4 April 2016 - Festivalgoers are now just a few quick clicks away from experiencing the world's most epic music events with the launch of Festlane – the first comprehensive online booking platform for festival lovers, by festival lovers. An inspiring new digital one-stop-shop, Festlane makes it super simple to discover the best international festivals, from intimate under-the-radar boutique parties to the heftiest international behemoths, and book a tailor-made festival trip including flights, accommodation and official, 100 per cent guaranteed tickets.
A new concept from event travel specialist EventTrips, the company behind European and UK market leaders FootballBreak and OperaBreak, Festlane combines more than 10 years' experience in event-led travel with a dedicated, passionate team of festival fans on a mission to inspire. With the global festival scene having exploded in recent years, Festlane founder Reinier Linthorst Homan recognized that there is a growing community of curious global citizens who want to broaden their horizons and enjoy the most memorable musical experiences, wherever they are. Says Reinier, “The world is full of amazing festivals that many haven't explored or even heard of yet, and, as avid festivalheads ourselves, we wanted to make it simple for people to discover and experience these festivals to the fullest – so we created Festlane”. Based in festival hotspot Amsterdam, with a dedicated London office, Festlane offers unrivalled inspiration, information, convenience, value for money and – with ATOL bonding and 100 per cent ticket guarantees – security.
Digital to its core, the Festlane user experience is simple, accessible and fully manageable across all devices, 24/7. With Festlane at their fingertips, anyone from the most seasoned festival junkies to complete newbies can discover the best, most unconventional and under-the-radar festivals within a few clicks. Packages for an 'A-Z' of more than 30 festivals worldwide – from Amsterdam's Nassau Festival at Kingsday and Rock am Ring in Germany to Fresh Island on Croatia's Zrce Beach – are already available to book via www.festlane.com. The team is constantly on the lookout for the hottest new events across all genres and styles, with big names such as Bestival, Melt! and Roskilde set to go live on Festlane soon.
Festlane's team is always happy to share their tips and recommendations on the hottest festivals – some handpicked highlights from this season's lovingly curated line up include:
Fresh Island (12-14 July – Zrce Beach, Croatia)
Croatia's Pag Island welcomes the crème de la crème of hip-hop, R&B, rap, crunk and grime, with superstars Wiz Khalifa, DJ Premier and TY Dolla $ign among those pumping out the beats, grooves and moves this year. Festlane packages start from £290 per person.
Secret Solstice (17-19 June – Laugardalur Park, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Secret Solstice 2016 will see the triumphal return of Radiohead, as well as welcoming Roisín Murphy; Die Antwoord; St-Germain and Reykjavik's very own homegrown indie-folk heroes, Of Monsters and Men. Daily side events include a party inside a glacier, a cruise under the midnight sun, and – for 20 lucky people – the first-ever gig held inside a volcano. Festlane packages start from £445 per person.
Rock am Ring (3-6 June – Mendig, Germany)
The 31st edition of Germany's biggest and most popular rock festival boasts a severely solid lineup, including Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Korn, Foals, Beach Slang, Architects, Biffy Clyro, Bullet for my Valentine, and Tenacious D. Festlane packages start from £428 per person.
Wicked Jazz Sounds (25 June – Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
A unique fusion of contemporary and classic performers, combining jazz with other genres including house, hip-hop, R&B and pop. This year's lineup includes Dutch rapper Typhoon, classic multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Herman and 10-man band Gallowstreet. Festlane packages start from £214 per person.
Positivus (15-17 July – Salacgrīva, Latvia)
Widely tipped as one of Europe's top small festivals, Positivus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with Ellie Goulding, Richard Hawley, Wolf Alice, Mercury Rev and rising star Seinabo Sey. Nestled in a leafy forest just a few minutes away from Salacgrīva's unspoilt beaches, Positivus even has a postal address where festivalgoers can send their camping gear in advance! Festlane packages start from £274 per person.
Solar Weekend (4-7 August – Maasplassen Centre, Roermond, The Netherlands)
One of the Netherland's most creative cross-disciplinary festivals. The theme of this year's Solar Weekend is 'Artyfarty' – expect an onslaught of outlandish installations and general eccentricity, complemented by idyllic surroundings and a heavy-hitting musical programme. Festlane packages start from £174 per person.
Festlane's comprehensive festival packages include flights, festival tickets and accommodation. Visit www.festlane.com or call tel: 020 8629 1200 for further information and reservations. Forget all the painful planning and arduous arrangements, it's time to start living in the Festlane!