Typically, travel itineraries include going to museums, food trips, and checking out local shops. But music festivals have become all the rage in today. Truly, planning a trip to some of the best music festivals around the world has become the best way to experience a country’s local culture!
Looking for a festival that gives both wide a music offering and an experience of a lifetime? Here are some of the best music festivals around the world to head to:
When: Last weekend of July
Past Headliners: Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, Explosions in the Sky, Mac Demarco, N.E.R.D.,Anderson Paak. & The Free Nationals, Johnny Marr, Odesza, and Chvrches
Unlike what its name suggests, the festival hasn’t been in Fuji Rock since 20 years ago. Today, Fuji Rock Festival happens at the gorgeous Naeba Ski Resort which boasts a beautiful backdrop of the region’s mountains. The three day event features a line-up of 200 artists — both international and predominantly Japanese artists. It is Japan’s largest outdoor music event in Japan garnering around 100,000 attendees per year.
Viyahe Tip: Since the festival is held during the rainy season, it is advisable to bring boots and a coat for the rain, but no umbrellas allowed inside the venue, though.
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When: End of May to beginning of June
Past Headliners: Bjork, Vince Staples, Chvrches, The National, Migos, Tyler, The Creator, HAIM, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, and Portishead.
Primavera Sound has made a name for itself through its carefully curated line-up, gathering the biggest and most credible names in music. In its very first year in 2001, it gathered 8000 people and it has since grown to 200,000-powered audience. Given its reputation, it’s no surprise that the festival has received awards such as the Artists’ Favourite Festival in the 2014 European Festival Awards and the Premi Continuarà-Vespre to La2 of Culture award in 2015 to name a few. It takes place in Barcelona but a version of it is also held in Porto, Portugal a week after.
Viyahe Tip: The festival usually starts in the afternoon so you can make the most out of your trip by lounging in the beautiful beaches in the area such as Barceloneta Beach, Bogatell Beach or Mar Bella Beach.
Past Headliners: David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, DJ Tiësto, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Avicii, Afrojack, , The Chainsmokers, Don Diablo, Steve Angello, DVBBS, Marshmello, Fox Stevenson, Martin Garrix, Zedd, and Paul van Dyk.
Concentrating on electronic dance music, Tomorrowland is the ultimate destination for EDM fans. It was founded in 2005 during the beginning of the music style’s conception. From there, Tomorrowland slowly gained a following that rivals the biggest festivals in the world.
It is “the music festival for the party animal.” Tomorrowland is practically like a huge party that is famous for its crazy, high energy. The festival now lasts over 2 weekends long and is notorious for selling out fast in a matter of minutes!
Viyahe Tip: Tomorrowland can get pretty intense so we recommend that you purchase Global Journey package which includes a “Detox Day” on the Monday after the festival.
Splendour in the Grass
Where: North Byron Parklands, Wooyung, New South Wales, Australia
When: Middle of July
Past Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Ben Howard, Alt-J, Flume, Empire of The Sun, Tame Impala, Lorde, Miguel, MGMT, HAIM, Franz Ferdinand, The 1975, James Bay, LCD Soundsystem, Lany, Two Door Cinema Club, Khalid, and The XX
Splendour In The Grass is another awarded festival in this list, receiving the FasterLouder Festival Award for Favourite Line Up in 2009. It’s huge and diverse lineup is the best thing about it featuring acts of different genres — rock, indie, EDM to pop. Aside from music, you can enjoy other activities, showcases and events within the area of North Byron. There’s the Splendour Comedy Club, The Science Tent, Splendour Arts, and the engaging Splendour Forum wherein you be part of intellectual discussions regarding varying subjects like politics, activism, and art to name a few.
Viyahe Tip: Since the venue is very close to the forest, respect for the environment is expected. Any attempt to illegally camp in the nearby nature reserve or sleeping in the car will be given penalties. Council rangers will be on the lookout!
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Where: Pilton, Somerset, England
When: Last Weekend of June
Past Headliners: Lionel Richie, Oasis, Elastica, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Jamiroquai, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Beck, Solange, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, Florence and the machine, and Kanye West.
First held in 1970, Glastonbury Festival is a bucket list staple for anyone who’s a frequent music festival goer! Expect nothing but the most exciting and fascinating experience when you attend the 5-day UK Festival.
Every year, the line up does not disappoint. It always features the most respected artists mixed with young and upcoming talents of today. As one of the most regarded music festivals, its counterculture and liberal philosophy is what makes it beloved by many. Aside from the music, there are also so many places to enjoy spontaneous and alternative performances such as comedy, circus, cabaret, and theatre. It can get very muddy and rainy in the venue so make sure to bring your essentials!
Viyahe Tip: Many say that catching the sunrise at Stone Circle is one of the best views you’ll get from a Glastonbury Festival trip.