Music festivals have moved from being cramped-up party scenes to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Often clubbed with vacations, these festivals have taken up larger than life avatars catering to every kind of interest - literary, art or music of varied genres. Hosted in exotic locations, these are a big hit with the millennials who want to take a break, meet new people and indulge in multiple interests. So, if you are planning to attend one, we curate the list of music festivals around the world, worth experiencing.
One Love Music Festival, Poland
Often known as the biggest indoor reggae festival in Europe, One Love Music Festival in Poland looks far and beyond reggae – there is also drum and bass, trip-hop, electronic, alternative music, hip-hop, roots, dub, dancehall, world music, dubstep, breakbeat, and soul. This year the line-up includes Chase & Status DJ Set & Rage, Morcheeba, Dub Inc, Tabu, Asian Dub Formation, Flirtini, among others.
When: 23rd November 2019
Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune
This annual multi-city music festival in India began in Pune in 2010. It is reckoned as one of the largest music festivals in South Asia. Held between October and December in multiple cities like, Noida, Bangalore, Kolkata, Shillong, among others, the flagship event in Pune is still a major draw amongst music aficionados. The festival is noted for its mix of established and emerging sub-continental artists and international headliners.
When: 29th November to 1st December 2019
Cartagena International Music Festival, Columbia
The Cartagena International Music Festival brings together some of the world’s greatest artists, in the unique and magical setting of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. All set for its 14th edition in 2020, the festival aims to highlight the main musical elements characterising the transition from the classical style to the early romanticism.
When: 4th to 12th January 2020
Jai Thep Festival, Thailand
A music and art festival in northern Thailand, Jai Thep showcases three days of live music and DJs, workshops, art, theatre and more inside its magical world in Chiang Mai. Compared to Glastonbury by some, Jai Thep has become popular for its vibrancy and quirkiness, where you can indulge in music, theatre and wellness. What’s more, Jai Thep is eco-friendly and flocked by friendly crowd – you can even visit solo, with your family or friends.
When: 31st January to 2nd February 2020
Envision Festival, Costa Rica
The ‘jungle festival’ has completed a decade and continues to grow as a community. Envision takes place at Rancho La Merced located in the southern zone of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – a truly magical place where the rain forests and mountains meet the warm ocean. You can choose from a variety of activities apart from music like, yoga, workshops, art, surf lessons and other adventures organised at the event.
When: 17 to 24 February 2020
Coachella Music & Arts Festival, California
Well, no music festival list is complete without the mention of Coachella. This annual music and arts festival of California is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. Co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, the event showcases music artists from multiple genres. It is one of the largest, most famous and profitable music festivals in the United States and the world. Overtime, Coachella has gained popularity amongst Hollywood celebrities who are often spotted at the festival creating the entire fashion and beauty industry abuzz. The ‘Coachella look book’ is legit, we say.
When: 10th to 19th April 2020
SXM Festival, Caribbean island of St. Martin
What happens when you combine an island getaway with a music festival? Well, you have to experience SXM Festival for answers. With stages on beaches, on boats, in villas, inside clubs and even nestled in the jungle; every moment is unique and sets it apart from any other festival in the world. Each unique venue is designed by over 50 international deco artists by handcrafting elements from around the world. There’s something for everyone, no matter what time of the day; from the main venue at Happy Bay - a private beach with lush jungle, to the infamous VIP Villa party, from open air night clubs till dawn to sunrise parties that last till noon.
When: 11th to 15th March 2020