The more unusual festival options to add to your diary this year
When and where: Mayrhofen, Austria, April 1-6. The line-up: There’s an eclectic mix of acts booked for 2013, including Kasabian, Example, Disclosure, The Cuban Brothers and Ms Dynamite, with DJ Carl Cox completing a strong bunch of acts that should appeal to a wide range of ticket-holders. The crowd: The site is part of a resort that also includes 625km of snowy Alpine ski slopes, so expect to see gnarly, goggle-clad revellers heading straight from piste to party. The rest: Raffles, pie fights, fancy-dress parties, igloo raves – there’s all sorts going down. Tickets: From Dhs2,552, including your wristband and bed-and-breakfast accommodation for the duration of the festival. Emirates and Austrian Airlines fly to Salzburg from Dhs3,242. www.snowbombing.com.
When and where: Hässleholm, Sweden, May 30-June 1. The line-up: The highlights taking to the stage range from Swedish favourites such as indie pop artist Håkan Hellström, electro house duo Dada Life and six-piece rock band Kvelertak, to Berlin-based DJ Boys Noize. The crowd: With room for more than 10,000 fans, chances are the core group of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish revellers will be diluted with a handful each from other nearby European nations. Tickets: A thoroughly reasonable Dhs647 gets you a three-day pass, with an extra Dhs85 earning access to the campsite. Turkish Airlines flies to Stockholm from Dhs2,368. www.siestafestivalen.se.
When and where: Crans-sur-Nyon, Switzerland, June 5-9. The line-up: 2012 saw the likes of Lou Reed and Kasabian making the journey to the Swiss lakeside festival. 2013’s line-up so far includes US pop act Fun, who made their name with single ‘We Are Young’, and UK rock act Archive. The crowd: Located on the banks of Lake Geneva it attracts a more mature crowd, but the inclusion of Fun may draw in younger fans. There’s also the option to volunteer at the festival. Tickets: A four-day pass costs Dhs889, a three-day pass Dhs670, and day passes from Dhs273. Emirates flies to Geneva from around Dhs3,620. www.caribana-festival.ch.
When and where: Copenhagen, Denmark, June 14-15. The line-up: Despite only being in its fourth year, the festival has attracted some genuine legends of metal music, with Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Anthrax the picks of an incredibly hairy bill. Among the 2013 acts are Every Time I Die, In Flames, Parkway Drive and Amon Amarth. The crowd: The Scandinavians take their metal very seriously indeed, so if you’re intimidated by leather, tattoos, long hair, upside-down crosses and rock horns, best steer clear. Tickets: A weekend pass costs Dhs511 and can be bought through ticket website billetnet.dk. Emirates flies to Copenhagen from around Dhs3,130. www.copenhell.dk.
When and where: Eichenring, Germany, June 21-23. The line-up: This one’s a bit of a strange mix, with Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys sitting alongside Sigur Rós, Portishead and The Smashing Pumpkins. Other acts on the bill are Bloc Party, Belle & Sebastian, The Hives and Editors, while Berlin industrial metal act Rammstein is the headliner. The crowd: With so much variety on the line-up, we’d anticipate a mixed bag, with straw-hatted Mumford & Sons fans jostling for position at the bar with bare-chested punk purists. The rest: It’s a relatively small site, meaning chances of extra-curricular activities are slim. There is also the option to rent caravans, but these usually sell out fast. Tickets: Dhs715, available from the festival’s website. Air France/KLM fly to Bremen from around Dhs2,685. www.hurricane.de/en/.
When and where: Belfort, France, July 4-7. The line-up: It’s known as ‘the French Glastonbury’, a title justified by a 2013 bill that includes The Smashing Pumpkins, Skunk Anansie and Blur. The crowd: Given its aforementioned nickname, this is the most likely option for Glasto die-hards not wishing to be taken too far out of their comfort zones. The rest: This being France, food stalls will go beyond the usual to include cuisines from across the globe, while craft stalls provide fashion and trinkets to lust over between sets. Tickets: A three-day pass costs Dhs489 and includes camping, with single day entry tickets costing from Dhs216. Emirates flies daily to Lyon from Dhs3,790. www.eurockeennes.fr.