The mention of Ibiza invokes images of the ultimate jet set and hedonistic party destination. The island has been at the forefront of every dance and house music trend since the early nineties. Ibiza has provided a launching pad for many of the areas resident DJ’s; up and coming performers routinely include Ibiza’s clubs in their itinerary as do the established superstars of the genre. The DJ scene in Ibiza is so active that an extensive website has been established to help visitors find where and when they will be performing; and of course touring musicians in other genres include the island as a standard part of their European tours.
In addition to one of the best music scenes in the world, Ibiza offers dining options that range from traditional to experimental fusion joints, bars that range from cozy to over-the-top, and even relaxing beaches, sightseeing and world famous historical sites.
Due to the island’s jet set image many feel that a visit to this ultimate party destination is a bucket list item at best. In fact with just a bit of research a stay in Ibiza is incredibly reasonable. Sites like Ibiza Summer Villas and Owners Direct offer accommodation on a scale that most of us can only imagine at prices less than an “average” hotel.
Pinkpop is the world’s oldest annual pop music festival. Since its beginning in 1970, Pinkpop has delivered an eclectic mix of established and rising stars in all genres of music. Those flocking to Landgraaf, Netherlands this June will once again experience this unique mix. Stage 4 will feature artists such as Skip & Die & Friends, Waxfiend & Prime and other up and coming acts, while other festival stages will feature such diverse acts as Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Puscifer, Lianne La Havas, Halestrom, and Gary Clark Jr.
Tickets for the festival are a bargain at €195 for all three days including camping. If time permits, take a short train ride north to Amsterdam, which is one of the most vibrant EDM cities in Europe.
One of the off-shoots of Las Vegas’ attempt to reimage itself as a vacation destination for younger visitors is the emergence of Las Vegas as a marquee EDM destination. Most of the best know DJ's have residencies at the high-end nightclubs, and those that a don't make regular appearances. The so-called second–tier clubs are proving to be incubators for the next wave of superstar DJ’s, and the Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest EDM festival in the world.
With gambling playing a lessening role in the Vegas economy, the hotel deals that once made the city an incredible value have changed as well. While room rates are still fairly low, the standard “resort fees” which are often more than the daily room rate, and the coming elimination of free parking, make the daily cost of a visit far higher.
Just as with Ibiza sites like AirBnB provide luxury accommodation at far better rates. The fact that Uber is now available in Las Vegas helps remove any of the standard reservations for staying off strip as you can party as much as you please and not risk driving or subjecting yourself to the horrors of some of the worst taxi drivers in the US.