What Kind of Music Festivals Do We Like?

What Kind of Music Festivals Do We Like?

I’m sure you know by now that San and I met each other at a music festival in Thailand and eventually got married. We often travel to new countries to attend different festivals. Yes, we love attending music festivals and write about them often. Because of the size of our audience, we often get emails from different kind of festival organizers asking to promote their festivals and we say no to most of them. Just because we love music festivals, doesn’t mean we like every kind. We’re very selective about which festival to attend and below are the things we consider when deciding to attend one:

Things we look for in a Music Festival

01| Environment friendly

Do you know how much environmental damage can be caused by one single festival if the organizers don’t take the appropriate steps? However, there are some festivals that take an initiative to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of them go an extra step by holding discussions and spreading awareness about environment preservation. At this day and age, most of the festivals now have compost toilets and recycling bins. Many festivals that have water bodies around hand out organic soaps that are chemical free. This is a very important factor for us before we buy our festival tickets.

02 | Genre is everything

We usually attend only psychedelic music festivals where the genre can be – PsyTrance, Psyambient, Hi-Tech, Forest PsyTrance, and even psychedelic rock. We have also attended and enjoyed reggae festivals. We have also enjoyed world music festivals because of a variety of music. We don’t attend EDM festivals (like Tomorrowland) and will never attend pop festivals (like Coachella). No offense to those who enjoy this genre, but we don’t and we can’t sit through music that we don’t like.

03 | Size DOES matter

We absolutely dislike massive festivals where there are more than 15000 attendees. Some of our favorite music festivals are SUN Festival (Hungary) or the Experience Festival (Thailand).. or even Earthquake Festival (Germany) because of a sweet “family” kind of a vibe. The only exception to this was Boom Festival in Portugal, which is a bi-annual event and I do suggest everyone to attend it at least once in his or her lifetime.

04 | Children friendly

Gone are the days when the festivals were only created for a specific age group. Nowadays many festival organizers are waking up to the fact that they need to ensure inclusion for literally all age groups. After all, why should families not join the fun? Many of our friends have children and we absolutely love spending time with them. We love festivals where there is a little playground for children and they create artwork.

05 | Location and campground

We prefer festivals that are organized far away from the madness of big cities and are at places where one can feel closer to nature. Moreover, festivals generally play loud music and we hate to be associated with events that causes noise pollution to the nearby villages and disturbs the locals. Also, being closer to nature is an important point for us because the duration of a typical festival is at least 4 days, which makes camping a very important aspect of the overall experience. Everyone likes to camp at a decent location, even we do. The best location that we have ever seen for a festival is Modem festival in Croatia.

06 | Vibes are contagious

How do we find the vibes before attending the festival? Believe it or not, the festival community is very small and the word DOES get around. Many people know who “digital nomads” are, but not everyone knows about “festival nomads”. San and I are also festival nomads but I’m a digital nomad too. We do get to know about festival vibes because there is always someone in the community that has attended a particular festival that we have not. We don’t like hectic vibes but we love happy and peaceful vibes. We don’t even mind negative vibes because we take our own vibe to the festival and try to transform everything into a positive experience. However, we’re referring to festivals that have a highly “commercial” vibe and where it is evident that the organizers are ONLY interested in cashing in instead of ensuring a good experience.

07 | Art, Yoga and Creativity

Festivals are not just about music and dance, but also about expanding the mind and encouraging creativity. Here’s the thing – not every festival has enough money to invest in artists and instructors, which is absolutely ok but it is good to see when they take initiatives. Even a simple thing like a hula-hoop workshop can make a positive impact. However, unlike other points, this point is definitely not a deal breaker. In fact, there were a few festivals where we created our own art/yoga zone.

Are you also a music festival junkie like us? Let us know about your favorite festivals in the comments.

 

Tips for celebrating Holi in India from an Indian

Tips for celebrating Holi in India from an Indian

So you want to celebrate Holi in India and want some basic information before you start? You’ve come to the right page!

Being an Indian, I have celebrated Holi all my life at many locations all over the country. As per me, it’s the most awesome festival in the world! Based on my experience, I want to share some tips with you so that you can enjoy my favorite festival as much as I usually do.

A little clarification – Holi is not a type of party, but it is a festival that’s celebrated in India and Nepal. No, it’s not a psychedelic music festival but a traditional Hindu festival, which is of course, can be psychedelic because it’s colorful. And yes, it is more colorful than you imagined it to be!

I felt a need to explain the basics because I did met a few people while traveling who mentioned they love “Holi parties”. I later found out that thought that Holi is a kind of a trance party where colors are used while dancing because that’s how they celebrate it in Europe.

When is Holi celebrated?

There is no fixed date when Holi is celebrated (at least not as per the international calendar). It is celebrated at the arrival of spring, which is the full moon of the Falgun month as per the Hindu calendar, which can be in the month of February or March. To be exact, the actual day when people apply color on each other all over India is usually a morning after the full moon of Falgun.

Where in India should you travel for Holi?

San and I celebrating Holi in India

San and I celebrating Holi in India

Well, don’t just change your itinerary based on Holi because it is celebrated pretty much all over India with slight variations. In some parts of UP state of India, Holi is celebrated for a longer duration. UP is also famous for Lath Maar Holi, which is mostly celebrated in Barsana town near Mathura where women playfully mock – beat men with sticks. The state of Uttrakhand celebrated Kumaon Holi, which is a musical celebration. In most of the Indian states, Holi is actually a two-day (or longer) celebration with Puja on the first day and color games on the second. If you want to know more about how it’s celebrated in each state, you can see this.

Anyway, I don’t want to confuse you, but I know you’re most likely interested in the second day of Holi (gotcha!). Truth be told, I have hardly ever participated in the puja part of Holi and have celebrated the second day, which is the color day”. So just go to any part of India where you have friends (or at least can make some) and celebrate! Or what if you’re traveling solo? Read my next point.

What to do for Holi if you’re traveling solo?

While it’s a different thing to go to a music festival alone, but celebrating Holi in India alone as a girl is a whole different matter. I love my country, but sadly a lot of my countrymen will leave no chance in groping women when they can get away with it. Holi is one such day when they think they can get away with it. They will find reasons to touch you, maybe at pretense of putting color on your face before they grope and run away. Sadly, crime rate against women is very high on this day, so please don’t venture out alone.

Try to make friends before Holi at your hostel or around. The best would be if you can find local women / families and just ask them if you can celebrate with them. If you don’t know where to find them, you can join this women travel group from India. Don’t worry; you won’t be forcing your company on them because most likely, they’d love to show you how they celebrate Holi. Oh but please be careful about Bhang lassi.

What to wear for Holi?

My cousin and I celebrating Holi in our oldest clothes

My cousin and I celebrating Holi in our oldest clothes

Find your oldest clothes, because you won’t be able to wear them again. This goes for your undies too because they will also catch the color.

A lot of websites say you should wear white on Holi but I have mixed thoughts about this. If you’re a girl, you should definitely avoid wearing white because people will throw water on you and many will openly see through your clothes. While in Western countries you may just only receive attention, in India you will receive way more than that.

Wear clothes that are comfortable, can dry quickly and can’t be ripped off easily. I normally wear an old tee shirt with cotton pants or shorts. I always wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from the color and I highly recommend you do the same!

How to protect your skin and hair on Holi?

This point is for both boys and girls. You do need to protect your skin and hair because you can never be sure what kind of color people are applying on you. The easiest thing to do is to apply layers and layers of baby oil on your skin and hair. Make sure you even apply it on your neck and around your ears. Don’t just put it on your exposed skin, but even under your clothes. Not only will you protect your skin from rashes and dryness, but you will make it easier for yourself to remove the color. I also wear a headscarf or a hat to protect my hair because my cousin throws eggs on our heads to take Holi a level higher.

Where to go to celebrate Holi?

Usually the best (and the safest) places to go are local parks, colleges, or a local family’s house. Try to find a Holi party if you can. I usually know of a few, so email me if you can’t find one.

Where should you keep your valuables on Holi?

Carry a waterproof pouch and keep a little money. Try not to carry your phone, but if you still insist, at least invest in a waterproof bag or a pouch. For many years I just carried a little money in a plastic bag and kept it in a cheap pouch.

So do people just apply color on each other?

Many of them do, but mostly it’s like a color war. While some people will politely put a few dots on you, others will take this opportunity to get rid of their yearlong frustration and literally bash you up with colors. More than just colors, it’s also watercolors and waterballoons.

Don’t get shocked when you see people throwing eggs at each other, its pretty normal for a few of them. Back in Punjab, I also saw a few boys who were putting grease on each other’s faces!

About buying Holi Colors, Waterguns and Waterballoons

Holi in India - Holi colors on display in a street market

Holi in India – Holi colors on display in a street market

If you love colors, you’re going to love Holi markets because they’re full of colors. Buy chemical free colors that are made of herbs so that you don’t cause any damage.

You don’t have to buy all the shades but just one or two will suffice. Trust me you will look like a rainbow by end of the day, because everyone would have picked different colors to apply on each other.

Want to go a level higher than colors? Get a water gun! I’m sure if my mom would shake her head in disapproval if she ever reads this article. I don’t personally carry one but I am lucky that I celebrate it with my nephew and I borrow his from time to time to annoy my friends. Water balloons are even a level higher because they can seriously hurt! I don’t ever carry them but normally I get thrown at.

What is Bhang?

Bhang is eatable preparation of marijuana. It is usually in the form of milk-based drink such as lassi or thandai. Lassi is a yogurt drink and thandai is a milk and almond drink. It can also be in food, such as pakodas. It’s much more potent than just smoking a joint. You will not feel the effects while consuming it but it can really hit you hard after an hour.

On Holi, people openly consume Bhang in form of thandai, pakodas or lassi. So please be careful of what you drink or eat.

What should you keep in mind for general safety?

Don’t move around on the streets alone. There are enough frenzied groups that turn into mobs and circle around on Holi to look for a new target.

Don’t throw colors on animals. It irritates their skin and they end up licking it which can cause them poisoning.

In many places in India, small children hide in the balconies and throw water balloons at people. This doesn’t just happen on the day of Holi, but also a for week before the festival. These balloons really hurt when they hit the flesh, so please keep your eyes open. I once had a water-balloon thrown at me while I was safely sitting inside my car. It was funny and annoying at the same time!

Want epic Holi photos? Buy an action camera like GoPro! (this is an affiliate link, if you click this link and buy something from Amazon, I may earn a little commission at no extra cost to you 🙂 )

Be a child and have fun. Seriously, it is the most fun filled festival that I know of and I hope you make the most of it.

A hippie travel writer with flowers in her hair, Sonal Kwatra Paladini should have been born in the 1960s! Bitten by the infamous travel bug, she has an itch to explore resort-free destinations, offbeat islands and small villages. Join her and her husband (Sandro) on their journey as they hop from one music festival to another and explore the beautiful world that they are in love with! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Sonal Kwatra Paladini

17 Psytrance Festivals You Should Attend in 2017

17 Psytrance Festivals You Should Attend in 2017

PsyTrance Festivals 2017 – a list of all the music festivals that we want to attend this year. 

Full power, 24 hours, no shower?

Well, sometimes we shower but we’re usually full power.

The year 2016 was our craziest year because we traveled around the world and attended many PsyTrance festivals. A lot of things happened during our summer that was full of music festivals that made us realize which festivals we should skip and which ones we should definitely attend again. Some of the smallest festivals (like Dance of Shiva in Manali) surprised us with their awesomeness while some really big festivals disappointed us.

Based on our experience, we have shortlisted a few festivals that we definitely want to attend this year. The idea is to start the year with a bang and relax a little to get ready for a very wild and full power summer. After this we want to relax and rebuild our energy for our favorite New Year celebration.

