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The top music festivals to check out this summer

The top music festivals to check out this summer


Primavera Sound, Spain: 28-30 May

Barcelona is already a party city, but the Primavera Sound festival it takes it to another level.  The event has grown over the years and now welcomes around 190,000 visitors.  It has 16 stages so whatever your musical taste, you will find something to suit you.

Dance Valley, Netherlands: 1 August

Situated in a small area called Spaarnwoude, this festival takes place half an hour from the lovely city of Amsterdam.  It only lasts for one day, but maybe that’s enough considering you will be dancing all day and night.  Head back to Amsterdam for a relaxing café or a nightclub to continue the party.

Longitude, Ireland: 17-19 July

This happens in Marlay Park, just outside Dublin’s city centre.  It’s one festival that doesn’t offer camping even though it’s over three days – but there are plenty of buses to take you to the city and back each day.

European music festivals


Ansan M Valley Rock Festival, South Korea: 24-26 July

The biggest rock festival in South Korea, this event is still relatively new.  It’s near to the capital city of Seoul so make a trip of it and see the sights.

Fuji Rock Festival, Japan: 24-26 July

This is the biggest outdoor music event in Japans calendar which can attract up to 150,000 revellers.  At this festival you can find a cable car, forest trail and a playground – something for everyone!  A train station is right near the festival so make sure to visit Tokyo while you’re in the area.

Asian music festival


Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, New York, USA: 6-11 July

Set up to show the positive side to hip-hop, this festival stretches over 6 days and it’s not just about music.  If you are passionate about hip-hop music you can get involved in debates and exhibitions.  You’ll also be in one of the best cities in the world so see and do as much as you can while here.

Chicago Blues Festival, Illinois, USA: 12-14 June

A free blues festival and the largest of its kind in the world.  It attracts a huge range of people of all nationalities and ages.

Shambhala, Salmo, Canada: 7-10 August

American music festival

If you’re visiting the Vancouver area around this time then make the trip to this dance music festival in the countryside that encourages you to move and be free!  As well as the 6 music stages, there is artwork, crafts and lots of organic food to be taken advantage of.

Rock in Rio, Brazil: 18-27 September

This year is the 30th anniversary of the festival which features a huge number of well-known international and local acts.  We all know how they like to party in Rio and this festival is the biggest party of the year.


African music festival

Gnaoua World Music Festival, Morocco: 14-18 June

Only two hours from Marrakesh, the fishing town of Essaouira changes into a music mecca for four days.  A real cultural experience, the Gnaoua are a group of people who have their own type of music but you can experience other genres also over the few days.

Oppikoppi, South Africa: 7-9 August

This festival is situated between Pretoria and the Botswana capital of Gaborone.  It’s another festival that attracts lovers of all genres of music.  Along with the music you can take part in some competitions like Wil(d)abong Surf Classic or Dustbowl Olympics!


Splendour in the grass, Byron Bay, Australia: 24-26 July

A mix of all sorts of music, this festival is in the middle of the country’s wintertime but the sun always shines.  At this festival you can busk and you never know – get a well-known musician to sing along with you.    


Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.


Thanks to Montecruz Foto, Jason Paris, Kentaro Ohno, Runran, Magharebia and Rocky T for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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