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The Best Music Festivals in The World

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The best music festivals in the world are starting to release their 2020 dates. Festivals are a great place for artists to perform, and there are many famous festivals that offer some of the best experiences you could imagine. We’ve put together the top festivals from countries all over the world

The UK and US have many of the biggest and best festivals in the world. However, there are plenty of big festivals with top artists from South America to Asia and more. This guide has the best festivals in 2020, wherever you are in the world.

Starting with the UK, we’ll be making our way around the world to cover some of the most popular festivals across a whole variety of genres, styles and cultures. We have 60 festivals, plus the biggest festival in the world right at the end.

Best music festivals UK 2020

The UK is famous for massive festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and plenty more. There is so much choice so we’ve put together a big list of some of our favourite festivals in the UK.

#1 Liverpool Sound City | Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May 2020 | Liverpool

Sound City in Liverpool is one of the first festivals to arrive in 2020 in the UK. It is a showcase festival so it takes place in multiple venues across the city.

#2 The Great Escape | Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th May 2020 | Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

The Great Escape is like Brighton’s equivalent to Sound City. There are hundreds of gigs across the city’s brilliant venues. Like Sound city, it also has a conference for industry experts. 

#3 All Points East | May & June 2020 | Victoria Park, London

This exciting new festival is only a couple of years old but has made a big impression. Look out for its exciting lineups spread out over multiple early summer weekends.

#4 Isle of Wight Festival | Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th June 2020 | Isle of Wight

This famous festival has been running for decades and is one of the biggest events on the Isle of Wight. It typically has a rock lineup and be prepared for a late ferry ride if you’re getting a day ticket.

#5 Download Festival | Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020 | Donnington, Leicestershire

Metal music’s biggest event in the UK takes place at Donnington every June. If you like your music festivals hard and heavy then Download is a must!

#6 Parklife | Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th June 2020 | Heaton Park, Manchester

Parklife is one of the best events to come to Manchester in 2020. This is a two-day weekend festival and they always drop amazing animated videos to unveil their lineup.

#7 Glastonbury Festival | Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th June 2019 | Worthy Farm, Somerset

This festival needs no introduction. It’s one of the best music festivals in the world and the biggest event on the UK festival calendar. It is so big that every other festival knows that this weekend belongs to Glastonbury. 

#8 Field Day Festival | June 2020 | Meridian Water, London

Field Day is an annual sell-out and one of the best day festivals in London. You won’t need to worry about camping, simply show up and enjoy the music.

#9 Wireless Festival | Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2020 | Finsbury Park, London

Wireless is the UK’s top hip-hop and R&B festival and showcases amazing British talent as well as the biggest hip-hop and R&B stars from across the pond.

#10 Latitude Festival | Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th July 2020 | Henham Park, Suffolk

Whilst it’s primarily a music festival, you can also get a great dose of theatre, poetry and comedy. The lineup leans more towards indie and it is one of the more relaxed atmospheres on the festival circuit.

#11 Lovebox Festival | July 2020 | Gunnersbury Park, London

Lovebox was founded by dance duo Groove Armada and continues to put on incredible line ups every year. The mix of dance, hip-hop and R&B is guaranteed to give you a brilliant weekend.

#12 Camp Bestival | Thursday 30th July– Sunday 2nd August 2020 | Lulworth Estate, Dorset

Camp Bestival is regarded as one of the best family-friendly festivals in the UK. There is plenty of fun for children and a top feel good lineup for the parents.

#13 Truck Festival | Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August | Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire’s biggest festival brings you the best bands from across the UK. There are solo artists too but the festival typically has a band orientated lineup.

#14 Boomtown Fair | Wednesday 12th – Sunday 16th August 2020 | Winchester, Hampshire

Boomtown is one of the best music festivals in the South and tends to have old school legends for headliners. There are plenty of stages so you’re bound to see some amazing new talent too. 

#15 Creamfields Festival | Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August 2020

August bank holiday plays host to two of the UK’s biggest festivals. First up is Creamfields, the absolute essential for the best electronic music in the world with UK exclusive performances from the biggest names in electronic music.

#16 Reading and Leeds Festivals | Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August 2020 | Little John’s Farm, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds

Two locations, one festival and hundreds of incredible acts playing both. Whether you’re in the South or in the North of the UK, Reading and Leeds is here for everyone with a diverse lineup of top artists. 

#17 End of the Road Festival | Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th September | Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

End of the Road is aptly named as it is one of the last festivals in the UK festival season. It also happens to be one of the best small festivals with great performances from great folk and indie artists.

Best music festivals America 2020

When America does festivals, they go big. There are some of the best music festivals in the world and whether it’s multiple weekends of Coachella or a week and a half of showcases like South by Southwest, there is plenty of excitement Stateside. There are also included a couple of festivals from Canada here and across the board, look out for the biggest stars in the world’s music industry. 

#18 South by Southwest | Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd March 2020 | Austin, Texas

#19 Ultra Music Festival | Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020 | Miami, Florida

#20 Coachella | Friday 10th – Sunday 12th & Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020 | Indio, California 

#21 Hangout Festival | Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th May | Gulf Shores, Alabama

#22 Governor’s Ball | Friday 5th – Sunday 7th June 2020 | Randall’s Island, New York

#23 Bonnaroo | Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th June 2020 | Manchester, Tennessee

#24 North by Northeast | Friday 12th – Sunday 21st June | Toronto, Canada

#25 Lollapalooza | Thursday 30th July – Sunday 2nd August 2020 | Grant Park, Chicago

#26 Osheaga Music Festival | Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August | Montreal, Canada

#27 Outside Lands | Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August 2020 | San Francisco, California

Best music festivals Europe 2020

Best music festivals Europe 2020

Whether you’re looking for Spanish sunshine or cooler vibes up in Scandinavia, there is a huge amount of diversity amongst Europe’s festivals. The lineups can rival any festival across the world and the further south you go, the hotter it gets so pack your sunscreen. 

