12 Biggest and Wildest Music Festivals in the World
Fueled by summer heat, night lights, booze and vibrant music, you don’t call these music events a festival for nothing. Music festivals are by far one of the world’s biggest, grandest, and often wildest gatherings of artists, musicians, and music lovers from all corners of the world. It is either designed to send a cause across or amplify the love for the universal language of the world—music.
Want to be a part of these prismatic and dynamic music fests? Here is a rundown of the world’s biggest and wildest music festivals.
12 Biggest and Wildest Music Festivals in the World
1. Glastonbury Festival, England – One of the world’s oldest music festivals
One of the oldest music festivals in the world, Glastonbury, started in the 70s during the height of the hippie culture. It is a five-day open-air celebration of different genres of contemporary music at Pilton, Somerset, England. At present, it averages 150,000 attendees from across the globe. Its £1-ticket humble beginnings had staged some of the world’s greatest rock stars of all time like David Bowie and The Smiths.
2. Roskilde, Denmark
Established in the 70s by a couple of then-high-school students, Roskilde Festival has since been held annually at Roskilde, Denmark. This four-day event is one of the biggest music festivals in Scandinavia, which now gathers over a hundred bands, plus a hundred thousand festival goers. It covers a wide variety of music, including rock, metal, hip-hop, electronic, dance, and world music. To top it all off, the entire profits of this festival are donated to charities.
3. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California USA
Since its start in 1999, Coachella has attracted legions of festival goers internationally with a mind-blowing total attendee of 579,000 last year. What separates Coachella from other music festivals is its side-by-side exhibition of interactive visual installation art. This three-day fest allows tent camps as an option for lodging. Its lineup usually includes chart toppers, emerging artists, and reunited groups. As a matter of fact, Beck as well as Rage Against the Machines were some of its pioneer headliners.
4. Reading and Leeds Festivals, England
Although the only pair and simultaneous festivals in the world, Reading and Leeds, have been teaming up for more than 15 years; the former has been around since the 60s and the latter since the 90s. These duo musical festivals are truly one-of-a-kind because they have about nine specifically named and sponsored stages that hold specific genres. Reading is held at Little John’s Farm in Richfield Avenue, while Leeds is at Bramhan Park. Collectively, they gather around 150,000 participants every year. The Rolling Stones was, by the way, one of the first few headliners of these music festivals.
5. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Tennessee USA
Because it is held at the country music capital of Tennessee, Bonnaroo used to focus more on country and folk music as a tribute to their roots. Now that their audience has grown larger, their lineup subsequently diversified. The presence of the place’s country culture also makes Bonnaroo one-of-a-kind. Aside from graffiti and other visual art installations, this four-day event also features craftsmen and artisan and their unique products. It has been gathering almost a hundred thousand people since 2002 with debut artist Norah Jones as one of their pioneer acts.
6. Fuji Rock Festival, Japan
One of Asia’s oldest rock music festivals, Fuji Rock debuted in 1997 on the base of Mt. Fuji, which is how it got its name. Now, an annual rock event in Niigata Prefecture in Japan with around 100,000 attendees, this seven-stages-fest always aims to be the cleanest music festival in the world. Featuring a cultural diverse acts from around the world, this year Fuji Rock will be headlined by international bands Foo Fighters and Muse as well as popular local acts like Boom Boom Satellites and Gen Hoshino.
7. Exit Festival, Serbia
A multi-awarded festival Exit of Novi Sad, Serbia boasts its undisputed title as the Best Major European Festival. It is one of the many music festivals with a cause because it began in 2000 as a student protest against the government. Last 2010, Exit finally launched its own foundation that funds scholarships and academic projects to young citizens of Novi Sad. The Petrovaradin Fortress, where Exit is held annually, is also a historical beauty beyond compare. This year, Exit will bring top acts from the UK like John Newman, Clean Bandit, and Rudimental to grace the stages.
8. Ultra Music Festival, Miami USA
Ultra Music Festival is a massive electronic music festival in the world, which is annually held outdoors in Downtown Miami. It is named after 1997 album of the pioneers of mainstream electronic music, Depeche Mode. It started booming its basses since 1999, and has since expanded to nine countries in the world. This year, the festival was capped by two of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) today—Skrillex and Diplo.
9. Rock in Rio, Brazil
What better place to hold a music festival than the home of the biggest Mardi gras in the world—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Though this event ditch their sambas, it opened grandly in 1985 with legendary headliners like Queen and AC/DC. Now, it has over a million of participants and has branched out to three more countries. Rock in Rio definitely defines what a festival really means.
10. Tomorrowland Festival, Belgium
Tomorrowland is dubbed as the biggest EDM music festival in the world, which takes place every year in a town with a fitting name called Boom, Belgium. With more than 400,000 participants, Tomorrowland has expanded to the USA and Brazil, making it one of the world’s biggest music festivals. This is where the biggest DJs gather as their beats bring an entire town down. Expect to hear the tracks from Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Avicii, Tiesto, and more.
11. Primavera Sound, Spain
Known for its eclectic lineup with genres indie, folk, dance, hip-hop, and jazz, Primavera celebrate music annually in the elegant city of Barcelona, Spain. For fifteen years, Primavera has been held in the architectural marvel Parc Del Forum that faces the sunset, which is perfect during headliner’s turn to play. Performances by notable acts include Arcade Fire, and The White Stripes.
12. Rocking the Daisies, South Africa
Capetown’s best, Rocking the Daisies, has been rocking the city since 2005 giving festival goers an unforgettable euphoric experience in celebrating an eclectic mix of music. From jazz and hip-hop to indie and alternative rock, Rocking the Daisies sure knows how to fill the lineup with up and coming as well as mainstream international and local acts.
Aside from music, Rocking the Daisies also puts up surrounding booths like traders market, green village for relaxing, and daisy den exclusive for those who’d like some girly pampering. This October’s tenth year celebration includes headliners The Kooks and Milky Chance.
If you are a music junkie who loves attending music fests or who wants to try one, then choose any of which that suits you. After all, the schedules of these music festivals are scattered all throughout the year ensuring music lovers to be in one at least once a year or at least once in a lifetime! But before you start packing your bags, make sure to plan your visit to any of these places mentioned above with Trekeffect!