The best music festivals in the world:
The best music festivals in the world have a few things in common; good music, good people and good vibes. And there’s no need to look any further, as we present, in no particular order, the best music festivals in the world.
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) – Various locations
EDC is the ultimate festival of good times. It hosts international acts such as Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Diplo across various locations including San Juan, Mexico City, New York and Las Vegas.
Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world, attracting the biggest DJs and electronic music makers on the planet such as Alesso, Carl Cox and David Guetta.
Fuji Rock – Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Fuji Rock is Japan’s biggest music festival with massive music acts like Deadmau5, Foo Fighters and Azaelia Banks taking the stage.
Field Day – London, United Kingdom
Field Day is super popular with London locals and performers such as FKA Twigs and Django Django. It also has some of the best craft beer and street food of any music festival!
Roskilde – Roskilde, Denmark
This Danish dance party has charitable charm – the food leftovers are given to the homeless, and the profits go towards supporting music, culture and humanitarian organizations. Nice!
Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
The Isle of Wight is one of the biggest music festivals in the United Kingdom. With acts such as the Prodigy and Pharrell hitting the stage over four days, it’s no wonder this festival has stood the test of time since first taking place in 1968.
Lollapalooza – Chicago, United States
Lollapalooza is a never ending rave, popular with EDM fans around the United States.
- Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997 and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, but poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be canceled. In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered with Austin, Texas–based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now C3 Presents) and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois.
Ultra – Various locations
Ultra Music Fesitval the most famous EDM festival in North America and is known to sell out in under four minutes. It’s super popular around with world as well, with Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia and South Korea also hosting the epic EDM festival.
Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Australia
Running for 14 years, Splendour in the Grass attracts over 30,000 people eager to let loose to the sounds of Mark Ronson, Tame Impala and other popular music acts.
Sziget – Budapest, Hungary
Held over seven days across fifty venues, Sziget features over 200 daily performances from massive acts such as Tyler the Creator and Florence and the Machine.
Sonar – Barcelona, Spain
Sonar has run for over 22 years and is three days of non-stop electronic music from the likes of Hot Chip and The Chemical Brothers.
Coachella – Indio, United States
Coachella is the ultimate celebrity spotting music festival, held over two weekends in the desert and hosting upwards of 65,000 people.
Glastonbury – Somerset, United Kingdom
Glastonbury is one of the most iconic and one of the best music festivals in the world. It hosts major music acts such as Kanye West, Pharrell, and the Foo Fighters.
Rhythm and Vines – Gisborne, New Zealand
The biggest music festival in New Zealand, Rhythm and Vines is an epic New Years Eve Festival set amongst a winery.
Exit – Novi Sad, Serbia
Exit attracts over 200,000 people and over 300 international acts across eight stages. It also won an award for the Best Major European Festival.
Paleo – Nyon, Switzerland
Paleo is run by volunteers and pulls in over 230,000 people. As well as hosting big names such as the Artic Monkeys, it also showcases up and coming music acts as well.
Pryzstanek Woodstock – Kostryzn Nad Odra, Poland
With over 550,000 people in attendance, Pryzstanek is one epic rock music festival. Entry is free and headliners include Kaiser Chiefs and Atari Teenage Riot.
Rock in Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
So popular it couldn’t be contained to just Rio, Rock in Rio hosts the big names in music such as Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen. It’s now spread around the world to include Lisbon and Madrid.
Summerfest – Wisconsin, United States
Up to one million revellers head to Summerfest to rave to over 800 music acts. Running over 11 days, it received a Guinness Book of World Record as the world’s largest festival.
Donauinselfest – Vienna, Austria
A whopping 3.2 million people attended in Donauinselfest in 2013, featuring over 2000 acts across 21 stages.
Mawazine – Rabat, Morocco
Mawazine has played host to some massive international performers such as Rihanna and Lionel Ritchie – maybe that’s why over 2.5 million people attend each year.
DOUR – Dour, Belgium
DOUR is one of Europe’s most popular music festivals attracting fans of EDM, rock, and indie from around the world.
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