Summer is a time for enjoying the beach, bonfires, and travels. However, for some of us, the season will also include partaking in one or even two outdoor music festivals. Due to the cost, duration, and distance from home, many individuals look to make an outdoor music festival a week-long event. Today, we will take a look at 20 outdoor music festivals from around the world and why they are too special for you to miss out on this year, or next.
1. Donauinselfest, Austria
This free Austrian outdoor festival is held every June in Vienna. The concert is free and is a hit for both music lovers as well as foodies with their various selection of international food options. This year, the festival was June 27–29 and included Macy Gray, Rita Ora, and The Commodores, among other artists. Book it in for next year!
2. Tomorrowland, Belgium
In Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland is an annual music festival held July 26–28 that many have deemed to be one of, if not the, best dance parties one can go to. It’s infamous and has a fairy theme that seems to be out of this world. This year, the lineup will include AfroJack, Krewella, and Tiesto, just to name a few.
3. Spring Wave, Taiwan
Spring Wave is one of the most popular music festivals in not only Taiwan but most of Asia. This festival stands out to us because it doesn’t focus on artists that are popular throughout the world, it focuses on those popular in the region. This gives them a great stage to entertain their fans. This year the festival ran April 4–5 and included acts like Mandopop, S.H.E, and many others.
4. Glastonbury, Great Britain
Held June 21–23 in the city of the festival’s namesake in England, Glastonbury is a music festival that’s different from the rest. Along with the fact that it is in Great Britain, a country not necessarily on the music festival map, the festival size is approachable and not crowded like the others. With 2014’s festival long completed, the acts that made the festival a hit this year included Metallica, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton, and many others.
5. Roskilde, Denmark
This week-long music festival, from June 29th until July 7th, is well known for the big names, including The Rolling Stones, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, and others, who all rocked the stage this year. Roskilde also includes various activities around the campsites available at the Copenhagen event. As a bonus, the activities and music you are enjoying are all for a charitable cause as well!
6. Coachella, United States
One of the largest music festivals in the world, Coachella is a guaranteed great time. Coachella is a very relaxed, hippie-esque festival, that always finds a way to stay in the news each year. Coachella is infamous among music festivals and is a must on any list of great festivals to enjoy. This festival is always sold out, so save up and purchase your tickets fast.
7. Bonnaroo, United States
Bonnaroo is known to be a notoriously great time! You have a varied lineup, along with a ton of activities in the sun. In Tennessee style, Bonnaroo occurs on a farm from June 13–16. The fun summer activities found at Bonnaroo include a myriad of dance parties and water-centered games and fun. This year, Bonnaroo included artists from Kanye West to Damien Marley, The Lonesome Trio to Bobby Womack.
8. Mawazine, Morocco
Mawazine is a hit festival in the city of Rabat. Internationally known artists in Arabic music, as well as artists from the United States, share the festival with up-and-coming artists in this multi-day festival. The city becomes alive even more during this time and includes individuals from all walks of life who come to enjoy what this June festival has to offer.
9. Lollapalooza, United States
Lollapalooza used to be known as a nationwide festival. However, after finding a home in Chicago from August 1–3, the music festival has grown to include Lorde, Eminem, Vic Mensa, and Krewella among others.
10. Creamfields, Great Britain
August 23–25 you can find one of the best dance parties in Europe with Great Britain’s Creamfields. With thousands of attendees, Creamfields has an energetic line up that includes the likes of Avicii, Afrojack, Karma Kid, and others.
11. Bumbershoot, United States
This end-of-summer music festival in Seattle allows attendees to rock out to Passion Pit and Jane’s Addiction, while also taking in the art that this festival also includes. From August 31st to September 2nd, this three-day festival will be a great treat to end the days of the seemingly endless summer heat.
12. The Burning Man, United States
This music festival is infamously held in the middle of Nevada from the Monday before Labor Day until September 2nd. The end of the festival is marked with the act of the festival’s namesake: burning a giant wooden man and dog. What makes this music festival the most unique of all is that there isn’t a stage or scheduled acts. Attendees set up for the week and entertain in the form of amateur acts that visitors bring themselves.
13. Sonar Festival, Spain
If you are a fan of electronic music, this is the music festival you need to look into attending. Held June 12–14, Sonar offers what any great music festival should: it features both big names and up-and-coming artists. This is done by allowing new names to perform the stage during the day, with the big names performing at night. The festival isn’t in some off-the-beaten-path field either. It’s held in the heart of Barcelona! This year, the festival featured artists like Massive Attack, Jameszoo, Bonobo, and hundreds of others.
14. The Garden Festival, Croatia
The Garden Festival in Croatia lives up to its name as a relaxed and approachable music festival not drowned out by crowds. You can enjoy great tunes by the water, and enjoy great eats in the nearby town. The Garden Festival was July 2–9 including hundreds of artists, like Eddy Ramich, Eric Duncan, Tim Sweeney, and more.
15. Fez Festival, Morocco
Held in various parts of this beautiful Moroccan city, Fez Festival of World Sacred Music includes not only spiritual Sufi and cultural artists, but also world-renowned secular artists. Held from June 13–21 this year, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music hosted multiple artists including Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane, Zakir Hussain, and Kathem Al-Saher.
16. Ultra, United States
Ultra is a very well-known music festival in Miami. Hosting more than 300 artists and over 300,000 attendees, Ultra is one of the hardest music festivals to get tickets for because they sell out fast. This is for good reasons once you see the line up, which includes Steve Angello, Krewella, Solomon, MIA, and tons of others.
17. Exit Festival, Serbia
This Serbian music festival features a diverse array of artists including Skrillex and Damon Albarn. The festival is also a hit because it is now combined with the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. This means that attendees of the 14-year-old Exit Festival can continue the fun for three more days, for a full week.
18. Rock In Rio, Brazil
Rock in Rio is actually three festivals in three locations, all in one. This is because the annual festival is so large that they have expanded to also include Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain. On even years, like this year, you’ll find the festival in Spain and Portugal. On odd years, you’ll find that Rock in Rio will be in Brazil. This year, the lineup includes David Guetta, Justin Timberlake, and many others.
19. Summerfest, United States
Covering close to 75 acres, Summerfest in the American state of Wisconsin has been deemed the largest outdoor music festival yet. For 11 days, Summerfest allows attendees to enjoy acts including The Averett Brothers, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Tom Petty, while enjoying summer-friendly activities from June 26th to July 7th.
20. Sziget, Hungary
The 21-year-old festival is unique in that it not only ensures that famous names and new artists are at the same festival, it also ensures that big and growing names are on the same stage. This brings them into the scope of all Sziget attendees. The Hungarian festival is held on Lake Balaton and this year included Lily Allen, Macklemore, and many other smaller acts.
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