Best Festivals on a Big Budget

Best festivals for any budget: Splurge

Foo Fighters (duh)

For those whose budget is as big as their imagination: Glastonbury, Burning Man, Fuji Rock

Whether you’re flash with cash or counting the pennies, there’s a festival for you somewhere in this world. Charlotte Runcie has the big spenders covered with a guide to the Best Big Budget Festivals to splurge at this summer. No festival is too big or too far away for you, you lucky things …

Also check out: Best Festivals on a Low Budget / Best Festivals on a Mid-range budget

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, United States
When: Fri 10--Sun 12 Apr and Fri 17--Sun 19 Apr
How much: tickets $375
It’s in California, so it’s automatically cool. If you can’t make it, at least the line-up (Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Jack White, Hozier, Perfume Genius, the War on Drugs) reads like a list of all the bands you need to namedrop at parties in 2015.

Primavera Sound
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: Thu 28--Sun 30 May
How much: tickets €185–195
Basically, it’s an excuse for a holiday in Barcelona. The Black Keys, the Strokes, Antony and the Johnsons, Eels and Patti Smith provide sun-soaked tunes.

Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset
When: Wed 24--Sun 28 Jun
How much: tickets are whatever you’re willing to pay as they officially sold out long ago
The mother of UK festivals and birthplace of countless hippy awakenings. Foo Fighters, Kanye West and Lionel Richie will be the ones entertaining you in 2015, joined by the rest of the great and good in contemporary pop. At this stage you’ll have to sell your own mother to get a ticket, but if you’re a Glasto devotee, you’ll probably think that’s a fair price.

Fuji Rock
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture
When: Japan, Fri 24--Sun 26 Jul
How much: weekend tickets ¥39,800
Because what’s the point in flying all the way to Japan if you can’t listen to Muse? They will serenade you while you eat sushi and play vintage Nintendo. You can also have a dance to Foo Fighters, Belle and Sebastian, FKA Twigs, Motörhead and Rudimental.

Burning Man
How much:
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, United States, Sun 30 Aug--Mon 7 Sep, tickets $390
Every self-respecting hipster in America descends on the desert for a week to create a whole city of ‘radical self-expression’, community art and ‘radical self-reliance’. It’s a giant spectacle of artistic madness and carnivale that requires input from every attendee and promises to leave no trace of itself afterwards. Put ‘radical self’ before everything you say at Burning Man to fit in. For example: instead of showering, try ‘radical self-cleansing’, and instead of eating breakfast, say ‘radical self-nourishing consumption’.

Glastonbury Festival

The UK's largest music festival.