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Travel Bloggers share some of the Best Music Festivals In The World. From the popular Glastonbury festival in the UK to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
From Rock, to Jazz, to HipHop, you name it… the list is endless! Why not add a few new festivals to the bucket list!
Read all about our festival adventures around the world here.
Parnu, Estonia, Europe
Recommended by Bren from Bren On The Road
Weekend Baltic is a huge music festival that takes place near the end of the European summer. It takes place in Parnu, Estonia, with the main stage set up right on the sand by the ocean. Every year 30,000 from the Baltics and all over Europe flood the small town for the three day gig. There isn’t any overarching theme – the idea is basically to have a few drinks, enjoy the sun and close out the summer with some of the biggest names in dance music.
Parnu itself is also gorgeous and a beautiful town to explore if you’re keen for an easy morning or afternoon. Of course you can camp, but there are also many great places to stay in Parnu itself. As a bonus, booze is much cheaper here than in Sweden or Finland, which also hosts their own version of the Weekend Festival. You’ll love it!
Recommended by Tom from TravelTomTom
Since a couple years ago I’ve been dreaming about going to a Burning Man and then suddenly out of the blue I ended up at Midburn in Israel, the second biggest Burning Man in the world. This festival is like no other and the first day I could not believe what I saw. Where did I end up? This world is crazy! I still had to learn about the Burning Man principles, but like where do I buy my drinks? How do I get food? There is literally no money and everything is about give and take. I mean I had not much to give to be honest, then give me a hug people would say to me. This world was the craziest, but yet so amazing.
The festival was not only about dancing until sunrise, it was also about meeting people, having fun and deep conversations, wandering around the playa and broaden your horizon. I made some amazing connections with people I would have probably never connected with in real life! If Burning Man is a bridge too far, then opt for Midburn and find out if this is your thing. Will you be able to deal with sand storms, 35+ degrees during the day, 10 degrees at night, barely any sleep and still having the best time of your life? Become a Burner!
County Laois, Ireland
Recommended by James from Worldwide Shopping Guide
When it comes to Irish music festivals, few can compare to Electric Picnic. What began as a one-day event has quickly grown to become a weekend-long festival, and possibly Ireland’s favourite.
The festival takes place every year in County Laois, just over an hour from Dublin. It typically features an eclectic mix of bands, which previously has included the likes of The Flaming Lips, The Sex Pistols, Nick Cave, The Chemical Brothers, and Kraftwerk.
Of course, it isn’t just about live music at Electric Picnic, and the other acts in the lineup are traditionally as eclectic as some of the bands that perform. Niche-specific tents are typically dedicated to comedy, poetry slams, political debates, Irish dancing, theatre, science, and even cookery. These tents don’t just attract fringe acts, either: in 2017, Electric Picnic hosted the likes of Bill Bailey, Jason Byrne, and Phil Jupitus to name a few of the comedy acts.
Leeds, UK, Europe
Recommended by Therese from The Unlikely Pilgrim
Will the real slim shady please stand up! I’ve loved Eminem for years and this year as fate would have it I was in Leeds UK in time for the Leeds Festival. Guess who was headlining? Yep Mr Marshall himself! With over 90,000 tickets sold to Leeds Festival and sister site Reading Festival every year. This is definitely one of the must do festivals of the season.
With 3 days of camping in almost certain muddy conditions, this year surprisingly dry and nothing but sunshine. 8 stages and over 300 artists from the synchronised screaming of Korn to the more indie stylings of Kasabian alongside DJ’s such as Fat Boy Slim and Flume there is something for everyone.
All the festival favourites, Carnival rides for the more daring, a must have hog roast mixed with the background aroma I’m sure is not tobacco. It’s a must do if you love good music, good vibes and enjoy seeing your old fave’s as well as the up and comers.
DEEP BLUES FEST
Mississippi, USA, North America
Recommended by Bernie from A Packed Life
PERELIK WORLD MUSIC & JAZZ FESTIVAL
Recommended by Maria from 203 Challenges
Many climb mountains to get a feeling of an achievement but few do it to get to a jazz festival. The small Balkan state of Bulgaria is home to a unique jazz festival that takes place at the foot of the highest peak of Rhodope Mountains, Mount Perelik (2,147 m). Perelik World Music & Jazz Festival takes place every year on the last Saturday of July.
The stage is built by hay and wood and save for the stage lights, the ‘concert hall’ (reminding more of a barn) is lit only by candles and big fireplaces. The atmosphere is laid back and in a way magical, especially when you pitch your tent and watch the sun setting behind the near ridges.
Disneyland Paris, France, Europe
Recommended by Jen from Jen To Paper
To celebrate its 25th birthday, Disneyland Paris decided to host its first music festival ‘Electroland’. Electroland is where music meets magic – an electronic music festival in the middle of Walt Disney Studios Park.
EDM acts such as Nervo and Steve Aoki played their set as performers walked through the crowds and a light show lit up the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The park’s rides remained open (with minimal queues) and the music could be heard all the way around the park. Electroland is set to return.
Budapest, Hungary, Europe
Recommended by Cris from LooknWalk
Sziget Festival takes place in Budapest, Hungary. To me, it’s THAT festival that I’ve always wanted to attend. It took me a long time until I finally had the money to do so (not cheap, for sure) and the company. In the summer of 2015, my cousin asked me (and my husband) if we fancied a day at Sziget Festival and it took me about 5 seconds to say “yes”. I wasn’t “festival material” anymore (30+) and I wasn’t sure I’d last all night without a truckload of coffee. But I did.
