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World Music Festivals

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This page will list some of the most important music festivals around the world, categorized by region and country.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails during a live performance in the Lollapalooza tour
The audience at the concert band Mastodon at the festival Ursynalia 2012.

Festival Tours

The inflatable message board posting the day's performance schedule for the Warped Tour on June 27, 2012 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California.

Summer

A celebration of alternative music and extreme sports.


Slipknot at the mayhem festival 2008.

Summer

Featuring hard rock and metal acts


Summer

Dance festival featuring a wide array of electronic music


Summer

The biggest names in Hip Hop gather yearly for this US tour.


Ozzfest author: Bryan

Ozzfest, Worldwide

Ozzfest, Worldwide

Summer

Started by rock's very own "Prince Of Darkness" This hard rocking tour features the biggest names in hard rock/metal.


Africa

Ethiopia

December

Started in 2007, this increasingly popular festival is attracting the attention of artists worldwide. Showcasing a wide variety of styles including Ethiopian and Reggae.


Asia

Borneo

June

Nestled deep in the jungle, this yearly event attracts adventurous music fans seeking to soak in the local vibes. Concerts, workshops, and jam sessions are to be experienced at this memorable event.


Singapore

Rick Astley Live in Singapore

August

Considered the largest contemporary music event in Southeast Asia.


Europe

Slash and Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver

Belgium

Gentse Feesten 2009 Polé Polé

July

Scheduled on the Saturday before Belgium's national holiday and spans over 10 days. This historically rowdy event features practically every style of music, a wide variety of food and alcohol.


Czech Republic

Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, International Jazz Festival, Prague, Lucerna Music Hall, 1984

October

This festival celebrats all styles of jazz over 19 days


Grind Market at Obscene Extreme Festival 2010

July

Diehard metal fans join each year to celebrate extreme metal and grindcore


Denmark

Maynard James Keenan performing at the 2006 Roskilde Festival

June/July

Spanning over 4 days, this vast festival features all contemporary styles. Unlike the typical short festival sets, acts usually are given an hour or more to perform.


England

Depeche Mode live at the O2 Wireless Festival in 2006

July

This 2 day celebration showcases all contemporary music styles including alternative, rock, electronic, pop and dance


Finland

Ilmajoki Music Festival by Carmen79

June

Located along the banks of the Kyrönjoki River, this yearly event hosts opera and classical music.


Seinäjoki Provinssirock by Carmen79

June

Finlands biggest rock festival attracts stars worldwide for this 3 day event.


France

September

This 2 Week festival features some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz from around the world


Rock En Seine Music Festival by author: Evolutionmk

August

This 2-3 day festival showcases alternative, rock music


Queens of the Stone Age at the Eurockéennes of 2007

July

Located on a pristine nature preserve, music fans enjoy the best in alternative rock from multiple stages.


Germany

Björk at the Hurricane Festival, 16 July 2003

June

This huge event features a wide array of alternative contemporary acts. Attendances are typically between 40,000 - 60,000


Poland

July

Presenting cutting edge acts in the styles of rock, indie, alternative, electronic and dance


Sigur Rós at Sacrum Profanum Festival 2012 in Cracow

September

Forward thinking music festival celebrating the best in modern contemporary and experimental styles


Serbia

July

This festival is a celebration of all things music and multimedia featuring the best in all popular music styles.


Spain

June

This festival is a celebration of all things music and multimedia featuring the best in electronic and alternative music styles.


North America

Canada

British Columbia

August

In 1998, 500 people gathered at the remote Salmo River Ranch for a celebration of electronic music. Word quickly spread and now this yearly event garners attendances in the tens of thousands. The event rejects all corporate sponsorships and is funded solely though attendees.


Ottawa

Kanye West performing at Bluesfest

July

Originally focusing on blues, this festival has grown to include contemporary rock and pop acts. Widely considered the largest blues festival in Canada


Prince Edward Island

Taylor Swift performing at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

July

This 3 day event hosts the biggest names in country music.


USA

Alabama

May

Huge music festival with attendance numbers in the tens of thousands. Featuring a mix of popular up and coming acts as well as legendary musicians


Alaska

August

A festival celebrating music and the impact fish has on the local community.


Arizona

September

Huge electronic dance festival featuring platinum selling and up and coming DJ's


Arkansas

May/June

Located on scenic Mulberry Mountain this yearly event attracts music fans world-wide for a celebration of music and nature


California

Radiohead performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on May 1, 2004. The last show of their Hail to the Thief tour. by: g_leon_h
Deadmau5 live at Coachella 2008.

