11 Must-see Music Festivals from Around The World!

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Sep 28, 2015

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Another list for all the travel hungry nomads out there to complete! This time we are encouraging you to take your skilful dance moves internationally and visit some of the most exciting festivals on the planet! Round up your party friends and get ready to embrace a few solid days of dancing, losing your voice, eating, hangovers and an endless stream of selfies! Did we just hear "challenge accepted?!" - Read below to pick which celebration you are going to start with.


Where am I off to? Indio, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
There are a few airports around like LAX, Palm Springs and Ontario Airport that you can fly into if you aren't already there. You can then grab your friends, car and festival outfits and enjoy a cruisy road trip through the desert all the way into Indio.

When is it? Two weeks over April! Tickets are usually on sale in June the previous year and you have to get in at lightning speed to get one and that's before you even find out who is on the line-up! Sounds like an unsure investment but we promise it's always totally worth it!

Crowd... Hipsters, celebrities trying to "blend in" and middle class music fans who spent their entire savings just to be there.

Headliners are along the lines of... Kanye, Florence & The Machine, ACDC, Drake, Beck, Cold War Kids, Bright Eyes & a resurrected Tupac.


Where am I off to? Helsinki, FINLAND
Flow recommends keeping it green by riding your bike into the festival! Love it! However if you are coming in from international lands you can fly into Helsinki Airport and utilise the world-class public transportation to get yourself into the festival area - an area that once was an industrial block, now turned into an annual celebration of urban light installations, modern art and up and coming artists.

When is it? Around mid August so it's very much summer still with the midnight sun staying out to party!

Crowd... Hipsters like you've never seen before, artsy young professionals, environmentally conscious music lovers and organised festival goers who are looking for a more refined style of music festival with boutique eateries, creative art stalls and those who enjoy recycling exchanges to keep the earth green and score a few drink rewards with their cider can deposits.

Headliners are along the lines of... Major Lazer, Mos Def, Diplo, Metronomy, Alt-J, Todd Terje, Jose Gonzalez, Little Dragon and a tonne of Finnish side acts that are very into their urban sounds and jazzy tunes.


Where am I off to? Next to Glastonbury, UNITED KINGDOM
A flight into Bristol and from there you can hire a camper, grab a train or catch a bus. Extra green points for carpooling and attempting to save the planet.

When is it? June. Over four massive days and even bigger nights. You will most likely need a few weeks to recover from this one.

Crowd... A festival inspired by hippies back in the seventies that still attend to this day, newbies to the festival from all over the United Kingdom and a massive fan base from around the globe with music lovers wanting a taste of this famous festival.

Headliners are along the lines of... The Who, David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Blur, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Jay-Z, Coldplay and a truckload of legendary British bands.


Where am I off to? Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA
Grab a flight down under! The best way to get to this breathtaking seaside town is to board a plane into the Gold Coast or Ballina. Once you get there it's a short 50 minute roadie to the front gate of the festival. Easy!

When is it? July. It can be a little on the rainy side of things which turns Splendour In The Grass into Splendour in the Mud pretty quickly. Gumboots are always in fashion at this festival so bring a pair!

Crowd... Again with the hipsters who probably raided 10 or more charity stores to find the perfect one of a kind festie outfit but will end up blending in with the crowd of other hipsters attending, lots of relaxed locals, lots of partygoers and foodies.

Headliners are along the lines of... Flight Facilities, The Wombats, Passion Pit and some Aussie locals like Flume, Violent Soho, The Jezabels and a bunch of talented up and coming artists.


Where am I off to? Barcelona, SPAIN
There is a shuttle bus, tram and a train that run from the city centre to the 'Forum' which is located right next to where the fun of Primavera happens. You can also grab a taxi for around €20.

When is it? This festival lands in the month of June which is perfect for the start of summer especially with its waterfront location.

Crowd... This is a one stage sort of gig. The location makes up for it with its multi-level viewing levels and different areas that includes food, bars, stalls and produces the happy festival goers that you are bound to meet when you attend.

Headliners are along the lines of... The Black Keys, Pixies, The Juan Maclean, Julian Casablancas, SBTRKT, Pixies, The Postal Service and plenty more variety.


