MAY 31-JUNE 2
Governors Ball, New York, USA
Kicking off the summer is this three-day festival in the Big Apple. This year’s headliners include Florence & the Machine, The Strokes, Lil’ Wayne, Brockhampton and The 1975. The food is just as good, if not even better, thanks to NYC’s street vendor takeover.
Nos Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
An early contender for Europe’s festival of the year is this celebration in the simply gorgeous waterside venue of Parc del Fòrum. This year, Jarvis Cocker, James Blake and a certain Ms Knowles (the other one: Solange) will play.
World Club Dome, Frankfurt, Germany
The mind-blowing visual sets transform Eintracht Frankfurt football club’s home the Commerzbank-Arena into the world’s biggest club every year. It’s a heavyweight of the EDM world and attracts only the biggest acts. David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage this year.
Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway
Not only does this event take place in one of the world’s most beautiful countries in summer, it does so in a UNESCO world heritage site. Bryggen in Norway’s second largest city Bergen hosts the five-day, open-air festival and will welcome Robert Plant, Bon Iver and Years & Years to the stage.
Bonnaroo, Tennessee, USA
The southern US state of Tennessee has pedigree when it comes to music, often considered the birthplace of rock and roll, blues and country. The alternative event hosts everything from folk to rock and pop to hip-hop with headliners including Childish Gambino, Post Malone, The Lumineers and Cardi B.
Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK
A legend that gets bigger, louder and weirder; every year Madonna and Fleetwood Mac are going to play (they never do); every year someone will tell you ’81, ’94, ’03 was better (ignore them). Dig out your wellies, prepare for mud and a life-changing rite of passage for every music buff. The roster reads like a who’s who of past, present and future megastars including The Killers, The Cure, Stormy, Kylie, Wu-Tang Clan and so on.
Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
Poland’s biggest music gathering always posts an impressive line-up of rock, pop, rap and indie stars. This year’s no different as Travis Scott, The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins, Swedish House Mafia and G-Eazy perform.
This is one fiesta to top them all: Spain’s beach party attracts revellers from around the world looking to relax on the sands, take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and party the night away. Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Franz Ferdinand y muchos, muchos más will perform.
JULY 19-21, 26-28
Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium
It’s all in the name sometimes… Boom arrives with a bang every summer. Every dance, EDM, dubstep, electronic artist that you know performs here. More than 400,000 people attend and global demand is so high that last year the festival was beamed out to seven cities hosting a live event in sync including Abu Dhabi. Expect The Chainsmokers, Alesso, Afrojack, David Guetta and Steve Aoki.
Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, Aus
Not only is Byron Bay one of the world’s most stunning locations, it has one of the biggest festivals in its repertoire. Chance the Rapper, Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Foals are just some of the huge acts prepped to play.
Best global music festivals in summer 2019
Not even a soggy field can dampen the excitement at these events…
MAY 31-JUNE 2
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