My Top 3 Favorite Festivals

Many of us have addictions to things like caffeine or sugar, but me- I have an addiction to music festivals. Music festivals feel like an escape from the real world, even if it’s only for a few hours. In 2018, I attended eight festivals along with plenty of other small shows in between. I swear, it keeps me sane. Obviously, I haven’t been to ALL of the festivals out there. However, I have been to a quite a few and out of those, I can narrow it down to my top three that I would recommend going to if you haven’t before.

Countdown NYE

Although I didn’t ring in the new year at Countdown this year, I had an amazing time last year. Insomniac Events hosts the festival and the production is incredible! The lineup was stacked, the vibes were unbelievable, and I love seeing everyone in their sparkly New Year’s get-ups.

That year I could only make it on NYE, which means I had to miss some of my faves. Unfortunately, I had to miss Alison Wonderland, What So Not, and Zeds Dead B2B Jauz, but there will be plenty more opportunities. Despite missing out on day one, there were some dope artists there for day two. Some of my personal favorite sets were Datsik, Kai Wachi, and Yellow Claw, who got to count down to 2018. With all that being said, Countdown did an excellent job at creating a fire lineup.

Countdown was only one day this year, but they didn’t let us down. The lineup included DJs such as RL Grime, Zomboy, and Herobust.

Beyond Wonderland

Beyond Wonderland 2017 was the first festival I went hosted by Insomniac Events (my first festival ever was Hard Summer 2016). I was still new to the rave scene, so I didn’t really know my way around the NOS center. But, by 2018 I had my sh*t together. The vibes at Beyond truly are AMAZING and everyone is embracing the PLUR lifestyle. I met SO many people and made some lifelong friends.

Not only were the PLUR vibes all there, but the lineup was lit too. Day one included artists such as Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lake, and SayMyName. Day two kept the party going with DJ Mustard, Flosstradomus, and Valentine Khan.

Because Beyond has always satisfied me, I am hoping to return this year. Especially because Insomniac has killed it once again on the lineup.

Groove Cruise Cabo

If you ever get the opportunity to go on Groove Cruise Cabo, I 100% recommend it. It definitely is on the pricier side for festival tickets, but you get to rave on a CRUISE SHIP. I don’t know about you, but for me, this sounded like the experience of a lifetime. I got the opportunity to go for a discounted price, so there was no chance I was going to say no.

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of house music- at least not for four straight days, but Groove Cruise didn’t disappoint. I can easily say this was my favorite festival I’ve attended.

There weren’t too many artists that I knew on the lineup, but if you’re a fan of house music, check it out and let me know what you think!

This was my first cruise ever and it just makes me want to go on more! But, I don’t think a regular cruise will ever live up to how amazing Groove Cruise was. My favorite part about this festival is that each day and night has a different theme.

Most groove cruisers go all out for the themes and it’s so fun to see everyone’s costumes. My favorite themes of the cruise were ‘Neon Me’ and the ‘Shine the F*ck Up’. People don’t get as dressed up for the day themes as they do at night; I think a major reason for that is that some of those people are staying up all night that they don’t get out of their outfit from the night prior until it’s ready to get ready for the next.

Regardless of whether you listen to house music or not, I would definitely recommend putting Groove Cruise on your festival bucket list.

There are SO many festivals out there and each one has it’s own unique qualities that make it special. I would like to experience new festivals every year, so let me know in the comments which festivals you think I should put on my list!

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