More music festivals important in the world

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Martí Micolau

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For many people a trip cannot be organized and lived without the right soundtrack. Music is the backdrop to many important events in our lives and, certainly, it can represent a relevant aspect in any self-respecting tour. You are planning your next departure and would like to include some important musical event in your itinerary? In every part of the world they are organized periodically music festivals of different sizes, dedicated to a certain musical genre or hosting world famous singers and bands. Let's get to know together which are the most important music festivals in the world, maybe you will discover the next stage of your favorite singer!


  1. Lollapalooza
  2. Tomorrowland
  3. Rock Am Ring
  4. Island
  5. Summerfest
  6. Splendor in the Grass
  7. Metaltown
  8. Rock in Rio
  9. The Governors Ball
  10. Roskilde
  11. Rock Werchter
  12. Reading & Leeds
  13. Outside Lands
  14. Hellfest
  15. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  16. Field day
  17. Montreux Jazz Festival
  18. Mawazine
  19. Lovebox
  20. Latitude
  21. Osheaga
  22. G
  23. Fuji Rock
  24. Exit
  25. Dimensions
  26. 2Coachella
  27. 2Burning Man
  28. 2Bonnaroo
  29. 2Benicàssim
  30. 30 - Pentaport Rock Festival
  31. 3Wacken Open Air
  32. 3Download Festival
  33. User questions and comments

1 - Lollapalooza

Few music festivals are as recognized and famous as Lollapalooza. Created in 1991 by lead singer Jane's Addiction Perry Farrell as a farewell concert, the festival has since evolved into a great event which involves numerous exponents of different musical genres. The performances are so many and varied and they include live music, dance and comedy shows. The Lollapalooza hosts more than 160.000 visitors over the three days of the festival and has contributed to the success of numerous artists, from Pearl Jam to Ice-T. Although the event initially focused on alternative and indie rock genres, it has expanded to eclectic performances and more niche genres. Past headliners have been the likes of Paul McCartney and Metallica.

  • Location: Chicago, United States
  • Music genre: Alternative, Indie Rock, Pop, Electronic
  • Period: August
  • Price: about 260 Euros

2 - Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is, since 2005, one of the largest and most famous music festivals around the world with regards to dance and electronic music. Hundreds of internationally renowned DJ's make the audience dance from the various stages of the festival. In 2015 Tomorrowland hosted artists such as Alesso, David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, Tiesto and many others.

  • Location: Boom, Belgium
  • Music genre: Dance, Electronic
  • Period: July
  • Price: average price 258 Euros

3 - Rock Am Ring

A great dedicated European festival to the most loyal fans of rock and metal music. Held since 1985 at the Nürburgring circuit, it was born as a celebration of its inauguration. Thanks to the success obtained in its first edition, it has become a fixed appointment that attracts, every year, the best bands of rock and metal scene world. U2, Sting, Aerosmith, Elton John, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne and many others have walked the stage of this festival.

  • Location: Nürburgring, Germany
  • Music genre: Rock, Metal
  • Period: June
  • Price: 175 Euro

4 - Sziget

Since 1993, this Hungarian festival has welcomed around 400.000 music lovers from over 70 countries every year. The event not only includes musical performances but also circus and theatrical performances, plays of light, dance performances and much more. On stage they followed one another artists from all over the world, representatives of the most disparate musical genres, from David Guetta to Manu Chao, from Muse to the very Italian Roy Paci, up to Korn and Blink-182.

  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Music genre: Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Blues, Reggae, Afro, World Music, Folk, Electronic, Jazz, Classical
  • Period: August
  • Price: 195 Euro

5 - Summerfest

If "the bigger the better", Summerfest is just the best. In fact, it holds the title of largest festival in the world and takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, it welcomes almost a million visitors and 800 artists every year over the course of approximately 11 days. The musical genres embraced by the event are many, the artists who have played in the past editions have been, for example, Paul McCartney, Weezer and Jason Derulo.

