilled party atmosphere and lineup spanning 60-odd years of rock and electronic music. The full bill hasn't been announced yet but this year's theme is 'Circus' so expect some crazy fancy dress, dare-devil acrobats and mutant jugglers.
3. Benicássim - Spain, 19th - 22nd July 2018
Looking for that festival experience but without the looming possibility of a total mudbath? Try Benicássim. At this Spanish festival, the days are very much about chilling as the music only starts around 5pm, but once the party starts it doesn't stop until well after sunrise. The next day, what better way to shake off that heavy night than a quick dip in the sea? Expect the cream of thumping indie bands with the occasional wildcard thrown in there, and lots of very beautiful people topping up their tans.
4. Golden Plains - Australia, 10th - 12th March 2018
If the name alone doesn't awaken a rustic, rose-tinted, longing for simpler times, then the throwback hippy ethos and 'no logo' policy of Australia's Golden Plains Festival certainly should do. The lineup includes everything from woodsy indie bands to psychedelic hip hop and electronica, to old school soul and blissed-out folk. And the best bit? You only have to wait until March!
5. Taico Club - Japan, 2nd & 3rd June 2018
One for the real festival aficionados, Japan's Taico Club showcases some of the world's most cutting edge dance and electronic artists from top european EDM producers to some of Japan's finest homegrown talent. Set on a picturesque mountainside in Nagano Prefecture, the festival is just a stones throw from Tokyo and attracts some of the wildest - and weirdest - of the capital's party crowd.