2 Weekends in April

Festival in the desert showcasing a wide variety of music from both up-and-coming and veteran bands. Indie/Pop/Alt/Rock.


September

The end of summer marks this central California festival featuring some of rock and metals most aggressive bands.


September

This popular Jazz festival brings together some of the biggest names in jazz, zydeco, blues, and progressive music. Throughout this vast event lies craft and food vendors.


Gene Ween and Dean Ween

August

SF Bay area festival celebrating, wine, food, art and music. Various other activities are included such as lounges, arcades and food, craft vendors.


Colorado

Connecticut

Jackie Greene performing at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport CT

July

4 day festival leaning towards the styles of funk, reggae, blues, folk, jam band, rock


Delaware

Florida

July

Quite possibly the first of it's kind, this festive gathering is held underwater. Each year, hundreds of divers and snorklers flock to the key west location to hear music piped directly into the water.


January

Every year, 40 Bands and 2000 metal fans get on a boat each year and rock their way to the Caribbean. The cruise is packed with the most brutal metal acts on the planet.


Georgia

March/April

Georgia's largest celebration of the arts bringing together southern and international musicians.


Hawaii

Corporal Mark Pellon, alto saxophonist, plays a solo during the Marforpac Big Bands performance at the Hawaiian Invitational Music Festival at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, April 10.

July

Held at Kapiolani Park, just a stones throw from the shores of Waikiki beach. Young and old gather yearly for this festive event featuring traditional Hawaiian music, lessons, craft and food booths. Traditional Hawaiian.


Idaho

July

Deep in the Idaho mountains, this festival attracts music lovers who also want a full on camping, hiking experience. Local bands of all varieties are featured.


Illinois

n Deitra Farr performs at the Annual Chicago Blue Festival on June 10, 2012. Photo by Adam Bielawski

June

Hosted yearly at Millennium Park showcasing the biggest names in blues. With a regular attendance of over 500,000, this festival proves Chicago truly is the "Blues Capitol of the World"


Lollapalooza fest in 1991. Crowd at Lollapalooza New Jersey

August

Founded in 1991 by Janes Addiction front man Perry Farrell as a farewell tour, this historic, once-traveling show has planted roots in Grant Park. The event spans 115 acres and showcases over 130 artists of all styles.


The Music Box, Chicago by Seth Anderson

July

For those wanting to beat the heat of summer, this indoor festival features exciting local musicians under the roof of the historic Music Box Theatre.


Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Midway Islands

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

July

Admission is free for this large outdoor festival. Showcasing the best of local folk music.


Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

June

One of New York's biggest music event featuring top contemporary music acts, restaurants, food trucks, dance floors, and a lot of other activities.


North Carolina

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play the Shakori Hills Festival, near Pittsboro, NC in 2010.

October

Spanning over 4 days and hosting over 60 musical acts, this family oriented festival celebrates music, art, food, dance, and education.


North Dakota

Ohio

Sarah White appears at Nelsonville Music Festival in Nelsonville, Ohio on May 17, 2008.

July

This 3 day event packs typically 30-50 bands and is also host to food and craft vendors and activities for children


Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

August 30-Sept 1

This labor day weekend festival features the best in bluegrass, blues, americana, zydeco, roots


South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Chromeo performing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, by divertingbailey

June

Annual four-day music festival. You can expect 80,000 happy campers and up to 150 performances on 10 stages. The festival is held at Great Stage Park on a 700-acre farm in Manchester (Tennessee). Bonnaroo offers a wide array of musical styles including indie rock, world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, electronica, and other alternative music. As the organizers say Bonnaroo isn’t just a show. It’s a vibe, a spirit.


August

Every year, country musics biggest and brightest stars come out to shine! Festival includes meet and greets, QnA's and signings.


Texas

March

Yearly music/film conference showcasing bands of all varieties. There are also interactive discussion panels with many veteran artists speaking on topic concerning the music industry. All Styles.


Utah

Imogen Heap at the Sundance film festival

January

Most notably a film festival, this event also hosts a variety of music acts to recognize the impact music has made in theater.


Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Skrillex at Sasquatch
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing at Sasquatch 2011

May

Indie music along the base of the Colombia river.


Washington, D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

June/July

Hosting typically around 700 bands and hundreds of thousands of visitors, this event is considered the largest music festival in the world.


Wyoming

South America

Brazil

Incubus en Rock in Rio Madrid 2012.

September

This week long event is arguably one of the largest music events in the world. Styes featured: Pop, Rock, Indie, Metal


Oceania

Tahiti

Tahiti Music Festival, Tahiti

Tahiti Music Festival, Tahiti

June 21

Island wide celebration on a day marking the summer solstice. Most hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants host local music and special events.


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