Top 10 Music Festivals in the World

Dan Taylor | Aug 08, 2018

Music festivals date back to medieval times but nowadays, they have come to epitomise youth and summertime happiness. With so much diversity in music, you are bound to find something to suit your personal tastes, Whether you are looking to rave for a day and go home, or relax, and enjoy a weekend of music, here is a list of the 10 best festivals around the world to add to your bucket list.

10. Coachella, USA
Possibly the most "red carpet" festival, Coachella is the hangout spot for celebrities, bloggers, and fashion lovers wearing glitter makeup and crochet crop tops. If this sounds like your scene, you are going to love Coachella. Taking place in Indio, California, Coachella has become a household festival name, with world-class headliners, and people flying in from all over the country to get the full Chella experience. Festival-goers can customize their Coachella experience, with options to have the full experience, including camping on site and "roughing it" in the name of Coachella. Alternately, you can choose the "glamping" option, a more glamorous Coachella experience which involves staying in more formal accommodations such as Airbnb or hotels. Whichever option you choose, Coachella is the American dream and marks the beginning of a glorious summer.

9. Tomorrowland, Belgium
For fans of the electronic dance music, Tomorrowland is a definite bucket list festival. It swept the globe by storm and has been getting bigger and bigger. The festival always has an impressive set of headliners and performers including big names like Avicii, Steve Aoki, and David Guetta. This is a plan that requires great planning if you are wanting to make the trip to attend.

8. Splendour in the Grass, Australia
Splendour in the Grass, or Splenda as it is affectionately known, has almost become an Australian rite of passage. Over thirty thousand visitors make the trip to North Byron Highlands to indulge in three days of music, including big-name acts, and local artists. Splenda boasts a HUGE location, with some stages as far as 20 minutes apart. This is fantastic as this is a camping festival and thirty thousand people need a place to set up camp. You can expect to have a lot of muddy fun, lots of beer and delectable festival food. This is the perfect festival for party-loving young individuals who are looking for a weekend of uninhibited fun.

7. Fuji Rock, Japan
Japan is not known for its music festivals, but if you do your homework, you will find out about one of the most popular ones: Fuji Rock, This is the biggest outdoor music events in Japan, and one of the most recognized in Asia and the world. It started off at the base of Mount Fuji but has been held at Naeba Ski Resort since the late 90s. It is a rock and electronic music festival, boasting headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Blake.

6. Rock in Rio, Various Locations
Originating in Rio de Janeiro, rock in Rio has grown to be a festival that is held in one of four locations each year. The festival is simply an opportunity to experience great music, diverse artists, and rock out. The festival, which was started in 1985, has seen an impressive list of headliners including Metallica, and Linkin Park.

5. Mawazine, Morocco
Also known as Rhythms of the World, Mawazine is Africa's largest music festival and one of the largest in the world as well. The festival is a multicultural euphoria that invites artists from all across the world, include notable artists like Chris Brown, Wyclef Jean, and Christina Aguilera. The festival also aims to celebrate African culture and artists. To do so, they invite a plethora of well known and up-and-coming African and Middle Eastern artists to showcase their art and gain exposure. This is a once in a lifetime festival that is sure to excite those looking for the ultimate international experience.

4. Glastonbury
This is a five-day festival that has been running for the last 47 years. It is safe to say that this is the grandfather of music festivals and you simply owe it to yourself to attend and enjoy all that it has to offer. Being that it is a five-day festival, there is a lot of flexibility with attendance, and you can choose the days that appeal most to you, This is not only a music festival, there are plenty of other performances and showcases that make this a true treat. The festival always has an impressive lineup, with plenty of international acts such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Stormzy. You will not be disappointed by this festival which offers something for lovers of all genres - don't forget your wellies!

3. Lake of Stars, Malawi
If you love Afro-pop and the sun, Lake of Stars is the perfect music festival for you. Taking place at the magnificent Lake Malawi, this African festival is an unforgettable experience. There is a host of international alternative DJ's, as well as African performers that grace the stages at Lake of Stars. Whilst enjoying the acts, visitors can enjoy the cheap beer, fresh foods, and an awe-inspiring lakeside backdrop.

2. Bahidora, Mexico
The 24-hour party that is festival, carnival and life-time experience. Set in picturesque Mexico, Bahidora is the ultimate paradise festival where there is plenty to see and do. The music is a mix of selected indie, electronica, and hip-hop. You can expect to see some funky beachwear and plenty of people performing unique street arts and acts.

1. Magnetic Fields, India
A festival in the palace. What more could you possibly want? Run by a community of promoters and artists from around the country, Magnetic Fields is a boutique camping festival and has grown popularity, both around the country and among international visitors taking advantage of the unique rave scene.

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