Top 10 the most popular music festivals

TOMORROWLAND

Tomorrowland needs no introduction, as this massive electronic music festival has become a global phenomenon! Famous for its record-breaking international attendance of 185,000 people from over 75 different countries, experiencing Tomorrowland should be on every single person’s destination music festival bucket list! The vibes found here are truly special, and you’re guaranteed to leave with countless new friends from nearly every corner of the world.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending Tomorrowland twice now, and both times were absolutely magical! It’s one of those festivals you need attend to fully understand for yourself. While tickets are hard to pretty come, if you’re lucky to get your hands on one – GO! I’d also highly recommend camping in “Dreamville”, Tomorrowland’s massive campsite, so you can attend the pre-party on Thursday night (which always has headliners as special guests perform).

As Martin Garrixx played the closing set at the Mainstage on Sunday night, I watched in awe at my insane rave surroundings. It was the best possible form of sensory overload complete with pounding bass, smoke machines, colorful streamers, vibrant lasers, powerful lights, astronomical fireworks, and a sea of people waving flags from practically every country on planet earth. This is it, I thought to myself! This is Tomorrowland!! “

GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL

As one of the U.K’s longest-running and most world-famous festivals, Glastonbury also needs no introduction! It’s been a dream of mine to attend for a long as I can remember, and all of my friends who regularly attend have told me it completely exceeds the hype. While it may get a bit rainy, you’ll be regularly surprised by it’s incredible stages, vibrant atmosphere, and immersive experiences!

MELT FESTIVAL

“Melt Festival is a rock, electronic, and pop festival that exists within the imposing grounds of the Ferropolis; a museum of titanic mid-20th-century industrial machinery which is located just outside of Gräfenhainichen, Germany. In tandem with this unique location dubbed “the city of iron” also sees a unique lineup year-on-year, with career-defining sets from Portishead, Aphex Twin, alt-J, Kylie Minogue, The XX, Tame Impala, and Florence and the Machine in previous editions.

Amongst the impressive roster of acts, there is the notorious and affectionately known ‘Sleepless Floor’ which keeps the partying constant from Thursday through to Monday, but also the nearby Lake Gremmin to check out the sunrise over the horizon when you’re finally feeling partied-out.”

SZIGET FESTIVAL

“Sziget Festival is one of the biggest multi-genre music festivals in the world, taking place in Budapest. Born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the festival has been going steady since 1993. One of the true bucket-list festivals, Sziget transforms Obuda Island into a fully functioning musical haven that welcomes over 550,000 people each year to witness a lineup that includes the biggest names in music. Recent past headliners have included the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Muse, and Rihanna.

What makes this festival so special is the plethora of other activities that complement the music, such as dance stages, a cinema, theatre, contemporary circus shows, sporting events, and even a beach where you can take a dip in the Danube.”

MYSTERYLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL

“We are Mysteryland, the worlds longest running electronic music festival. As a pioneer of the dance movement, Mysteryland has shaped and inspired the festival industry since 1993. During a 3 days spectacle, we invite 130.000 visitors to embark on a musical journey and explore over 300 artists and live acts on 17 breathtaking stages. Past line-ups included artists like Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Headhunterz and many more…

The on-site camping grounds welcome over 17,500 Party Animals from over 100 nationalities, and offer exclusive pre- and after-parties as well as very diverse food and entertainment program.”

SONAR MUSIC FESTIVAL

“Sónar Festival is an electronic and alternative music festival in Barcelona, Spain. One of the most celebrated and widely respected festivals of its kind anywhere in the world, Sónar has built a reputation for itself as a hub of experimental and engaging underground culture. This manifests itself not just through an extensive musical program that welcomes big-name acts alongside emerging talent, but also through a series of artistic installations, workshops, talks, debates and seminars. As such, the festival attracts not just music fans but also industry professionals, united in their shared desire to explore the musical and artistic cutting edge.

A pioneering European festival, started in 1994, Sónar is renowned for its unique format and musical program that showcases the latest trends in dance and electronica as well as those artists pushing the limits of musical expression.

With hundreds of artists, performers and DJ’s divided over two emblematic locations – Sónar by Day at the foot of Montjuïc, and Sónar by Night in the stunning Fira Gran Via complex – Sónar is a creative playground, fostering and encouraging new interactions between established artists, exciting newcomers and our open minded international audience.”

EARTH GARDEN FESTIVAL

Earth Garden is Malta’s largest alternative festival attracting thousands of true music lovers. It features over 100 acts performing on 5 stages, jamming & healing fields, a colourful ethnic market, a large naturally shaded campsite, an international food court and a fun-park. Celebrate music, diversity and life at Earth Garden, The Alternative Festival that kicks off your festival season!

AWAKENINGS FESTIVAL

“Awakenings Festival is a massive techno festival just outside of Amsterdam, in Spaarnwoude Houtrak.

An institution, the festival features a lineup of the biggest and brightest from the genre. Hosting events throughout the year in the Dutch capital’s legendary Gashouder, Awakenings is one of the biggest names in electronic music. Their annual pilgrimage outside to the scenic forest setting of their Spaarnwoude home is the techno festival of the year in the Netherlands.”

ULTRA EUROPE

ULTRA Music Festival began over twenty years ago bringing thousands of electronic music fans to Miami Beach, but has since exploded into one of the world’s leading festival brands! They found their second home in Split, Croatia back in 2015, and it’s grown to become one of the best summer European music festivals! With the mainstage bringing the biggest names in EDM, and the Resistance stage hosting a stacked line-up of underground house and techno, there’s no better time to visit Croatia then during Ultra Europe!

EXIT FESTIVAL

“EXIT is the two-time winner of the “Best Major European Festival” award along with the continuous recognition by the global music stars, fans and media alike.

Held each year at the 18th Century colossal Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad in Serbia, EXIT started as a student movement whose massive protests brought down the oppressive regime in Serbia. EXIT became the first mass event to gather all the people in Balkans after a long decade of divisions.

Celebrated as a place where hedonism meets activism, it is the social relevance of EXIT that has made it unique and globally recognized hosting stars like The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Madonna, The Killers, Sex Pistols, Guns’n’Roses, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Patti Smith, Motorhead, LCD Soundsystem, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Andy C, DJ Shadow, and countless many more at 30+ stages in nearly two decades since its inception in 2000. So far, EXIT hosted a worldwide audience of over 2.5 million visitors from 60 different countries.”

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