Feeling wanderlust? It is the summer and if there is anything that we would rather be doing, it would be traveling, exploring new worlds, and experiencing novel discoveries. It could even be greater than that. Here is a list of the top 10 places in the world to throw a major rager that would create the ultimate unique adventure.
The best part about traveling is that you meet new people, and how you do that is up to you, but here in this list, you are going to find how you can meet and bond with people through the passions that are our interests—food, music, dancing, and architecture. In these places, the only thing you need is a dance floor, a good beat, bright lights, dark nights, and a great group of friends.
So, let us take a look at where our music festival-driven millennial generation would desire to have a party at:
1. ROMAN AMPHITHEATER – FORT PUNTA CHRISTO, CROATIA
This is the amphitheater, Punta Christo (built in the 19th century), which is one of Pula, Croatia’s numerous forts that was used to hold thousands of spectators who watched gladiators slaughter one another to the death for entertainment. Now this death show has become the hub for many huge techno and house concerts.
2. LANGJÖKULL GLACIER – OUTSIDE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
This is one of the most stunning locations for a music festival to be held. The festival here is called Secret Solstice, that is held against a glacier in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer solstice, which is a 72 hour period of continuous sunlight. It includes events such as the ‘Icerave’ within a glacial cave system that displays artwork and a secret lagoon party in the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland.
3. MANOIR DE KEROUAL – GUILERS, FRANCE
Ooo la la! Here in this French countryside it is not always quaint and calm. For those that adore techno, but prefer it a little more indie, this is the spot for you. Here is the festival Astropolis, one of France’s oldest and wildest music festivals held in a 16th century manor!
4. RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE – MORRISON, COLORADO
This is definitely, one of the biggest festivals around. Be prepared to be one with nature when you trek to this insane music sanctuary in the middle of massive rock structures in Red Rock, Colorado. It has the perfect location for acoustics with its two 300-foot monoliths. It has three major festivals like HARD Red Rocks, with Dog Blood and The Glitch Mob, the Global Dance Festival with Tiësto, Kaskade and Above & Beyond, and the Mad Decent Block Party with What So Not, Major Lazer and more.
5. GREAT WALL OF CHINA – CHINA
Did you ever think that one of the 7 Wonders of the World would be the perfect spot for a festival? Well, the YinYang Festival does. It is known to foster one of the craziest raves in the world. With a seemingly endless dance floor, you can not go wrong partying and enjoying music here with people from all over the world.
6. MAYFIELD DEPOT – MANCHESTER, UK
This has to be one the most absurd and fantastic places to have an epic rager. Held in an abandoned, run-down warehouse, The Warehouse Project is a festival to let loose and go crazy at England’s Mayfield Depot that is soon to be torn down.
7. SAHARA DESERT – ERFOUD, MOROCCO
Transahara festival recently celebrated its eighth and final festival in one of the hottest (punny) places ever, the Sahara Desert. It was set in a secret location 30 minutes from the Village of Erfoud, Morocco. However, just because this festival finished up does not mean that there are not many more in Morocco. It has some wild festivals such as Gnawa where the location is among sand dunes of Merzouga, also known as the Erg Chebbi. It is claimed to be some of the highest dunes in Morocco—some being almost 600 feet high. There is exotic wildlife. There is a beautiful Arab spring. There are pink flamingos and camels!
8. ARCOSANTI – ARIZONA DESERT, USA
Arcosanti is a festival known to be called an ecological “urban laboratory.” Why? Because it is found in the Arizona desert spread across 25 acres, inspired by architect Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology (combining architecture and ecology).
There are greenhouses, gardens, agricultural fields and fascinating architecture. Arcosanti hosts other events like FORM Arcosanti. If you’re tree hugger, a green lover, or overall an environmentalist who appreciates music, this is the rave for you.
9. PETROVARADIN FORTRESS – NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Over the river and threw the woods… just kidding, but on a hill and next to the Danube river, the Petrovaradin Fortress is a beautiful site in Serbia for an historical venue. Now, this battle protecting barrier is a domain for one super intense festival known as Exit Festival. This festival has been named the “Best Major European Festival” by the EU Festival Awards in 2014. The acoustics are said to be killer and the sites around such as the meadows and fields and underground tunnel systems make for the most unique experience. In a lush valley, the DJ’s have their Dance Arena, and in the past, there have been artists such as Hardwell and Martin Garrix there.
And finally, last but not least…
10. FERROPOLIS – GRÄFENHAINICHEN, GERMANY
Ferropolis, aka “The City of Iron,” is a museum located on a former mining site-turned-industrial monument in Gräfenhainichen, Germany.
Melt Festival is Germany’s biggest rave. The past mining ewuipment surround the vicinity giving the event a dark, edgy, and grungy vibe. Other festivals are held there such as Splash! and “Ferropolis in Flammen” or “Ferropolis in Flames.”
How insanely awesome is that?!