The 12 Best Music Festivals Across the Globe

Your essential bucket-list guide to the twelve best music festivals. Get your groove on!


The energies and spirit of a music festival create a surreal experience that turns strangers into friends who sing, dance and rock out together. Under the warm sun with a live stage in front of you and hardcore fans at your side, the event is a celebration of music impossible to forget. Plus, it’s a great excuse to travel.

The 12 Best Music Festivals Across the Globe

Get ready for festival season! (Ethical festival bag by Lost in Samsara)

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Music festivals are a great excuse to travel

The following breaks down twelve of the biggest music festivals where you’ll jam to smashing hits by the hottest bands, singers and DJs. They’re in order of month, so you can plan your festival trips (one or two per month) from March through to September. Just make sure to get your festival tickets and book your flights and hotel well in advance! Read on…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 62 Comments

  1. Coachella is by far the best. TRUST ME ON THIS! all the other festivals are just warm up for Coachella!

  2. I’ve been to a few of these — they’re a lot of fun (especially if you can get backstage / VIP area passes…). Great list, Hilary!

  3. Esther Earl Harris

    Great post packed with a lot of information! Hilary, thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Louise Stone

    Those festivals look amazing. This is really a much much useful and awesome article. You covered all the world’s best music festivals very impressively and in detail. Above all these awesome music festivals experiences, they also aim to focus on the environment and the world and most. if not all, they have programs for raising money for charities that work to improve the world. 🙂

  5. Kimberly Vigil

    So apply your sunscreen, best festival attire and get ready to hit any of these great music festivals all over the globe. 🙂

  6. Elsie Spurlock

    Fantastic post! you really hit the nail on the head here. Organizers have created awesome festivals in unique spaces with different vibes and plenty of incredible music acts from all over the world. The feeling of these festivals reflects that of the artistic, cool and laid-back vibe of itself. Get away from stress from a few days and celebrate the music you love with your favorite artists. Get lost in a truly unbeatable environment and surrounded by thousands of like-minded people.

  7. Jenny Garett

    Coachella is one of the biggest festivals. The crowds in Coachella are internationally diverse, the setting is beautiful and the experience is everything that’s enjoyable. Coachella is a perfect spot to do some superb people-watching. You never know who will be dancing right next to you. . And it continually draws people to listen to great music and get lost in it. 🙂

  8. Heather Strobel

    Wow brilliant pictures! Some of these music festivals look incredible. Hilary thanks a bunch for sharing this. I’ve always wanted to attend a music festival and this is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone. However, I enjoy meeting and interacting with other people. So, I am looking forward to attending festivals and meeting new friends.

  9. Merry Robinson

    So many amazing Music Festivals, thanks for this excellent post. I went to Global citizen fest in 2014 (it’s also my first time to attend music festivals) and since than the connection has never stopped. And By far the most incredible experience of our entire lives. it’s just getting better every year. Here s to Global citizen 2014 memories <3

  10. Helen Dark

    Anything with music, lights and adrenaline sounds so beautiful to me. I hope to visit coachella , but it would be a goal to reach all these festivals. There’s just something about music fest, to me, that is so wild and vast. This is officially on my bucket list.
    Good article, thanks for sharing!

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