Festival season is in full swing. If you haven’t already booked your summer festival(s) check out our list of the top music festivals around the world. We cover every continent, but which Canadian festival made our cut?
Where: Barcelona Spain
When: June 16-18
Barcelona is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Since 1994 Sonar has featured the latest cutting edge artists in Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via alongside art installations, audio-visual displays and more.
9. Splendour in the Grass
Where: New South Wales, Australia
When: July 22-24
Technically, Splendour in the Grass takes place during Australia’s winter months, but the slightly cooler temperatures are more than outweighed by the red-hot acts. With a capacity of 30,000 guests, New South Wales’ Byron Park plays host to this festival, but visitors can also explore the nearby coast for great views and surfing.
When: July 28-31
Lollapalooza is one of the world’s most iconic music festivals. Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell started the festival in 1991 as a farewell tour, but it has grown into one of the world’s best expositions for dance, comedy, arts, and of course, music with over 160,000 people visiting the festival over the course of 3 days. Originally focused on smaller alt-rock and indie-rock groups, the festival now has a much more eclectic mix. This year Paul McCartney, Florence + the Machine, and Metallica are all headlining.
When: July 29-31
Canada’s own Osheaga makes the cut in our list of the best music festivals. Held in Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga has five stages with a range of musicians representing a diverse mix of genres.
6. Rock Al Parque
Where: Bogota, Colombia
When: July 2-4
Unlike most music festivals, Rock Al Parque (which sees an estimated 90,000 visitors a day) does not charge admission. Many of Colombia and South America’s best talents perform at the festival, playing ska, punk, hardcore, rock and more.
Where: Somerset, England
When: June 22-26
Since 1970 Glastonbury’s 5 day festival has spread across 900 acres of farmland, creating a temporary home for thousands of festival goers. True to its hippy roots Glastonbury is the largest “green field” music festival in the world, and boasts circus, theater, and cabaret acts.
4. Fuji Rock Festival
Where: Naeba, Japan
When: July 22-24
Home to one of the most beautiful natural surroundings of any global music festival, Fuji Rock Festival is held at Naeba Ski Resort. Over 200 Japanese and international musicians perform, but visitors can also admire the alpine landscape, take a gondola ride, or enjoy more than 30 global food stalls.
3. Burning Man
Where: Nevada, USA
When: August 28-September 5
Burning Man started out as a truly independent and radical community experience in 1986. It has gained mainstream popularity since then (much to the chagrin of early festival goers) and now plays host to about 65,000 people. Artistic expression in many forms is on display, along with some major international performers.
2. Lake of Stars
Where: Mangochi, Malawi
When: September 30-October 2
On the shores of Lake Malawi is one of Africa’s biggest music festivals. Featuring international artists, as well as many locals and other acts from around the continent, visitors will enjoy a unique music festival experience. The scenery and cheap beer alone is enough to justify going.
Where: Boom, Belgium
When: July 22-24
Taking place in the appropriately named town of Boom, the pounding bass of Tomorrowland acts as a beacon for EDM heads around the world who converge on this small Belgian town for three days of electronic music, dancing, and grandiose visuals. Since it was founded in 2005, Tomorrowland has exploded into one of the world’s most popular festivals.
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