From Cali to the Caribbean–a Music Festival Road Trip

What would you do if you had an unlimited travel budget and a passion for going to the best music festivals and meeting people? We’ve put together a fantasy festival itinerary for the summer starting in the dewy climate of Coachella festival in California, partying through the wildness of Burning Man and the hyperactive overload of the Miami EDM scene all the way through to the world’s most important reggae festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Coachella Festival California

Coachella nowadays is bursting with Hollywood celebrities desperate to be photographed in their best festival going looks. However, you can still catch some extremely good music at this luxuriously grassy, glossy music festival. All of the year’s hottest artists will be booked to perform and in 2013 festival goers saw acts like hip-hop heavyweights 2 Chainz, all the way to British indie veterans like Blur. Grab a pair of designer shades and head over to this festival which is just peaking in cool.

Burning Man Festival

From the totally mainstream to an obscure festival that teeters on the edge of the mainstream, Burning Man Festival is less of a music festival than a gathering of expressive arts and music performance in the desert. Don’t turn up expecting any acts booked to play, you, the festival goer are the entertainment. What you can expect is to meet a crazy collection of people who make festival going their lifestyle. The festival began in the 1980s as a collective of 20 friends hanging out on the beach and burning effigies for fun. By last year the number of people turning up to the burning man festival had grown to nearly 70,000. It is one of the last truly noncommercial big festivals in the world and you would be a fool to miss it.

Ultra Music Festival, Miami

As soon as you arrive in Florida’s beachfront party city Miami, you know that you’re probably not going to get a decent night’s sleep for many, many nights. And why would you want to? The Ultra Music Festival will play host to practically all of contemporary EDM’s most chart bursting artists. Head on down to set by Avici, Carl Cox and Steve Angelo amongst many many, more. Hyper commercial and geared to a youth audience, the Ultra Music Festival is the perfect stop on your way to the Caribbean. Next you’ll be sailing off to clear blue waters with the Royal Holiday vacation club.

Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica

Billed as the greatest reggae show on earth, this annual festival features headliners as massive as Flo Rida and Miguel plus reggae greats such as Barrington Levy, Sofia Squire, and Nature. It’s always a great party with an electric atmosphere and a great array of supporting treats like fantastic food and entertainment. It takes place on the 3rd week of July in the area of Montego Bay. Get tickets as soon as possible as it’s sure to sell out like hot cakes every year.

If you choose budget travel and accommodation, then it’s very possible to attend all of these events within a budget of about £5,000. If you have any ideas on how to budget a summer festival road trip of fun and excess, then leave your comments below. Tell us also if you’ve been to any of the festivals we’ve mentioned and give us your tips on how to make the most of your time there.

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