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.

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Sun Studio, Memphis, TN
Sun Studio, Memphis, TN

Sun Studio, Memphis, TN

Rock 'n' roll, country and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded at Memphis' legendary Sun Studio. 960 1280

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Cavern Club, Liverpool

Cavern Club, Liverpool

Between 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

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CBGB, New York City

CBGB, New York City

CBGB 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

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

The 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

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Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, New York City

Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, New York City

Cafe 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

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Cotton Club, New York City

Cotton Club, New York City

The 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

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Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

American 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

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Stax Records, Memphis, TN

Stax Records, Memphis, TN

Stax Records of Memphis, TN, was a major force in the creation of soul and funk music. Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, and the Staple Singers recorded for the label in the 1960s and '70s. 960 1280

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin, 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

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Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan

Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan

Fans 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

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Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Marquee 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

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Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

Though 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

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Chess Records, Chicago

Chess Records, Chicago

James "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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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, co-founders of Kiss, spent their teenage years in Queens, New York (shown here: the Town Hall in Flushing, Queens) and formed a band named Wicked Lester. Their career quickly took off when they recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973. 960 1280

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Kiss achieved its breakthrough hit with the release of their live album Alive! in 1975. Now sporting their iconic costumes and makeup, Kiss began a hugely successful world tour. (L to R: Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss). 960 1280

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Kiss pose on Westminster Bridge in London at the start of their first-ever European tour in 1976. 960 1280

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Kiss released 3 platinum albums between 1976 and '77 -- Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun and Alive II -- and were named the most popular band in America in a Gallup poll. In Japan, Kiss performed 5 sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall (shown here), breaking the previous record held by The Beatles. 960 1280

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Despite declining record sales in the 1980s and '90s and a brief stint without the makeup, Kiss remained a hugely popular touring band. Here they are shown performing at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, FL, on January 31, 1999. 960 1280

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Gene Simmons plays with fire at the party following the premiere of the film Detroit Rock City on August 9, 1999, in Los Angeles. The film, set in 1978, follows 4 teenagers who set out on an adventure to attend a Kiss concert. 960 1280

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Kiss was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11, 1999. Pictured (L to R) Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley. 960 1280

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(L to R) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of Kiss at the sixth annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Heroes Award 2001 Gala at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York City. 960 1280

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Kiss start their set with pyrotechnics at the Rockin' the Corps concert at Camp Pendleton in California on April 1, 2005. More than 40,000 Marines and their families attended the concert, which was held to thank US Marines who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 960 1280

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Customers drink in front of the Kiss Coffeehouse, which opened in 2006 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Besides drinks and food (such as Demon Dark Roast, Rockuccino and deep-fried Twinkies) the coffeehouse features displays of instruments, costumes, set lists and makeup used by the band on several of their tours. 960 1280

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