Yes, we all know that Glastonbury is life changing, Sziget is an epic endurance event and Tomorrowland is a Disney-cum-EDM carnival, but sometimes it’s nice to not party with 100,000-odd people in a location the size of a small town right?
Luckily, with festivals seemingly at their peak of popularity the trend for promoters appears to no longer be bigger and better. Instead we’re seeing festivals cater to fewer people and focus on the uniqueness of the experiences they offer.
From the music, to the food, to the decorations, to the Instagrammability, out of the way wooded glades, a secluded island in the Amazon and 12th century monasteries have all been appropriated in the name of a good time this summer.
Here are the top 10 boutique festivals to head to this summer.
UVA: Festival of Music and Visual Arts
Ever wondered what it's like to see the sunset from a 12th century monastery perched on the cliffs of Ronda, one of Spain's most stunning cities? With UVA, that experience is here. Described as a "festival for friends, by friends" it's perhaps Spain's first truly boutique festival. With only 500 tickets available you're guaranteed an intimate experience at the converted vineyard soundtracked by some of the finest house, techno and disco selectors on offer. Rush Hour's Antal and San Proper, L.I.E.S affiliate Greg Beato, Brilliant Corners' Donna Leake, Trus'Me, Matthis Meyer and Ilian Tape affiliate Andrea are all in tow to provide the sounds.
Where: Malaga, Spain
When: June 2-4