In 1987, the first Old Settler’s Music Festival was held at Old Settler’s Park, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms – with past headliners including Patty Griffin, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, and Robert Earl Keen.
"Three days of diverse and beautiful folk music of the highest calibre, intertwined with traditional dancing (Ceilidh! Morris!), workshops, storytelling and a thriving village fete." - Oxford City Guide
"...one of the country’s best weekends of music." - Tim Hughes, music editor Oxford Times & Oxford Mail
"There’s a real shared sense of engagement and history that ran through the whole weekend." - Claire Dodd, Daily Info
The Universal Religion is simply LOVE. We are privileged to be part of this great time of change in history and, as messengers of love we are responsible for making this new world blossom. It is an exchange of ideas, music, dance, sharing of energy, positivity and emotions which only seem to spread and grow further when the festival finishes. If even a thousand people were to return to their lives after experiencing the power of Universal Religion, and each one lived with the same philosophy as during the festival, the world would slowly start to seem a borderless place.
The two-week long festival has been running since 1992. Initially the festival started, and amusingly the official website admits this, as a way to bring in visitors to the island of Saint Lucia at a time that was a low period for the tourism industry. Since then is has grown to become one of the main events on the Caribbean social calendar.
Although the event bills itself as a Jazzfestival, and Jazz musicians certainly play, it also includes Reggae, R&B, and World Music performers.
Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus in English, is one of the more unusual festivals in the world. It is held every year on the first Sunday in April, in the city of Kawasaki, during the cherry blossom season This religious celebration of the penis has roots in the early 1600s, in the Edo period of Japan. At the time it was a frequent stop for travellers and traders who were close to the capital and to completing their journey.
This is a festival for those adventurous spirits who are looking for a truly different experience. Set in the middle of the desert on the border of Morocco, among its sloping golden dunes, there is nothing really like it. Transahara's exact location is kept secret, those attending go to a pre-established village, and then are driven 30 minutes away to the festival site. The combination of trance music and the extreme conditions are not for everyone (or even most), and the journey is not easy, but the location, with its breathtaking, almost surreal landscape, is out of this world.