There are hundreds of amazing music festivals happening all over the world every month of the year. If you are just interested in the music, Essence Music Festival and Burning Man offer almost every kind, but you have to like being out in the middle of the desert for a week. For those who want to make a true vacation out of going to a music festival, why not check out some pretty awesome places while you are enjoying your festival days.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is the second largest jazz festival in the world and takes place on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in July. Founded in 1967, the festival originally included a few days of music strictly for jazz musicians, but over the years, it has grown into two weeks featuring jazz, blues, soul, and rock musicians. It is still considered quite a swanky affair and attracts hundreds of thousands of music fans in addition to having a history of hosting such fine musicians as Miles Davis, Deep Purple, James Brown, and Bob Dylan.
Panama City brings together a hot Latin experience with some of the best dance music in the world every year at its festival The Day After. This dance music festival takes place over three days following the New Year. Musicians and fans have been gathering since 2012 in the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, the city by the world-famous canal. Panama offers so many sights and sounds to visitors that it’s easy to see why the festival is such a success and the city is listed as one of the top 10 least expensive destinations in the world.
Dimensions Festival is an urban music festival that takes place annually on the coast of Croatia the last week of August into the first week of September. In its fifth year, this U.K. Festival and an award-winning event will offer its heaviest bill of love acts to date including the legendary Grace Jones. The festival is held in the historic Fort Punta Christo where a number of stages are set up. During the day, festival goers can enjoy parties on the beaches as well as Dimension’s famous boat party.
In its 15th year of celebration in the green countryside of Brecon Beacons, Wales, Green Man has evolved into a 20,000 capacity, 4-day event. Known for its ethical approach, it has won multiple festival awards over the years and is the largest contemporary arts and music festival in Wales. The main stage, the mountain stage, is a natural amphitheater set against the Black Hills and has attracted such musicians as Robert Plant and Van Morrison. In addition to music, the festival also features events showcasing film, literature, poetry, comedy, and theater. In true Celtic fashion, the festival inspires all-night bonfires and dancing for its worldwide participants.
The Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, has been a mountain-climbing music lovers’ festival since 1997 when it was first held at the base of Mount Fuji. It has since moved to the Naeba Ski Resort where one must take a cable car up the mountain for the music. Its biggest year was 2005 when over 100,000 music fans attended, and it will always be remembered for 2016 when the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined during a storm in which Anthony Kiedis performed with a broken arm.
Music festivals continue to go beyond their original days of Woodstock and transition through rock, acid, and mud to humanitarian and green events in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. As music shifts and changes, new artists continue to emerge, and festivals provide the opportunity to showcase old and new talent in the most amazing locations. Let your love for music inspire you to travel to some of the most amazing music festivals and destinations in the world.