Surrounded by thousands of people, all pumped for the next beat, hymning the song with the crazy outfits, innovative masks and even paints on the body, the atmosphere on a music festival is one of a kind. It feels euphoric when you get to do all the fun with your favourite artists on the stage and same mindset people around you.
As fans, you save and wait all year, and when the big day or weekend comes: you go all out. It's more of like a place where you go to have fun, relax, enjoy and leave the worries behind. Listening to music on your iPod or grooving in a nightclub or going to a one night concert in one thing, but the music festivals are more of an escape, where you wake up, dance to the songs, and go to bed with the beats of the last song hitting your eardrums and repeat it next day.
Hundreds of music festivals take place throughout the year. With all the banners, Youtube videos, and of course the hype, it seems like a little overwhelming experience. Although, you have to go to a music festival to feel it all. If you one of those who are finding their utopia, we picked 14 fantastic festivals that you should go to—if not this year, at least once in your life.
Known for its excellent line-ups of the best DJs in the EDM genre like Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and much more, Tomorrowland is based in the city of Boom, Belgium. Not just the lineup, but also the fanciful decorations and attractions, and extravagant state design make it so grand. Attending Tomorrowland is like stepping into a world of its own. Growing bigger and bigger every year, it has deemed to be one of, if not the, best dance parties one can go to. If you want to sense the magic of this musical mayhem, talk to anyone who has attended it, we're sure their eyes and expressions will speak all about it.
Coachella is one of the biggest and glamorous music festivals not only in the United States but the world. With the notable flower crowns as the festival's fashion, people gather on the polo grounds in the Coachella Valley to jump together on the beats and bring a small earthquake of beats. Coachella has brought in famous artists like Calvin Harris, Guns N' Roses, Zedd, Major Lazer and much more. Given its location in California, Coachella also has many celebrities like other musicians and famous actors who come to enjoy the festival. If you are attending it, you can see them dancing on the main stage with the artists.
3. Ultra Music Festival
'Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.'
Lenny Bruce quoted correctly described the city of Miami as it is well known not only for their beaches and party scene but also insane neon lights. Just imagine a music festival at such a place, now give this imagination a name 'Ultra Music Festival'. Yes, Ultra Music Festival is exactly as its name says, ULTRA. This festival is known for two reasons: Firstly, the perennially stacked lineup of Afrojack, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and other known DJs and secondly for an all-out party atmosphere. Each year thousands of people pack into Bayfront Park to hear the biggest names in electronic music and hip hop industry play their pumping tracks.
4. Don't Let Daddy Know
An all-out EDM festival in the Dutch capital, Don't Let Daddy Know is another top music festival in the world. Hosting a lineup of some of the biggest names in the world like Axwell & Ingrosso, W&W, Nervo, Timmy Trumpet and HeadHunterz, the festival is a must-see for all music lovers. With two days of high octane partying, hypnotising stage production, booming beats and of course pumped up fans; it takes over the Ziggo Dome every year. Started as a party in Ibiza in 2012, Don't Let Daddy Know quickly grew into a global brand, hosting festivals and bringing a family vibe all over the world. Although, if you have to experience the zenith of it, do attend the one in Amsterdam without any second thoughts.
5. Rock In Rio
The first great festival of Brazil was born in 1985, and it was none other than Rock in Rio. If you are looking for your musical gates, Rock In Rio is the answer. Why is that so? Well, if you have Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, John Legend, and Empire of the Sun in the lineup who wouldn't love it. Originating in Rio De Janeiro, it has now branched into locations such as Las Vegas, Lisboa and Madrid. This 4 days of the musical showdown is everything that a person looks for to have a fun time as you'll see thousands of strangers dancing like friends with you. If we had to say about Rock In Rio in one word, we would say AMAZING.
From the Australian Open and The Australian Grand Prix in sports to the surprising array of wildlife in nature, the scene in Australia is always one of spectacle and showmanship. So why then should its EDM scene be any different. Stereosonic is Australia’s answer to any and every EDM fest anywhere in the world. A multi-city, multi-arena event that traverses the heartland of Australia through Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, Stereosonic draws crowds of screaming fans, both Aussie and international ones, to its amply large venues.
Featuring the best of Australian and international talent including Kaz James, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Paul Harris, Trentemoller, Kevin Saunderson, Tiesto and scores of others have performed here. Need more reasons to visit? Australia has 10,685 beaches. Book your tickets right away!
7. Electric Daisy Carnival
We're not sure whether Insomniac planned for the Electric Daisy Carnival to grow into the worldwide behemoth that it's become, but their efforts landed them there either way. While EDC began in Las Vegas, it has spread to venues across the world, becoming the largest electronic music festival outside of Europe. The biggest names in EDM, such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and Yellow Claw regularly perform at global EDC venues. Moreover, Electric Daisy Carnival is the flagship event for one of the truly global electronic music brands of the last twenty-five years. Alongside Tomorrowland and Ultra, EDC Las Vegas has to be on any real EDM fan's festival bucket list.
Also known as Rhythms of the World, Mawazine is one of the biggest festivals which takes place in Rabat, Morocco and is offered as part of a government initiative to help promote a more liberal image of the country. In the past, big names such as Rihanna and Stevie Wonder have been featured on stage entertaining the thousands upon thousands of guests. It features four mains stages that are outdoors and free for all to enjoy. Attracting thousands of performers from all four corners of the world, Mawazine offers one of the most diverse festivals in the world. This year, Kadim Al Sahir, Iggy Azalea, Jean Wyclef and Christina Aguilera swayed the audience pretty well. With so much going on during Mawazine, you are sure to find a good party time.
9. Sensation White
Sensation White is an indoor electronic dance music event which originated in the Netherlands. Here you will find everyone dressed in white and dance to pumping house music. You are sure to get the chills when the lights go out, and you hear the words “Welcome To Sensation!” The original event ran exclusively in the Amsterdam Arena for half a decade until 2005, is now located throughout different locations all around the globe, including the United Arab Emirates. With names of Mr White, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lucas & Steve, Ummet Ozcan on the lineup, this globetrotting phenomenon features impressive shows that bring together people from all over the world, and there's no way you can stand a moment without dancing if you are part of it.
10. Oya Festival
Oya Festival has been taking place yearly since 1999 in Oslo, Norway, and has quickly become one of the most significant cultural events in the country. Its current home in Toyen Park has been the location for the festival since 2014, but even going back further to its more humble days, the fest has a reputation for booking the finest international and local artists like Tool, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Pavement, The National, Aphex Twin, Florence + The Machine, Outkast, and Bjork. Music isn’t the only aspect of the festival that’s notable. In addition to the stacked lineup, the festival also prides itself on being one of the greenest festivals in the world, taking its cue from its home country that is known for its gorgeous natural beauty.
We know it’s not easy choosing which overseas festival to drop your rent money on. But, if you are planning a trip abroad, make sure to attend any of these festivals. We're sure that you won't be able to stop your heart from swaying with the beats and like-minded people around you!