Beats, Rhythm and Joy: Music Fests Around the World

We can all agree that music has the power to bring people from all corners of the world. Here are some musical festivals across the globe, which promote good music and well-known artists.

FestivalsGlobal Gathering
July 26 – 27
Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon, England
Started in 2001 in Stratford Upon Avon, Global Gathering is one of the world’s first global music festival brand that aims to bring the best Electronic music from around the world. The festival has grown massively since its inception, with over 50,000 people attending the event annually. The festival has hosted some famous EDM artists like Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Skrillex, Nero and Afrojack. This year, the festival aims to acts like Plan B, Example, Afrojack and many more.

 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
July 8-13
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival was started in 2005 and aims at highlighting the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture. The festival hosts a number of musical performances and, in the past, has featured artists like Kanye West, Busta Rhymes. The festival is aimed at showcasing the legends of the Hip Hop and also to give young, upcoming artists a chance to perform. The festival has recorded over 20,000 people in attendance over the past few years. In addition to musical performances, the festival also hosts panel discussions, exhibitions and parties.

Coke Live Music Festival
August 9-10
Krakow, Poland
Coke Live Music Festival started off in 2006, promoting hip-hop and pop music. Over the years, more and more bands have started to cater to rock fans. It was the only event to co-feature Rihanna and Lily Allen, Missy Elliot and Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers with 50 Cent or Muse sharing the stage with The Chemical Brothers. It was Coke Live Music Festival that witnessed Jay-Z, NAS, Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, and more performing in Poland for the first time. The festival attracted over 30,000 people in 2012. It’s line-up for 2013 includes Florence and The Machine, Billy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand among many other famous acts. It also gives young artists a chance to shine.

Calgary Reggae Fest
August 14-17
Calgary, Canada
Calgary Reggae Fest is a full day family event that transcends racial, cultural and musical boundaries. With live performances from Canadian and international Reggae artistes, ReggaeFest features a beer garden, separate youth area, plenty of arts & crafts, and a chance to get a taste of Reggae culture from the many food vendors.

Glastonbury Festival
June 26-30
Glastonbury, England
Glastonbury Festival is the one of the world’s largest annual music and performing arts festival. A farmer in Somerset, England started it in 1970. It has now grown exponentially and attracts over a 150,000 people every year. The festival is also used to raise millions to support causes around the world. Most people who attend the festival stay in tents. The festival has hosted a number of famous acts like Neil Young, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon, Beyonce and many more. The line-up for this year’s events features Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and many others across various stages and hopes to attract more visitors.

Copenhagen Blues Festival
September 25-29
Copenhagen, Denmark
The association behind this festival, London Blues Association Festival, was started in 2000 with the aim of spreading interest in Blues and related genres in the region. Since 2001, the organization has held over 60 concerts annually featuring international, Danish and Scandinavian artists over a 5-day period. The festival works to maintain a high quality of music.

Stockholm Jazz Festival
September 14-20
Stockholm, Sweden
The Stockholm Jazz Fest is one of Sweden’s oldest festivals and is well known in the music industry. It is held in some of the best venues in Stockholm including famous Concert Halls, House Of Culture and to the jazz club, Fasching. In 2013, the festival hopes to bring quality jazz music spread over 20 venues.

Inferno Festival
March 27-30
Oslo, Norway
Inferno is a Heavy Metal music festival that has been held annually in Oslo, Norway since 2001. The festival presents prominent Heavy Metal bands like Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Behemoth and many others. It is usually spread over 6 venues and features over 45 bands.

Creamfields Festival
August 23-25
Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Creamfields is an Electronic Dance Music festival that was started in 1998 in the UK. It is one of the leading annual Dance Music festivals in the world and has hosted some of the world’s most famous DJ’s including David Guetta, DJ Tiesto, Afrojack etc. The festival has hosted thousands of people over the years and shows no signs of slowing down with Avicii, Steve Angello, David Guetta and many other famous DJ’s set to perform again in 2013.

A3C Hip Hop Festival
October 2-6
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
A3C is one of the world’s biggest Hip Hop festivals. Started in Atlanta, Georgia 9 years ago, the festival features a variety of hip hop artists and has grown from being a small showcase to becoming an international festival that attracts thousands of people every year. 2012 saw the festival reach it’s peak with over 20,000 attendees and the addition of new facilities. In the past 8 years over 1500 artists have performed here including B.o.B, J.Cole, Trinidad James, Yelawolf and Big Boi.

Beethoven Bonn
September 5 – October 5
Bonn, Germany
The tradition of the Beethoven Bonn festival dates back to 1845, when a statue of Beethoven was unveiled to mark the composer’s 75th birthday. The modern version of the festival was coined in 1998 and presents some of the world’s most famous classical artists. The 3-day festival also gives young, upcoming artists a chance to showcase their talents. The theme for the events, across various venues, is drawn from Beethoven’s life.

Brunswick Music Festival
March 13-24
Brunswick, Australia
The Brunswick Music Festival has been held annually in Moreland, Brunswick since 1989. The festival hosts a number of musicians from across the world and covers different types of music and cultural activities. This influx of artists continues to shape and change the cultural life of the city. The festival hosts a number of free events, the most famous one being the Sydney Road Street Party which attracts more than 50,00 patrons.

End Of The Road Festival
August 30 – September 1
Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset, UK
The End of The Road festival prides itself on being an independent festival that doesn’t cater to over-hyped, big, headlining bands but rather focuses on the music. The festival is intended to be a meeting of chilled out people who like music and guarantees good food and beer along the way. The idea behind the festival is to create an intimate festival with a friendly feel and good artists. They also give emphasis to their staff being well mannered and caring.

Australian Blues Music Festival
February 7-10
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Started in 1997 by Richard Simmer, George and Maryanne Lipman, the Australian Blues Music Festival is Australia’s annual celebration of Blues & Root music. It is held across various venues in Goulburn and showcases the very best of emerging and established Aussie blues talent. It consists of mainly free performances as well as a few ticketed shows. The four day long festival gives fans, media and everyone else a chance to enjoy some of their favourite blues performers close up. It features artists like Jeff Lang, Bondi Cigars and Dreamboogie.

Isle Of Wight
June 13-16
Seaclose Park, Isle Of Wight, England
The Isle of Wight music festival is held annually and originally started in 1968 and reached its peak in 1970 with an estimated attendance of 600,000 people. It was stopped in 1970 after the “Isle Of Wight Act” was passed. In 2002, it was revived and has been a success ever since with an average attendance of 55,000 every year.  It became famous in its early years for hosting acts like Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull and The Who. After it’s revival in 2002, it has hosted acts like The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Muse, David Bowie and many others. The trend of hosting famous rock acts continues in 2013 with acts like Bon Jovi, The Killers and The Script.

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