It’s well worth travelling to experience one or more of these festivals!
If you’re anything like me, planning for an upcoming trip involves a quick scan of Bands in Town or Songkick to see if any of your favourites will be performing whilst you’re there. I’m also guilty of traveling to a country solely to see a band or to do a festival (I flew to Japan for 24 hours to experience Knotfest).
Having said that, these are the 10 music festivals that are well-worth the travel, no matter where you currently are in the world. Do it, do it, do it!
Tomorrowland is an electronic dance festival that held its first event in August, 2005 in Boom, Belgium. Since, it’s one of the most noteworthy festivals in the world taking place annually in July/August.
The festival stretches over a whopping two weeks and tickets tend to sell out within minutes of being released. If that doesn’t scream popularity, then I don’t know what does. And even if you’re not an EDM fan, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have an amazing time, as the vibe is simply electric (excuse the pun).
9. Rock in Rio
Not only is Rock in Rio on my bucket list, but so is a visit to Brazil. The very first festival took place in 1985 and saw the likes of Queen, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Iron Maiden.
Now, in 2017, you can grab your tickets for the event in September and see artists such as Laga Gaga, Bon Jovi, Incubus, The Offspring, Guns ‘n Roses, and Aerosmith. Booking your flight to Rio right about now? Yeah, me too.
8. Afrika Burn
Afrika Burn is an even better spin on the super well-known festival, Burning Man. And while it isn’t solely about the music, it is an artistic gathering of like-minded individuals and focuses on inclusivity and giving rather than receiving.
It takes place in Tankwa Town in the beautiful Karoo, South Africa and is allegedly a calm array of land for 11 months of the year, only to have people of all different backgrounds and cultures gather to form an inspiring and creative crowd.
This five-day affair takes place in Somerset, England, and is basically ever-elusive leaving folk trying their hardest to get tickets. In fact, it’s even possible to register for 2019’s soiree right now. But once they’re sold out (which is almost instantly!) you’re sh*t out of luck and you’ll have to wait until the next year to try again.
Glastonbury is a festival that celebrates contemporary music, and this year saw Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and more grace the stage. Interested in attending? Best get in line.
6. Exit Festival
This award-winning festival takes place in Serbia and is one of the most sought-after summer festivals yet. It began in 2000 and came about after a student protest against the government. Today, the event can hold around 35,000 people and takes place at the beautiful Petrovaradin Fortress—a venue surrounded by nature.
Exit Festival boasts an array of music genres, so basically there’s something for everyone. It’s seen the likes of Snoop Dogg, Goldfrapp, Motörhead, and Chemical Brothers, and continues to support well-known artists from around the world.
5. Fuji Rock
If it’s Asia you’re after, Japan is famous for their three-day Fuji Rock Festival—the biggest outdoor festival in the country. It is so big in fact, that people have been known to camp out for a week in order to gain entrance. In 2005, it saw more than 100,000 festival goers.
This festival is also dedicated to contemporary artists, and supports local and international singers. This year, Bjõrk, Gorillaz, Queens of the Stone Age, and Aphex Twins performed. Need another reason to visit Japan? Now you have one!
4. Download Festival
This festival, notorious for its awesome rock/metal line-ups, is an all-time favourite among Brits and foreigners and takes place in Derby, England. It started in 2003 and has hosted bands such as Slipknot, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, and Deftones.
It takes place over five days and is said to be an extremely muddy, but an extremely memorable event. Persuaded to go? Me too.
Every year around August, people flock to Chicago, U.S. to frequent Lollapalooza—an alternative music festival of several genres. Do you like rock? Punk rock? Metal? Hip Hop? Yip, this festival has it all.
This year, the event hosted bands such as Muse, The Killers, Blink-182, Lorde and Chance the Rapper. Enough variety for you? Good.
Yet another EDM festival that has taken the world by storm. It was founded in 1999, getting its name from the Depeche Mode album, Ultra. Starting off in Miami, Florida as a one-day event, this festival now takes place in various locations worldwide and goes on for three days.
If you’re planning to attend, you can expect to see some big names like Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, The Prodigy, Tiësto, and Armin van Buuren. Whether you do it in Ibiza, Taiwan, Peru, or Singapore—chances are, you’ll have an amazing time.
And of course, Coachella tops the list, gaining a crazy 198,000 attendance rate. It’s also been said that it is “one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world”. Why is that? Because you’ll not only see some of the top artists today, but you’ll probably also party next to Kylie Jenner (well probably not, but you know what I mean).
So if you enjoy jamming to some Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Little Dragon, or Crystal Castles, you’ll probably adore Coachella. Tip: don’t forget your flower crown!
Are you doing any of these festivals next year? I’m pining for Glastonbury, Download, and Rock in Rio so all I can say is…roll on summer!