Amsterdam, The Netherlands
You won’t have more fun in Amsterdam than at Milkshake, the city’s so-funky-it-hurts dance music carnival. It’s glitter, it’s gay, it’s drag queens, fetishism, sexy after parties and some of the grooviest acts ever to grace a stage.
29-30 July, milkshakefestival.com
The city of Lyon gets lit up for three nights of incredible illuminations across buildings, streets, squares and parks with the grand finale light show projected on the stunning Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. It’s truly spectacular, take it from me.
Dates tbc. Fetesdeslumieres.lyon.fr/en
Documenta only happens once every five years, lasts 100 days and takes place at numerous venues across both Athens and Kassel. This 14th edition features more modern and contemporary works in different mediums than grains of sand on beach – well not quite – and themes include freedom and what it means to be ‘public’. Prepare to engage.
Athens 8 April – 16 July, Kassel 10 June – September 17, documenta14.de
A village halfway up a mountain in Bulgaria. Only seriously dedicated festivalgoers will be making it to this one – which is why you should go too. Hippy trippy escapism, incredible sunrise DJ sets, indoor and outdoor pool parties… this one is special.
9-11 June, meadowsinthemountains.com