When: 12-13 June 2015
Where: Seoul, South Korea
Why: Get ahead of the curve by taking your boat to one of the Far East’s many increasingly superyacht-friendly marinas in Seoul this summer. Ultra, the roving festival that also sets up camp in Argentina, Croatia, Chile, Brazil and the US, will be heading to South Korea in June, bringing with it a plethora of dance music titans along with plenty of home grown K-Pop stars.
Headliners: David Guetta, Skrillex, 2ManyDjs, Hardwell
When: 12-13 June 2015
When: 18-20 June 2015
Why: Often thought of as the ‘thinking persons’ dance festival, Sonar’s alternative name is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, which should give you some idea of the intellectual crowd it attracts. The festival spreads across the entire city so book into Marina Port Vell early to get a prime position for the art installations, family events and lectures which take place next to sets by Skrillex and FKA Twigs.
Headliners: Hot Chip, Skrillex, The Chemical Brothers, FKA Twigs
When: 19-21 June 2015
Where: Las Vegas, USA
Why: Taking your superyacht to a festival in the middle of the desert may seem a little counterintuitive but, this being Las Vegas, they have it covered. If your yacht doesn’t have its own, private helicopters can be chartered through the festival organisers while VIP packages ensure you experience the best of this electronic dance music festival – including access to the VIP ferris wheel, roof terrace and free food and drink - in style.
Headliners: Afrojack, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Tiesto
When: 27 June – 4 July
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
Why: Fancy a festival that offers big name acts without all the expensive trappings of Europe’s other mainstream music events? Then Roskilde is for you. Despite a line-up that includes acts such as Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj and Florence + The Machine, Roskilde is in fact a charity festival from which all profits are donated to support cultural development and humanitarian organisations. Left over food is donated to homeless shelters and there is even free water should all that dancing take its toll.
Headliners: Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj
When: 31 July – 2 August 2015
Where: Chicago, USA
Why: Thanks to the opening of the 31st St. Harbor Superyacht Marina in 2012, there are now plenty of berths on offer for larger boats in the Chicago area, making the 24-year-old Lollapalooza one of the biggest festivals you can reach by yacht. Set across 300 acres of Grant Park boasts eight stages and attracts a crowd that easily swells into the hundreds of thousands – along with a stellar line-up of chart topping musicians you won’t want to miss.
Headliners: Metallica, Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Alt-J
When: 7-9 August 2015
Where:San Francisco, USA
Why: Held in what is arguably one of San Francisco’s most beautiful spots, the Golden Gate Park, this popular yet intimate festival boasts the widest range of acts you’re likely to find this year. Anywhere that offers Elton John next to Kendrick Lamar and is also a stone’s throw from the city’s big marinas gets our vote every time.
Headliners: Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Sam Smith, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar
When: 13-15 August 2015
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden
Why: Superyacht-sized berths in the relatively small Swedish city of Gothenburg are limited so be sure to book yours well in advance if you’re planning on taking a trip to Way Out West. Held in the centre of the beautiful and historic town, this eclectic festival features a mix of old, new and undiscovered talent and prides itself on being one of the few truly environmentally friendly festivals – even down to serving only vegetarian food.
Headliners: Pet Shop Boys, Ellie Goulding, Beck, Chic
When: 22-23 August 2015
Where: Los Angeles, USA
Why: FYF, which began life as a bored teenage Sean Carlson’s Fuck Yeah Fest, has grown to be a huge operation now owned by the people behind Coachella. As achingly cool as it’s sister festival, FYF takes place in a different LA park every year and, despite its global appeal and well-known headliners, maintains a down-to-earth feel by filling the line-up with local punk, dance, garage and electronic talent.
Headliners: Morrissey, Belle & Sebastian, Frank Ocean
When: 2-6 September 2015
Where: Pula, Croatia
Why: If underground bass beats are your thing then the unique stylings of Outlook, the largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, will be right up your street. We’re guessing the builders of the 19th century abandoned fortress and two millennia old Roman amphitheatre where the festival is held never envisioned this use but thanks to their location right next to the Adriatic (and therefore the ACI Marina) they make Outlook truly unforgettable.
Headliners: Kate Tempest, Beenie Man, Jurassic 5, Loefah
When: 20-13 September 2015
Where: Isle of Wight, UK
Why: One of only two of the big UK festivals that can be reached by boat, Bestival is widely regarded as a family-friendly version of Glastonbury. Big name acts aside, Bestival is so much more than just a music festival. Each year has a theme – 2015’s is Summer of Love - and fancy dress is actively encouraged while talks, live comedy, craft workshops and plenty of kid’s activities take place on site. For those who are after something a little more mature, the Isle of Wight festival takes place from 11-14 June with headliners including Fleetwood Mac, Blur and Pharrell Williams.
Headliners: Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala