The Biggest Music Festivals To Attend Before You Die

The Biggest Music Festivals To Attend Before You Die

Music festivals have been taking the world by storm for decades. The first major festival was The Monterey Pop Festival, a three-day major rock festival that took place in 1967 and served as a template for many festivals that came after it, including Woodstock. Now, music festivals around the world host millions of visitors each year, and people come from all over the world to see some of the biggest names in the music industry. 

1. Coachella

Often likened to a Woodstock revival, Coachella is the most famous music festival in the USA and signifies the beginning of the summer festival season. Along with a world-class line up including the likes of AC/DC, Drake and The Weeknd and an A-list guest list, Coachella also inspires its own style culture – primarily focused around flower headbands and body glitter. As a result it is no wonder that Coachella’s audience contains names such as Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and the Kardashians.

Coachella always sells out its 99,000 capacity per weekend,198,000 ticket total. In 2016, Coachella brought in hundreds of artists including Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris, who were the headliners, and also featured acts like Ice Cube, Zedd, A$AP Rocky, Sia, Major Lazer and more

Where Indio, California    When Two weekends throughout April annually

Cost from US $300         Website

2. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and most recognized music festivals in the world for electronic dance music, which has been sweeping the globe in the last decade getting bigger and bigger. Hundreds of electronic music DJ’s take the various artfully built stages at Tomorrowland.

For any EDM fans, Tomorrowland is a once in a lifetime festival with acts such as Alesso, Hardwell and Avicii to name but a few. It is not without reason that this non-stop party is held in such high regard throughout the world and is one of the largest and most popular music festivals worldwide.

Where Boom, Belgium           When July 24 to 26, 2015

Cost from €235                       Website


3. Exit

Exit is another world famous music festival and one of the most recognized. It has electronic, rock, metal, hip hop/rap, reggae and punk music. Exit has been organized every year since 2000 and takes place at the Petrovaradin Fortress. In 2016, Exit will be bringing in big artists like Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Bastille, Nicky Romero and many more.

Where Novi Sad, Serbia               When July 12 – 15, 2018
Cost Varies                                 Website
Held on the party-island of Novalja just off the Croatian coast, Hideout festival has a reputation for being one of the biggest and highest regarded EDM festivals in Europe. With big acts such as Duke Dumont and Sigma frequenting the festival, Hideout has placed itself firmly on the summer festival map. What makes Hideout even more legendary in the festival scene are its pool and boat parties, which also feature esteemed line-ups; all of which adds to the party atmosphere.
Where Novalja,Croatia           When June annually
Cost £179                               Website
5.Life is Beautiful Festival
The Life is Beautiful Festival combines music, art, and food for an immersive “multisensory experience” that tingles all the attendees’ senses. Not only are the headliners massive, but dozens of artists also transform Downtown Las Vegas into a visual wonderland with an outdoor gallery and massive murals. Life is Beautiful provides a dynamic way to experience this famous city that doesn’t involve slot machines or blackjack tables. Over the past six years, Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a major transformation thanks to the revitalization of East Fremont as a cultural hub. During this movement, Life is Beautiful was born. Debuting in 2013, the three-day event broke into the festival scene. The hottest acts, artists, influencers and culinary talent flowed into the streets of DTLV and what started as an event, became something more: a symbol of unity, optimism and creativity. A refreshing reprieve from our complicated world, now more than 137,000 individuals converge across 18 blocks to be part of this beautiful social takeover.
Where Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada When September 21 – 23


Despite being a relatively new festival, Lovebox has most certainly made its mark on the Electronic Dance Music festival scene. With acts such as Snoop Dogg and Flume performing in 2015, Lovebox is set to increase in popularity and status over the next few years. Alternative experiences available at Lovebox also add to its quirky nature and its appeal with experiences such as the roller disco and ping pong tables. As a day-time festival, Lovebox is also perfect for those not interested in the camping aspect of music festivals.

Where Victoria Park, London,UK When July annually

 Cost from £60                              Website
Festival Internacional de Benicassim has rightfully attained its reputation as one of the most prominent music festivals in Europe.Its for the music fans who have a diverse music taste ranging from alternative to dance. Amidst the stunning and buzzing city of Barcelona, Benicassim has been host to a variety of big artists such as Florence and the Machine and The Prodigy. The nocturnal nature of the festival, as a result of the heat, only adds to the charm and for this reason is considered a must-visit by all seasoned festival-goers.
Where Barcelona, Spain       When July annually
Cost €100                             Website
Glastonbury is one of the most renowned music festivals in the world, not least for its diverse nature. Although Glastonbury caters to all, it is most popular among the “more experienced” festival-goers and is also unique for its family facilities. Glastonbury caters to anyone interested in the contemporary arts and is not only limited to certain forms of music. It is probably the only festival where you can expect to see Kanye West performing just minutes after The Proclaimers.
Where Somerset, UK         When June annually
Cost from £225                   Website
9.Fuji Rock Festival

If you have an interest in rock music or the picturesque settings of a ski resort in the mountains of Japan, then Fuji Rock Festival will be right up your street. Unlike other festivals, Fuji Rock attracts a worldwide audience for not only its line up, but for the unique experience of the festival.  It isn’t everyday that you have to get a cable car up a mountain to a festival site, after all. Cable cars aside, the line up is also a good reason to attend, with acts including Foo Fighters, Muse and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds all performing there in the past year.

Where Naeba Ski Resort, Japan  When May annually

Cost from ¥39,800                        Website


10. Reading and Leeds

The British town of Reading and the city of Leeds may be hundreds of kilometres apart, but they share the Bank Holiday festival acts, making their combined reach perfect for British music-lovers. The bands play at both festivals over the weekend.

As one of the original rock festivals in the UK, Reading has played host to some of the most celebrated rock artists in history, including Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Metallica and The Rolling Stones. Over the years, Reading festival has expanded and diversified and now has an extensive number of EDM artists as well as a number of comedians. As a result Reading and Leeds are the broadest festivals in terms of audience, each boasting a friendly atmosphere. They are the perfect festivals for festival newbies.

Where Reading and Leeds, UK When August annually

Cost From £213   Website

11.RedFest DXB

If you’re looking for a festival closer to home then RedFestDXB in Dubai, which critics have named as the best music festival in the Middle East, may sound more appealing. Despite being a smaller festival lasting only two days, RedFestDXB has seen many top performers like Iggy Azalea, Wilkinson and The Lumineers over the past two years. Furthermore, with this festival being a day-only festival there is also no need to camp, a prospect which makes RedFestDXB all the more appealing to many first-time festival-goers.

Where Dubai Media City Ampitheatre, Dubai When February annually

Cost Varies                                      Website

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