Music festivals have become, in a sense, must-see events for those traveling the world. With festivals held around the world celebrating virtually every genre of music, there is definitely something for everyone.
One of the East Coast’s best-known music festivals, Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware attracts thousands who come to see not only renowned headliners but also emerging artists. Intimate performances in small venues lend an air of closeness that festival-goers feel during their experience – there is also a sense of community among people who camp at the event. This year’s Firefly is scheduled for June 16-19, with one-day admission starting at $129.
The Mountain Music Festival at New River Gorge in West Virginia is a relative newcomer in the world of music festivals, with its first incarnation held in 2014. This is a one-of-a-kind, two-day event (scheduled for June 3-4, 2016) which blends music spanning genres from folk to EDM and post-rock with visual art and a plethora of outdoor activities such as ziplining and whitewater rafting. Admission is $80 in advance for one-day tickets, $170 in advance for two-day, and $295 for three-day tickets, and $110, $305, and $335 at the gate.
Punk Rock Bowling is also one-of-a-kind. Originally held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this event, which combines performances by punk rock artists with a bowling tournament, has expanded to Denver, Colorado and Asbury Park, New Jersey. The festival not only features both punk rock concerts and bowling, but also integrates the two quite effectively in that punk rock tracks are piped into the bowling alleys. This experience (May 28-30 in Las Vegas, June 2-4 in Denver, and June 10-12 in Asbury Park) is clearly a feast for the senses.
Bonnaroo is an annual music festival in Manchester, Tennessee combining some of the world’s most renowned artists with performances by relatively unknown newcomers. Some of the more interesting diversions include a Christmas-themed nightclub and highly decorated motor vehicles. With tickets starting at $349.50 per person for general admission and $1,598.50 per pair for VIP admission, Bonnaroo can get expensive, but the June 9-12, 2016 bonanza is definitely worth its high price tag.
In Europe, one of the most famous music festivals is the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, an annual tradition in Somerset, England since 1970. The iconic festival not only features legendary artists and today’s hitmakers, but boasts a wide variety of diversions as well to kick off the summer season. The 2016 edition is scheduled for June 22-26. Along the Adriatic Sea in Tisno, Croatia, the Electric Elephant Festival is a UK transplant that boasts electronic music performers and DJs from around the world; this year’s festival is July 7-11. One of Electric Elephant’s distinguishing characteristics is the opportunity to mingle with artists on a boat as well as on land. Although it costs £110 (approximately $165) to attend, it is quite the experience.
The most far-flung music festival described here is not an annual event, but rather a monthly occurrence in which thousands gather on the beaches of the resort town of Koh Phangan, Thailand for Full Moon parties. Revelers celebrate the arrival of the full moon in style, partying at nightclubs playing a variety of dance music. The next Full Moon Party is scheduled for May 21, with a subsequent edition on June 17.
If you are a music lover who enjoys traveling the world, check out a music festival. Regardless of your musical preferences, from classic rock to electronic dance to today’s hits, there is a festival that is right for you.