So here’s a list of 17 Psytrance Festivals that we want to attend in 2017:

January

01 | Atman Festival

Location: Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Schedule: 28 January – 2 February 2017

Website

Atman Festival - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Atman Festival – Psytrance Festivals 2017

If you think PsyTrance is too much, then Dark Trance will kill you. Or you may just fall in love with it. San and I love taking things up a notch and absolutely love high BPM forest and dark music. This is exactly the reason why we have decided to start our year on an active tandava mode in Sri Lanka because Atman is going to be one hell of a party! A year back, we met Pooriya Nik who made us watch the video of this festival and we decided to do everything we can to be a part of it. The main stage had a massive demon like décor that matched the dark vibes of the music. We can’t wait to fly to Sri Lanka and head to the beautiful Arugam Bay to stomp to the music of some of our favorite artists like Arjuna, Zik, Kindzadza, Giuseppe, Orestis, and more!

February

02 | Hilltop Festival

Location: Vagator, Goa, India

Schedule: 10 – 13 February 2017

Website

Hilltop Goa by Katrina Luka - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Hilltop Goa by Katrina Luka – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Did you know that Goa is the birthplace of psychedelic trance music? A few decades back, the hippies arrived here and fell in love with this glorious land. Many of them did not leave Goa and started calling it home. This is when the era of trance parties with super psychedelic UV décor started and spread all over the world. No matter how many festivals I attend all over the world, nothing compares to the magic of a good old PsyTrance party in Goa.

With its UV painted palm tree trunks and old school rainbow décor, Hilltop in Vagator is one of my favorite party venues in Goa. It is a big party venue and is well maintained with really clean toilets. Many local women set up chai stalls inside this venue and sell affordable snacks. This year, artists like Hilight Tribe, Govinda, Burn In Noise will be playing here. Moreover, Goa is one of my favorite places in the world and you can read my travel articles here before visiting.

03 | Envision Festival

Location: Rancho La Merced, Uvita, Costa Rica

Schedule: 23 – 26 February 2017

Website

Envision Festival - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Envision Festival – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Imagine dancing in the middle of Costa Rica’s rainforest and then heading for a dip inside the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Sounds good? That’s Envision festival! Just like a lot of festivals in this list, Envision is also a “leave no trace” event where every step is taken to ensure that the venue is in in as good if not better condition as before the party. The organizers go to great lengths to ensure that it’s a family friendly event and also provide a silent campground that’s away from the music.

February & March

04 | Tribal Gathering

Location: Near Cuango, Panama

Schedule: 24 February – 13 March 2017

Website

Tribal Gathering 2017 - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Tribal Gathering 2017 – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Tribal Gathering is a yearly ritual around the full moon in February, where indigenous communities, and global psychedelic tribes come together to meet and celebrate life. This festival is different because it is an 18-day event on a beautiful Caribbean beach in Panama. Throughout this event, there are hundreds of workshops that are organized about community management, sustainability, environment, permaculture, health, philosophies, tantric sex and alternative financial systems. Moreover, during the first few days of the festival, the attendees can attend various ceremonies with shamans from multiple indigenous tribes.

March & April

05 | Shakti Peak

Location: Secret Location, Nepal

Schedule: 31 March – 3 April 2017

Website

Shakti Peak Festival, Nepal - psytrance Festivals 2017

Shakti Peak Festival, Nepal – psytrance Festivals 2017

Shakti Peak is a festival where some of our favorite artists will be playing music in the middle of Nepal’s mountains. We love small festivals because where the entire festival feels like a family. The line up for this festival is amazing which promises to bring an amazing psychedelic experience to all the attendees.

April & May

06 | Hai in den Mai

Location: Stemwed-Wehdem, Germany

Schedule: 28 April – 01 May 2017

Website

Hai in den Mai Festival, Germany - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Hai in den Mai Festival, Germany – Psytrance Festivals 2017

San has attended Hai in den Mai twice and he only has good things to say about this small festival. This festival is organized by Wald Frieden Events, which means “Forest Peace”. This festival officially marks the beginning of festival season in Europe. I have attended Wonderland festival by them on the same venue, which was a magical experience. The location is in the middle of the forest with slanted mini dance floors around the main floor. There is a little pond and a hill next to it, from where you can get a good view. If you’re lucky, you can spot a few cherry blossom trees around.

May

07 | Re:birth Festival

Location: Nokogiri-yama, Japan

Schedule: 12 – 14 May 2017

Website

Re:birth Festival, Japan - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Re:birth Festival, Japan – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Japan is a very small country but we were surprised to see a very high percentage of psychedelic festivalgoers are Japanese. Some of our closest festival buddies are from Japan and trust me – they are super psychedelic and really know how to party! After meeting them and learning about their beautiful culture, we have decided to visit Japan one day. We want to travel and explore Japan and experience a Japanese music festival. For this purpose, Re:birth seems to be the perfect choice. After the 2011 Japanese earthquake, the party scene in Japan experienced its all time low and in 2013 Re:birth festival started with a purpose of reigniting the Japanese party scene. Oh and it is more than a PsyTrance festival because it features techno and live bands.

June

08 | Tree of Life Festival

Location: Asprovalta, Greece

Schedule: 23 -27 June, 2017

Website

Tree of Life Festival, Greece - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Tree of Life Festival, Greece – Psytrance Festivals 2017

The original location of Tree of Life festival is Turkey, but for 2017 is Greece. Actually, we were looking forward to this festival last year as well but we did not find any schedule online. I wrote to the festival team and I got to know that the schedule was not published because the festival was not happening in 2016. I’m not sure of the reason, but could be because of disturbances in Turkey. Turkey is an amazing country and we would have loved to attend a festival there. If you remember, I traveled solo to Turkey last year and was stranded in Istanbul during the attempted military coup back in July 2016. So maybe it’s a good thing that the festival didn’t happen last year. Anyway, we’re very happy to know that Tree of Life festival is back and will be in Greece. We support this festival 100% and would love to be a part of it because we have always heard amazing things about it.

