Festivals

The best music festivals this summer 2019

Music festival season is coming. It’s clear that music lovers all over the world are looking for the best lineup to immerse themselves with music. With various festivals to choose from, you’re easy to be caught in the chaos. Here’s a quick list of the best music festivals to expect this season.

Governors Ball Music Festival

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

Randall’s Island Park, New York

Governors Ball Music Festival, the Memorial Day weekend event of the year, will take place at Randall’s Island Park in New York with the performances of popular headliners such as Tyler, Lil’ Wayne, The Creator, Brockhampton, Major Lazer, Florence + the Machine, The Strokes, Nas, The 1975, SZA, and a large haul of smaller artists.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16

Great Stage Park, TN

Back for another year, Bonnaroo Music Festival 2019 with headliners including Phish, Post Malone, Odesza, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, and The Lumineers.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

Union Park, Chicago, IL

The 14th Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates music from a diverse group of artists. 2019’s headliners include HAIM, The Isley Brothers, Mavis Staples, Charli XCX, and Robyn.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Lollapalooza Chicago

Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4

Grant Park, IL

Lollapalooza, originally a traveling event in the early 1990s, has become an international music event. The Lollapalooza Chicagoin Grant Park include headliners such as The Strokes, Childish Gambino, The Chainsmokers, Tame Impala, J Balvin, Twenty One Pilots, Flume, and Ariana Grande.

Outside Lands

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

The premier festival of San Francisco returns in August for another big event with headliners including Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Flume, Kasey Musgraves, and The Lumineers. In addition to great music from a diverse group of artists, this festival prides itself on its sustainability efforts, especially with waste diversion. 92% of the 2018 festival’s waste was diverted from landfills, according to the its website.

7 Top music festivals around the world

Music festivals have become fashionable all over the world. Millions of people attend these annual events that span over several days, with performances from the world’s top artistes. Let’s look at the top seven music festivals all over the world.

Donauinselfest or the Danube Island Festival

In 2015, the Donauinselfest, or the Danube Island Festival, was stated to have the largest attendance at a music festival by the Guinness World Records after having a 3.3 million attendees. It takes place on Danube Island, Vienna, Australia, and spans three days in June.

The festival covers an area of 4.5km and has 11 open air stages, and most importantly, entrance is free. There are 18 islands each with different entertainment to cater for all ages and tastes.

Mawazine

This is the largest festival on the African continent. Mawazine, also known as Rhythms of the World, was started by the King of Morocco in 2001 and hosts artistes from all over the world. It is held in Rabat, in Morocco, and is attended by over two million people annually. The festival lasts nine days and entrance is free.

Summerfest

This music festival was established in Wisconsin, USA in 1968, and in 1999, the Guinness World Records named it the World’s largest music festival.

Summerfest is held at Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee and lasts for 11 days, with 11 stages and has over 100 performances. The festival runs from June to July, including the fourth of July and hosts an average of 850,000 people each year.

Coachella

This is the best known and most profitable music festival in the world, owing partly to its location in California, USA. It was started in 1999 and has risen to accommodate over 250,000 people. Taking place in Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the festival is attended by many celebrities and many people who dress in the Coachella fashion, including the popular flower crowns.

Tomorrowland

This festival, which began in 2005, is the most famous festival for electronic dance music, which has gained prominence over the past few years. It takes place in Boom, Belgium, over a space of two weekends, and currently has an attendance of over 400,000 people. The festival, whose tickets are sold out as soon as they are released, has won the award for best Electronic music Event consecutively since 2012. Spin- off events of this festival are now being hosted in Georgia, USA and in Sau Paulo, Brazil.

Exit

This festival started in 2000, and takes place at the Petrovaradin Fortress, in Novi Sad, Serbia. It features a mix of electronic, rock, metal, hiphop, rap, reggae and punk music. It is an international festival attended by over 200,000 people from different countries. In 2014 and 2018, the festival was declared the ‘Best Major European festival’ at the EU Festival Awards.

Rock in Rio

This music festival alternates between different cities, that is Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas, but was founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1985. It features seven days of mainly rock, pop, funk, soul, MPB and electronic music.