An International Traveler's Guide to Music Festivals

An International Traveler's Guide to Music Festivals

Attention all music lovers with a travel bug! Festival season is among us and we're giving you a short and easy guide to navigate which festivals should be on your radar this season! Anywhere from EDM, Jazz, Country, Hip Hop to Indie Rock, there is something out there for you to enjoy, in whichever country is next on your hit list.


1. Tomorrowland

Boom, Belgium

Whether you're a raver who has been to all the best events in the U.S. and ready for something new or just have the itch to head out to Europe and enjoy some live music, Tomorrowland is worth checking out. Taking place the last two weekends of July, Tomorrowland is known as the international home to electronic dance music for the last decade and is now the most watched music festival on the planet. When tickets go on sale, don't hesitate, tickets are known to sell out in minutes!


2. Rock in Rio

Lisbon, Portugal 1985 when Rock legends such as AC/DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, George Benson and Rod Stewart headlined the 10 day Brazilian festival. [Wow our parents knew how to party.]

FAST FORWARD TO 2018... Rock in Rio is taking place in Lisbon, Portugal once again at the end of June. Get ready to rock out to headliners including Muse, Bastille and the Killers. Historically, making its way to several iconic capitals around the world from Lisbon to Las Vegas to Madrid and then back to the motherland of Rio, Brazil. This is a festival you will CHASE around the world, guaranteed. 



Montreal, Quebec

There is more to Canada than ice hockey, friendly faces and maple syrup, most overlook Canada's iconic music festival scene. A-Trak, Chromeo, Florence & the Machine, Artic Monkeys, St. Vincent and ODESZA?! What more could one want to headline a line up! It all began as a vision to bring a European style festival to Canada, and man has it succeeded! This festival has become so popular they have added an additional weekend of just heavy metal music and a third weekend for EDM. In between festivals, hit up the gorgeous Niagara Falls while you're out there!


4. Fuji Rock

Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Have you ever dreamed of wandering through Cherry Blossom gardens or perhaps getting lost in the Japanese mountains? Here is your chance to do just that AND escape to a festival while you're at it. With more than 100,000 attendees from all around the world, this is the LARGEST event that takes place in Japan. Plan ahead, this event takes place at the end of July but have no fear, CAMPING is available! 


5. Exit

 Novi Sad, Serbia

Tired of the traditional festival setting? Change it up and party in a Petrovaradin Fortress! Officially proclaimed as the 'Best European Festival' by the EU Festival Awards and declared the 'Best Overseas Festival' by the UK Festival Awards in 2007. Originally, this festival was founded as a student movement in a university park, fighting for freedom and democracy in Serbia from the Balkans. Social responsibility still remains a key facet of the festival. 


6. Mawazine

Rabat, Morocco, Africa

World renowned, representing the rhythms of the world , Mawazine is the largest music festival in Africa. With 90 acts, 7 stages and 2.5 million attendees, this is the second largest festival in the world. Mawazine is intended to promote Morocco as a tolerant nation, one that is open to the world. Legendary artists ranging from Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Jennifer Lopez and many more have performed on the stage.

Pictured: Pharrell Williams performs on stage at Morocco's biggest event, Mawazine in 2015.

Pictured: Pharrell Williams performs on stage at Morocco's biggest event, Mawazine in 2015.

7. Splendour in the Grass

Byron Bay, Australia

Ever wondered if Elon Musk partakes in festival season? Well, here's your answer, he definitely does! Splendour in the Grass attracts many notable revellers, probably because of their diverse and massive line up! This year's line up includes Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Khalid, MGMT, Chromeo, Vampire Weekend, Miguel, Franz Ferdinand and many more! Don't miss your chance to attend this 3 day festival and maybe a chance to run into the Tesla man himself! 


8. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

I bet you read this title and thought, "what the heck is that?" well before judging this book by its cover, check this. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is an annual free and non-commercial music festival held on the first weekend of October. For starters, Bluegrass is a form of American roots music that is influenced by the music of Appalachia. Bluegrass has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish and traditional English music, and was also later influenced by African-American music through the incorporation of jazz elements. If this sounds like your kind of jam, pack your bags & book your flight to party at Golden Gate Park!


9. Henley Festival

Thames, United Kingdom

Music along the river, meals catered by Michelin chefs and a firework finale, how much better could it possibly get? Calling all snazzy jazzy lovers, the United Kingdom is shouting your name with this unique festival posted along the Thames River. Exchange the typical rural and wild festival setting for a more relaxing and slow paced environment with the best sounds of the United Kingdom. 


10. Best Kept Secret Festival

Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands

Have you heard Europe's best kept secret? No, it's not Victoria's Secret but a secret festival held in the NETHERLANDS! This fairly new festival prides themselves on alternating big names with new discoveries for indie, folk, hip-hop, rock, electronic and a mixture of style of music in their line ups. FUN FACT: This festival is notoriously known for their delicious food line ups including exotic and sustainable food options, vegetarian options, soups and juices. YUM.


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