  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Music genre: Alternative, American, Bluegrass, Blues, Contemporary, Country, Electronic, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hard rock, Metal, Hip hop, Indie, Jam Band, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock
  • Period: June / July
  • Price: from 13 to 100 Dollars

6 - Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass is a world-renowned festival and has been held annually in Australia since 2001, to the point of becoming a real institution for the Aussies. Bands such as The Strokes, Flume, James Blake, Santigold, What So Not, The 1975, Leon Bridges participated in the festival.

  • Location: Byron Bay, Australia
  • Music genre: Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, Alternative
  • Period: July
  • Price: average cost 210 Dollars

7 - Metaltown

The first edition took place in 2004 and since then this Swedish festival has welcomed the most fervent fans of rock and metal music every year. The event takes place in just two days, with the exception of the 2013 edition which lasted 3 days. It is about one of the symbolic gatherings of the heavy metal people, which has seen iconic Nordic metal bands such as Sentenced, In Flames, Killswitch Engage but also Slayer and Soulfly.

  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Music genre: Heavy metal, Hardcore Punk
  • Period: March
  • Price: 180 Euro

8 - Rock in Rio

The first edition took place in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Six other editions took place in other parts of the world: in Lisbon in Portugal, in Madrid in Spain and in Las Vegas under the name of Rock in Rio USA. This edition featured Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, John Legend and many others.

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Music genre: Rock, Pop, Indie, Heavy Metal
  • Period: September
  • Price: about 110 Euros

9 - The Governors Ball

Born in 2011 this festival offers an eclectic mix of performances and a pinch of New York culture. Visitors can experience rock, electronic and indie music performances, all perhaps while tasting traditional New York cuisine. For those who want to take a break from the classic concert there are alternative activities such as Silent Disco or play on the lawn. Major Lazer, Beck and Empire of The Sun are just a few names that have participated in the past editions.

  • Location: New York City, United States
  • Music genre: Indie rock, Alternative rock, Hip-hop, EDM
  • Period: June
  • Price: about $ 200

10 - Roskilde

This is the oldest and largest festival in continental Europe, its first edition dates back to 1971. Created by two Danish high school students, the Roskilde event has evolved and from a hippie gathering it has become a mainstream music festival. During the 4 days of the festival around 3000 artists perform, including internationally renowned performers - such as Aerosmith and Beastie Boys - and lesser known bands.

  • Location: Roskilde, Denmark
  • Music genre: Rock, Pop, Electronic, Reggae, Hip Hop, World
  • Period: June / July
  • Price: from 50 to 300 Euros

11 - Rock Werchter

The first annual edition of this festival took place in 1974 and has received the award as best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). Smashing Pumpkins, Tool and Peter Gabriel, among others, took the stage at the event.

  • Location: Werchter, Belgium
  • Music genre: Alternative Rock, Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Electronic Music, Dance Music
  • Period: June / July
  • Price: on average around 200 Euros

12 - Reading & Leeds

The Reading and Leeds Festivals are also known by their sponsor name, Carling Weekend. As both festivals take place at the same time and usually with the same artists performing, they are generally mentioned together. The first edition of the Reading Festival took place in 1961 and this makes it the longest running music festival in the world. In 1963 i Rolling Stones.

  • Location: Reading & Leeds, UK
  • Music genre: Rock, Alternative, Metal
  • Period: August
  • Price: on average around £ 72

13 - Outside Lands

This festival has more or less the same characteristics as all Californian festivals but, unlike Coachella, manages to stage a more delicate balance between mainstream and underground artists. Here you can also find a wide choice of street food and culinary specialties typical of the area. Pearl Jam, Social Distortion and Muse have delighted visitors during the past editions.

  • Location: San Francisco, United States
  • Music genre: Indie rock, Alternative rock, Hip hop, Electronica
  • Period: August
  • Price: from 300 to 700 Dollars

14 - Hellfest

This is a much loved festival fans of rock and metal, which saw its first editions in the United States but was later exported to France, where it has been held since 2006. Due to the presence of bands considered "extreme" in their genre, in 2015 some religious extremists targeted the Hellfest with vandalism. Usually bands like Children Of Bodom, Megadeth, Mayhem and many others exhibit.