Where am I off to? Novalja, CROATIA
On the mainland you have Zagreb or Zadar Airport to fly into. Then it's a bus journey over to Novalja which has a connection to the main land. Then it's rap battle time.

When is it? Fresh Island likes to kick off in July. It's summertime, it's the Mediterranean, it's every ounce of fun you think it's going to be.

Crowd... Anyone who appreciates great hip hop at 100 decibels, the ocean and drinking in the sun.

Headliners are along the lines of... Joey Bada$$, ProEra, Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg (Lion), Action Bronson, Big Narstie and even more hip hop. Fresh Island have definitely started a revolution for this type of musical artistry.


Where am I off to? Chicago, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Lolla is in a prime location in the middle of an already awesome city. If you are staying in Chicago you can get there easily by train and add a little light stroll in the sunshine before you reach the giant entry gates.

When is it? Lolla is born in July and is a Leo.

Crowd... Lovers of music, indie vibes, you will see more people here wearing their own clothes than specific festival outfits making it refreshingly chilled.

Headliners are along the lines of... Paul McCartney, Alabama Shakes, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend and more delightful artists from the states and abroad.


Where am I off to? Boom, BELGIUM
You can get trains into Belgium from pretty much everywhere in Europe. Lucky they know how to make getting around easy. Once you are there you can get in via car, train or shuttle bus.

When is it? Mid July in the European summer sunshine.

Crowd... A selection of rave heads, house music partygoers, shirts off trance-lovers, double fist-pumping electro followers & festival fiends. Wear your fluro, glow sticks and bum bags.

Headliners are along the lines of... David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Avicii and just so much epic doof doof that your ears will be ringing for a week after.


Where am I off to? Niigata, JAPAN
Grab a JR Train from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa Station and jump straight to a shuttle to get to the rock fest. Last train return leaves early, so get ready for some camping overnight too!

When is it? We have noticed that July is starting to trend for the most popular festival month so no surprise that Fuji Rock sets off in mid July also!

Crowd... 100,000 of the biggest rock celebrating Japanese locals and legends you have ever met!

Headliners are along the lines of... Local Japanese musos, The Vaccines, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Flaming Lips, Björk, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Ben Folds Five. Let's just say Fuji Rock can pick a sweet line up.


Where am I off to? Isle of Wight, UNITED KINGDOM
This awesome festie is located on an island so there is a bit of a journey to get there. Makes it all the more fun. Getting from somewhere like London will involve a tube, a train, a ferry and a bus.

When is it? This boutique festival kicks off in September! So it is mega hot during the day and pretty bloody cold at night.

Crowd... This is the ultimate dress up party and Bestival has even set Guinness World Records for having the biggest dress up event in the world. Get ready to see people dressed head to toe in elaborate costumes down to the nudists with only stars covering their fun parts!

Headliners are along the lines of... Stevie Wonder, Passion Pit, Röyksopp, Hot Chip, De La Soul and your famous UK artists like Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal and legendary Elton John.


Where am I off to? Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
You can fly into the international airport and organise a shuttle bus to take you to the front door of the festival whilst booking your ticket for the event. Super convenient!

When is it? September means warmth and sunshine. Perfect conditions.

Crowd... This is one of the biggest festivals worldwide drawing in close to 1.5 million attendees and based on the numbers crunched from the last festival there were a tonne of pizza lovers who consumed 500,000 slices in the first day alone.

Headliners are along the lines of... Metallica, SlipKnot, Deftones, Mötley Crüe and some bubble pop from Rihanna, Katy Perry & Sam Smith.

So there you go - call your party friends and start making your way around to these unforgettable music festivals! If you want to add even more to your itinerary, and want some fun, refreshing travel ideas we have a tonne of other trips waiting for you to feel inspired by today! Just click the link below. (Prepare yourself for unexpected urge to get on a plane straight away!).

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Alana Deghelli

Alana Deghelli

Digital Media Manager at The Global Work & Travel Co. and super fan of exploring the world, Alana has been at Global Headquarters in Australia since 2013. She has travelled to 24 countries, 83 cities so far and loves nothing more than to share her adventures in the hope it inspires others to get out and see this big, beautiful world.