Stoked In The Park Festival, Pamplona, Spain

Stoked In The Park: Pamplona’s other Festival

The raddest season of them all is finally upon us, and with summer’s arrival a whole raft of music festivals present themselves to fill our ears with amazing music, our nostrils with dust and to relieve our wallets of their hard-earned cash.

But what if we told you that it was possible to get your beats and dust fix without putting such a strain on your trust funds? What if we told you that there was a place, by a river, where bands and DJs play all day and night and that they do so for free?

Well it exists, and this year for the first time ever, at Stoke Travel’s own Stoked In The Park music festival, running as a part of our Running of the Bulls camp, just outside Pamplona, Spain. In its first year the festival will feature award winning, world touring Australian electronic band/banger droppers Art Vs Science, playing their first continental European shows.

What’s On?

Supporting Art Vs Science will be international bands Honey Hayze, Kiwi Pips, Paul The Kid, and Mesmeriser.

But while the music is drawing people to the event, it’s the pool parties, wine tasting, food trucks, mini golf, and big screens playing all the World Cup finals games that will keep them there. With the days and nights filled with activities, games and other things that sound like they’re for children, but have definitely been created for adults.

Where is Stoked In The Park?

The festival will take place at the legendary Camping El Molino, once an important stop on the European festival migration circuit and now making a return as the location young travellers have to stay at when visiting Pamplona. El Molino is situated on the banks of a river, surrounded by low hills and watched over by millions of stars at night. Unlike other campsites in the region, El Molino has plenty of grass and shaded areas, meaning that a little rest is nothing more than a short stumble from the dancefloor to the nearest comfortable spot.

Stoked In The Park will compliment Stoke Travel’s Running of the Bulls packages. The festival will appeal to travellers who aren’t necessarily interested, or even morally opposed, to the bull-run. Through the Festival, Stoke seeks to show young travellers the other side to the Running of the Bulls – the all day, all night street parties, discotheques and live bands playing in Pamplona’s public plazas. Visitors to Stoked In The Park can enjoy both San Fermin (the local name for Pamplona’s festivities) and the festival in the one trip.

Where to stay?

The festival is included in your Running of the Bulls accommodation package, starting at €60 a night, with twin-share tents, sleeping mats & bags, breakfasts, dinners and Stoke Travel guides. A festival-only ticket is also available for two days of Stoked In The Park for €30. Unbelievably, festival goers can choose to take advantage of Stoke Travel’s open beer and sangria bar, which offers unlimited drinks on-site for only an extra €10 per day.

It’s that final offering that really gives travellers the chance to save some cash. Traditionally festivals are places will one’s life savings are blown on booze, but at Stoked In The Park after a one-off fee the bar will be completely open to you.

Stoked In The Park runs on the 7th and 8th of July, the days after San Fermin’s opening ceremony. There are still tickets available for both festival entry, and the accommodation packages. You’d probably want to lock them in soon though, as a deal this could couldn’t possibly last long.

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Wade Gravy

Wade Gravy is the former editor of Australia's Surfing Life and life-long part of the Stoke Travel menagerie of misfits. His latest project finds him cutting across Spain in search of the country's weirdest and wildest fiestas and he's constantly on the hunt for the best sub €5 bottles of vino tinto.

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