Top Music Festivals Around the World

Over the past decades, music festivals have taken the world by storm.Not only do they offer the best platform to see renowned music performers; they also offer music lovers a lively and social atmosphere. There are hundreds of music festivals which are headlined by big names in the music industry every year, but here are the biggest and the best five music festivals in the world today.

1. Coachella – Indio, California

It’s the biggest and the best music festival in the US which was started Paul Tollett & Rick Van Santen in 1999 with its origins dating back to the 1993 Pearl Jam Concert. Music fans gather annually at Coachella Valley in the California desert for this popular music event that is sometimes liked to a Wood-Stock Revival.

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The event features music genres like Hip-hop, rock, indie & electronic dance. Coachella always showcases popular, established musical artists as well as emerging artists, music bands and DJs like Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Snake, Beatie Boys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kanye West, Drake, Outkast, Calvin Harris, Guns N’ Roses among others.

99,000 people attended the event in 2015 & 2016 while 125, 000 people attended the festival in 2017. Beyonce is expected to headline the 2018 event. This music festival usually happens in April for two weekends. General Admission Pass costs $399, $474 for General Admission plus Shuttle Pass and $899 for VIP pass.

2. TomorrowLand – Boom, Belgium

One of the biggest music festivals in the world that features electronic dance music, (EDM). The first edition was organized by ID & T in 2005 and over the last decade, Tomorrowland has been getting bigger & better. It’s currently one of the most recognized EDM music festivals in the world with striking onstage spectacles.

Tomorrowland has featured international music acts and world class DJs such as David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, the Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Steve Aoki etc. 180,000 people attended the event in 2014 & 2015 and 400,000 people in 2016.The festival usually starts in late July. A full-day pass costs €88 and €237 for three days.

3. Glastonbury – Somerset, UK

It’s a renowned music festival that is unique thanks to its diverse nature. The Five-day music festival was started in 1970 by Michael Eavis and it features contemporary performing arts. Glastonbury is regarded as a major British Cultural event which is inspired by the ethos of the counter-culture, hippie & free festival movements.

The music festival has featured renowned acts such as Katy Perry, Craig David, Ed Sheeran, Major Lazor, Charli XCX, The Pretenders, Adele, Cold Play, Dj Shadow among others. Glastonbury is usually held on the last weekend of June and tickets prices start from £225. From 2007-2016 135,000 people attended this music festival each year.

4. Fuji Rock – Yuzawa Niigata Prefecture, Japan

It is the biggest outdoor music festival in Japan & one of the most recognized music festivals in Asia. Fuji Rock began in 1997 with the first event taking place at the base of Mt Fuji, although it has been held at the Naeba Ski Resort from 1999. The three-day event which showcases rock & electronic music is usually organized by Smash Japan and it features more than 200 Japanese & international musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Innocent Criminals, James Blake, Ben Harper, Sigur Ros, Beck, Wilco etc.

125,000 thousand people attended the event in 2016, 115,000 people in 2015 and 102,000 people in 2014.The annual event usually happens in July.A one-day ticket costs ¥19,000, ¥36,000 for two days and ¥43,000 for the full event.

5. Rock in Rio- Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon and Las Vegas.

This music festival originated from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1985 and has been held in different cities such as Lisbon, Madrid and most recently in Las Vegas. It was originally incepted and organized by renowned Brazilian advertiser and entrepreneur, Roberto Medina.

Over 1.5 million music lovers attended the first event, 0.7 million attended the 3rd and 4th event, 1.2 million attended the third and 0.35 million attended each of the three events in Lisbon. Rock in Rio music festival focuses on Rock, Indie, Pop and heavy metal music with previous events being headlined by Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, John Legend Metallica among others.

A day pass ticket starts from $ 169 although prices vary from city to city. The annual event is performed in different cities at different times with the 2017 event “Rock in Rio Lisboa” having started on September 15 with performers such as Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith etc and it’s expected to end on September 24.