10 Best Summer Music Festivals around the World
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Where: Indio, California, U.S.A.
One of the biggest music festivals in the world; and the top festivals in the United States, Coachella gathers people from around the world in the Coachella Valley. Adorning Coachella fashion, including flower crowns and bohemian clothing, concert goers assemble on the polo grounds in the desert to listen to the top names in the music industry. Coachella operates over two weekends, and offer 99,000 tickets per weekend, which always sell out. Due to its position in California, festival goers will often see celebrities, including actors and musicians, at Coachella. Artists that have performed at Coachella include Calvin Harris, Sia, Major Lazer, and Guns N’ Roses.
Where: Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland is another one of the biggest music festivals in the world, and is the most recognized festival for electronic dance music. Dance music has been taking the world by storm over the last ten years, and the popularity for huge electronic dance music festivals has been increasing. Tomorrowland has numerous artfully designed stages where hundreds of electronic and dance music DJ’s perform, and festival attendees can enjoy large screen displays, fireworks, lights, and smoke machines. DJ’s that have performed at Tomorrowland include David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Avicii, and Tiesto.
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Exit festival is one of the most recognized music festivals in the world, taking place at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia; and is famous for its diverse music selection, including punk, electronic, reggae, rock, hip hop, metal, and rap music. Exit festival started in 2000, and was a student movement to fight for Serbia’s democracy. Since then, over 2 million people from more than 60 countries have attended the festival, which includes 16 stages, a sports zone, a zip line, a chill area, and a 3D dance arena. Artists that have performed at the Exit festival include Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Bastille, and Wiz Khalifa.
4. Splendour in the Grass
Where: New South Wales, Australia
Splendour in the Grass is a three-day festival that takes place in North Byron Parklands in New South Wales, Australia; and is classed as a summer music festival, even though it takes place during Australia’s winter season. Although the weather is colder, this festival has a huge appeal for international audiences, and is attended by 30,000 concert goers. Splendour was started in 2001, and features indie rock, electronic, hip hop, and alternative music; and includes not only well-known musicians, but up-and-coming artists too. Artists that have performed at Splendour in the Grass include The 1975, The Strokes, James Blake, and Leon Bridges.
Where: Chicago, U.S.A.
Another American music festival that carries a big name and an even bigger following is Lollapalooza, which takes place in Grant Park in Chicago, U.S.A. Lollapalooza was started in 1991 by Perry Farrell, who was the singer for Jane’s Addiction, as a farewell for the band. In the following years, the festival has grown larger, and more extravagant, with music performers, dancers, comedians, and craft stalls. Lollapalooza attracts over 160,000 guests throughout the duration of the 3 day festival, and features indie rock, alternative, heavy metal, punk, hip hop, and EDM music. Artists that have performed at Lollapalooza include Metallica, Pearl Jam, Florence + the Machine, and Paul McCartney.
6. Montreux Jazz Festival
Where: Montreux, Switzerland
One of the oldest music festivals in the world, the Montreux Jazz Festival, started in 1967, draws an international audience. Located on the striking shoreline of Lake Geneva, this impressive two-week-long festival features a majority of jazz performances, but blues, rock and soul music are included, and attracts over 200,000 people every year. Performances don’t end on stage, and concert goers can watch shows from boats and train cars too. Artists that have performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival include Eric Clapton, Ella Fitzgerald, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, and Prince.
7. Fuji Rock
Where: Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Fuji Rock was originally started in 1997 at the base of Mount Fuji, and is the largest outdoor music festival in Japan, and one of the most well-known music events in Asia. In 1999, the Fuji Rock festival was moved to the Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. This festival is a three day event featuring rock and electronic music, and the most iconic part of this festival is the cable car ride to the top of the mountain. The Fuji Rock festival is famed for the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance during a severe storm, while Anthony Keidis, the front man, had a broken arm. Artists that have performed at Fuji Rock include Innocent Criminals, Beck, Ben Harper, and James Blake.
8. Glastonbury Festival
Where: Somerset, England
The Glastonbury Festival is the largest green-field music festival in the world, taking place on 900 acres of farmland, which features a circus, theatre, comedy, and cabaret shows. Started in 1970 near Pilton in Somerset, England; the Glastonbury Festival is a five-day-long festival that is a true representation of its hippie roots, attracting over 175,000 visitors to experience top pop and rock artists. Many concert goers wake up early on the Sunday morning to join the march to Stone Circle, a stone monument overlooking the hills and farmlands. Artists that have performed at the Glastonbury Festival include David Bowie, Van Morrison, Coldplay, Muse, and Adele.
9. Rock al Parque
Where: Bogotá, Colombia
Rock al Parque is the largest rock music festivals in Colombia, taking place in Bogotá, which is Colombia’s capital city. Started in 1995, the Rock al Parque festival does not charge any admission fees, and is attended by over 250,000 people during the three-days of entertainment. The festival includes not only well-known Latin-American musicians, but international artists too; and includes genres like heavy metal, rock, punk, hardcore, and ska. The festivals 10th edition, in 2004, saw over 400,000 people attending. Artists that have performed at Rock al Parque include Ill Niño, Paradise Lost, Behemoth, and The Black Dahlia Murder.
Where: Rabat, Morocco
Mawazine is the second largest festival in the world, attracting over 2.5 million people to its stages in Rabat in Morocco. Mawazine is also referred to as “Rhythms of the World”, and was started in 2001 by the Moroccan government. This festival has a huge appeal to international audiences, and many celebrities can be seen attending this massive festival. This 8-day-long festival features an incredibly diverse range of genres, including pop, electronic, rock, Latin, hip hop, and reggae. Artists that have performed at Mawazine include Rihanna, Pitbull, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, and Kylie Minogue.