Music festivals bring about a life-changing experience packed into a couple of days that lifts your free-spirited soul through music, performance and art. There’s nothing quite like the vibes of a music festival. So, check out your list of long weekends this year because its never too late to start planning your music festival voyage.
Here are 10 best music festivals on the planet right now, that you just can’t miss!
When: 20-22 July & 27-29 July 2018
Well, who hasn’t heard of the biggest, magical music festival that takes place in Belgium? We’re talking extravagant laser shows, main stage designs, star-studded line-up, fantastical creatures, and confetti streams. 13 years since it’s debut, Tomorrowland is still one of the best and craziest festival there is, so wipe away those weak excuses to not travel!
When: 2-5 August 2018
The Lollapalooza festival originally started out as a farewell tour to the band Jane’s Addiction before it settled down to become a global festival empire. Though the event takes place in Chicago it now travels to other countries including Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. The festival boasts of EDM, rap, rock and much more with a history of strong line-ups from Chance The Rapper, Lorde, Arcade Fire and The Killers.
3. Dimensions Festival
When: 29 August - 2 September 2018
Ever partied around years of ruins and civilization? Set in a historical location, the festival is celebrated at the secluded Fort Punta Christo in Pula. The event unfolds with a concert in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, with huge underground electronic and urban presentations in the interiors of the fort and daytime sessions right on the beach.
4. Austin Festival
When: 5-7 & 12-14 October 2018
If 2017’s huge performances are any indication, you may want to take a break from your work schedule to attend this two-weekender festival in Zilker Park. True to the city capital’s motto – “Keep Austin Weird” the city decks up with large-scale art installations, and even an art market. The festival brings in the local taste that beautifully melds into its massive rock, hip hop and electronic line-up. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this!
5. Fuji Rock
When: 27-31 July 2018
Japan’s Fuji Rock music festival has made a name for itself in the last 20 years and it hasn’t stopped this event from growing year after year. Founded in 1997, this is Japan’s largest outdoor music festival that attracts nearly 40,000 people per day, and 200,000 people per year. It was initially held at the base of Mount Fuji, but the festival moved venues to Naeba Ski Resort, where’s it been held ever since. The line-up this year ranges from N.E.R.D, MGMT, Skrillex, to James Bay and Bob Dylan.
6. Splendour In The Grass
When: 20-22 July 2018
The Splendour in the grass festival is one splendid music festival! You ask us why? The festival happens to be Australia’s biggest winter festival and it is held near the beautiful Byron Bay. If that’s not enough, the festival has a massive line-up featuring Kendrick Lamar, Khalid and Lorde. While the capacity of the venue is 50,000 people the event is likely to sell out on all 3 days. It will see close to 150,000 festival-goers partying on the grass.
7. Notting Hill, Carnival
When: 26-27 August 2018
There’s no better way to celebrate a bank holiday than coming out on the streets and witnessing one of the world’s largest street festival – The Notting Hill Carnival. The two-day celebration of Caribbean heritage brings together close to one million people. Londoners don the streets costume-clad dancing to traditional reggae, calypso, rumba, and meringue. The festival transforms into a massive food fest with street vendors selling chicken callaloo, traditional goat stew. (But if you ask us, make sure to try the seasoned jerk chicken)
When: 22 September - 7 October 2018
Why drink water, when you can have beer? Well, because it’s Oktoberfest and it’s all about the beer. The ‘liquid gold’ is probably the most important thing with more German speciality Paulaner, Augustiner and other Oktoberfest-approved brews that will be served this year. Did you know, an estimated 6 million beers will be drunk this year?
9. End Of The Road
When: 30 August - 2 September 2018
Curating a range of ground breaking and thrilling artists from across the globe, End Of The Road will return this year with a bang. The event will be held on the grounds of the Larmar Tree Gardens, where peacocks roam freely amongst the party-goers and a population of macaw parrots soar over the event grounds. There is a fusion of delicious food from all around the world as well, from Lebanese food to Thai street food, and that’s not it, The Breakfast Club offers hangover busting breakfasts. Yes. You’re welcome!
10. Outlook Festival
When: 5 - 9 September 2018
A 2,000-year-old amphitheatre, 380 hours of music over 4 days and nights, 15,000 music lovers, 45 hours of non-stop sun-soaked beach parties, 54 boat parties, experience the best at Outlook festival. Celebrate under the Croatian sun at Europe’s biggest sound system culture that brings together more than 300 artists from across the globe under one roof. Situated in one of Europe’s most beautiful abandoned fort on the Adriatic coast, Outlook needs to be experienced first- hand.