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Top Music Festivals Around the World You Can’t Miss

Music fans of all stripes can find an event to suit them all over the world, be it rock legends, rap royalty or dance music titans. There’s an array of genres for them all to enjoy!

Lollapalooza’s flagship event in Chicago and satellite events offer a dizzying array of generation-defining talent on an unprecedented scale.

1. Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is one of Europe’s premier music festivals and is widely known for its diverse line-up. Hosted annually in Denmark between late June and early July, this eight-day event draws thousands of festivalgoers each time it happens.

Roskilde Festival strives to do more than bring top artists from around the globe to its stage; it strives to make an impactful statement about our society as well. By supporting sustainable initiatives and participating in charity fundraising initiatives, the festival helps make an impactful statement about itself and society at large.

Roskilde this year boasts an incredible lineup. From MEGAN THEE STALLION’s hip hop hit “My Name Is Megatron” to Norwegian rock group THE STROKES’ rock classics “Norway Rocker”, this year’s festival promises to offer something for all musical tastes and genres.

This festival is organized as a non-profit entity, and all funds go towards humanitarian and cultural initiatives. Festival-goers also have an opportunity to nominate organizations they wish to receive funds from this festival.

2. Fuji Rock

At Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, this massive music festival boasts around ten stages dotted throughout its mountain forest setting. Miles between stages gives this music festival its unique charm.

Oasis, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys are just a few of the world-famous artists featured on this roster; but also present are Japanese bands and alternative acts.

Other activities available at the festival include drumming lessons in the “Stoned Circle”, juggling workshops and slack line exhibitions. Families will keep busy throughout the day at “Family Park”, with its merry go round, kids workshop and face painting activities.

At night, if you can’t sleep, the Cinema Fuji offers movie showings. And if you still have the energy left over, visit the “Palace of Wonder,” where oversized “art objects” have been placed around the site.

3. Isle of Wight Festival

Garlic-flavored ice cream and bread stalls abound on the Isle of Wight, and its festival scene abounds. If you’re seeking something truly different, Ventnor Fringe (VFringe for short) offers two days of performances in and around Ventnor town; from plays being staged in laundromats to shows taking place in people’s driveways!

Pulp, George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers will headline this year’s Isle of Wight Festival but there will also be plenty of great acts performing – dance-pop sensation Groove Armada will perform an energetic set, while indie icons The Courteeners promise an exciting live show!

There are also plenty of activities to keep you occupied, such as a parade of floats and funfair. Furthermore, the island is known for hosting carnivals throughout summer in various towns and villages across its shores.

4. Pitchfork Festival

Pitchfork Festival is one of the must-attend music festivals for fans of indie music, taking place over three days from July 21-23 in Chicago’s Union Park. Headline acts include English rock band The Smile (featuring Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner), indie folk darling Bon Iver as well as Alvvays Perfume Genius Weyes Blood Kelela King Krule Koffee Julia Jacklin Vagabon MJ Lenderman Panda Bear+ Sonic Boom Ariel Zetina + Rachika Nayar to name just a few of many other notables present during Pitchfork Fest 2018.

Tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival are now on sale, starting with three-day passes starting from $209 and single day passes at $109. To upgrade your experience further, upgrade to a PLUS package featuring access to an exclusive lounge and air-conditioned bathrooms – for more information visit their website. Time Out’s ticket partner SeatGeek makes finding and buying Pitchfork Festival tickets easier; simply use their filters at the top of each page to view available listings, then proceed directly through to SeatGeek’s checkout process in order to complete your purchase!

5. ADE

ADE is the world’s premier dance music conference and festival, hosting five days and nights of programming across Amsterdam’s iconic canals and coffee shops. Boasting a wide range of immersive experiences and tech-forward art exhibitions as well as industry expert panels and epic techno parties, ADE has something for everyone at this yearly gathering in its five day format.

From emerging DJs and producers to experienced DJs and producers, ADE offers numerous networking spaces designed to expand your connections and reputation. Most events hosted by record labels or brands require invitation only access; by spending some time online before attending, however, you may find yourself on guest lists for exclusive events hosted at ADE.

Tickets to ADE can be obtained through various online ticket services and range from EUR15 for individual events to an ADE Passport which grants access to the full conference, festival and playground program – the festival portion takes place October 18-22.

6. Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao BBK Live is one of those rare festivals that offers something for everyone – with an incredible lineup, friendly environment and breathtaking views of Bilbao’s rich cultural landscape. And this year was no different!

This year’s lineup featured music from both local and international artists alike (the ones I enjoy while playing online poker on platforms described at, with a strong commitment to diversity. Through sponsorship by Heineken, Bereziak brings festival to streets around town for free concerts at places such as Torres Isozaki Plaza Convivencia Jardines de Albia Kiosko del Arenal.

Joy Crookes provided relaxing neo-soul music while J Balvin delighted crowds with a powerful set. At Basoa, an immersive nature experience awaits – dance to DJ Python while taking in sounds from the forest! If you’re planning a trip to Bilbao this summer, why not learn Spanish while enjoying BBK Live festival with Instituto Hemingway?

7. Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole offers a truly impressive lineup that spans from Jacob Collier’s stunning violinistry to IDLES’ electrifying punk energy, making this event must-see viewing for music fans everywhere. This year’s event will take place in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands.

This festival will feature both local and international acts from alternative, electronic, rock, and pop genres, catering to fans of music such as alternative, electronica, rock, pop. Additionally, there will be an artisan market, workshops, and other activities designed to enhance your festival experience.

VIP packages provide those looking to take their experience a step further with access to festival grounds, exclusive merchandise from Pedals & Pints and Tarantula Hill Brewing Company, unlimited shuttle rides between venues, your first beer at each brewery plus more!

8. Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields Festival provides something for all. From DJs rocking the dancefloor to an improvising jazz quintet on the beach, Strawberry Fields’ lineup boasts something to keep anyone happy! Now available, featuring some exciting new talent!

Every year on John Lennon’s birthday and death anniversary, visitors from around the globe flock to this 2.5-acre section of Central Park for his birthday and death anniversary commemorations. Join them and discover more of its heritage with a Strawberry Fields Tour.

This year’s lineup features Norwegian disco house producer Todd Terje, Detroit master Moodymann, psychedelic funk band Kerala Dust and Sydney rapper VV Pete as headliners. Acclaimed local artists including Booka Shade (indie electronica duo), Joy (Anonymous), rising French producer Sweely and the funk-infused neo-soul duo Jitwam are also part of this stellar cast – ensure an exciting weekend full of memorable river swimming sessions, unforgettable reflection moments and unforgettable fun!

9. Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio was launched in Rio de Janeiro in 1985 and since then it has grown into one of the world’s premier music festivals, drawing in audiences from around the globe to hear an eclectic range of pop, rock, electronic and Brazilian musicians perform every year at this international music festivity.

The festival boasts an incredible roster, from top names in music to emerging acts on the scene, plus dance, games, immersive experiences, rhythm and culture from Brazil and around the globe.

Be sure to spend at least one evening at the Sambadrome, witnessing professional samba dancers perform incredible costumes and floats. From there, take to the streets for bloco parties or join a Carnival tour for an immersive experience in Rio. Rock in Rio has general admission tickets as well as VIP passes available – use our interactive seating charts to give a clear understanding of where tickets are available and the view you will experience from each seat before proceeding securely through checkout to purchase them!