June & July

09 | Dakini Festival

Location: Tuzla Beach, Constanta, Romania

Schedule: 29 June – 2 July 2017

Website

Dakini Festival, Romania - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Dakini Festival, Romania – Psytrance Festivals 2017

We’re really excited to attend Dakini Festival. Wanna know why? Well, it is the first inaugural edition, which means it is going to be very special experience. It’s like watching a baby being born and feeling connected to it in an extraordinary way. Secondly, the line up is very interesting with psychedelic trance artists like Astrix and Avalon, this is going to be a hell of an old school PsyTrance party. Secondly, the location is mind-blowing! Have you heard of Tuzla beach? Chances are that you haven’t because it is apparently a “secret beach” that not many have heard of and yes that’s the festival location. Moreover, the cost of traveling and eating in Romania is much lower than many other countries so it is suited for most of the festival nomads. While you’re there, you should definitely travel around the country because it has a lot of forests and mountains. It is one of the least visited countries in Europe. If you’re in Europe during this festival season, I urge you to travel to Romania and be a part of Dakini Festival’s inaugural edition.

10 | Master of Puppets

Location: Near Brno, Czech Rep

Schedule: 26 June – 02 July 2017

Website

Master of Puppets festival, Czech Republic - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Master of Puppets festival, Czech Republic – Psytrance Festivals 2017 – Picture by Gypsee Adventures

With a focus on Hi-Tech, Dark and Forest PsyTrance, Master of Puppets in Czech definitely is a festival to watch out for. Obviously things can get a little hard with more than 190 BPMs of music, so they have an amazing chill stage as well with soothing music. This is a fairly new festival and the 2017 edition is going to be the third one with a ticket sale limit of 1500. They also offer 20 free tickets each for people Greece, Portugal and Japan – out of which the only ones remaining are the Japanese ones. Yes, we’re sure you would have heard that Czech party scene is phenomenal and so have we. We want to experience it in the best way possible and Master of Puppets festival is calling out to us.

July

11 | Freqs of Nature

Location: Niedergörsdorf (Near Berlin), Germany

Schedule: 5 – 11 July 2017

Website

Freqs of Nature, Germany - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Freqs of Nature, Germany – Psytrance Festivals 2017

I did not end up attending Freqs of Nature festival last year because I was in Turkey but San did. He fell in love with this festival’s trippy high tech décor and said he spent hours looking at giant machine like alien artwork installations that displayed extraordinary mechanical engineering work. This festival has different stages ranging from progressive to very crazy hi tech. Believe it or not, but things get trippier than this because the festival location is an old military airport that was functional till 1945. This is also a fairly new festival compared to the likes of Boom, Ozora and Wonderland – it started in 2012 and has already built a good name for itself because of excellent management.

 

12 | काली मेला Kali Mela – UPDATE – Kali Mela has been cancelled for 2017 but scroll down for a NEW option

Location: Near Barcelona, Spain

Schedule: 13 – 19 July 2017

Website

Kali Mela Festival, Spain - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Kali Mela Festival, Spain – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Kali is the name of a fierce Hindu goddess who is associated with strength, empowerment and dark side of spirituality. True to its name, the lineup is dark and powerful. To be honest, I had no idea about this festival last year because the festival organizers do everything they can to keep it low key but it is very high on my list now. If you see the line up, it has some of the best dark PsyTrance artists that are set out to perform to ensure a truly wild psychedelic party. It has the biggest line up for Parvati records, which is our favorite record label. In fact, they have the biggest forest and groovy lineup that we have seen for 2017! Don’t believe it? Check the event page! Moreover, the organizers are taking every step possible to ensure an amazing camping experience for everyone and have put together a professional team to take care of it. We will be visiting this festival for sure this summer. We urge you to join us here because this year it’s going to be fantastic!

12 | S.U.N. Festival

Location: Csobánkapuszta, Hungary

Schedule: 20 – 24 July 2017

Website

Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary

Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary

A few months back Solar United Natives, a.k.a., S.U.N. Festival was not on this list because the organizers were not sure of it was going to happen in 2017 or not. You see, S.U.N. is a non profit festival and they weren’t able to meet their costs last year. Having attended this last year, it was one of our favorites of 2016 and we did encourage our readers to make a donation in an earlier edition of this post.

Our earlier post said this –

Special mention – our favorite festival Solar United Natives, a.k.a., S.U.N. Festival may not be happening this year but we want to encourage all festivalgoers to donate some money to keep it alive by donating. Even a small contribution can make a difference.

We’re happy that the organizers of S.U.N. festival have met their donation target and the event is on. What sets S.U.N. apart from rest of the festivals is that it is an actual community based organization where important decisions are taken by sending a survey to it’s lifetime members. No, lifetime members are not the organizers but attendees like us that have bought and opted for a lifetime membership.

The concept of this festival is to form the Solar United Natives “new consciousness” community, to shape the green development of Csobánkapuszta, and to invite friends for a family gathering in a fabulous location, where we can get closer to Nature, ourselves, thus to each other.

 

13 | MoDem Festival

Location: Near Primislje, Croatia

Schedule: 24 – 30 July 2017

Website

MoDem Festival Main Stage - Psytrance Festivals 2017

MoDem Festival Main Stage – Psytrance Festivals 2017

MoDem, a.k.a Memento Demento Festival was the best festival that we attended in 2016. This has got to be the most beautiful festival location that I have ever seen and is around river Mreznica. This river has very clear water and we could see the bottom of it. A dip in this river was very refreshing because the water is very cold. The alternative dance floor was right next to this river. A little walk away from the alternative floor were a few small springs and waterfalls. A little further we even found a cave. Everything around the river is very green and fresh.

MoDem Festival's Killer Location - Psytrance Festivals 2017

MoDem Festival’s Killer Location – Psytrance Festivals 2017

MoDem’s main floor is on top of a hill with higher hills around. The geography is such that it causes a swooshing effect with the music. The décor was very “hi-tech” and definitely the best that we have ever seen in our life. The lineup was excellent and kept us on the dance floor for hours. Overall, it was a very well organized festival with everything a person could need, such as currency exchange, charging stations, clean bio toilets amongst other things. We don’t want to miss this festival and we recommend even you shouldn’t.

 

August

14 | Oregon Eclipse

Location: Antelope, Oregon, USA

Schedule: 17 – 23 August 2017

Website

Oregon Eclipse Photo by Adam Taylor - PsyTrance Festivals 2017

Oregon Eclipse Photo by Adam Taylor – PsyTrance Festivals 2017

Oregon Eclipse festival is the one that a lot of festival nomads are talking about this year and it is for a good reason. Strictly speaking, this is not a psytrance music festival but is a psychedelic music festival. This is a 6-day total solar eclipse gathering, which is definitely going to be a crazy party. Obviously solar glasses will be provided to all the attendees at the event for their safety. We don’t like big festivals but this is one of the very few ones that we’re eyeing this year that will have between 20k – 40k attendees.

 

September & October

15 | Connection Festival

Location: Sevilla, Spain

Schedule: 26 September – 2 October, 2017

Website

CONNECTION FESTIVAL 2016 Photographer - Rodolpho Morais - Psytrance Festivals 2017

CONNECTION FESTIVAL 2016 Photographer – Rodolpho Morais – Psytrance Festivals 2017

After a summer full of dark and hi-tech music, we want to relax in Connection festival’s easy old school psychedelic music show. Some of the most famous psychedelic artists like Transwave, Astral Projection and Shidapu, will be performing here. Yes, this is also one of the smaller festivals with only 1500 tickets. The location is Sierra Norte Park that has strange rock formations and a small river called Hueznar. This festival officially marks the end of summer festival season in Europe and should not be missed.

October

16 | Samsara Himalaya Edition

Location: Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

Schedule: 22 – 31 October, 2017

Website

Samsara Himalaya Edition - Psytrance Festivals 2017

Samsara Himalaya Edition – Psytrance Festivals 2017

Samsara is a psyambient music festival which is organizing a Himalayan edition in India in October in collaboration with AryaMarga Yoga. Festival attendees can expect sound and vision healing through music and art. Many experienced Yoga, Qigong and Tai chi teachers will conduct several workshops here. If you have visited the Himalayas in India, you would have definitely felt the magic and the spirituality in the air. For a festival like Samsara that focuses on healing music, a location like this makes perfect sense.

 

December & January

17 | The Experience Festival

Location: Koh Tao, Thailand

Schedule: 30 December 2017 – 2 January 2018

Website

The Experience Festival, Koh Tao - Photo by VJ Baba - Psytrance Festivals 2017

The Experience Festival, Koh Tao – Photo by VJ Baba – Psytrance Festivals 2017

The Experience Festival is the best way to celebrate the New Year because it’s an epic 4 day celebration. What I love about this festival is that the music changes depending on the time of the day (or night). You can expect progressive and full on during the day and darker psychedelic beats at night. The best time is when the sun rises because the view is spectacular.

So much positive energy at the Experience Festival by Digital Thangka - Psytrance Festivals 2017

So much positive energy at the Experience Festival by Digital Thangka – Psytrance Festivals 2017

After traveling from festival to festival for a few months in Europe I realized how convenient and special the Experience festival is. The location is Koh Tao, which is a beautiful island with many beaches. In many festivals we had no choice but cook our own food to save money. In order to do so, we had to get on to an expensive shuttle to go to a supermarket to buy groceries. On the other hand, things are really cheap in Koh Tao so naturally spending things like food, grocery, scooter and the basic necessities was stress-free. Moreover, this is a small festival with not more than three thousand people and a close knit family vibe. The décor is super psychedelic and is sure to turn any dark trip into a positive one. The toilets and showers are very clean and airy. Thankfully, they are not the portable dixie toilets that I hate but they are the fixed ones and regularly get cleaned. Maybe someone casted a magical spell on this island because the vibes are really amazing here. This is where I met San a few years back and we fell in love. We have attended this festival thrice and can’t wait to go back.

So which PsyTrance festivals are you attending this year? Let us know in the comments – who knows, maybe we’ll end up meeting!

A hippie travel writer with flowers in her hair, Sonal should have been born in the 1960s! Bitten by the infamous travel bug, she has an itch to explore resort-free destinations, offbeat islands and small villages. Join her and her partner in crime (Sandro) on their journey as they hop from one music festival to another and explore the beautiful world that they are in love with! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Sonal Kwatra Paladini

25 Things That Happened During Our Summer Full of Music Festivals

25 Things That Happened During Our Summer Full of Music Festivals

If you have been following our adventures on Instagram and Facebook, then you know for sure that our summer was full of music festivals.

We started in Manali, India where we danced with our Japanese family at Dance of Shiva festival. Next on our list was Germany’s Freqs of Nature where it was time to dance on dark psychedelic tunes. After Germany, it was time enjoy old school psychedelic tunes and meet our S.U.N. Festival family in Hungary. Right after this, Modem festival’s amazing hi tech décor and music blew us away next to the Springs of Mreznica in Croatia.

Somewhere around the full moon, it was time to be ONE with nature (and people) at Boom festival in Portugal. After Boom, we volunteered at Lost Theory festival’s kitchen in Spain. Our last festival of the season was Earthquake festival in Germany.

Seven music festivals, six countries in just one summer – obviously a lot of things were bound to happen. If I start writing in detail, I can easily write enough material to make a book but I don’t want to bore you to death. So here are N things that happened during our summer full of music festivals:

01 | We ended up traveling for almost free

Summer full of music festivals

Summer full of music festivals

Euro trips are expensive, no? Not so much of you hitchhike. The best thing about traveling from one festival to another was we didn’t even have to make an effort to hitchhike. From one festival to another, it was easy to find people who were happy to take us in their campervan to the next festival. Our best ride to remember was from Portugal to Spain in our friend’s ancient campervan.

02 | We lost a lot of things… and found many others

Yes, people lose a lot of things at music festivals – so did we. But each time we lost something; we found a replacement for free. No we’re not talking about finding other people’s lost things, but we got these things from people who were leaving the festival and didn’t want to carry them.

You may also like – How I met my soul mate in a psytrance music festival 

03 | Strange things happened with our hair

I went with 22 dreadlocks and came back with just 10. San went with 4 and came back with 5. Conclusion: dreadlocks require hard work and maintenance.

04 | We realized it is possible to dance for 30 hours straight

Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016

We danced for 30 hours straight at Boom Festival 2016

Blame it on the lineup or the vibes on the dance floor but at Boom festival, San and I ended up spending two nights and one day on the dance floor without sleeping. How did we do it? We have no idea.

