World’s Best Music Festivals to Go to Before You Die
There are days when your Spotify playlist just won’t cut it. Because you crave that feeling of losing yourself in a crowd
We get it and in fact, we have those days, too. Get your live music fix from the best music festivals around the world. We list down the really good ones from within our shores to across the globe.
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Where: Osaka & Chiba, Japan
Why: Two locations under one huge music festival? Book it. Summer Sonic is known as the more urban alternative counterpart of Fuji Rock because it features local and international rock legends.
When: Between March to May
Where: Manila, Philippines
Why: When music and arts are combined, you’re sure to have one hell of a good time. Wanderland is dubbed the largest music and arts community in the Philippines #WanderlandCommunity. A variety of local and international indie artists come to perform and have fun with the crowd.
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Where: Manila, Philippines
Why: Attendees of this music festival should prepare for an explosion of EDM. Heavy drops and crazy beats come from the best of the best EDM artists and commercial house music from around the world.
Where: Singapore, Bali and Bangkok
Why: From its birth place in the West end, Ultra has found its way to Asia. Formally introduced in Singapore in 2016, the event is a commercial dance music event for people with global or eclectic tastes. The two-day festival with three different stages (Main, Live and Resistance) hosts some of the biggest names in electronic music history.
When: December (February this 2017)
Where: Pattaya, Thailand
Why: If you want a seriously immersive music festival, then go to Wonderfruit. Make memories during the three-day festival camping under the stars, listening to music and soaking up art. Located 15km away from the city, it's the place to “Live. Love. Wonder.”
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Where: Sentosa Island, Singapore
Why: People from different corners of the world go to ZoukOut get lost in the music, dance with the crowd and soak up the ambiance made up of A-list talents and unbelievable stage production.
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Where: Indio, California
Why: Definitely one of the names up there when it comes music festivals, Coachella is a three-day music festival for every type of music fan. It is known to bring the biggest names in music in an awesome deserted piece of land in California. It's pretty pricey, but it won’t be in the world's top-tier if it wasn't worth it.
Where: The Gorge, Washington
Why: Sasquatch Music Festival is one of biggest events in Washington. It brings artists from different genres, though predominantly indie-rock acts. No convinced? It’s only located at the nine-time winner of Pollstar Magazine’s Best Outdoor Music Venue, no big deal.
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Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Why: One word: RAVE. Electric Daisy is considered as the ultimate raver’s haven because of its music lineup ,state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics, large-scale art installations and over-the-top special effects. In June 2014, it brought over 400,000 music fans from all over the world. If that's not big, we don't know what is.
When: End of July to early August
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Why: Over 160,000 people in average attend this event in downtown Chicago. Music performers come from a range of genres like alternative rock, heavy metal, pop punk, hip-hop and EDM. Best of all, Lollapalooza is one of the music festivals that opened itself up for non-profit organizations to advocate their causes.
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Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Why: Globally recognized DJs, dreamville experience, top-notch production and camping experience make this music festival one of the most popular electronic music festivals in the world. Though it took a break in 2015, the loyal attendees still believe to “Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever.”
Where: Randall’s Park, New York City
Why: Located in the city that never sleeps, The Governor’s Ball prides itself as a prime contemporary music festival. Think over 60 artists from a variety of genres in all four stages dominate this event every year. Getting the munchies in-between sets? The event also brings takes pride in bringng together the best eats in the city.
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Where: The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware
Why: This music festival believes that the more time you spend with them, the grander time you’ll have. Four days with over 70,000 campers with different activities to do like morning yoga and sports activities, make this music festival one for the books.
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Where: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Why: 10 days and over 200 international artists in one of the budding party venues in the Yucatan Peninsula. Rub elbows with like-minded individuals from different parts of the globe, savor good food and drinks and simple enjoy the ambiance.
When: End of January to early February
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why: Held in the luxury hotels of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, groove to eclectic tunes from different musical acts. If there's anything you can be sure of, One Big Holiday will guarantees a holiday you’ll never forget.
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When: End of February to early March
Where: Uvita, Costa Rica
Why: The combination of music and nature has never been this good. It's music, dance, yoga and art appreciation on the pristine beaches of Uvita Village.
Where: Cartagena, Colombia
Why: The music festival covers a whole week of different events, from pre-parties on rooftops to the big shindig on the island. Oliver Heldens, Jamie Jones and Hardwell are just some of the bold-faced names who’ve graced the festival's stage.
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Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Why: One of the longest running music festivals in the world (1985), rock music was at the epicenter of the event during its early stages. However, Rock in Rio has expanded and included other genres to their lineup, like the music of Beyonce, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Its first event wasWant proof of how big it was/is? It was once attended by 1.5 million people and Queen headlined the show.
Where: Jaco, Costa Rica
Why: This music festival allows you to experience the Costa Rican life. Now on its 7th year, Jungle Jam has been consistent in converging artists from different genres, like reggae and rock.
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Where: Daresbury, UK
Why: Show up with your moves ready for the Creamfields music festival. Their lineup consists of fresh with artists from a range of different genres.
