As the temperature rises, music lovers flock to massive festivals around the world to see their favorite artists live and feed off the energy of fellow fans. And with each passing year, the festivals are growing bigger and better.
These festivals provide multiple days of entertainment- and unforgettable concert- going experiences. Here are our picks for the world’s 8 best summer music festivals.
1. Flow, Helsinki, Finland: 14-16th August
This three- day festival in Helsinki features a large sampling of artists from Finland and abroad, and prides itself on its environmental focus and carbon neutrality. This year’s festival will feature Beck, Florence + The Machine, Diplo, Pet Shop Boys, and more.
2. Barrakud, Corfu, Greece: 29th July- 2nd August
Barrakud brings clubbing to the seaside with this intense 4 day festival on the shores of Greece. The festival campus spreads the dance floor on the beach, features one on a panoramic pool, caves, and a club floor. This year’s lineup will feature Lone, Kangding Ray, Dawd, and more.
3. Splendour in the Grass, North Byron Parklands, Australia: 24- 26th July
Australia’s largest festival of the season is a chill and delightful three day run, with plenty of arts and crafts activities to compliment the full line up. This year’s line up will feature Of Monsters and Men, Everything, Everything, Jenny Lewis, and The Vaccines.
4. Lollapalooza, Chicago, USA: 31st July- 2nd August
This annual festival in the heart of Chicago features acts across the board, from alternative rock to hiphop, as well as incredible food and craft areas. The festival began in 1991 as a farewell concert for Jane’s Addiction, and has carried on since. The festival is a heaven for People born in the 90s and people who deeply miss the 90s. This year’s lineup will feature Metallica, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, and more.
5. Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium: 24- 26th July
When it comes to throwing huge outrageous EDM bashes, only Ultra can compete with Tomorrowland. The Belgian festival, has attracted the biggest DJs and electronic music makers in the world for more than ten years now and the party just keeps getting bigger and better. The festival is a paradise for Glitter-strewn, EDM-loving social butterflies. Topping the bill in 2015: Alesso, Avicii, David Guetta and Carl Cox
6. Indietracks, Derbyshire, UK: 24- 26th July
Indie trainspotters and regular trainspotters come together to swap Marine Girls 7” and jot down engine numbers at the annual Indietracks festival. It combines the twin delights of heritage railway and live music – including in a church and on a steam train. The festival is an experience of delight for Indie poppers and milquetoasts.
7. Fuji Rock, Niigata Prefecture, Japan: 24- 26th Japan
Not many festivals require a trip up a mountain by cable car to see a band. But then Fuji Rock is something special. It takes 20 minutes of highwire travel to reach the Daydreaming stage which creates a good illustration of the festival’s vast size –the largest in Japan – and its beautiful verdant setting in the Naeba resort. This festival is a heaven for headbanging mountain climbers.
This year it plays host to headline sets from rock behemoths Foo Fighters and Muse, together with performance from deadmaus 5, FKA Twigs, forgotten rock genius Todd Rundgren and Belle and Sebastian.
8. Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton, UK: 23- 26th July
One of an exciting wave of boutique festivals wowing festival goers worldwide, Secret Garden Party is way, way more magical than standing next to a burger van in a wet field. The festival’s organisers go all out to host a hedonistic wonderland (the festival’s reputation for debauchery is legendary) where colourful ravers frolic from one exciting woodland spectacle to the next.
This year, the theme is ‘childish things’: so shrug off those dreary adult preoccupations and embrace your playful side – while getting drunk up a tree. The festival is a paradise for Drunk Titanias and battered Bottoms. There are great bands – this year: Jungle, Public Service Broadcasting, Palma Violets and Roots Manuva.