The Top 10 Music Festivals Around The World
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From dancing to OutKast in the desert to high-fiving David Guetta in South Beach Miami or rocking out to The Arctic Monkeys in the depths of the Danish countryside, here we give you the low down on the best music festivals from around the globe.
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Almost every star in Hollywood migrates to the Californian Desert for one of the most famous festivals in the world. Coachella is a two weekend, three day festival that features the biggest names in music across the rock, indie, hip hop and EDM scene. It’s boho-meets-hipster in the best kind of way with just as many flower headbands and denim cut-offs as celebrities themselves!
If you’re planning on hitting up this famous festival, remember it’s in the desert- so it’s hot, and if you’re camping make sure you rug up at night. No matter how much you sweat through the stifling Californian heat, seeing Outkast perform the classics we love will be worth it. Plus, you’ll never know when another famous rapper will be resurrected as a hologram!
When: 1st weekend April 11-13, 2nd weekend April 18-20
Where: Indio, California USA
Lineup: OutKast, Disclosure, the Knife, Pharrell, Lana Del Rey, Haim, MGMT, Skrillex, Lorde.
Kate Moss makes her annual pilgrimage to the English countryside for this famous Mecca of music awesomeness. Live the best five days of your life with over 175,000 festival nuts dancing to the finest rock, electro, reggae, folk, hip hop, dance and pop acts from around the globe. Though it may be in the middle of the English ‘summer,’ we all know the weather isn’t exactly perfect. Make sure you pack the gumboots ‘cause it can get a little muddy from all that lovely English rain.
When: June 25-29
Where: Pilton, Somerset UK
Lineup: TBA, past acts included Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, The xx, Azealia Banks, Major Lazer, Solange, Crystal Castles.
SXSW is a week-long festival that fuses music and film together. It’s exploded in popularity over the last couple of years and it’s easy to see why! It’s absolutely huge, with over 2000 acts playing over 100 venues and plenty of celebs to mingle with. Whatever your taste in music, SXSW will satisfy your appetite. Together with the SXSW Film Festival, you also get to see some up-and-coming talent in the directing world so get ready to impress your friends with your movie trivia skills!
When: March 7-16
Where: Austin, Texas USA
Lineup: Black Lips, London Grammar, Action Bronson, Ryan Hemsworth, Charli XCX, Talib Kweli, Dune Rats, Twin Shadow, Rustie.
Roskilde is the largest festival in Northern Europe and definitely not to be missed on the European circuit! It was originally aimed at the hippie, alternative scene, but has since shifted more towards featuring headliners from Europe- particularly from Scandinavia. Festival goers come from all corners of the globe, so get ready to mix with a whole bunch of crazy cats. Roskilde officially runs for four days but to make the most of your Danish party experience, get onsite a few days earlier and catch some seriously cool warm-up parties.
When: June 29-July 6
Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Cyril Hahn, Pusha T, Major Lazer, Deerhunter, Rob Zombie.
Every year, Belgium plays host to the amazing Tomorrowland Festival. A country that makes amazing chocolate AND hosts one of the best electro festivals known to man, means you know you’re in for something very special. Tomorrowland is all about the very best in EDM and tickets sell out quick- like less than 35 minutes quick. You’ll need to plan ahead and sign up to email alerts because this is one festival that needs to be ticked off the bucket list!
When: 1st weekend July 18-20, 2nd weekend July 25-27
Lineup: TBA, past acts included Hardwell, Nervo, Fedde Le Grand, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Steve Angello, Alesso, Tiesto.
Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction created this festival as a farewell tour for his band in 1991 and after taking a hiatus between 1997 and 2003- it has run annually ever since! Lollapalooza hosts a diverse range of musical acts with focus on alternative rock, heavy metal and hip hop and has also helped expose major acts like Lady Gaga, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and Of Monsters of Men. Lollapalooza has also taken itself overseas rocking Chile and Brazil in South America.
When: August 1-3
Where: Chicago, Illinois USA
Lineup: TBA, past acts included The Cure, Phoenix, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The National, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Summertime in Chicago is made that much better with the Pitchfork Music Festival. Each year, Union Park plays host to a melting pot of alternative and indie rock talent. Not only does this awesome festival showcase the best in new and emerging talent, Chicago’s local businesses and greater arts community gets involved to create a memorable three-day experience. Sprinkle a few big names on top of an amazing, eclectic list of artists and let the Midwest show you how they party!
When: July 18-20
Where: Chicago, Illinois USA
Lineup: TBA, past acts included Björk, Belle & Sebastian, Mac DeMarco, Savages, Blood Orange, Chairlift, TNGHT, Toro Y Moi, Sky Ferreira, R. Kelly.
Ultra Music Festival
Sun, sand and some ridiculously good beats make for an incredibly amazing three day festival in the EDM capital of America, Miami! The crème da la crème of the electro world come together under the sunny skies of Southern Florida to bring you one hell of a party! If you are looking for a heaven full of DJs, then the pearly white gates of UMF are ready to let you in. Not only can you catch some sick DJ sets from the biggest names in the business but look out for some super cool underground parties or catch a DJ set and live it up on a super yacht.
When: March 28-30
Where: Miami, Florida USA
Lineup: Avicii, Afrojack, Kaskade, Tiesto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Diplo, Example, Pusha T, M.I.A.
The ‘90s dance and techno scene has undoubtedly made Serbia the place to be for all your EDM needs. It sits at the forefront of European techno and Exit Festival has officially been crowned the 'Best Major European Festival' by the EU Festival Awards.
Over 30 bands and DJs play across six killer stages, blasting the absolute best in rock, electronic, hip hop, drum and bass, metal and punk! The main stage itself can be filled with up to 35,000 partying peeps at any one time, with special ‘after 2am sessions’ hitting the stage for all the benders out there. There’s definitely nothing ‘exit’ about this festival- you are not going to want to leave!
When: July 10-13
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Lineup Includes: TBA, past acts included Snoop Dogg, CeeLo Green, Fatboy Slim, Bloc Party, Rudimental, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Prodigy, Chase & Status, Eric Prydz, SBTRKT.
Splendour in the Grass
Rounding out the top ten is our very own Splendour in the Grass (affectionately known as the Splendour Bender.) Nestled within the surrounds of Byron Bay and brining out a little boho/hippie in all of us, Splendour aims to heat up the winter temperatures by showcasing both up and coming as well as ridiculously well-known acts around the world. Whether you decide to pitch a tent, rent a beachside mansion or just sleep in your car, one thing is guaranteed – you’re going to love it.
Where: Byron Bay, Australia
Lineup: TBA, past acts included Of Monsters And Men, Passion Pit, The Presets, Klaxons, Flume, James Blake, Laura Marling, Matt Corby, Alt-J, Wavves.
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