Where: Indio, California
Due to its location, it’s easily one of the most well-attended festivals by Hollywood types and other celebrities. It has consistently sold out since 2004, lately in the first hours of tickets going online. It’s also consistently been named the best outdoor music festival in North America.
Where: Clisson, France
Hellfest claws its way from extreme metal to punk rock, passing by every gnarled and innovative sub-genre in between. Other than maybe the UK's Download Festival, its pace-setting high-point of the metal and rock calendar has no close competition.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
(Aka the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art). Sónar’s highbrow alternative moniker is a big hint that this is a bit more special than your average dance festival. Now in its twenty-second year, this Barcelona-based three-dayer is a huge party and an egghead dissection of electronic music all wrapped in one.
Where: Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany
If rock and metal are your game, then Germany's Rock am Ring needs no introduction. Along with sister festival Rock im Park, it pulls unparalleled lineups year after year and can lay claim to being one of the best-attended weekends in the world.
Where: Zrce Beach, Croatia
Crystal-clear Adriatic waters, sun-soaked boat parties, and beachside stages buzzing with some of the hottest acts in electronic music – Hideout in Croatia is the ultimate European beach festival.
Where: Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria
Some 850m above sea level in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains, Meadows in the Mountains provides both techno and tranquillity. As it works in harmony with the local village of Polkovnik, festival goers have the opportunity to camp or stay with local grandmothers, known as babas, and enjoy home-cooked meals alongside unique hospitality.
Where: Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Tokyo; Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka
In an amazing location overlooking Tokyo Bay, this is a huge summer event to check out in Japan. An interesting fact, the festival
is held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, with acts switching days—so you won’t miss out, whichever you choose.
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref
The holy grail of outdoor music festivals in the region, Fuji Rock Festival is Asia’s answer to Glastonbury, and has become near-synonymous
with big-named bands. Hosted annually around late summer at the Naeba Ski Resort, the festival grounds are accessible from Tokyo via
a 90-minute ride on the Shinkansen (bullet train), followed by a 40-minute complimentary shuttle to the campsite.
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