05 | We now know how much fun it is to volunteer at a music festival

San and I working inside Lost Theory Festival's kitchen

San and I working inside Lost Theory Festival’s kitchen

For the first time in our lives, San and I volunteered at a music festival. It was the Lost Theory festival in Spain where we worked in the kitchen for four hours every day. In return, our festival entry and food was absolutely free!

06 | We fell in love with Acai

Acai or açaí berry is a Brazilian fruit that should be labeled as the perfect party food. We tried it for the first time at Boom Festival in Portugal and ate it almost everyday after. It is very low in sugar but very high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It provided us with a much needed energy boost after dancing for hours.

You may also enjoy – 9 Reasons Why We Love Music Festivals

07 | We realized that every festival has an outdoor sex spot (you just need to find it)

Modem Festival, Croatia 2016

Modem Festival, Croatia 2016

While it may not appear so during the day but things drastically change when it gets dark. Not every area is well lit and if you try hard enough, you can find many spots that you can have to just to yourselves for a long time.

08 | We met our favorite PsyTrance artist – Arjuna

Arjuna at Modem Festival, Photo by Es Web

Arjuna at Modem Festival, Photo by Es Web

After dancing to Arjuna’s music at every festival, we finally got a chance to meet him and hug him. Believe it or not but at every festival we decided are sleep (and tripping) schedule based on when he was playing.

09 | We met the famous Mr. Pink (and also his soul brother)

Mr Pink at Boom Festival, Portugal - 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals
Me with Mr. Pink at Boom festival 2016- 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals
Me hugging Mr Pink at Boom Festival - 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals

If you’re a regular at PsyTrance festivals, then you know of Mr. Pink for sure. Since the last two years, he’s in almost every PsyTrance music festival video where he is colored fully pink. Well, we have been following his adventures everywhere and at the Boom festival, we actually got to hug him. Check it out!

10 | We can now use almost every kind of toilet

Compost toilet at Modem festival - the cleanest festival toilet this season

Compost toilet at Modem festival – the cleanest festival toilet this season

Believe it or not, dirty toilets are my biggest fear. A few months back, I would have preferred to jump off a cliff than to use a toilet that’s dirty. However, seven back to back music festivals and 100s of dirty toilets – I had no choice but to face my fear head on. Yes, now I can use every kind of toilet.

11 | We now know that almost everything can be recycled… even poop

A beautiful garden at Boomland which was built using human waste

A beautiful garden at Boomland (Boom Festival 2016, Portugal) which was built using human waste

Do you know how much environmental damage a music festival can cause if not done correctly? Almost all of the festivals that we attended this summer had invested in tonnes of environmental programs to leave no trace on the land. Almost all the waste was recycled, even poop. Most of these festivals also had compost toilets where they recycled human waste to provide for food for building elaborate gardens.

12 | We became camping experts

Our camp at Modem festival 2016, Croatia

Our camp at Modem festival 2016, Croatia

Camping is a very important part of a music festival experience. Pitching a tent is a different matter but making it super comfortable requires a little more work. After spending most of our summer in our tent, we became camping experts and can now make our tent almost as comfortable as our bedroom.

You may also like – The Ultimate Packing List for Music Festivals

13| We experienced a few Divine Moments of Truth

divine moments of truth at Boom festival 2016

divine moments of truth at Boom festival 2016

We visited another planet and met aliens while we experienced a few divine moments of truth. No, we did not do anything “illegal” because many things have been decriminalized in Portugal, including recreational use of a few substances.

14 | We met a lot of talented children

Modem baby by GemeosVB Fotografia

Modem baby by GemeosVB Fotografia

Music festivals have areas that are specifically designed for children. We think that parents who bring their children to festivals end up fueling their creativity. Being in a creative zone for 4-5 days continuously is very good to open up their minds’ creative window. We couldn’t help but notice how talented most of these children were.

15 | We now know that hand fans make the perfect festival accessory

My hand fan with a water spray in Portugal
My paper hand fan

Even if the temperature is low, things are bound to get sweaty after dancing for a few hours. A hand fan is the perfect dance accessory because you can fan your face while dancing.

 

16 | We learnt that tutus aren’t only for girls

Why did I ever think that tutus looked good only on girls? They look amazing on women and men alike!

 

17 | We had to take a “forced vacation” from blogging

A Psytrance Festival in Old Manali (Dance of Shiva)

Dance of Shiva Festival in Old Manali, 2016

You must be thinking – wait, isn’t travel blogging a permanent vacation? Wrong. It’s a lot of work and it requires good Internet connectivity. Of course I was fooling myself when I thought I was going to be able to continue blogging from my phone but in reality, I was too wasted to ever charge my phone.

 

18 | We lost a lot of weight

What else did you imagine would happen after dancing for many hours and eating a lot of Acai?

 

19 | We embraced “Free Body Culture”

Free body culture at Lost Theory festival 2016

Free body culture at Lost Theory festival 2016

Free body culture.. or as Germans call it Freikörperkultur is awesome. There is nothing sexual about it but it’s just an expression of being free and natural. Naked body is not a source of shame but in almost all the civilizations, it is a social taboo. Festival naturism is real. And it’s not just limited to Woodstock.

20 | Our skin became better because of natural soap

At most of the festivals, we were given free bars of natural soap so that we could use them to bathe in rivers (Modem), waterfalls (Lost Theory) or lakes (Boom). These soaps that are usually made with olive oil, coconut and honey, are 100% biodegradable because they don’t contain chemical detergents that most of other soaps do. Obviously these are good for the environment they are very good for hair and skin too!

 

21 | We fell in love with life a little more..

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

Falling in love with life a little more at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

At music festivals, people celebrate life and happiness. It is difficult not being happy when the collective energy of everyone’s happiness influences you. It works a little like laughter Yoga that is based on the principle of collective energy. These festivals gave us a massive dose of happiness, hope and love. They changed us for life.

22 | We sold little things to make money

San and I selling earrings and bindi at Lost Theiry festival, Spain

San and I selling earrings and bindi at Lost Theiry festival, Spain

Here’s a picture of our little “pirate shop” where we’re selling small dreamcatcher earrings from Nepal and bindis from India.

23 | Our Wardrobe became “fashionably” torn

Torn clothes but fashionably so

Torn clothes but fashionably so

A little rip in my tights? No worries, I can make them evenly ripped. While I’m at it, why don’t I do the same with my tunic?

24 | We got a little more creative

We spent hours drawing, making new things with our hands and San now makes jewelry!

Getting creative at Earthquake festival in Germany (2016)

Getting creative at Earthquake festival in Germany (2016)

25 | We made at least 150 new friends

Some of our festival friends

Some of our festival friends

At the first festival we had just 20 friends. By the time it was our 7th festival, we realized we had made at least 150 new friends from all over the world. Why not, coconut?

Summer of 2016 was the best summer of our lives. We met many amazing people, discovered many new things about ourselves and fell in love with life a little more than before. For us, traveling for music festivals was definitely cheaper than just backpacking around because move from one place to another for free and sleep for free.  These festivals changed us for life and things will never be the same again.

Do you also love music festivals as much as we do? If so, share this post with your friends!

Hey, if you want to see more pictures from our music festival madness, search #PsytranceDrifterPlanet on Instagram. 🙂

 

9 Reasons Why We Love Music Festivals

9 Reasons Why We Love Music Festivals

If you follow us on Instagram then you would have noticed that our summer was full of music festivals. Did you ever wonder why we love music festivals so much that we travel halfway around the world just to attend them? In fact, we have been asked this question a lot of times this summer that we eventually decided to write a post. So here it is – here is why we love music festivals so much:

01 | Dance Like No One’s Watching

Dance Like No One's Watching at the Experience Festival - Photo by Digital Thangka

Dance Like No One’s Watching at the Experience Festival – Photo by Digital Thangka

A wise man once said, “you’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching”. It is definitely as fun as it sounds but it’s not something that most of us can do everywhere. Music festivals exist exactly for this purpose. Go dance your heart out at one of these and you will be hooked.

 

02 | Show Your True Personality and Wear Interesting Costumes

Avatar Costume At Boom Festival 2016 - Photo by Amir Weiss of Transformation Festivals Eye

Avatar Costume At Boom Festival 2016 – Photo by Amir Weiss of Transformation Festivals Eye

Are you a fairy when it’s dark or a unicorn when it snows? Well, what better place to reveal your true personality than a music festival. Dress as per your fantasies without worrying about anything, because, hey – you’re in a music festival and everything goes!

 

03| Art and Performances

Beautiful Artwork at Boom Festival 2016 in Portugal

Beautiful Artwork at Boom Festival 2016 in Portugal

Festivals are beautiful! From décor to performing artists, festivals offer a lot of food for eyes. Many festivals hire some of the best designers to create a visually stimulating environment to boost the overall experience. Big festivals such as Boom Festival (Portugal) are famous for showcasing elaborate artwork and entertaining performances.

 

04 | Traveling to a new location

Modem Festival's Mindblowing Location in Croatia

Modem Festival’s Mindblowing Location in Croatia

It is an added benefit if the music festival isn’t in your hometown because you can combine the experience of traveling to a new location with attending the festival. Modem Festival (Croatia) has the most beautiful location that we have seen because it’s in the middle of the mountains and next to a clear water river with waterfalls and caves nearby. Even the Experience Festival on Thailand’s turtle island, Koh Tao has a mind-blowing location.

 

05 | Camping

Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary

Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary

The best festivals are the ones that offer a place to camp. We all know that some of the craziest parties start at the campgrounds! It’s an amazing experience just to build a little home with a tent or just a hammock in the campground. Who knows, your neighbor may become your next best friend?

06 | Find Your Inner Child

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

Sounds cliché? Well, it’s true! Get yourself a bubble gun, LED toys, magic tricks, coloring book, hula hoop because it’s time to celebrate life. Most of the music festivals have areas that are specifically designed to bring out your inner child with rides, games and more. Even if such areas are non-existent, it’s time for you to get creative and make your own play space.

07 | New Friends

New Friends for Life - Why I love music festivals

New Friends for Life – Why I love music festivals

Don’t have any friends that you can go to the music festival with? Go alone. At music festivals you are bound to meet new people and some of them will become your friends for life. After all, you end up spending many hours or sometimes even days with them. It’s a good place to meet people from different ages, countries, and cultures.

 

08 | Free State of Mind

Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016

Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016

As soon as I set my feet on a festival ground, I feel I am away from all the negativity of the world. Why? Because festivals are places where people come to escape the “real world”. Everyone is at their best self and is happy. It’s a place to celebrate life! Do you ever experiment with drugs while traveling? If so, a music festival can be your “safe zone”.

 

09 | Festivals Change You.. for Better.

Happiness is contagious. So is positive energy. All this positive energy generates a feeling of oneness and makes everyone a happier person. Ask anyone who went to a music festival – they’d swear it changed them for life.

 

So, what’s your favorite music festival? Which one are you attending next? Can you guess who might be headlining the next year at Primavera 2017? Let me know in the comments!

We love living your life like it’s a big music festival – what about you?

 

Pin to save the post for later

Boom Festival 2016 - Why We Love music Festivals - Drifter Planet
Earthquake Festival 2016 Germany - Why We Love Music Festivals - Drifter planet
Boom Festival 2016 in Portugal - Why We Love Music Festivals - Drifter Planet

A hippie travel writer with flowers in her hair, Sonal Kwatra Paladini should have been born in the 1960s! Bitten by the infamous travel bug, she has an itch to explore resort-free destinations, offbeat islands and small villages. Join her and her husband (Sandro) on their journey as they hop from one music festival to another and explore the beautiful world that they are in love with! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sonal Kwatra Paladini

The Ultimate Packing Guide for Music Festivals

The Ultimate Packing Guide for Music Festivals

If you have been following our blog, you must have noticed that San and I are music festival junkies. After all, we met each other in a PsyTrance music festival! Anyway, now that we’re gearing to hit a few festivals in summer, I wanted to share our packing list with you, which will come in handy if you’re also doing what we love doing. When it comes to packing, just remember – “less is more” and carry the bare minimum. Here’s an ultimate packing list for music festivals to help you get started:

The essential items to carry for a music festival

01 | Festival ticket and your Identity Card (of course!) – the entry tickets for most of the festivals sell out months in advance. Hence you most likely will carry an e-ticket with which you will need to show your identity card to get a festival wrist band to enter.

