Music Festivals Around the World
This summer, pack your sleeping bag and tent and head to some of the world's best music festivals. From Chicago to Croatia, these festivals are sure to be a rockin' good time.
Coachella Valley Music & Art FestivalThe three-day festival known as the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival is held for two weekends in April in Indio, California. Past performances have featured Madonna, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and Arcade Fire, to name a few.
Pitchfork Music FestivalA Chicago summer staple, the Pitchfork Music Festival brought its music to Paris in 2011. The two-day festival took place in La Grande Halle de la Villette with more than 20 bands and DJs providing the entertainment. This year's festival takes place in its usual location, Union Park in Chicago. 960 1280
Cape Town International Jazz FestivalThe Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. The festival brings over 40 international and local artists together, making it "Africa's Grandest Gathering." 960 1280
Festival Internacional de BenicassimThe Festival Internacional de Benicassim, better known as FIB, is a four-day long festival in Benicassim, a small Spanish beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona. Ranging from electro, pop, indie and rock, the music starts at night and goes on through the morning. 960 1280
Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe four-day festival features a wide variety of acts and occurs each year in Manchester, Tennessee. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all performed in the past.
Austin City Limits Music FestivalEach year, 70,000 people come to Austin, Texas, for this three-day festival that now takes place over two weekends in October. ACL features over 130 different acts from all over the world. Shown here, Flosstradamus performs on the Miller Lite stage at Zilker Park. 960 1280
Glastonbury Festival2015 marked the 45th anniversary of what has become the largest music festival in Europe. Glastonbury is held on Worthy Farm in Somerset during June. Coldplay, the Who, Neil Young, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have all performed here. 960 1280
LollapaloozaHead to Chicago's historic Grant Park for a three-day, ultimate jam session featuring artists from a variety of genres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop. Lollapalooza usually takes place in late summer.
New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage FestivalJazz Fest is held in New Orleans in the end of April/beginning of May each year. In addition to local performers, past performers have included James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett and Dave Matthews Band. 960 1280
Roskilde FestivalThe Roskilde Festival is a non-profit organization that throws the largest Northern European music and arts festival every summer. It takes place over eight days in Denmark. Each year's festival focuses on a new social issue. Proceeds from the festival benefit children and young people as well as humanitarian efforts and cultural work. 960 1280
Sasquatch! Music FestivalSasquatch! Music Festival usually takes place over Memorial Day weekend in George, Washington and features indie rock, alternative, hip hop, EDM and comedy performances. In the past, Modest Mouse, Jack White, Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers performed at the Gorge Amphitheatre. 960 1280
Splendour in the GrassHeld in Woodford, Australia in July, Splendour in the Grass features artists from a range of genres, including alternative, electronic, hip hop, and folk. The festival also has workshops, art installations, craft areas, speakers and a kids' zone. 960 1280
SummerfestIn 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the festival as the world's largest. The 11-day festival features 700 bands and starts the last Thursday in June. Pop, rock, R&B and country artists perform across 11 stages at Summerfest's location along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 960 1280
South by SouthwestHeld each March, the four-day festival attracts over 2,000 performers who play in more than 90 venues in downtown Austin, Texas. SXSW also features keynote speakers from tech and creative industries, as well as interactive, film and music exhibitions. 960 1280
Primavera Sound FestivalThis European music festival takes place in Barcelona, Spain and Oporto, Portugal at the end of May and beginning of June every year. Primavera Sound attracts well-known acts from around the world as well as up-and-coming European artists. The White Stripes, Lou Reed, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Pixies have all performed here in the past. 960 1280
Concert at Altamont SpeedwayThe concert hastily organized by the Rolling Stones in December 1969 at Altamont Speedway (now closed) proved to be another disaster for the Dead. The band was scheduled to perform, but declined to play due to the increasing violence spawned by the Hell's Angels who were hired to provide "security" at the venue. 960 1280
Fillmore EastThe Grateful Dead made many appearances the famous Fillmore East club in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Several live albums were subsequently released of their performances there. The club is now closed, and a bank branch occupies the space. However, a sign and plaque mark the club's location. 960 1280
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Cavern Club, LiverpoolBetween Feb. 1961 and Aug. 1963, the Beatles brought rock ‘n' roll in England to new heights, playing nearly 300 shows at the Cavern Club, a tiny cellar club on Mathew Street in downtown Liverpool. After performing at the Cavern Club, the boys would head over to the Jacaranda Club on Slater Street for a nightcap. The club was owned by the Beatles first manager, Allan Williams. The club still operates 7 days a week, and hosts an array of live performances. It also is the final destination on London's Magical Mystery Tour. 960 1280
CBGB, New York CityCBGB OMFUG (which stands for Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers) had its heyday in the 1970s and '80s when it helped define the punk and new wave sound. The Ramones, Misfits, Television, Patti Smith, Mink DeVille, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, Blondie and Talking Heads started their careers at the club. 960 1280
Seattle, WashingtonThe Seattle-based grunge music scene fused heavy metal, punk and alternative rock to produce a unique sound in the early 1990s. In this photo, the late Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) performs on stage with Nirvana at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 10, 1992. 960 1280
Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, New York CityCafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, New York City, launched many young musicians to stardom. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Kool and the Gang, and Peter Paul & Mary, among others, performed at this club in their formative years. 960 1280
Cotton Club, New York CityThe Cotton Club was a famous jazz club in Harlem, New York City, during the 1920s and `30s. The club featured many of the greatest African-American entertainers of the era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. 960 1280
Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TennesseeAmerican country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn performs on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1960s. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, TN, that has presented the biggest stars of the genre since 1925. 960 1280
Austin, TexasAustin, TX, has a vibrant live music scene with more venues per capita than any other US city. For example, the city hosts the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival which features over 2,000 acts in 4 days. Shown here, Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas. 960 1280
Hitsville USA in Detroit, MichiganFans pay their respects to pop star Michael Jackson at the Motown Historical Museum 'Hitsville USA' on June 25, 2009, in Detroit, MI. The legendary Motown sound produced dozens of mega hits for artists such as The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. 960 1280
Whisky a Go Go, Los AngelesMarquee for guitarist Robby Krieger of the rock band The Doors at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California. The Byrds, Alice Cooper, Buffalo Springfield, Love and The Doors were regulars at the club in the 1960s. In the '70s and '80s it spawned many punk, new wave and heavy metal bands. 960 1280
Georgia Theatre, Athens, GAThough the historic Georgia Theatre was mostly damaged by fire in 2009, it has been newly renovated with state-of-the-art facilities. The venue has been host to numerous bands including REM, the B-52's, Ghostface Killah and Widespread Panic. 960 1280
Chess Records, ChicagoJames "JY" Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx jam with Chuck Berry's piano player Johnnie Johnson at Chess Records. The studio specialized in blues and R&B in the 1950s and '60s. Famous Chess artists include Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Etta James, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson II. 960 1280
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