The Sound of Summer

Forget Leeds and Reading and head to one of the world’s best alternative festivals with Private Life’s summer guide

Boryeong Mud Festival

Daecheon Beach, South Korea

14th–24th July

With its mud wrestling, mud king and mud sliding contests, this sounds like your typical British summer

festival. Fortunately, this fun-filled event, which is now in its fifteenth year, is held at the picturesque Daecheon Beach in South Korea. What’s more, this is no ordinary mud. It is actually a mineral-rich formula, which has been incorporated into a popular skincare range. In addition to enjoying various massage treatments, an impressive fireworks display and photo competition, this one of the highlights of the summer circuit.

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The Garden Tisno, Croatia

25th–31st July

After two impressive years in the picturesque fishing village of Petrcane, SunceBeat 3 moves to a new home and the equally beautiful Garden Tisno. Overlooking its own private bay and crystal waters, this is a long way away from the mud and rain of V Festival. As the sun sets over the Dalmation Coast, dance the night away to sets by DJ Harvey, Dimitri from Paris and many more. What’s more, boat parties past the Kornati islands also add to the experience.

Sziget Festival

Obudai Island, Budapest

6th–13th August

Despite being in its twentieth year, Sziget is still one of Europe’s best and most popular festivals – it was even voted the Best European Major Festival at the European Festival Awards last year. And this year’s line up looks set to add to this – with The Stone Roses, Snoop Dogg and The Killers just some of the big names gracing the stage. Meaning island in Hungarian, several performances are also held on a picturesque island on the Danube.

Bestival

Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

6th–9th September

With a wildlife theme for 2012, Bestival will be transforming Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park with an array of fantastic fl ora, fauna and fancy dress, as well as its very own Insect Museum, this year. The

line-up also boasts some pretty wild acts, with the likes of Stevie Wonder, New Order and Florence and The

Machine taking centre stage over the four-day event. As well as a number of festival exclusives and a boutique campsite, expect a stellar DJ line-up to help bring the summer to a close in style.

For more details on these and other trips to festivals, please call Crown Travel on 0151 724 2265

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