02 | A waist-bag to keep your money and essentials so that you don’t have to carry a backpack around. Always keep this waist pouch with you. Find one which looks good with your outfit and is comfortable to dance in. Here is what I usually carry.

My waist pouch for music festivals - Ultimate packing list for music festivals

My waist pouch for music festivals

03 | A tent, sleeping bag, pillow and mattress – assuming you’re camping at the festival. Even if there are rooms nearby, I’d recommend you camp at the festival to get the most out of it. We carry

04 | A flashlight is a must have for camping at music festivals. Carry a few spare batteries because you never know when you run out. You can carry a headlamp too!

05 | Sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm. No matter how the weather is, you WILL need your sunscreen if you’re staying out.

06 | Wet wipes – these are always useful.

07 | Basic toiletries – toothpaste, soap, shampoo and a deodorant.

08 | A towel. I carry a micro fiber quick drying towel which packs in a little ball.

09 | Condoms – you never know when you need them.

10 | Ear-plugs – overexposure to high decibels can cause long term damage to your ears. Even if the sound system is of the highest quality, you should carry a pair of ear plugs

11 | Water refill container – so that you can keep yourself hydrated and avoid the use of plastic glasses or bottles.

12 | A few trash bags to keep your campsite clean. You can also use them to put your dirty clothes so that they don’t mix with your clean clothes.

13 | Toilet paper – I don’t want to be stuck in a situation where I can’t find any!

14 | Menstrual Cup – this one is for the ladies. If you haven’t started using a menstrual cup already, you have got to get yourself one because seriously, this will change your life. Get one as soon as possible so that you’re fully prepared before you travel because it takes a while to understand how to use it. Once you get a hang of it, there is nothing else that feels as clean and is as stress-free to use as a menstrual cup. I recommend you compare menstrual cups online before you decide which one to get.

What clothes to carry for a music festival

01 | Some light clothing for you to dance in. I usually cut up my old clothes and make new ones. I never carry new clothes for a festival because I know I will dance in the mud for hours and mess up everything. Here’s something I made out of my old tank top. Cute, no?

02 | A “Clever Travel Companion” basic black tank top or a tee shirt. I like this tank top from Clever Travel Companion because I can keep my essentials in a secret pocket.

Tank top with secret pocket - clever travel companion

Tank top with secret pocket – clever travel companion

02 | Fleece or jumper, long pants and socks – depending on the weather. Even in warm places, it does get cold at night so it helps to be prepared.

03 | Swimwear – most of the festivals have a swimming area.

04 | Fun Costumes to reveal your true identity! Are you a pirate? Or an elf? Perhaps Borat? Look at my LED Fairy outfit at the Experience Festival in Koh Tao.

My LED Fairy Wings at the Experience PsyTrance Festival

My LED Fairy Wings at the Experience PsyTrance Festival – Wings designed by Andrea Pixie and Photo by digital Thanka

05 | Flip-flops and / or shoes depending on the weather. Carry something which is easy to wiggle out of when you want to dance barefoot. I like carrying Ninja boots because they are super comfortable for dancing.

06 | Sunglasses.

07 | Hat – if you like dancing in the sun, you’re gonna need a hat.

08 | A sarong or a scarf, which you can wrap around your swimsuit and dance. Or if it gets hot, you can wet it and wrap around your head / body to cool down. I usually carry more than one sarong because these can be used as mats, bedsheets, pillows, a cute asymmetrical skirt and more. The possibilities are endless.

09 | A few sets of underwear.

Optional things to carry for a music festival

01 | Hammock – even though San and I always carry our hammocks, I’m putting it in the optional category for you. For me, hammocks are sometimes more comfortable than tents for a good sleep. If you don’t find a good spot to hang your hammock, you can always put it on the ground and use it as a mat.

San and I with our tent and hammock

San and I with our tent and hammock

02 | A mat which you can put on ground to sit.

03 | Fun things that you can play with – hula hoop / poi, etc. I usually carry a hula hoop.

04 | Alcohol – unless you don’t mind spending a lot at the festival bar.

05 | Insect repellent – I swear by my mosquito repellent patches but San never uses any of them.

06 | Tent covers or parasols to protect your camp from heat. We never carry them but its good to cover a sitting area outside your tent with a cover.

07 | A stove, cylinder, bowls, cutleries and cooking pan if you wish to cook your own food.

08 | Band-aids – you may hurt yourself while dancing. For bigger injuries, head to the first aid area. Every festival has one.

09 | A rain poncho, depending on the weather forecast.

10 | A power bank to charge your gadgets. Although I’d recommend you stay disconnected from the outside world during the festival.

Things I’d never carry to a music festival

01 | Glass bottles – firstly, many festivals have banned these glass bottles because they are fire hazards. Secondly. its risky to carry them because they can break and cut your skin.

02 | A selfie stick – my apologies to those who can’t live without their selfie sticks. Your stick can poke and hurt people who dance around you. Almost all of the music festivals have amazing official photographers. Ask one of them to click your photo.

03 | Bad attitude – leave this at home. Spread good vibes and don’t forget to smile at everyone.

So, what do you think my packing list for music festivals? Is there anything that you carry and I missed it out? Let me know in the comments section. Oh and do share this list with your friends to help them pack for the music festivals.

You may also like:

16 PsyTrance Music Festivals we want to attend in 2016

15 Reasons to Love the Experience Festival

A detailed guide to North Goa

11 Hippie Destinations in the Himalayas

Music Festivals and Parties

Holi Festival

Pin to save the post for later

The ultimate packing guide for music festivals pin small

The ultimate packing guide for music festivals pin small

 

Pin It on Pinterest

Want More Fun? Join Our Travel Madness!

Want More Fun? Join Our Travel Madness!

Our occassional emails will make you smile even on your dullest day. Feel free to unsubscribe if we bore you. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

badge