When: End of May to early June
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Why: Indie music lovers unite! Headliners of Primaversa Sound include Bon Iver, The XX, Frank Ocean and Arcade Fire. Genres like quality pop, rock and the most underground tendencies of electronic and dance music are all present at the event.
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Where: Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany
Why: Rock and heavy metal is the name of the game in this music festival. These are two simultaneous events in a three-day timeline. Both events have the same lineup but in different places (Mendig and Nuremberg).
Where: Isle of Wight, UK
Why: Big names in the music industry, like Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses and Bruce Springsteen have performed in the Isle of Wight stage. Many of the performers often pay homage to the deep history of the music festival during their performances.
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Where: Glastonbury, UK
Why: Glastonbury’s stage has always been about diversity. Coming from different genres and music generations, it made a good account of itself for rock, pop and urban festival experiences. It is the largest greenfield music and performing arts music festival in the world.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Why: In the heart of Budapest glows the Sziget Festival. 400,000 fans from 70 countries flock in the island to enjoy non-stop parties and live concerts. It is considered one of the biggest multi-cultural events of Europe because of the international community that supports the event.
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Where: London, UK
Why: A handpicked lineup of urban and EDM music awaits its yearly audience. Think: Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Drake and Avicii.
Where: Novy Sad, Serbia
Why: This is the summer music festival you shouldn’t miss. Located in Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Exit started as a platform for students fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans.
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When: End of June to early July
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
Why: Yearly, Roskilde makes sure that environmental issues, humanitarian causes and cultural work are at the core of their event. Audience service, quality, creativity and safety are the focus of festival, which is highlighted by modern music and creative kinship.
Where: Zamárdi, Hungary
Why: Balaton Sound carries the pride of being voted as the 3rd best festival in the Electronic/Dance category of Festicket Awards 2015. It is perfect for Europe’s summer music festival calendar because it is conveniently located on Lake Balaton.
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Where: London, UK
Why: Urban and electronic music have found its home in Lovebox. It is a two-day festival made up of 12 stages with big-name partnerships from different brands. Besides the multi-genre music, the event gives off a rural and urban vibe, which is evident in its stage designs.
Where: Derby, UK
Why: A lot of the world’s biggest bands have started in the stages of Download Festival. It is called as the grandfather of rock and heavy metal music. It also has a pretty cool mascot named “Download Dog,” which appears in different festival-related merch, like stickers and stage banners.
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Where: Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
Why: A festival dedicated to electronic dance music with a range of DJs and live acts keeping the stages alive. It is a natural dancefloor for a lot of the local and international guests who jump up and down thanks to its shoulder-shimmying, hip-gyrating and toe-tapping music.
Where: Accra, Ghana
Why: What’s unique about this music festival is that they provide electronic music production workshops for burgeoning musicians. The event has been possible due to the initiatives of Alliance Française d’Accra. Every year, international artists and music enthusiasts come together to bask in this pleasure-filled environment.
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Where: Rabat, Morocco
Why: As part of Morocco’s tourism efforts, this music festival was launched in October 2001 to showcase local and international artists. An average of 2 million people get to enjoy four main different stages: the international stage, oriental stage, African stage and Moroccan stage. It also has smaller stages namely World Music stage, Discovery and Tarab.
Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Why: Known as the largest cultural infusion of Southern African talent, there are plenty of reasons why this music festival should be in your bucket list. Artists from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia showcase their talent to thousands upon thousands of attendees. If you want to take a break from all the music, then sign up for outdoor activities like bungee jumping, sunset river cruises and white water rafting.
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Where: Limpopo, South Africa
Why: Unusually located at a farm in Notham, Oppikoppi is one of South Africa’s largest music festivals. The young and young at heart from diverse culutral backgrounds come and immerse themselves in the musical tastes of South Africans. Its previous headliners include AKA, DJ Zinhle, Ross Jack and Johnny Clegg.
Where: Marsa Alam, Egypt
Why: Movies, live bands, jamming sessions, drum circles, yoga sessions and beach cleanups are part of the event's 3-day itinerary. It started in 2013 with the goal of being an eco-friendly art and music festival in the desert.
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Where: North Byron Parklands
Why: A top-notch lineup against a a beautiful location, Splendour in the Grass is easily one of biggest music festivals in Australia.
When: End of November to early December
Where: Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
Why: Aside from bringing the biggest names in the music industry, the people behind Stereosonic pair that with impressive stages and an incredible atmosphere.
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Why: Quality house music is what brings people to this music festival. That and the great venue and cool vibe. If you ask us, we think Harbourlife has what it takes to be the hottest music festival in Australia.
When: New Year’s Eve
Where: Glenworth Valley, New South Wales
Why: If you want to attend a music festival that feels like a community, fly to Australia and get a ticket to Lost Paradise. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the varied, multi-genre lineup, quaint venue and so much more.
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Where: Australian Bush
Why: For three days in November, immerse yourself in breakthrough electronic music from both local and international artists. It is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative energy.
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