Posted on September 14, 2016
Global Music Festivals
There are way more music festival options than Coachella and Lollapalooza. Check out these music festivals that take place around the world.
Glastonbury – England, UK
Glastonbury is about the closest you can get to Woodstock in 2015. The performances are held on 900 acres of English farmland, originally established by a farmer hoping to solve his debt problem (attendees received free milk). Most visitors camp on the grounds, but the legendary rain storms and mud puddles make it unforgettable. In the words of some, you don’t go to Glastonbury; you survive it.
The distinct areas all feature different types of music (2014 Headliners included Skrillex, Dolly Parton, and Metallica), and the sprawling venue is also home to circus performances, theater, cabaret shows, and more. 2015 will feature The Foo Fighters, Lionel Ritchie, and Kanye West.
Tomorrowland – Belgium
TomorrowLand is one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals, with over 400,000 people attending in 2014. It brings in some of the ,ost noted international DJs, including Alesso, Tiesto, Avicci, and David Guetta, all of whom will be at the 2015 festival. Tickets in 2013 apparently sold out in 1 second, likely due to the elaborate decorations, stage design, and overall production. The festival has won multiple “Best Festival” awards, and its unique offerings include a marathon 12-hour DJ set and the “Love Chapel,” (equipped with a bed and condom-wielding”nuns”).
Sziget – Budapest
Sziget has been named the Best Major European Festival, and attracts almost 400,000 fans from over 70 countries. Created during a time of unrest in the 90s, Sziget was designed as a summer outlet for Hungarian youth. It features an incredibly diverse range of music, including alternative rock, jazz, and international pop and rock stars, as well as more unknown offerings like Russian ska, Serbian brass, and Colombian hiphop. This non-stop party includes concerts as well as theater and circus performances. 2015 headliners include Alt-J, Florence and the Machine, and Tyler the Creator.
Roskilde – Denmark
Roskilde features more than just legendary music acts—the nine-day festival also includes a giant campsite with skate parks, mazes, graffiti workshops, a fishing lake, and giant sculptures, including a church made out of beer cans. There’s even a dedicated DIY area called Dream City without any rules (more or less) where you can build anything as long as it’s open to everyone. All profits from Roskilde Festival are donated to humanitarian and cultural work, and it is staffed almost entirely by volunteers (who also earn a free ticket, so here you are, cheapskates). Performers for this year include Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Muse, and Paul McCartney.
Exit – Serbia
Exit is a music festival with a conscience—started by students fighting for peace and democracy, the festival continues to educate visitors on politics and social advocacy. There are over 20 different stages, with everything from heavy metal and punk to up-and-coming regional electronic artists. Exit overlooks a 16th century castle and also features bumper cars, a zipline, and a silent disco—it’s basically Disneyland for adults. Acts to see this year include superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Hardwell