Summer is knocking at our doors and that means the very best festivals will soon be starting and what better way is there to enjoy the summer than surrounded by your friends listening to your favourite bands? From California to Croatia, check out our list of the top music festivals all around the world.
Coachella | California | April 12th-14th/19th-21st
Unless you avoid all media you’ll have seen a fair few images of celebrities wandering nonchalantly around the Coachella Festival recently and you might be feeling like you’ve missed out on one of the hippest festivals of the year, but, fear not! Coachella repeats its lineup over two weekends making sure you don’t miss a note. Coachella started its life as a series of concerts and soon grew into the celebrity favourite it is today and hit headlines worldwide last year when they brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead last year as a hologram. This year the headliners include The Stone Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Blur.
Sonar | Barcelona | June 13th-15th
If you crave a festival that never stops then Sonar in Barcelona is perfect for you. The festival is split into two separate parts; Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. By day emerging artists showcase their talents and when night falls jump on a shuttle bus for 10 minutes and party hard to international headliners like Skrillex, Two Door Cinema Club and Pet Shop Boys. Whilst you’re there hire a car from car-rentals and make the most of Barcelona by exploring the city or hitting the beach.
This festival is so huge that if Barcelona doesn’t take your fancy you can catch the headlines at the Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Cape Town or Reykjavik versions, take your pick.
Glastonbury | England | June 26th – 30th
Glastonbury Festival has legendary status and has been running since 1970. Helf on a farm in Somerset, the very first festival cost just £1 for entry. Since its birth the festival has grown on an epic scale and has welcomed headliners including David Bowie, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney!
Be prepared, this festival often gets pretty muddy, which makes camping even more fun!
Sziget | Budapest | August 5th – 12th
Marketed as ‘7 days of non-stop partying’ this festival has a whole lot more to offer than just awesome music. Headliners at Sziget this year include Hadouken! Azelia Banks and Blur and when you’ve had your fill of tunes get involved in the festivals other entertainment, like bungee jumping and belly dancing lessons! Make the festival part of a longer holiday, Budapest, has plenty to offer including some fantastic beaches.
Fuji Rock Festival | Japan | July 26th – 28th
A festival for die-hard music lovers, the Fuji Rock Festival is tucked away on the slopes of Mount Takenoko’s Naeba Ski Resort. The lineup for this year is yet to be confirmed, but the festival’s open-air stages welcomed Jack White, The Shins, and Radionhead last year. There’s no chance you’ll get hungry either, the festival’s hospitality area, the Oasis, serves up hundreds of dishes from across the globe.
INmusic | Croatia | June 24th – 26th
If slumming it without washing and phone chargers at music festivals doesn’t sound appealing to you, but you don’t want to miss out, then INmusic will be the answer to your prayers. Paying campers can take advantage of hot showers, WiFi, and electronic charging stations whilst they get down to rock bands like the Artic Monkeys, NoFX, and Iggy and the Stooges. PLUS you’re in the heart of beautiful Croatia where you can take advantage of yoga, take a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park or dip your toes into Lake Jarun.
Fiona Hill is a freelance writer stepping back into her travelling shoes after keeping them tucked under a desk for far too long.