The Top 10 Music Festivals in the World
Have you ever wondered, “What are the best music festivals in the world?” or “What is the most popular Music Festival?” Maybe you just wanted to know if there was an awesome music festival in a country you want to visit, or wanted to find the best music festivals closest to you. If you’ve wondered these things and come up empty handed in your searches for enlightenment, we have too. It’s incredibly frustrating that there isn’t an accurate and unbiased online source for real music festival rankings and reviews. Our larger goal with festival fling is to create a ‘Yelp’ or ‘Rotton Tomatoes’ of music festivals, concerts, and performances, but before we begin working on the complex API for such a monstrous task we have begun to compile a database of information on Music Festivals.
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10. Glastonbury (UK)
Glastonbury is a music festival in England and is held the weekend of June that falls closest to the Summer solstice (Mid Summer) and was founded in 1970 making Glastonbury one of the oldest mega music festivals that is still being produced. It is regarded as one of the best music festivals in Europe. For more information visit the Glastonbury Page.
Austin City Limits was actually inspired by a PBS TV series by the same name, which used to broadcast live music from Austin, Texas. The TV series focused mainly on folk, country, and rock. Today the music festival boasts some of the most popular artists across all genres. Austin City Limits is one of the best music festivals in the Southern US. Get more information on ACL at it’s Festival Fling Page.
Lollapalooza bends more towards Pop-Rock, Alternative, and Metal. The festival was born out of the 90′s Alternative Rock craze and toured North America in the summer for a few years. It has since taken a hit in attendance and ended it’s multi-city tour after finding a good residence at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, where it has remained since 2005. Lollapalooza is one of the best rock festivals in the US.
Rock in Rio is the largest music festival held in the Latin world. The festival originated in 1985 and was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rock in Rio has since expanded across the atlantic to Lisbon (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain). In 2013 the festival is scheduled to expand once again to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rock in Rio is widely considered to be one of the best music festivals in the latin world.
Electric Daisy Carnival (also known as EDC) began in Los Angeles, but has since moved to Las Vegas after running into issues with hosting the event in LA. It has also expanded into a touring festival that covers East Rutherford, New Jersey, Dallas, Texas, Orlando, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The music festival used to be the largest Electronic Dance Music Festival in North America, however Ultra Music Festival (held in Miami) has given EDC some stiff competition for that title over the last few years. EDC remains to be one of the best music festivals in the US.
Burning Man is not the most attended music festival on this list, however it is one of the most notorious. The event is a gathering of more than 50,000 participants in the middle of the Nevada desert. It is almost as much of a social experiment in community, art, and radical self-expression as it is in its functionality as a music festival. By far one of the most unique and different festivals the world has to offer. One of the best music festivals in the US.
Bonnaroo has become the East Coast of America’s answer to Coachella. Bonneroo has a similar lineup as Coachella consisting of a mix of Indie, Electronic, and Hip Hop artists that draw huge crowds from the East Coast and South of the United States. The festival is held over 3 days in the 2nd weekend of June in Manchester, Tennessee. This festival has quickly established itself as one of the best music festivals in North America. Learn more at the Bonneroo Festival Fling Page.
Coachella has rapidly become the most notorious music festival in the world and is known for it’s trend setting music lineup and amazing sculpture and art displays. The festival, which is held in Indio, California over the 2nd and 3rd weekends of April, has sold out for the past 3 years. With nearly 1 million combined followers on facebook and twitter, Coachella is the undisputed #1 Music Festival in North America. Learn more at the Coachella Festival Fling page.
Ultra Music Festival used to be held in conjunction with the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida. UMF has since continued to establish itself as the largest and most respected EDM music festival in North America. Ultra is widely regarded as hosting nearly every relevant name in Electronic Dance Music on their roster. Ultra Music Festival is considered to be one of the best music festivals in the world for Electronic Dance Music. Learn more at the Ultra Music Festival Fling Page.
Tomorrowland is the undisputed social media heavyweight in the Music Festival world. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous global music festivals, with ticket demand so high that it sells out instantaneously every year making it one of the more difficult events to snag tickets to. If you are ever in the European area when Tomorrowland is scheduled, make your way to Boom, Belguim and try your best to obtain a pass, because this festival is unreal. For more information on this festival, check out the Tomorrowland music festival review on Festival Fling.
There are far more than 10 best music festivals in the world. Narrowing down only the top ten based on their facebook likes doesn’t give the full picture of what the best music festivals in the world really are. These festivals below deserve just as much attention as some of those in the top 10, so don’t pass them by! If you are ever going to be in the area where some of these festivals are held, try and time your trip so that you might be able to visit one of the best music festivals in the world.