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Top 10 Music Festivals Around the World Worth Traveling To

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands
Top 10 Music Festivals Around the World Worth Traveling To Thanks to Getty Images for the pictures and videos! For the love of good music… these trips are worth the plane tickets! Welcome to MpjpTravels, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top Music Festivals Around the World Worth Traveling To. For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most exciting, dynamic and awe-inspiring music festivals held around the world.

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Top Music Festivals Around the World Worth Traveling To

For the love of good music… these trips are worth the plane tickets! Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top Music Festivals Around the World Worth Travelling To.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most exciting, dynamic and awe-inspiring music festivals held around the world.

#10: Bonnaroo

Tennessee, USA

Since debuting in 2002, Bonnaroo has been attracting the masses to the small town of Manchester, Tennessee with its promise of a free-spirited weekend, and wonderfully eclectic lineups of big-name musicians. In 2017 alone, the festival boasted talent like U2, the Weeknd, Lorde and Chance the Rapper, to name just a few. While music is the main attraction, that’s far being the only reason to make the trip. Blow-up rides, slip-and-slides, local food and goods, morning yoga… Bonnaroo is all about fun, and it attracts a crowd to match. And when it comes to accommodations, camping is the name of the game, with options to suit every wallet and level of comfort.

#9: Splendour in the Grass

Byron Bay, Australia

This annual summertime festival has been attracting Australians and world-travelers alike, since 2001. But if you’d like to join in, we recommend planning well ahead of time, because tickets sell out fast. How fast? Well, in 2018. . . under half-an-hour. So, what is it that makes this whimsically-named festival so popular? Well, in terms of music, it offers a bit of everything; all genres are welcome. Then there’s the activities. Splendour delivers everything festival-goers could want, including an arts and crafts tent, dance-offs, a mini color party and elaborate art installations. Then there’s “the very small suburb” - a marketplace packed with food stalls, vintage clothing vendors. Heck, there are even beauty salons!

#8: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Benicàssim, Spain

While the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona is well worth the price of entrance (or even a plane ticket to get there), when it comes to music festivals in Spain, the Benicàssim International Festival reigns supreme. Showcasing a variety of big name pop, electronic and rock artists, this festival (often referred to as FIB for short), is world-renowned. Unlike most festivals, where the music eventually comes to an end sometime after midnight, FIB keeps it going with live music until 8am - so you know it’s a serious party. Oh, and did we mention that it takes place on the edge of a coastal town, or (to be more specific) a seaside resort?

#7: Mawazine

Rabat, Morocco

Mawazine is a music festival the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. It attracts millions of music and culture-lovers from around the world, and is considered to be the second largest music festival in the world. Taking place in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat, Mawazine brings many of the world’s top artists to its stages, but it equally shines a spotlight on some of the African continent’s most talented and inspiring musicians. Add to that international multilingual artists from cultures around the world, and you wind up with a festival that truly feels like a global celebration of music.

#6: Fuji Rock Festival

Yuzawa, Japan

The biggest outdoor music event in Japan, Fuji Rock is really something to behold. Hosted at the Naeba Ski Resort at the base of, you guessed it, Mt. Fuji, this rockfest is three days of live music - mostly rock and electronica. Talk to a few festival-goers and you’ll soon begin to understand what makes Fuji Rock so special. For starters, the setting itself is absolutely stunning. Then there’s the lineup, which consistently includes the biggest names in the industry. But there’s also just something wonderfully relaxed about Fuji Rock. There’s a river oasis to cool off in, an elaborate children’s play area, a boardwalk through the woods and more.

#5: Lollapalooza

Illinois, USA

Once a touring festival, Lollapalooza has since gotten a new lease on life as a stationary weekend festival in Chicago. The lineup, previously focused on alternative rock and metal, has broadened its sound, bringing a bigger variety of A-list musicians to its stages. What hasn’t changed however, is the fact that Lollapalooza is one of the wildest and biggest parties around; there are countless stories of security working overtime to keep the crowds under control. Wild though it might be, given that Lollapalooza is located in Chicago, you can easily take a break from all the madness and get yourself comfortable accomodations to ensure that you’re well-rested each day.

#4: Rock in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This Brazilian-born festival was once a sporadic affair. There was one in the ‘80s, another in the ‘90s, and a handful in the the first decade of the new millennium (though, interestingly, only one in Rio). Thankfully, since 2010, there has consistently been at least one Rock in Rio event a year. Every second year, it’s held in the city of its birth, Rio de Janeiro, while in off years, it takes place in other cities like Las Vegas, Lisbon and Madrid. But you just can’t beat Rock in Rio when it’s actually . .. in Rio! It’s the biggest party you’ll ever attend, a bucket list experience, and something you need to be a part of to understand.

#3: Tomorrowland

Boom, Belgium

Don’t worry EDM fans, we haven’t forgotten about you. It was a tight race between Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas . . . but hey, truthfully, there’s just no beating Tomorrowland - it’s the mecca of electronic dance music. A trip to this festival (held in the typically quiet, yet wonderfully and appropriately-named city of Boom) literally feels like a voyage into a different plane of existence. The detail that goes into the art installations and decoration is second to none. The line-up is always a who’s who of the hottest DJs in the world. And then there’s Dreamville, which is quite possibly the most elaborately themed festival village you’ll ever have the privilege to shimmy through.

#2: Coachella

California, USA

At least as far as America is concerned, there’s really no music festival bigger or more iconic than the almighty Coachella. What can we say about this two-weekend affair that hasn’t already been said? The lineup is basically a checklist of every trending and relevant superstar in music for that year. The guestlist typically sports a plethora of famous names, giving you a decent chance of a celebrity sighting. And the festival vibe itself? It’s bananas. In many ways, Coachella has become the standard by which cross-genre musical festivals everywhere are judged, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Whether you’re there for the music or the unparalleled atmosphere, Coachella will not disappoint.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Wacken Open Air

Wacken, Germany

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Louisiana, USA

Sziget Festival

Budapest, Hungary

#1: Glastonbury Festival

Somerset, UK

The UK boasts more than its fair share of renowned international music festivals. If you get the chance to attend Reading and Leeds in your lifetime… you absolutely should. But if you can only visit one British music festival, make it Glastonbury. Spanning five days, this rock-centric, but diverse, festival is truly a unique experience unlike any other. It’s been going strong since 1970, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In addition to the greatest rock and pop acts from around the world, you’ll be treated to cabaret, circus acts, comedy, dance, cinema and much more. Glastonbury might just be the greatest music festival on earth.


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