  • Location: Clisson, France
  • Music genre: Rock, Pop, Classical, Jazz, etc.
  • Period: June
  • Price: 200 Euro

15 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

While the authentic jazz scene remains alive and rich in this American festival, the doors have been opened in more recent times a more contemporary lineup, which consequently attracted different types of visitors. The festival also features a wide variety of local food and artifact vendors.

  • Location: New Orleans, United States
  • Music genre: various
  • Period: April / May
  • Price: 80 Dollars

16 - Field Day

Initially lasting two days, this festival which takes place in London's Victoria Park has been reduced to just one day. The first edition took place in August 2007. The stage gives space to artists from the local alternative rock scene and underground bands little known in the rest of the world. Despite this, the fame of the festival has grown from year to year and the tickets for the new editions are sold out a few hours after going on sale.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Music genre: Alternative Rock
  • Period: June
  • Price: around 74 Pounds

17 - Montreux Jazz Festival

The festival takes place on the shores of Lake Geneva in the beautiful town of Montreux and since 1967, the year of the first edition, it has also embraced other musical genres besides jazz. Many world-renowned artists participated, including Miles Davis, Santana, Elvis Costello, Brian May, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton and Phil Collins.

  • Location: Montreux, Switzerland
  • Music genre: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Rock, Brazilian music and other genres
  • Period: June / July
  • Price: from 60 to 240 Swiss Francs

18 - Mawazine

Also known as Rhythms of the World, it is a festival known all over the world which takes place in Morocco, the largest on the African continent. In 2016 it hosted artists such as Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, Wyclef Jean, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera and many others from all over Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

  • Location: Rabat, Morocco
  • Music genre: various
  • Period: May
  • Price: 600 to 1200 Dirham

19 - Lovebox

It is a two-day festival, also held in London's Victoria Park in the summer. It was founded in 2012 by DJs Groove Armada and has also hosted similar events over the years in Newcastle, Dublin and Ibiza. Is dedicated to lovers of parties and clubs, annually hosts internationally acclaimed DJS for a two-day non-stop dance.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Music genre: Electronic, Dance, Hip Hop
  • Period: July
  • Price: from £ 45

20 - Latitude

He is the softer, more shy cousin of the massive Glastonbury Festival. It has been taking place near a lake in the quiet town of Southwald for ten years now. There lineup is usually very diverse, so much so that it also attracts more mature visitors, families but also young people of all ages and social backgrounds.

  • Location: Suffolk, England
  • Music genre: Alternative Rock, Pop
  • Period: July
  • Price: £ 197

21 - Osheaga

It has been taking place since 2006 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Canada. In the three-day festival they are present 5 stages where different lineups of artists follow one another, from indie rock bands to folk music. Plenty of space is also offered to emerging artists and visual arts performers.

  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Music genre: Indie
  • Period: August
  • Price: on average 400 dollars

22 - Glastonbury

Established in 1970, this 5-day festival is a real must of the English summer. It takes place on a 900 acre lot, which classifies it as largest lawn festival in the world. In addition to music, visitors can enjoy theater, circus and cabaret performances. Coldplay and Kilye Minogue were some of the headliners.

  • Location: Pilton, UK
  • Music genre: Rock, Pop
  • Period: June
  • Price: £ 243

23 - Fuji Rock

The festival is held in a truly beautiful natural setting, which could also distract visitors from the music. In fact, it takes place at the Naeba Ski Resort, in the Japanese mountains, since 1997. The performances can also be admire from the top of the mountain, reachable via the cable car. Over 200 international and Japanese musicians take part in the event, among others the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.

  • Location: Naeba, Japan
  • Music genre: Rock, Electronic Music
  • Period: July
  • Price: 1000 Yen

24 - Exit

Inaugurated in 2000 by a band of local students to promote peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans, the Exit festival has always maintained a close link with its roots. Visitors from all over the world come to listen to their favorite artists with the opportunity to learn more about local politics and social structure. On the festival stage they performed the most important bands of the rock, punk and metal scene but there is also a dance arena to let loose with electronic beats all night long.

  • Location: Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Music genre: Rock, Electronica, Electronic dance music, Metal, Hip hop, Reggae, Punk, Drum and Bass
  • Period: July
  • Price: on average 150 Euros

25 - Dimensions

Dimensions Festival is a 4-day event that takes place at an ancient fort, Fort Punta Christo, over 150 years old. It is located near Croatian beaches and allows participants to enjoy the sea during the day and go wild to the rhythm of the best DJS international overnight.

