Top Festival Destinations for the 2011 Summer

The Best Music Festivals

The summer’s top musical gatherings where you can experience the great outdoors, curse the rain, dance all day and enjoy an Angolan vegan-fusion barbecue.

Glastonbury

Gentrified it may be, but nothing says “festival” quite like a sprawling, rain-lashed Pilton dairy farm with the name Eavis on the letterbox. The days of free milk and getting one’s dreadlocks caught scaling the fence may be long gone, but Glasters still combines vast musical variety (meat’n'spuds main stage, banging raves in copses) with a right-on spirit and the finest Angolan vegan-fusion barbecues.

Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset 23-27 June.

Latitude

Catering to a constellation of arts as well as music, Latitude is often cast as the broadsheet newspaper of festivals – something deputations from Radio 4, and the BBC political editor manqué Martha Kearney taking in the Afrobeat, do little to dispel. But there is nothing wrong with being punted around a small lake by a Cambridge undergrad while Vampire Weekend tune up. This year’s line-up is the best ever, and includes Florence + the Machine and Grizzly Bear.

Henham Park, Southwold, 15-18 July.

V Festival

The V festival attracts the big name acts from around the world such as Eminem, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, as well as acts that don’t usually do the summer festival circuit. The event happens across 2 jaw-dropping historic venues; Weston Park with its stunning 17th-century stately home and a 1000-acre parkland, and Hylands Park which boasts a neo-classical Grade 2* listed house set in 570 acres of parkland including ancient woods, pleasure gardens and a serpentine lake. How’s that for music meets heritage?!

Chelmsford and Staffordshire, 20-21 August.

Reading

Also incorporating a Leeds site, the blasted heath of Reading’s Carling Weekender is where fans of rock, indie and repetitive beats have been gifted with tinnitus, sunburn, urinary tract infections and dioxin highs from all those plastic pint-fuelled bonfires. You haven’t really been to a British festival, however, until you’ve been in a Reading moshpit, playing ping-pong with pints of piss.

Richfield Avenue, Reading, 27-29 August.

Bestival

No one really remembers that Bestival was technically the offshoot of R1 DJ Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best label activities. Aficionados just think it is the best festival, full stop. A pioneer of the boutique’n'bijou school, its (still just about) human size, pretty Isle of Wight site and eclectic line-up have made it a favourite of evolved festival-goers keen on elaborate fancy dress and Hot Chip (do they ever not play?).

Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park, near Newport, Isle of Wight, 9-12 September.

Coachella Fashion – Fashion School Tips For Rocking the Festival in Style

Since it kicked off in 1999, the Coachella Festival has become known as much for its fashions as it has for the live music. Even fashion-forward headliners like Madonna and Bjork are upstaged by what the audience typically wears. So if you’re going to Coachella, or any of the spring and summer rock festivals across the country this year, here are some fashion school tips for the coolest looks to go with the hottest music.

Be comfortable. The only thing hotter than the music will be the weather. Temperatures in the desert can top out at 120 degrees, so be prepared. Sporting a hat is not only stylish, but practical. Our fashion college experts recommend one with a brim for shade, like a rumpled fedora or a vintage cowboy hat. Add your own touch to it with a band of fabric that matches the rest of our outfit. Another necessity for the sun is an awesome pair of sunglasses. Classic Ray-Bans or an oversized pair of Karl Lagerfelds are very Coachella.

Be prepared to go from daytime to nightlife. The live music extends into the night, along with the parties. So wear an outfit that can transition from day to evening with ease. For example, a silk scarf wrapped around the head to shield you from the afternoon sun can double as a sarong at an afterparty.

Dress the part. Everyone from moms to businesspeople to doctors go to Coachella, but once they’re at the festival, they can let their hair down and be someone else for a weekend. Who will you be? If you’re the hippie chick, try a crocheted, lacy top with some skinny jeans or cut-off denim shorts. Or grab a top or a dress you haven’t worn in forever and tie-dye it. If you’re the rocker type, go for the grunge, layering a floral dress over a tee shirt, and finished off with a pair of Doc Martens. Another popular persona is the music VIP: you’re there for the parties, so you’re expected to look overdressed. For you, our fashion design experts are gaga over string halter long dresses and one-shouldered minis.

Get bold with prints. With thousands of festival goers packing the Empire Polo Fields, you’ll stand out in big, bold prints. Oversized hounds tooth and plaids, graphic lettering, psychedelic flowers, even the Union Jack, can make you the ultimate in Coachella style. And the fashion bloggers will love you.

Step out in the right footwear. Flip-flops are everywhere at Coachella, but you can do better than that in the style department. A pair of gladiator sandals (with the more straps the better) will keep you feeling cool and looking like a fashion goddess. Flats are practical, as you’ll be on your feet all day, but get them with funky embroidery or beading. And leave the cowboy boots at home. They may look hip, but the heat will have your feet roasting in them.

Coachella and fashion are like Sonny and Cher, or Jack and Meg White – they make beautiful music together.

Essential Parts For Planning A Summer Trip To Rio De Janeiro

A Perfect Summer Getaway at Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a perfect summer adventure? Rio de Janeiro is the place to be where beach parties last all year round. Set at the heart of the beautiful country of Brazil, beach lovers and party revelers from all over the world visit Rio de Janeiro for a marvelous beach holiday. Brazil’s capital does not just boast of its frolicking beaches but also the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. The place is a perfect holiday getaway for families, friends, and couples.

Best Time to Travel

Given that any time of the year is always a great time to travel to Rio de Janeiro, visitors come and go for exhilarating fun and leisure. But the early months of January and February when the Carnival celebration is being held makes it a favorite time for tourists to fly to the place and witness the grand parade of samba schools filling the streets with radiant and colorful costumes. Carnival is known to be the world’s largest samba parade. The streets of Rio de Janeiro come alive to the beat of Brazilian music. People dance and revel in the upbeat tunes of the choro, the samba, bossa nova, and the funk carioca.

Main Attractions

The invigorating capital of Brazil is set between lush green mountains and glistening seawaters. Two of the most famous tourist attractions, Ipanema and Copacabana, are constantly flocked by beach lovers due to its warm, tropical climate. Partygoers enjoy the music and laughter along the 62-mile coastlines to the tune of upbeat Brazilian music. Nature lovers enjoy the scenery of Tijuca Forest which is claimed to be the largest urban forest worldwide. Nature trekking becomes superbly adventurous with the flora and fauna of the forest, magnificent caves and splendid waterfalls.

Popular Tourist Spots

Apart from the pristine beaches and natural beauty of the surroundings, the city is home to beautiful tourist spots that speak of the capital’s rich history. A visit to the place is never complete without taking stops at the well-known city attractions. Mentioned earlier are the pride of Rio’s amazing beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana, a haven for the beach and sun lovers.

Sugar Loaf Mountain is also another tourist destination for visitors. Named as such, this belvedere resembles the loaves of sugar during the Portuguese colonization and can be enjoyed with a cable car ride. Another favorite tourist spot is the statue of Christ the Redeemer which is set atop the Corcovado Mountain of Rio de Janeiro. The statue depicts Christ opening up his arms ready to welcome the world. The city takes pride in this attraction as one of the acclaimed seven New Wonders of the Modern World and is also an iconic landmark of Rio de Janeiro.