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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.