8 Music Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List (That Aren’t Coachella)

If given the choice, we would choose to live in a music festival forever. From the chill vibes and the opportunity to connect with mother nature to having your favourite artists perform live just for you -who could say no to that? While everyone might dream of going to Coachella, we wanted to shed the light on other music festivals that you may not have heard of but definitely need to visit!

Sziget Festival

This is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, held on an island in northern Budapest. Originally a rock music festival, Sziget has grown to be inclusive of many other music genres including jazz, blues and pop. This week-long festival has hosted many well-known acts, including The Chainsmokers, The XX, Blink-182, The 1975, Kings of Leon, Sia, Rihanna and Muse. Sziget festival is also known for hosting parties alongside the original festival, such as boat parties that allow goers to explore the scenery of Budapest while listening to their favourite performers live.

Lollapalooza

Cool name, right? Well, that isn’t the only cool thing about this weekend-long festival. For starters, although it annually takes place in Chicago, USA, a branch of Lollapalooza also takes place at the same time in another city around the world. It has already taken place in Sao Paulo, Berlin, Paris, and Santiago. Back in 2007, Lady Gaga performed at Lollapalooza before she went on to become an international extravaganza.

Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival

This four-day festival is not just about the music, but also about the live stand-up comedy performances and the endless array of on-camp activities. Annually held in Tennessee, this festival has hosted some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Eminem, the Weeknd, Lorde, Tove Lo, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Paul McCartney.

Glastonbury Festival

Annually taking place in Somerset, England during the last weekend of June, the Glastonbury Festival is a 360-degree celebration of the arts with music, dance, comedy and circus performances, among others. The Pyramid stage is the most prominent stage in the festival, where all the biggest acts perform. Some of the big names known to have played there include Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones, Shakira, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Coldplay.

Bestival

Held at the beginning of every September in Southern England, Bestival is a four-day music festival that has made quite the name for itself. During one of the four days, attendees and performers all abide by a fancy dress code. Some of the most renowned artists that have taken its stage include the late Amy Winehouse, the Cure, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Bjork, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Tame Impala. Bestival also encourages its attendees to be environmentally-conscious by urging them to carpool, use public transport, or bike to the festival, as well as recycle their waste.

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This Serbian music festival was initially founded as a freedom movement by a group of students in the year 2000. The festival aims to spread positive messages of peace and unity in the Balkan region by utilising the arts. It is held in the picturesque Petrovaradin Fortress. Some internationally-acclaimed performers that have graced its stages include Guns N’ Roses, Avicii, Afrojack, Tom Odell, Bastille, the Killers and Jason Derulo.

Ultra Music Festival

For all you electronic music lovers, we’ve got you! The Ultra Music Festival specializes in that genre and takes place annually in Miami, Florida. Starting out as a one-day festival, Ultra grew to be a three-day March extravaganza, with international electronic music artists gracing its stage every year, such as Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Avicii, Alesso, Afrojack and Axwell Ingrosso.

LoveBox Festival

Going strong since 2002, LoveBox Festival is an annual two-day music festival held in Victoria Park in East London. Originally a dance music festival created by DJs Groove Armada, LoveBox grew to be inclusive of many music genres including hip hop, electronic dance music and pop music. Acts that have taken to its stage over the years include Florence and the Machine, Jessi J, Solange, Emeli Sande, Snoop Dogg and Hurts.

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