The first Sziget Festival took place in 1993, on the same Óbudai-sziget (“Old Buda Island”) where it still takes place today. Each year, in August, more than 1,000 performances take place. It lasts for a week and has grown from a low-profile student festival to one of the most well-known festivals in Europe . Between popular DJs, upcoming talent, and big rock music names, there is no shortage of choices at Sziget Festival. Nowadays, it’s not unlikely to come across jazz, blues, and international music (world music stage). There is always something going on and sleeping is not really a priority for anyone. Aside from concerts, the festival also includes activities such as dancing, tattooing, cinema, rock climbing, bungee jumping, or volleyball.
The same organisers branched into Romania, where they created Félsziget Fesztivál (Romanian: Festivalul Peninsula) and also co-created Balaton Sound (specifically for electronic music).
Hoofdorp, Netherlands, Europe
Recommended by Tendelle from Travel à la Tendelle
After visiting 50+ electronic dance music festivals around the world, I can safely say that Mysteryland is one of my favourites – yes, it’s better than Tomorrowland!
Around the end of August each year, Mysteryland opens its grounds for a weekend close to Amsterdam. It’s the oldest dance music festival in the Netherlands and has been around since 1993.
Rajasthan, India, Asia
Recommended by Shweta from Zest In A Tote
Rajasthan has a large number of festivals celebrating its art and music, but I am glad I experienced Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival).
This is an annual festival to promote traditional folk music and arts held at Jodhpur. It features both international and local artists at concerts in and around the Mehrangarh Fort. The exotic setting of Mehrangarh Fort is a big part of the attraction of this festival.
The festival enjoys the patronage of royalty, Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, and the rock legend, Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. While music is the key focus, there are tours of the Mehrangarh Fort Museum, film screenings, workshops exploring the history and culture of instruments as well.
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
Las Vegas, USA, North America
Recommended by Ryan from The Opposite Travellers
Every year hundreds of thousands of party goers attend one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world. Located in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada just minutes away from the centre of Sin City, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) definitely holds strong as one of the best music festivals in the world.
When big names like Armin van Buuren and Tiesto are playing you know the music is going to be epic. But the best part of EDC is that the festival brings together music from both the mainstream and underground. The beauty of it is that all the genres of electronic dance music are represented. Trap, techno, house, electro, dubstep, and trance are all played from the stages of the three day festival.
On top of the music, EDC is also known for its beautifully unique stages, incredible art installations, crazy theatrics and unique loving crowd. All of these come together perfectly to make this music festival truly one of the best in the world.
SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Recommended by Liza from Soul Drifters Travel
Established in 1990, Splashy Fen Music Festival has something for everyone, in fact, there’s nothing else in South Africa quite like it! Held on a farm some 18-km from Underberg and normally runs over the Easter weekend. The festival attracts thousands of people to enjoy the beautiful Drakensberg mountains, awesome music and chilled vibes.
The festival offers a line-up of some of the country’s hottest acts, top-class sound and lighting, plus a wide choice of outdoor leisure activities for the whole family. There are few accommodation options available, including camping over the weekend or you can try glamping if you prefer!
Splashy Fen is guaranteed to offer you an incredible festival experience and memories that will last a lifetime!
Croatia, Balkans, Europe
Recommended by Verity from Veritru
Outlook Music Festival in Croatia is a sound system culture festival, the largest in Europe. Running for four days in early September, the festival venues are some of the most incredible places! The main festival is held in an abandoned fort called Punta Christo with the opening ceremony held in the Pula Arena a huge Roman amphitheater. The closest town is Pula with both bus and boat routes to and from the festival.
The main festival runs from 9pm-6pm with numerous stages around the fort including The Clearing, The Moat, The Stables, The Ballroom, The Void, Mungo’s Arena, The Garden, Arija and the Dungeon; each as exciting a venue as the others, the fort is well utilised to create some incredible stages.
During the day the beach festival takes the limelight, where you can sit on the beach, swim in the ocean and listen to the day time acts. If you want a little bit more excitement during the day you can jump on one of the boat parties!
If portaloos and camping are you thing alongside great sound systems and music, Outlook Music Festival is the place to be!
England, United Kingdom, Europe
Recommended by Jen from Jen To Paper
Glastonbury is renowned all over the world as one of the biggest and best festivals in the world. Anyone who attends will quickly fall in love with the unique atmosphere that Glastonbury has to offer; there’s a great sense of community, freedom, and fun.
Five days of contemporary arts and performances dotted around 30 different areas and stages means there’s definitely something for everyone. You could walk for hours and still never see the whole site, but you’re sure to have the time of your life wherever you go.
Wisconsin, USA, North America
Recommended by Hannah from Getting Stamped
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Don’t just head to any outdoor music festival this year but head to the world’s largest outdoor music festival Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the end of June and into July for a total of 11 days, Milwaukee’s lakefront hosts 800+ bands, most of which are free with general admission.
There is something for everyone’s music taste. Here are a few of the artists who played on free stages in 2017: Steve Aoki, Third I Blame, Ludacris, etc. On the main stage (addition ticket needed): Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Brian, Tom Petty, and more.
I suggest coming for at least two nights so you can catch a few artist and check out all the other Milwaukee attractions. In between bands enjoy the walking around the grounds and the view as the grounds are right on Lake Michigan. Don’t forget to try some Wisconsin Cheese Curds and microbrews, it wouldn’t be Wisconsin with cheese & beer.
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