#28 Primavera | Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th June 2020 | Barcelona, Spain

#29 Rock am Ring | Friday 5th – Sunday 7th June 2020 | Nürburg, Germany

#30 Roskilde | Saturday 27th June – Saturday 4th July 2020 | Copenhagen, Denmark

#31 Longitude | 3rd – 5th July 2020 | Marlay Park, Ireland

#32 Mad Cool | Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th July 2020 | Madrid, Spain

#33 Benicàssim | 16th – 19th July 2020 | Benicàssim, Spain

#34 Tomorrowland | Friday 17th – Sunday 19th & Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020 | Boom, Belgium

#35 Super Bock Super Rock | Saturday 18th – Monday 20th July 2020 | Lisbon, Portugal

Best music festivals Asia 2020

Asian countries aren’t typically known for their music festivals but that’s all about to change. You can get your K-Pop fix at Dream concert the biggest K-Pop event of the year. Or you can experience the incredible environments that some of these countries have to offer with these amazingly surreal outdoor festivals. Look out for Asia to become a festival powerhouse in the future. 

#36 Wanderland | Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March | Manila, Philippines

#37 Dream Concert | May 2020 | Seoul, Korea

#38 Good Vibes | July 2020 | Genting Highlands, Malaysia

#39 Fuji Rock Festival | Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2020 | Naeba Ski Resort Japan

#40 Djakarta Warehouse Project | December 2020 | Jakarta, Indonesia

#41 Magnetic Fields | December 2020 | Rajasthan, India

#42 Wonderfruit | December 2020 | Siam Country Club, Thailand

Best music festivals Australia 2020

The Australian continent is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the world. This means that there is plenty of space to have incredible outdoor festivals in Australia and New Zealand. What better way to spend your New Year’s eve than to hit up a summer festival Down Under. 

#43 Electric Avenue | Saturday 22nd February|  Christchurch, New Zealand

#44 Home Grown | 21st March 2020 | Wellington, New Zealand

#45 Splendour in the Grass | July 2020 | North Byron Parkland, Australia

#46 Harbour Life | November 2020 | Sydney Australia

#47 Falls Festival | December 2020 – January 2021 | Multiple Locations, Australia

#48 Lost Paradise | December 2020 – January 2021 | Glenworth Valley, Australia

Best music festivals Africa 2020

Africa deserves amazing festivals and whilst most are found in South Africa and Morocco, more are beginning to pop up all over the place. One of our favourites is Malawi’s Lake of Stars. Set alongside one of Africa’s largest lakes, the sandy shores and crystal clear skies make it the perfect setting for a beautiful festival.

#49 Cape Town Jazz Fest | Friday 27th – Saturday 28th March | Cape Town, South African

#50 AfrikaBurn | Monday 27th April – Sunday 3rd May 2020 | Tankwa Karoo, South Africa

#51 Mawazine | June 2020 | Rabat, Morocco

#52 Jazzablanca | July 2020 | Casablanca, Morocco

#53 Lake of Stars | September 2020 | Lake Malawi, Malawi

#54 Rocking the Daisies | October 2020 | Darling, South Africa

Best music festivals Latin America

best music festivals in the world 2020

You can’t think about festivals across the world without Latin America’s festival scene. Lollapalooza is amongst the best music festivals in South America with three festivals across Argentina, Chile & Brazil. However, there are plenty more from the Caribbean, Mexico, and the countries below that will give you your Latin American festival fix. 

#55 Lollapalooza | Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March & Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th April | Argentina, Chile & Brazil

#56 Barbados Reggae Festival | Wednesday 22nd – Wednesday 29th June | Bridgetown, Barbados

#57 St Kitts Music Festival | Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th June | Warner Park Stadium, St Kitts

#58 Corona Capital Festival | May & November 2020 | Guadalajara & Mexico City, Mexico

#59 Festival Estéreo Picnic | September 2020 | Bogotá, Colombia

#60 Buenos Aires Jazz Festival | November 2020 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

What is the most famous music festival in the world?

Glastonbury festival

It’s hard to determine what the most famous festival is as different cultures will know about different festivals. Many artists playing these festivals would agree that Glastonbury and Coachella are two of the most famous and iconic festivals in the world. However, it depends on your genre as metal fans might see Download or Rock am Ring as the most famous for them.

What is the best festival in the world?

You couldn’t pick a single festival as the best in the world. They’re all amazing and have their own unique merits. Of course, some festivals might be bigger but that doesn’t mean their better. Have a good look at the festivals mentioned here and see which one is the best for you.

Which country has the most music festivals?

It is highly likely that the USA has the most music festivals. However, considering the size of the country and population, we’re definitely giving this accolade to the UK. For a small island, there is a seemingly unlimited amount of music festivals. No country really matches the number of huge music festivals across the same amount of land space as the UK.

Is Coachella the biggest festival in the world?

Coachella is a big festival. A REALLY big festival. Hundreds of thousands attend every year and Coachella makes more money than the majority of festivals in the world. However, when looking at the size of the audience, Coachella doesn’t come close. 

What is the biggest festival in the world?

Amongst all these festivals, none can even think about getting close to topping the numbers of this behemoth of a music festival. The biggest festival in the world, attracting 3 million people over 3 days, is Donauinselfest in Vienna. Oh, and it’s free. 

#61 Donauinselfest | June 2020 | Donauinsel Island, Austria

Let us know what you think the best music festival in the world is in the comments below!