This is a guest post by Cathy Mack.
With summer upon us, the festival season is in full swing. From pop and indie to punk rock, hip-hop and dance to name just a few, there’s plenty of options to suit every musical taste. So whether you’ve just come back from one, getting ready for one, or perhaps you can’t decide on which big bash to attend next year, whatever the case, we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite summer music festivals from around the world to add to the old bucket list.
1. Glastonbury – England, UK
Based in Somerset, Glastonbury is Britain’s biggest music festival boasting over 150,000 attendees every year. Also known as Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts the multi-genre event has been running since the ‘70s, taking a year off here and there to give the extensive grounds – and the cows (it’s a working farm the rest of the year) – a well-earned rest. Glastonbury 2012 is cancelled due to the Olympics but it should be back in full-force in the upcoming year.
Flickr photo by jaswooduk
2. Bonnaroo – Tennessee, USA
Based on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee, the four-day event attracts around 80,000 campers annually. Known for its hippy atmosphere, the festival features a range of genres from blue grass and jazz to gospel and electronica, suiting all types of music lovers. Be sure to book in advance though, as this Southern festival sells out quickly.
Flickr photo by rocknroll_guitar
3. Coachella – California, USA
Set in the midst of the Californian desert in a place called Indio, temperatures at this annual April festival have been known to reach well into the mid-40s, so although it’s a spring event, it certainly feels like the middle of summer. Held over two consecutive weekends, you’ll hear mostly indie rock, electronic and hip hop during this three-day occasion.
Flickr photo by Jason Persse
4. Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Australia
One of Australia’s largest music festivals, the July event boasts around 30,000 concert goers each year. Held in Belongil Fields just outside Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, the festival has been held annually since 2001. If you want to attend this event, you’ll have to be quick, however, as this year the organisers saw tickets sell out in a record time of just under 45 minutes, with camping spots snapped up within 10 minutes.
Flickr photo by burntfeather
5. RockNess – Scotland
Set on the banks of the iconic Loch Ness in the heart of the Scottish highlands, RockNess is the Scotland’s largest music festival, taking place every June and attracting crowds between 25,000 and 30,000. Although a wide range of genres, the music fits the event’s name and is generally pop, dance and indie based with previous acts including Blondie, Fatboy Slim and The Strokes.
Flickr photo by CapnOats
6. Electric Picnic – Ireland
Set in Stradbally Hall in County Laois in the middle of the Irish countryside, the week-end long festival is often dubbed ‘Ireland’s Glastonbury’ as it attracts an extensive line-up of artists each September. This year’s line-up includes the likes of Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, The Cure and The Killers and is expected to host around 35,000 festival goers.
Flickr photo by norsenut
7. Hip Hop Kemp – Czech Republic
If pop and rock aren’t your scene, then this hip hop festival might be your cup of tea. Held in the city of Hradec Králové in the heart of Bohemia, the event is one of Europe’s largest hip hop events with around 20,000 people attending yearly since 2002. If you’re craving a bit of variety, you’re in luck as Hip Hop Kemp festival also has stages dedicated to grime, dubstep and club music.
Photo by Hip Hop Kemp
8. Ibiza Rocks/Mallorca Rocks – Ibiza & Mallorca, Spain
Based in the popular clubbing hub of San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks is a three-month long festival that lasts throughout the 13 weeks of the summer from June to September in the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Founded in 2005, each concert takes place every Wednesday. If you can’t get tickets, then be sure to check out Mallorca Rocks, a sister festival, which takes place at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magaluf during the same time and live acts take to the stage every Thursday. If you don’t want to miss out, get your holiday to Spain booked now.
Photo by Ibizarocks
9. Peace & Love Festival – Sweden
This Scandinavian festival offers a diverse dynamic promoting the concepts of solidarity, diversity and understanding throughout this five-day festival. Sweden’s largest music festival, it’s held in the city of Borlange in the middle of the country. If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere where you can let loose, this multi-genre festival might just be worth your time.
Photo by Jon Wallsten
10. Independence Rock – India
If you’re partial to a bit of rocking out, the country’s largest music festival in Mumbai, also known as I-Rock, could be the event of the summer for you. The two-day festival is held at Chitrakoot Grounds in this Maharashtra capital. Sometimes referred to as “The Woodstock of India”, the weekend includes acts mostly from hard rock, metal, indie and experimental genres, but disappointingly, no Bollywood beats in earshot.
Photo by Independence Rock India
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