Most music festivals have been canceled for the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But if decades of history have anything to say about it, these festivals will be back and better than ever in 2021.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out and see the world, let one of the world-famous music festivals below be the reason you finally take the leap.
Green Man – Brecon Beacons, Wales
Green Man is Wales’ largest music festival. The landscape alone makes it worth the trip. The Usk River flows around the perimeter of the event while the Black Mountains serve as the backdrop to the Mountain Stage.
Green Man draws crowds every year with the promise of a lineup that will impress just about anyone. Performers of all types hit the stage – psychedelia, electronica, indie, Americana, folk, and more. There are also performers who bring comedy, literature, cinema, and more to the stage.
For a truly unforgettable weekend, you will want to be sure to plan a trip to Green Man.
Boomtown – Winchester, UK
The minute you step foot into Boomtown, you will realize that it is so much more than just a music festival. Each year, the music festival transforms into an eclectic city, complete with secret hotels, hidden pathways, a job center, and more. You may find yourself struggling to grasp what is real and what isn’t. But that’s all part of the fun.
People of all ages with varying tastes of music come together for this unique experience that you truly have to see to believe.
Benicassim – Benicassim, Spain
The Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) or Benicàssim as it is commonly known, is the ideal combination of festival and holiday. The town of Benicassim is an idyllic getaway complete with a refreshing sea you can take a dip in. Just 20 minutes away is the world-famous festival with some of the best line-ups for fans of guitar music.
Music and festival lovers across the globe have begun to take notice. Since 2009, the festival has tripled its attendance. If you’re considering a trip to Spain, you will want to be sure to include this festival in your travel plans.
Exit Festival – Novi Sad, Serbia
Exit Festival is unique in that the story of how it began is unlike most other music festivals. It was founded in 2000 as a student movement/protest to fight for democracy in Serbia. It has since been attended by over two million people who traveled from 60 different countries.
Exit Festival is held in a medieval fortress and uses 16 different stages to entertain all attendees. There is also a sports area, relaxation areas, a zip line, and a 3D dance area. It is far from the political event it once was but is still making waves across the world.
Outlook – Pula, Croatia
Beat freaks from across the globe will feel right at home in Pula, Croatia at the Outlook festival. This musical event is all about bass and beats, with the music playing all day and night. You can camp at the festival too and enjoy parties on the beach and boats there as well. If you are at all interested in history, you’ll especially like the fact that Outlook is held in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater and an abandoned fortress.
NOS Alive – Lisbon, Portugal
NOS Alive is one of the best festivals in Europe and has everything a festival-goer could possibly want, right at their fingertips. There are stadium-sized bands and DJs, quality camping, a refreshing swimming pool, and a free shuttle service that makes it easier to get around. And of course, the food is delicious too.
Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
If you’re looking to go crazy alongside other EDM-loving festival-goers, Tomorrowland in Belgium is the place to be. For over a decade now, Tomorrowland has gathered some of the best DJs and electronic music makers from across the globe to make for the best and biggest party around.
There are 15 stages, huge disco balls, giant butterflies, tons of confetti, and volcanos. Does it really get any better than that?
Villette Sonique – Paris, France
There is a good chance France is already on your list of places to travel. If you are visiting Paris, you may want to plan your trip so that it includes Villette Sonique. This music festival is perfect for rock and electro-loving youngsters.
This popular festival is held in Parc de La Villette goes on for seven days, two of which include free outside concerts that tend to draw big crowds. Whether you stay for the whole week or not, just getting to experience a little of what Villette Sonique has to offer will give you memories to last a lifetime.
Coachella – Indio, USA
Coachella is one of the most famous festivals in the United States, partly because of the number of celebrities that attend each year. Coachella usually offers quite the lineup. Past performers include Beyoncé and Ariana Grande. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for Instagram-worthy snapshots, but it’s the music that is worth traveling, and staying, for.
Lollapalooza – Chicago, USA
Lollapalooza has been around since 1991. It was once a traveling festival but for over a decade now has remained in Chicago’s Grant Park. You’ll be mesmerized by the views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Despite taking place on 300 acres, the incredible crowds leave little room for festival-goers.
Still, music lovers of all ages will enjoy the entertainment, foodies will devour the various offerings, and travelers will enjoy the world-famous location. Lollapalooza is a must for festival-goers who want to check the major ones off their list.