Jet Off and Rock On: Essential Music Festivals Around the Globe

After the LaBoracay horror that flooded our feeds last week, we should really take some detox and get to know the real parties that matter.

You really are spoiled for choice if you’re a music fan this summer. Every year there seem to be more and more music festivals to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a huge weeklong experience like SXSW or want to try something far smaller, local and homegrown there’s a festival out there for you. And whether you’re into death metal or psychedelic folk there’s a gathering waiting out there to welcome you and your camping gear.

Here’s a guide to some of the best music festivals out there right now, to give you some ideas for your rock ‘n’ roll summer travel this year.

Reading and Leeds Festival, UK

This is one of the biggest festivals in the UK, taking place simultaneously at Little John’s Farm in Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds. It’s the place to head for big name acts and up and coming indie groups, and stems from The Reading Festival, which started in 1961 and is the longest running festival in existence. This year’s double festival takes place August 22-24, and so far Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182 and Vampire Weekend are already confirmed to play. There’s a great guide to the festival, as well as accommodation options over at the Choice Hotels blog right now too.

Primavera, Barcelona, Spain

One of the hottest festivals in the calendar, if you want to see the uniquely beautiful city of Barcelona why not combine it with a weekend of the coolest music on the planet? Attracting alternative acts as well as cult and classic artists, this year Pixies, Pavement, Neil Young, The Fall, Florence and the Machine and the Pet Shop Boys have confirmed, among many more. This year’s Primavera takes place at the Parc del Forum on the Spanish coast, May 27-29.



If electronic music is more your thing, you won’t find a better festival line up than the ultra-cool Sónar. Another Spanish festival where the weather is flawless, the festival well organized, and the atmosphere is set to party, this year it takes place in both Barcelona and Coruña, June 17-19. Acts already confirmed include Chemical Brothers, Roxy Music, Air, LCD Soundsystem, Dizzee Rascal, The Sugarhill Gang, Hot Chip and more.

Way Out West, Sweden

A truly stunning backdrop awaits you at Way Out West, which is set in beautiful woodland at Slottsskogen park in Gothenburg. It’s one for the eco-conscious, with an emphasis on all things green, and only serves vegetarian produce. This year the festival takes place on August 7-9, with a lineup that includes The National, Queens of the Stone Age and Janelle Monáe.



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