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Top 11: World's Best Music Festivals 2017

Coachella

coachella

Where: Indio, California, USA
When: April 14-16 & 21-23, 2017
Lineup: Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, The XX, Bon Iver, Lorde…

Taking place in the middle of the Californian desert, Coachella is one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. Due to it close proximity to LA, you might also spot the odd celeb amongst the 100,000 revellers who attend each weekend. It’s definitely a place where people go to be seen, and they certainly dress to impress. 

 

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo

Where: Manchester, Tennessee, USA
When: June 8-11, 2017
Lineup: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume…

As far as American music festivals go, Bonnaroo is one of the more authentic and hardcore festival experiences money can buy. It's one of the greatest camping experiences at any festival in the world, and the organisers always deliver a ripper lineup. After surviving four days of sleeping outside and watching remarkable bands, in the Tennessee heat, no one will doubt your festival cred.

 

Glastonbury

Glastonbury

Where: Somerset, England
When: June 21-25, 2017
Lineup: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The National, Katy Perry, The XX…

No festival comes with greater esteem or a richer history than Glastonbury. Countless greats have graced its stages and to this day the festival’s lineup is always guaranteed to be awe-inspiring. 
From its monster main stages to its smaller (and anarchic) tents that litter the surrounding woods, your experience is sure to be a blur of amazing sounds, mischief, hippies and cider. In its essence, Glastonbury provides the quintessential festival experience and a definite addition to the bucket list.

 

Benicàssim

Benicàssim

Where: Benicàssim, Spain
When: July 13-16, 2017
Lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Kasabian, Foals, Deadmau5, Rufus…

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB), or Benicàssim for short, is a perfect combo of holidaying and festival. For the former, picturesque beaches are 20 minutes away, helping to wash away the toxins of the previous night. For the latter, you’ll witness some of the best guitar music line-ups year in and year out. There’s a reason why it’s gone from 50K capacity in 2009 to 150K over the entire weekend at last year’s event; it’s a beautiful festival, in a beautiful location, with lots of beautiful (scantily clad) people.

 

Splendour in the Grass

SplendourintheGrass

Where: Byron Bay, Australia
When: July 21-23, 2017
Lineup: The XX, Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Two Door Cinema Club, Haim, Catfish and the Bottlemen…

Splendour is one of the largest, and well-renowned, festivals on Australian soil. Since 2001, SITG has been producing impressive lineups, featuring a wide set of rock, electronic and alternative genres. It happens to fall during Australia’s winter season, so pack gumboots; it’s nickname, ‘Splendour in the Mud’, isn’t a coincidence. That being said, whether it’s raining or glistening, the sight of 30,000 revellers on North Byron Parklands’ hillside is breathtaking. The campsite boasts countless stages, tee-pee dance floors and craft stations (and they’ve ditched the annoying food and drink tokens this year).

 

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Where: Boom, Belgium
When: July 21-23 & 28-30, 2017
Lineup: Alesso, David Guetta, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox…

Tomorrowland is, simply put, the biggest electronic music showdown on earth. The Belgian festival, based in the appropriately-named town of Boom, 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. Fest-goers can expect a true feast for the senses; 15 stages of music, volcanoes, giant disco balls, even bigger butterflies and industrial-sized quantities of confetti.

 

Fuji Rock

FujiRock

Where: Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
When: July 28-30, 2017
Lineup: Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Queens of the Stone Age…

Fuji Rock is the biggest outdoor music event in Japan. It’s also one of the largest and most recognised music festivals in Asia (and the world, for the matter). In it’s infancy (1997/98), the event took place at the base of Mount Fuji, but ever since 1999 it has been held at Naeba Ski Resort. The resort enchants its visitors with sparkling streams and rolling green forests. As well as enjoying performances from more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, festival goers can also take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, providing spectacular views of the festival and its surrounds.

 

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Where: Chicago, USA
When: August 3-6, 2017
Lineup: Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, Blink 182, Alt-J…

Few music festivals carry the same level of esteem or star power than Lollapalooza. It was created in 1991, by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, as a farewell tour for his band. Since then, the festival has evolved into an extravaganza of music, dance, comedy, and crafts, with over 160,000 festival goers taking part over the three days. This certainly isn’t a bad spot for a festival either, scenically flanked by Lake Michigan and the towering Chicago skyline.

 

Sziget

Sziget

Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: August 9-16, 2017
Lineup: Kasabian, Major Lazer, Pink, Alt J, The Vaccines, Charlie XCX…

Sziget is a giant of the European festival circuit, attracting more than 350,000+ revellers to its charming island location, in the heart of Budapest, each year. The sheer scale of the festival – 50 venues and 200 daily performances over seven days – is mind-blowing. This festival allows you to stay in Budapest and explore the city; its cool “ruin” pubs (shout out to Szimpla Bar) and thermal baths await. To take part in the live music, ongoing parties, theatre performances and even circus exhibitions, Sziget is only a tram or river ferry away.

 

Reading and Leeds

Reading-Leeds

Where: Reading, England & Leeds, England
When: August 25-27, 2017
Lineup: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse, Two Door Cinema Club, Major Lazer, Haim…

Reading and Leeds Festival rightly sits among the world's genuine rock elite. Held over England’s summer bank holiday weekend, this festival is a right of passage for many of the local students who add to this festival’s young and enthusiastic crowd. Beyond being a slice of heaven for British indie/guitar loving festival goers, recent Reading and Leeds lineups have expanded to include more next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. Eclecticism at its finest.

 

Burning Man

BurningMan

Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
When: 27 August – 4 September 2017
Lineup: You’ll know when you see them…

Described as "an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and self-reliance", Burning Man is more of an artistic escape than a music festival, with each camper providing a service or performance for their space over the event. There are also interactive sculptures, the chance to meet a wonderful variety of free sprits and the famous annual burning of a large wooden effigy. The performing DJs are last-minute surprises – techy producers like Deadmau5 and Tyco – but that’s just part of the action in a place that has its own pyrotechnics and laser regulations.