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Want to camp with a view? Here are 5 of the most scenic music festivals this summer

As the daylight hours get longer, it’s natural that thoughts begin to turn to the summer months and travel and festivals. For some, music festivals conjure up an image of grey skies, muck and uncomfortable tents but it doesn’t have to always be like that. Here are some particularly scenic music festivals to consider for summer 2017.

The UVA festival is a new offering to this group of scenic music festivals.
Descalzos Viejos, Ronda.

UVA Festival, Spain (2-4 June)

This tiny festival of just 500 people is spending its very first year on the outskirts of Ronda, Andalucia. Taking place in the confines of Descalzos Viejos, originally a 16th-century monastery, it’s since been converted into a vineyard where you can relax and eat local delicacies or explore the ancient walls and nooks of greenery. As well as genre-busting DJs spinning out everything from afro-beats to techno, there’s a heavy emphasis on visual art and the surrounding cliffs will play host to adventurous visual installations.

Meadows in the Mountain, Bulgaria (9-10 June)

Views like this make it one of the top picks for scenic music festivals.
Views like this make it one of the top picks for scenic music festivals. Image by Meadows In The Mountains

You’ll have to do your fair share of work to reach the secluded surroundings of Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains for this eco-friendly boutique festival but the sunrise is worth it. Nearly a five-hour bus journey from Sofia airport, it welcomes about 1000 people a year with just two main stages specialising in soul and funk during the day and techno at night and not a major act to be seen. It’s a place to fully embrace your hippy spirit but if you’re missing your creature comforts, you can also book the post-festival pool party at a nearby hotel.

Sandbox Festival, Egypt (4-6 May)

El Gouna, Egypt.
El Gouna, Egypt is host to one of the most scenic music festivals this year.

Fans of everything electronic will love this festival at the Red Sea Riviera in the resort town of El Gouna, Egypt, now in its fifth year. With international and local acts on the deck, revellers can enjoy the beats while relaxing underneath the palm trees. When you’ve had enough of relaxing and dancing, there’s diving, snorkelling and kiting to enjoy too.

Træna festival, Norway (6-8 July)

The sun will barely have time to set at the Traena Festival
The sun will barely have time to set at the Traena Festival Image by Anne Valeur

The islands of Træna host 3000 people every year who make the five-hour ferry trip to this northern part of Norway to enjoy a diverse line-up and some spectacular Scandinavian scenery. The venues include a church and a cave that sits 30 metres above sea level, all under a sky that only goes dark for one hour of the day. Being one of the world’s most remote festivals has its advantages; there’s plenty of opportunity for solitary sightseeing along the wild beaches.

Pemberton Music Festival, Canada (13-16 July)

An aerial view of Pemberton Music Festival.
An aerial view of Pemberton Music Festival.

180,000 music fans are expected to party on in the shade of the 2591m high Mount Currie. The line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but with previous acts including Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Flaming Lips, it’s a hotspot for rock and indie fans though previous headliners have also included Frank Ocean and Deadmau5. Many attendees opt to stay in the nearby Whistler, meaning you can combine a spot of skiing with apres-ski at one of the stages.

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