If you’re an EDM junkie, you’ll probably know the big ones like EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), Ultra Miami and Tomorrowland in Belgium. Obviously not all music festivals are catered towards EDM music. There are ones out there that provide experiences transcending mere music, some that cover other music genres, and then there are others in which the setting is the highlight. One way or another, here’s a list of some music festivals around the world to maybe plan your holiday around!
1. Rainforest World Music Festival
This festival is located in the heart of Borneo, in Kuching, Sarawak, so expect a visceral experience in the middle of the jungle, with tropical weather to boot. The main music genre you’ll find here is world music, but that’s not all. On top of music, there are also plenty of workshops, and crafts and cultural displays. Expect to see a range of performances from local artists to well-known international artists from all around the world.
Located in Belgium, this festival held in August is well known in Europe. Expect progressive and
contemporary music set in sprawling large fields in a quaint little village called Kiewit. What sets this festival aside is the fact that the lineup is decided by the fans themselves, so if you’re feeling a bit more proactive this year and you want to have a say in the kind of music you’ll be listening to, head on over and vote for your favourites on their website.
3. T in the Park
T In the Park, named after its sponsor, the brewing company Tennents, is a large Scottish music festival held annually during the second week of July. Music genres covered in this festival span from rock to house, from techno to jazz – something for everyone. Here’s a random fact for you: the Tennent lager served there is brewed specifically for that weekend, around 36 hours before the festival. Also, something to take note of is the fantastic bar-cup recycling system in place to help encourage people to bring back their used cups to designated recycling points.
4. Burning Man
You may have heard of Burning Man, or you may not have. My introduction to it was through some Youtubers who attended the event. Held every year from the last Monday of August to the first Monday of September, it remains highly elusive and mysterious, due to its’ strict restrictions on photography and video recording. The one iconic feature of Burning Man is the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, that has, in recent years, gotten bigger and taller. The event itself has been described by many as a week-long life changing cultural experience, so if that is something you are looking for, this would be the festival for you.
5. Into the Valley
Last but not least, here is a brand new music festival debuting this year. Into the Valley is probably the perfect festival for you if you’re looking for something uniquely picturesque and Instagram-worthy. The venue for the festival is a former quarry in Sweden with a cerulean pool at the bottom. Dare I say, the setting itself looks like a giant amphitheater carved out by mother nature? The music genre there is electronic, and there are also bars, food trucks and art installations set up for attendees to discover as they explore the scenic environment.
Have you heard of any of the above festivals? Attended any of them? Do share your experiences with us in the comments below!