#Festivalstyle // Best Kept Secret By Leigh Travers

10th March 2016

The fourth edition of Best Kept Secret is set to take place from 17th-19th June 2016 at Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, in the South of The Netherlands. This is a festival you don’t want to miss. Easily to be reached by car, train and Eindhoven airport, now more than ever, the organisers envision a festival experience that truly lives up to its name.

I went to Best Kept Secret last year and it was one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. After a challenging sixteen hours travelling overnight across Europe from London to Hilvarenbeek, you could say our bodies and our spirits were a little weary. However, after collecting our passes and trudging through the gates, we were welcomed by a path weaving its way through the most beautiful woodland, dotted with fairy lights that led to our idyllic campsite. It was at this point I knew we had stumbled upon a festival that we wouldn’t forget any time soon.

Best Kept Secret really is what it says; the festival community’s best kept secret. At only three years old, BKS is situated in the middle of a secluded heavily forested safari park with a huge lake based in the centre, lined with sandy beaches; it could be the perfect venue for any music festival. With thousands of music festivals happening every year, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller, newer kids on the block like BKS. Last year’s line-up included the Libertines, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and alt-J. Acts such as Ride, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Future Islands and A$AP Rocky took the stage in the earlier evening.

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Best Kept Secret is host to five different stages, including the main stage set along one of its beaches, so you can have a little dance on the sand. Also, you’re free to take a dip in the water if the weather lets you! Thankfully for us, the weather was pretty great, staying sunny most of the time with an occasional shower. Luckily, I decided to take along my khaki parka from Superdry, which is a classic festival staple and saved me from the surprise downpours.

If you’re after a small festival with a huge spirit and beautiful setting, then Best Kept Secret could be for you. Get you tickets early! This year’s line up includes Beck, Editors, Jamie XX, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party and loads more!

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