Pencil It In – Festival Junkie Bucketlist
By: Guest Author
Hi event lovers.
Sebastian here stepping in for Nikola to bring you the ‘Pencil It In’ blog entries. In taking over, I only hope I can entertain and entice you as much as he did.
I love events of all different types. But, I’m particularly critical of bad events, so rest assured I would never tell you to go to anything subpar. Rather, I’m here to tell you about all the events around the world I dream of one day attending.
I’m a festival junkie at heart and I hope this week’s events give you some extreme FOMO.
Electric Picnic – Stradbally, Ireland 4 – 6th September
I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland – chiefly to see friends and drink ‘real’ Guinness at a pub. But now I know about Electric Picnic I’m going to have to schedule my trip around this. Just the name got me excited!
Being a lover of many different music genres, for me there’s nothing better than running around a festival with 50,000 people, especially one with over 300 acts on the bill.
This festival is a boutique event in the Irish calendar, and I am lead to believe it even attracts some wild parents. The organisers try to host the festival during Irelands ‘dry period’, if such a thing exists. But who cares if it rains – let’s just party.
Festival Number 6 – Portmeiron, Wales 3rd – 6th September
A festival of 10,000 may be considered on the smaller side for the UK, but it’s certainly bigger than some I’ve attended.
Proving that size really doesn’t matter, Festival Number 6 prides itself on a stellar lineup which combines iconic headliners with the best newcomers. In fact the lineup is so strong that at just four years old the festival has taken out the coveted ‘Lineup of the Year’ at the UK festival awards, along with awards for Best and Most Unique Festival.
As if this isn’t enough to have you packing your bags, there’s the stunning location – the main stage being the village of Portmeiron in Gwyneed on the north Welsh coast.
Birdsville Races – Birdsville, Australia 4&5th September
This annual festival has been running since 1882 and has only ever stopped for World War II and an equine influenza outbreak in 2007.
Whilst I’m not a massive horse racing fan (in fact I’ve only ever been to one race in my life), I can admit that watching these majestic beasts displaying their athletic ability does get the heart racing.
Be sure to pack well for this event. Being in the centre of Queensland you can experience some rather harsh conditions; from spiking temperatures during the day to below freezing at night. Running over two days and attracting 6,000 people (which is impressive for its remote location) there’s more than just races to keep people entertained.
Scottish Highland Games – Braemar, Scotland 5th September
For some reason, the Scottish love throwing poles and hammers to prove they are the world’s strongest nation. And they’ve been carrying on like this since the 11th century.
The games are broken up into 3 main categories; heavyweight competition, dance and music; so there is at least something everyone can do, or try. I’m sure the dance category attracts a lot more fans than anyone realises, though it’s not an event I would take part in. Still, I would love to attend and get a feeling of the Scottish heritage first hand. And whilst I’m prepared to brave the bagpipes playing 24/7, it’s the smell of piping hot haggis that could make my stomach turn a few times.
Telluride Film Festival – Telluride, Colorado, United States 4– 7th September
It’s one of the world most respected film festivals elevated, to almost 9000 feet, in the Telluride Mountain Village. Most of the festivalgoers stay on top of the Mountain, which means every day you have to take the ski lift down to the town where the films are screened. The Colorado surroundings are so amazing that they alone could see you amped for the weekend ahead.
However, it really is all about the films. The 42nd Telluride Film festival will be screening some amazing films including ‘Steve Jobs’ who I was, and still am, a huge fan of. With over 75 features on the line up if you are an avid movie fan this event will blow your mind.
There you have it, my top 5 events to go and check out, either this year or maybe next. Either way, you should definitely be adding them to your #bucketlist. Of course, if you think I’ve missed anything drop me a line and let me know. I have certainly caught the travel bug and I think the more I see, the better my life will be.