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The Best Festivals for Live Music Lovers

Where to go to see the likes of Eminem, A$AP Rocky and more
Matt Coyte
22 Feb
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If you love live music, this year is going to be an absolute cracker. We’ve scoured the best music gigs from all around the world, chock full of incredible bands you’ve never heard of, to absolute musical legends you have to see at least once.

News
|22 Feb|4 mins

The Best Festivals for Live Music Lovers

Where to go to see the likes of Eminem, A$AP Rocky and more
Matt Coyte
22 Feb
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If you love live music, this year is going to be an absolute cracker. We’ve scoured the best music gigs from all around the world, chock full of incredible bands you’ve never heard of, to absolute musical legends you have to see at least once.

Download - Sat 24th March

Download has been the UK’s (and the world’s) most popular metal festival since 2003, and this year it’s landing in Melbourne for its first Aussie outing.

Acts to look out for: Prophets of Rage, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, NoFX

Coachella - 13th -27th  April

Join 200,000 fellow music fans in the California desert for two consecutive weekends of the coolest and biggest acts on  the planet. Everybody should go to Coachella once in their lifetime.

Acts to look out for: The Weeknd, Vance Joy, Sza, Alt J, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Eminem, Jamiroquai,

Primavera Sound - 30th May-3rd June

Barcelona’s epic indie festival usually veers into more arty, experimental territory, but this year’s lineup sees big names like Bjork, Nick Cave and the Arctic Monkeys on board.

Acts to look out for: Bjork, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, A$AP Rocky, Arctic Monkeys, The War On Drugs

Bonnaroo - 7th-10th June

Next to Coachella, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival is one of the biggest fixtures on the US festival circuit. It’s more chilled than Coachella and less epic, so Bonnaroo is a great introduction to US festivals.

Acts to look out for: Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Bon Iver, Future

Roskilde - June 30th- July 7th

One of Europe’s biggest and oldest festivals, Denmark's Roskilde has a whopping 175 acts playing over eight stages, in one of the most beautiful locations you can imagine.

Acts to look out for: Eminem, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Stormzy, Cardi B

Tomorrowland- 20th – 29th July

Belgium’s Tomorrowland is one of the world’s biggest and best dance music festivals, usually selling out well in advance of the event. A sensory overload of lighting, sound and art installations, Tomorrowland will blow your mind.

Acts to look out for: Tiësto, Carl Cox, French Montana, Netsky, San Holo

Splendour In The Grass - 20th-22nd July

Splendour In The Grass is Australia’s best winter festival, held every July at the beautiful North Byron Parklands. Traditionally, the lineup for Splendour has the biggest names of any Aussie festival.

Acts: TBA

Fuji - 27th-31st July

Seeing the world’s best bands in the shadow of one of the world’s most iconic peaks at one of Japan’s best ski resorts is a magical experience. Fuji, like everything else in Japan, runs like clockwork, everyone is polite and there’s almost no litter.

Acts: Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Vampire Weekend

Lollapalooza - 2nd-4th August

Lollapalooza is held on the water in the heart of Chicago, and usually features a who’s who of the biggest rock acts. Past years have included headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Keys, and in previous years a lot of Aussie acts like Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett and Tash Sultana have been invited to play.

Acts: TBA

Burning Man - 26th Aug – 3rd Sep

Burning Man has become more than just a festival in recent years, and has grown into a visual spectacle to rival the seven wonders of the world, especially for photographers. Mega statues and installations dot the stark desert landscape everywhere you look as party-goers frolic in the surreal setting. Burning Man is a world of its own (money is no good there, for example) so do your research on the etiquette and come prepared in your best steam-punk/raver attire.

Acts: TBA

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