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World's Top 35 Biggest International Music Festivals

Music Festival News, Reviews & Resources (15+) Top 35 International Music Festivals

A MUSIC FESTIVAL is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre (e.g., blues, folk, jazz, classical music), nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.

They are commonly held outdoors, with tents or roofed temporary stages for the performers. Often music festivals host other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, dance, crafts, performance art, and social or cultural activities. At music festivals associated with charitable causes, there may be information about social or political issues. Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once.

Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific charitable cause. Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement.

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  • BESTIVAL - since 2004. Isle of Wight.
  • BIG CHILL - Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, U.K.
  • Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - since 1999. Annual music and arts festival. Venue: Empire Polo Club, 81800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201, U.S.A.
  • ELECTRIC PICNIC - Portlaoise, Ireland.
  • END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL - Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, U.K.
  • EXIT - in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE BENICÀSSIM | FIB HEINEKEN - Benicàssim, Spain.
  • Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, U.K.
  • GLASTONBURY | Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts - since 1970. Pilton, Somerset, England. The largest greenfield festival in the world, and is now attended by around 175,000 people.
  • GREENMAN FESTIVAL - Brecon Beacons, Wales, U.K.
  • HOVE FESTIVAL - Arendal, Norway.
  • ITUNES FESTIVAL - since 2007. Annual music festival and concert series which is held in London at The Roundhouse art centre and sponsored by Apple Inc.
  • JERSEY LIVE - Jersey, Channel Islands.
  • LATITUDE FESTIVAL - Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, U.K.
  • LOLLAPALOOZA - Grant Park, Chicago, IL, U.S.A. Annual music festival featuring heavy metal, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths.
  • LOVEBOX - Victoria Park, London, U.K.
  • MELT! FESTIVAL - Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen Germany.
  • MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP MUSIC FESTIVAL - June 16-18, 1967.
  • Newport Folk Festival - since 1959. American annual folk-oriented music festival in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
  • OPEN'ER FESTIVAL - Gdynia, Poland.
  • Pitchfork Music Festival - annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park in Chicago, IL, U.S.A. The festival, which is normally held over three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in July, focuses primarily on artists and bands from alternative rock, rap & hip-hop, electronica, and dance music, although it has also included acts from hardcore punk, experimental/avant-garde rock and jazz in its lineups.
  • Primavera Sound - (San Miguel Primavera Sound). Annual music festival which takes place in Barcelona, Spain in late May and, in some years, early June.
  • Reading and Leeds Festivals - since 1961. Apair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. The events take place simultaneously on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, sharing the same bill.
  • REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL - new international music festival.
  • Rock am Ring - since 1985. Takes place at the Nürburgring race track, Germany.
  • Rock im Park - since 1985. Takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • ROCKNESS - Loch Ness, Scotland.
  • ROSKILDE FESTIVAL - the largest North European culture and music festival & has existed since 1971. Roskilde, Denmark.
  • Sanremo Music Festival - since 1951. Italian song contest, held annually in the city of Sanremo, in Italy.
  • SECRET GARDEN PARTY - Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, U.K.
  • SÓNAR - annual three-day music festival held in Barcelona, Spain, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art.
  • SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST | SXSW - one of the largest music festivals in the United States usually in March in Austin, Texas with more than 2,000 performers.
  • SZIGET Festival - since 1993. One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. It is held every August in northern Budapest, Hungary, on Óbudai-sziget ("Old Buda Island"), a leafy 108-hectare (266-acre) island on the Danube. More than 1,000 performances take place each year.
  • TRUCK FESTIVAL - Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire, U.K.
  • V FESTIVAL - annual music festival held in the United Kingdom during the penultimate weekend in August: Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire.
  • WOMAD | WORLD OF MUSIC, ARTS AND DANCE - Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.
  • WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL - August 15-18, 1969.
  • WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL - Sète, France.
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