  • Location: Pula, Croatia
  • Music genre: House, Techno, Dubstep, Drum and Bass
  • Period: August / September
  • Price: 188,5 Euro

26 - Coachella

Coachella is one of the largest and most famous music festivals from all over the United States and the world. It is so popular that since 1999, the year of its birth, it has in a certain way invented its own way of dressing and dressing up that visitors follow assiduously. Tickets to participate they are sold out in a few hours! In 2016, bands like Guns N 'Roses and DJs like Calvin Harris played. The festival also counts numerous celebrities among its most frequent visitors.

  • Location: Indio, California, United States
  • Music genre: Rock, Indie, Hip Hop, EDM
  • Period: April
  • Price: about $ 500

27 - Burning Man

It is undoubtedly a particular festival, different from all the others. The name derives from the ritual that starts the event, which consists of set fire to a large wooden puppet. The festival does not include large performances or the participation of international artists, at least not advertised. Everyone is indeed free to organize your own exhibition, or to hold lessons, games, workshops and shows of all kinds. It is possible to notify the organizing committee in advance, but it is not mandatory. To take part in the festival you need to equip yourself with own camping equipment, electricity and food generators for the duration of the event. In fact, only ice and coffee are on sale at the location. It is about a festival for true survivors, as temperatures in the desert can reach 40 degrees during the day and drop below zero at night! Also, cell phones don't work and the area is often prone to sudden sandstorms.

  • Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, United States
  • Music genre: various
  • Period: August / September
  • Price: 380 Dollars

28 - Bonnaroo

Since 2002 it has been a destination for music lovers and eternal hippies. Despite spreading over 700 acres and featuring over 150 performances on more than 10 stages, this festival wants to keep a rather intimate atmosphere, which makes visitors feel like part of a small community. Artists such as the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers attended this festival.

  • Location: Manchester, Tennessee, United States
  • Music genre: Pop, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Edm, Metal, Funk, Stoner Rock, Jazz, Jam Bands, Americana, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, Reggae, World
  • Period: June
  • Price: 35,90 Dollars

29 - Benicàssim

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) or simply Benicàssim is a perfect combination of holiday and music. From 2009 until the last edition, the capacity of the festival has increased, from the initial 50.000 to the current 150.000 visitors. The performances focus mainly on pop, rock and electronic music artists, although in addition to music there are screenings of short films, fashion and art exhibitions. This festival has a reputation for being one among the best international festivals.

  • Location: Benicàssim, Spain
  • Music genre: Pop, Dance, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Electro
  • Period: July
  • Price: 125 Euro

30 - Pentaport Rock Festival

Is considered one of the biggest live music events in South Korea. The festival includes various musical genres, mainly rock and electronic music. The name derives from the 5 main themes of the festival: music, passion, respect for the environment, do it yourself and friendship. Since 2006, the year of the first edition, artists like Weezer, Scorpions and The Prodigy have succeeded.

  • Location: Incheon, South Korea
  • Music genre: Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Dance, World music, Punk rock, Electronic music, Folk music, Emo
  • Period: August
  • Price: 220 Won

31 - Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air is one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world. Started as a country music festival over 30 years ago, over time it has managed to attract more and more fans from all over the world. Every first weekend in August the "population" of the quiet town of Wacken explodes: its 2.000 inhabitants open their doors to over 80.000 visitors. During the three days of the event, festival goers transform the village into the third largest city in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The organizers provide the necessary infrastructure, including a tent city, showers, toilets, signs and light poles.

  • Location: Wacken, Germany
  • Music genre: Rock, Metal
  • Period: August
  • Price: € 229

32 - Download Festival

Despite being a relatively young festival (the first edition was in 2003); Over the years, the Download has been increasingly successful, becoming one of the reference musical events for Metal lovers. The Festival takes place at Donington Park circuit, near East Midlands Airport, England, where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet.

  • Location: Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK
  • Music genre: Rock, Metal
  • Period: June
  • Price: from 240 pounds

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