Music makes the world go round.
Now there really is nothing in the world like a music festival – be it a rave or a blues music festival or a rock fest, there really is nothing like it. Seeing your favourite musicians and being surrounded by thousands of other fans make for an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else – it’s over the moon!
As fans, we save up our money, we wait and when the day, weekend or week comes: we go all out. Painted faces, crazy outfits and crazier shenanigans because it’s time for us to leave the world behind and just indulge in good live music. Music festivals are huge events and they happen all over the world.
Here’s our pick of 10 music festivals that you should go to – if not this year, at least once in your life.
Note: The festivals are arranged in chronological order.
Tomorrowland is a huge electronic dance music (EDM) festival held in the town of Boom, Belgium. Ever since its first hit the world in 2005, Tomorrowland has become one of the most notable global music festivals that takes place every year in July.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival more commonly known as Coachella is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival that takes place at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Featuring genres of music that includes rock, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music, Coachella is the place to be for all arts and music fanatics.
3. Byron Bay Bluesfest
Bluesfest is Australia’s multi-award winning and internationally renowned festival that takes place every Easter at Byron Bay. Happening over five days and featuring over a hundred performances, this festival is not one any blues music fan would want to miss out on.
4. The Governors Ball
A multi day music festival held in New York City, The Governors Ball first launched in 2011. Featuring a variety of genres and style of music, including rock, electronic, indie, americana, folk, pop and more, the festival also offers an array of popular NYC restaurants, food trucks and activities such as photo booth, lawn games and Silent Disco.
5. Glastonbury Festival
Now this legendary festival has been around the ’70s and everyone must go for it at least once in their lifetime. Glastonbury is a five day music festival that takes place in Somerset, England and features contemporary music, hosts dance, comedy, theatre, cabaret and other forms of arts. Leading pop and rock artists has headlined this festival and it is now attended by 175,000 people from across the globe.
One of the best things about this open-air music festival that takes place in Donauinsel in Vienna, Austria is that it is free! It usually takes place in mid or end of June, Donauinselfest is known for being the biggest festival in the world with over 2,000 acts playing and 3.2 million people attending in 2013.
7. Exit Festival
Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia won the “Best Major Festival” award at the European Festival Awards and has been around since year 2000. What’s more amazing is that this festival takes place inside a fort that was build in the 1700s.
8. Splendour In The Grass
Like Bluesfest, Splendour In The Grass also takes place in a huge grassy field on the edge of beautiful Byron Bay. An Australian version of Coachella, Splendour In The Grass is the perfect festival for hipsters as it draws a lor of indie rock and alternative rock bands.
Held in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, Stereosonic is an annual electronic dance music festival that takes place in November and early December. Considered to be Australia’s fastest growing music festival, Stereosonic is definitely a way for music fans to end the year with a bang!
10. Electric Forest Festival
A four day multi-genre with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, Electric Forest Festival is held in Rothbury, Michigan. Though the scene is very much EDM, the mystical forest vibes and camping setup makes this festival far more friendlier than bigger events like Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival.