April events around the world

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If you need an excuse other than a chance to explore, revitalise and discover the world to book your next holiday, how about grabbing tickets to one of the many events around the globe?

Here are a few choices you have in the month of April:

Coachella, California

April 11-13 and April 18-20, 2014

If you're a music fan, then you'll be happy to book a flight to California for this music extravaganza. The festival has been held since 1999, and many famous artists have graced the stage, including Fatboy Slim, Rage Against the Machine, Coldplay and the Beastie Boys. 

This year, kings and queens of the lyrical world such as Muse, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Lana Del Ray, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding are set to perform, and are bound to deliver three days of pure musical bliss over each weekend. On top of this, there are delicious beverages, spirits, craft food and boutique clothing for sale, from the best of California's vendors.

Songkran Festival, Thailand

April 13-15, 2014

Songkran Festival is Thailand's traditional celebration of the Thai New Year, and is essentially a giant water-fight in the streets. Children and adults alike take to the streets to soak themselves and passers-by, and no one is safe from the fun and games – so make sure you're prepared to get saturated!

The festival is considered a symbol of love and hospitality, and focuses on the importance of relationships with family, friends and community. In addition to water-based street activities, locals also visit temples to pray and bless buddha statues, and bless elders' hands by trickling them with water.

Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay

April 17-21, 2014

Stay down under for Australia's premier blues and roots music festival, a five-day extravaganza to be held at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 11 km from Byron Bay. This year is the festival's 25th anniversary, and artists such as Aaron Neville, the Doobie Brothers, Erykah Badu, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Joss Stone and the John Butler Trio all feature on the lineup.

Settle down in the 120 acres of land dotted with tea trees as you enjoy the soulful sound of blues artists' and hunt down a bargain in the market and food stalls. 

Wherever you choose to head, there's bound to be some sort of event and festival happening near you. Make the most of it and grab tickets to enjoy the entertainment and mingle with the locals – you won't regret it!

King's Day (formerly Queen's Day), Amsterdam

April 26, 2014

This ancient celebration was first held in 1885 to celebrate the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, in a giant street-party charged with electric atmosphere. Since then, the day has undergone many date changes to coincide with new Queen's birthdays, and this year marks a further name and date change with the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013.

The King's birthday is April 27, which is when the day will be celebrated from now on – however as this is a Sunday in 2014, which is traditionally not when the day is celebrated, it will be on April 26 this year.

During the festivities, locals and party goers dressed in orange threads take to the streets to enjoy parties, live music and DJs, as well as one of the world's largest street markets. Both the canals and the streets are packed with revellers, and it's hard not to get caught up in the infectious atmosphere.

Walpurgis Night, Germany

April 30, 2014

Fans of all things spooky might like to attend the famous Walpurgis Night, also known as Witches Night, to be held at the end of the month. It's a pagan tradition celebrated in several countries, but Germany particularly loves to celebrate the holiday. According to old legend and tales, witches fly to Mount Brocken on April 30, so this is a central location for partying and celebrations on the night.

During Walpurgis Night, celebrators dress up in witch-like attire, play pranks on other people, and may also hang foliage sprigs from houses to ward off evil spirits, as well as fireworks, bonfires, dancing and noisy celebrations. 

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