Bestival Goes To Toronto & Other Crazy Festival Ideas
As Rob Da Bank takes his baby to Canada, we take a look at other mental festivals across the world...
Britain's Best Festival is emigrating from the Isle of Wight to Toronto! Now in its twelth year, Bestival has pulled in headliners like Outkast, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, and is famed for providing one of the most varied line ups the country has to offer. The soggy trek to and from the Isle of Wight is all the more worth it for dress up antics, top music and general festival debauchery, though which other festivals in the world compete for a mix of crazy locations and subject matter?
Less a music festival than an enormous safety hazard, Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual ‘burning of mountain’ celebration held in the South East of Japan. Nobody is quite sure what its origins are (it's been going for hundreds of years), though it’s an excuse for a 15 minute firework display.
One for the roaming hippies of desert America, Burning Man is set in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The festival does away with currency for a week, encouraging punters to become ‘gifters’, trading possessions with one another in exchange. Similar to Wakakusa Yamayaki, Burning Man inevitably involves a 9ft effigy of a person being burned in the middle of the festival. Again, no one really knows why.
The world’s rowdiest DJs. On a cruise ship in Miami. For four days. Holy Ship! is in its third year of carnage, sailing about like a sardine can full of spring break fanatics who are out to cause as much trouble as they can on land. It’s become so popular that it’s staging two voyages this year - because being land locked is so 2014.
Ibiza Rocks (as seen on MTV Music!)
MTV are proud to be partnering with Ibiza Rocks for another year, helping to bring live music to the White Isle for those who like a bite of guitar alongside their early morning dance anthems...all in the middle of a hotel complex.
Nice one Japan, your festivals are crazy. Kanamara Matsuri is held every year in the region of Kawasaki, and sees residents and now inevitably tourists parade a steel penis through the streets. Based on the legend that a toothed demon crept into a woman’s vagina and castrated two men on their wedding nights, Kanamara Matsuri is reflected in “illustrations, candy, carved vegetables”, ending in a parade.
World Bog Snorkelling Championships
Held in Wales, competitors paddle it out to complete two consecutive lengths of water in a peat bog. Think we found our weirdest location.