It’s never too early to start planning your next summer music festival adventure! We compiled a list of the most awesome, and extreme festivals in the world. Read on to find out which made our list, where they are, and what their lineups are. Enjoy!
Ultra Music Festival
Ultra is epic. Unfortunately if you didn’t go last month you missed it this year, but you should definitely add it to your bucket-list for next summer! This last March dancers, musicians, and fans all gathered in Miami for three days and nights of solid DJ sets. This year was the 20th anniversary of the festival and it had an amazing line up. Some performers included Ajrojack, the Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren and Kaskada.
Formerly called the Rothbury Music Festival, Electric Forest is two long weekends of experimental music and partying. It is held in Rothbury, Michigan, on the weekends of June 21-24 and June 28-July 1st. This year the lineup rocks. Some performers include Galantis, Deadmau, Bassnectar, Bonobo, Marian Hill, Xavier Rudd and the String Cheese Incident.
Located in Randall’s Island in New York City on June 1-3, Governor’s Ball has an amazing lineup prepared. What sets this festival apart is the diversity of music and people that attend. Some genres at the festival include rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, folk, and more. Jack White, Eminem, Travis Scott, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more are schedule to perform. The festival is produced by Founders Entertainment and it always includes a ton of food New York restaurants, food trucks, activities, and unique games. Last year Lorde and Chance the Rapper gave amazing performances. We are optimistic this year will be just as awesome if not better!
Don’t miss the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama! It is a three-day festival held on beautiful beaches with amazing stages! In the past some huge name performers including Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Florence and the Machine have performed. This year on May 18-20th you can expect to see Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers, Zedd and others.
New Orleans Jazz Festival
This year in “The Big Easy,” the New Orleans Jazz Festival is celebrating the tricentennial of its founding year. It opens on April 27th and goes until May 6th. In more recent years there has been less bebop and swing and has drawn a bigger audience. Some of the 2018 headliners are Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart and Aerosmith. Besides the music, don’t forget about the food! Crawfish, jambalaya, po-boys, alligator pie, it is all there! If you go, you will leave with a happy stomach and a big smile.
Tomorrowland is a huge, super fun, large electronic music festival held in Belgium. It is known as one of the best in the world! It has been going strong since 2005. This year it kicks off on July 20th and goes through July 29th. Tiësto, Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, San Holo, Steve Aoki, Vini Vici will all be there!
Glastonbury Festival is one of the largest, if not the largest outdoor festival in the world. There was no festival this year because every 6 years the organizers decided to take “a fallow year” to renovate the site. While it is a bummer there is no festival this year, next year should more than make up for it. The next festival will be from June 26 to June 30, 2019. It is too early for the lineup but in the past Radiohead, Foo Fighters, First Aid Kit, Major Lazer, The Flaming Lips, Lorde, Thundercat, and Ed Sheeran have performed.
Iceland Airwaves got its start in 1999 where the festival was held in an airplane hangar. It has come along way since then. It is now regarded as one of the best festivals in the world and it always draws a huge international crowd. Rolling Stone magazine called it, “The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.” The festival is held in Reykjavík, Iceland in early November. The next dates are November 7th-10th. It is not too early to plan your excursion!
Primavera Sound is probably the coolest, most cutting edge festival in Europe. It runs on two sites and lasts two weekends. The first site is in Barcelona on a waterfront complex, followed by Porto. Ariel Pink, Lorde, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are expected to perform this year. This festival celebrates old and new music, and especially supports the alternative and indie scenes. It is coming up May 30-June 3rd.
Rock am Ring & Rock im Park
This festival is especially for rock and metal lovers. It is also in Germany so it has to be amazing! The lineups are unparalleled this year. Some headliners include Gorillaz, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters, and Muse. It is June 1-3 in Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany.
Ultra Europe will feature the biggest DJs in the world this July in Split, Croatia. Afrojack, David Guetta, Hardwell and DJ Snake will be there among many others!
This Serbian music festival won an award for Best Major European festival, and for good reason. It is an interesting festival because it started as a student movement to fight for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans. The festival has maintained its social mission and works to help the youth in the Balkans. This year they are also launching a competition for young musicians and allowing the winner to perform on stage. This year David Guetta, Migos, Grave Jones and Ziggy Marley are some of the headliners.
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
Coachella rocked this year, and we highly recommend going next year if you missed out. It was this April in California. Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem were part of the line-up. This festival is for three days in the desert, features multi genre music, and attracks people from all over the world. If you are thinking about going next year watch out for the line-up release in January!
Held annually in Black Rock, Nevada, Burning Man is influenced by 10 principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression, community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace. The event has been going on for 36 years and has gotten so popular organizers now cap the amount of attendants to 50,000. The next one is August 26 to September 3rd. If you are able to go, you should! It is an unforgettable experience.
Since 2003, Lollapalooza has become huge. It now draws more than 150,000 people to Chicago for a diverse line-up. Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Khalid, Bruno Mars, Jack White and The Weeknd will all be there in full force this year! Don’t miss out! It is coming up this August from the 2nd to the 6th.