Music festivals are some of the best places to enjoy live music. Some say that cozy intimate settings are the best venues to really feel a musician/band’s vibe, but something about an open sprawling space with several stages, multiple acts and thousands of music lovers really takes the music experience to the next level. In the following pages, we fill you in on some of the best festival locations all over the world. The music never stops …
New York City
NYC is certainly the mecca of the world when it comes to art, fashion, business and culture. The same goes for music festivals as well. On any given night in NYC, there are indie and major bands playing small venues like Piano’s on the Lower East Side or playing to huge, sold-out spots like Madison Square Garden or the Barclay’s Center. When it comes to NYC festivals, there is the Governor’s Ball on Randall’s island, the Afro Punk Festival, Rock the Bells and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival which always draw really fresh acts. Suffice it to say – if you’re an avid music lover, you will never be bored in NYC.
LA is mostly known as the home of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but it also has a really strong music movement as well. Apart from hot music venues like The House of Blues and The Troubadour, this West Coast city is also home to Coachella which is certainly one of the top festivals on the calendar for serious music lovers. This year’s Coachella (a 3-week event) was headlined by Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire and featured performances by Lorde, Pharrell, Nas, Fatboy Slim and Empire of the Sun.
There’s no other place in the world quite like Miami. First off all, apart from perhaps Brazil, there is no other place in the world with more stunning, flawless-looking women. There must be something in the water. Miami also has great nightlife, and wherever there is a thriving nocturnal scene, you will find people who truly love music. That’s why each year, two of the biggest music festivals go down in Miami. These are: The Winter Music Festival and The Ultra Music Festival. Both festivals attract tens of thousands of loyal fans and draw some of the biggest DJs in the industry like David Guetta, Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Tiesto. If you’re a lover of EDM, the festivals in Miami are definitely the place for you.
London is not only a great place for sightseeing and visiting some really great pubs & restaurants, it’s also a wonderful city to attend music festivals. For those who really love R&B & Hip-Hop, the recently inaugurated annual Wireless Festival is a fine choice. It draws all the big names like Pharrell, Kanye West and Drake. However if you are more into rock and alternative, all you have to do is visit London during the month of June and make the 2-hour trip to the Glastonbury festival. The headliners this year are Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White, Massive Attack, De La Soul and more. Glastonbury has a Woodstock type of vibe and it’s one of those festivals where the music itself certainly takes center stage.
When you discuss the beautiful island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean, it’s not about just one single festival – here, every month is jam-packed with amazing live musical events to attend. This scenic island not only welcomes the biggest dance DJs in the world, but it also attracts global live acts like Nas, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and many more. Ibiza might be the only place in the world you can truly say every night is a block-rocking party
When you think of countries in the world that have the best music festivals, Denmark doesn’t necessarily pop into your head. But actually, this Scandinavian country is home to the Roskilde Open Air Festival which is the largest music and culture festival in Northern Europe. The festival has a rich heritage – it has been in existence since 1971 and music icons like Bob Marley, Metallica and Radiohead have all played here. It happens between the end of June and the first week of July, so if you’ve been dying to visit Denmark, this is a really good time to make the trip.
As something that first started out as a small avenue for independent and eclectic bands in 1987, SXSW has grown to be quite a monster. It goes down every March, and close to 100,000 people descend upon Austin from all over the world to see new acts and superstars alike. An example of the latter was Lady Gaga who performed at the most recent SXSW. It’s known to be a place where bands on the verge get discovered and make it to the big leagues. SXSW has also morphed to include a film festival and tech showcase as well. In 2013, this festival pumped over $200 million dollars into Austin’s economy, there’s no end in sight to just how big SXSW will get in future.
Even though getting there might involve a really long plane trip and spending a decent stack of cash, Sydney is a really rockin’ place to enjoy music festivals. A few of the concerts that should be on your radar if you do make it down under are: the Homebake festival, the V-Festival (sponsored by Virgin), Soundwave and Parklife festival. These cater to a wide variety of music genres, and you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun. Another incentive to actually make it out there is that Australians in general are some of the nicest people on earth, so there will definitely be good vibes all around.