Thursday, August 13, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Top Music Festivals to Go to on Vacation

When music fans leave for vacation what would be better way to relax than visiting some of the world’s most famous music festivals? Every year there are thousands of festivals held around the globe. Deciding the right festival may be hard job to do. Here are some of the biggest and most popular festivals every music enthusiast should see at least once in their lifetime.

Coachella (USA)

Every April this rural community in California gets taken over by the music fanatics who want to have fun and party. Almost 200,000 visitors swarm to the Colorado Desert and brave temperatures that have varied from a high of 106 °F (41 °C) to a low of 43 °F (6 °C). Two consecutive weekends are full of world class musicians representing genres from pop to indie and rock to hip hop. A Pearl Jam concert in 1993 was the starting point for this music and arts festival that has encouraged many other large scale American festivals, including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo.

Coachella has risen among the most popular festivals with its two unique features. Firstly, the possibility to camp on the festival ground with amazing and interesting people who share your love for music and art. Secondly, in addition to the fantastic music playing constantly on several stages, the visual arts are celebrated with sculpture and installation art that is often interactive.



Donauinselfest (Austria)

European’s biggest open air event may sound like chaos full of crazy music fanatics, but not to worry. The 1500 volunteers and police make the festival a secure place to enjoy your favorite music. Artists love to return every year to play for the excited music listeners and if that doesn’t speak for the awesomeness of Donauinselfest nothing will. Even though the line-up consists of many of the same returning artists, there are always new popular names added to the list of musicians.



Summerfest (USA)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin might not normally be on your list of likely vacation spots, but Summerfest might just change your mind. Eleven days of music, interesting people and over 700 performing bands. Is there any better way to spend a summer week? Over 800,000 festival goers visit every year, leading to its billing as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” a claim supported by the Guinness World Book of Records.

This party has been going on since 1968. Every year the line-up consists of world’s biggest musicians and bands. You will probably recognize most of the opening artists that have played on the Summerfest. Past performers include Lady Gaga, Prince, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, and Britney Spears, as well as dozens more. In addition to the unbeatable music, Summerfest has vendors, comedy, fireworks and a lot more. One of the most famous features of the festival is “the big bang” fireworks on opening night.



Rock in Rio (Brazil)

Rock in Rio festival is originally from Rio de Janeiro but has later changed its location often between Las Vegas, Madrid and Lisbon. Like the name says, the festival features world famous rock bands and fans of the said music genre. Be aware of the wild atmosphere and even wilder rockers. Rock in Rio has earned its name as one of the most popular music festivals because its first event had over 1.5 million attendees.

Rock In Rio


Exit (Serbia)

Serbian based Exit was named ‘Best Major European festival’ in 2014 and the reason is easy to understand. Every year almost two hundred thousand visitors come and enjoy the wide range of music genres. Despite having musicians from different music genres like EDM, reggae and punk, one of the most popular and best known acts is the yearly held X-Bass program.



Ultra (USA)

Miami and electronic music, what would be better combination? Ultra Music Festival, named after Depeche Mode’s 1997 album Ultra, has been combining these two since 1999. Held in Miami’s Bayfront Park, this festival comprises 7 stages and attracts over 150,000 music lovers every year during March. If Miami isn’t to your liking, Ultra has smaller festivals around the world every year. Ultra Worldwide festivals are held in a huge number of places like Brazil, Seoul South Korea, Tokyo Japan and South Africa.



Roskilde Festival (Denmark)

Roskilde Festival is run by a non-profit organization that supports culture and music. If you need any other reasons to add this happening to your must to do list, you should know that Roskilde Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. Roskilde is located only 30km from Denmark’s capital Copenhagen and that makes the four day long summer festival a perfect holiday destination.

Roskilde Festival


Fuji Rock Festival (Japan)

One of the most famous and interesting festivals in Asia, the first Fuji festival was held at the base of Mt. Fuji in 1997. After a few years the event was moved to Yuzawa. Nowadays, Fuji Rock has more of electronic vibe in addition to its rock’n’roll atmosphere. Remember to book your accommodation early because the places near the festival grounds sell out quickly. If you are looking for a more adventurous holiday option, there is campground on a golf course near the festival. Over fifteen thousand music lovers make their festival experience even more special there.

Fuji Rock Festival


Tomorrowland (Belgium)

This Belgian festival was first held 2005, making it a relative newcomer in the music festival business. Despite its young age, Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and most famous EDM festival in the world. The best electronic musicians around the globe flock to Belgium and play their most popular songs for over 180,000 visitors. This festival celebrates and promotes respect for nature and responsibility to the planet and the future, as well as providing great music. Tens of thousands of the fans choose to complete their experience by staying in the DreamVille festival campground, a city unto itself.



There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of huge, well known music festivals around the world. Music fans can build a spectacular holiday around these top celebrations. No matter what style you’re into, you can find the right fit and share the experience with a few hundred thousand of your new-found friends.


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