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Book Review: Around The World In 80 Raves


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Festival culture has come a long way since its inception in the 1960s.  What began as a series of small gatherings has evolved into a global phenomenon and a way of life for many people.

Music Journalist Marcus Barnes has tasked himself with documenting this thriving culture. He has been scouring the globe in such of some of the finest festivals and raves, documenting them alongside vital information that is often difficult to find. Around The World In 80 Raves is an essential guide for the festival lover.

Barnes offers a brief description of each festival, giving an objective insight into what to expect from the atmosphere, music and people there. All this information is neatly laid out and accompanied by beautiful images. Often his insights come from personal experience, but in instances where the author was unable to attend his analysis is still informed and insightful.

Particularly helpful are the segments devoted to the costs associated with each festival. Information is provided on the cost of the accommodation, food, cigarettes and Beer-vital concerns for the average punter that cannot be found by a cursory glance at a festival’s website.

As the title suggests, the book is geographically comprehensive, with festivals neatly organised into sections devoted to a certain location. The book certainly doesn’t shy away from festivals further afield, revealing lesser known gems from places such as Peru and China.

With Around The World In 80 Raves, Marcus Barnes has created an encyclopaedia of the world’s greatest festivals. While it is by no means an exhaustive list, it covers the festivals that truly stand out in the saturated festival market. For avid festival goers, Barnes’ book is a reliable compendium and a solid purchase. 


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