Popular Music Festivals

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Popular Music Festivals

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Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

Over two weekends each October, Zilker Park plays host to Austin City Limits (ACL), a monster of a Texas music fest featuring some of the world's hardest hitting headliners. On top of 130 artists doing their thing on stage, ACL features an art market where you can pick up all sorts of bits and bobs from dozens of local artisans. Featuring fare from funnel cakes to turkey legs, Austin Eats will ensure you're well fed. And there's plenty for the little folks to do too. Austin Kiddie Limits is chock-full of rockin’ good stuff guaranteed to make kids of all ages move, groove, and sing-along.

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North America United States Texas Austin, TX Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals October
Beiteddine Festival

Beiteddine Festival

Set in a magnificent 200 year old palace in the Chouf Mountains of Lebanon, the annual Beiteddine Festival takes place annually during the summer months and attracts world famous overseas and local Lebanese artists performing music from classical through pop and world to dance, theatre and opera. Born during the war years in 1985, the Beiteddine Festival has evolved to become an international event and today is the most attended festival in the region, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every summer to the palace's captivating court yards.

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Middle East Lebanon Beit ed-Dine Popular Music Festivals World Music Festivals June
Big Festival

Big Festival

Biarritz' Big Festival brings an eclectic mix of local and international headliners to its French resort beaches on the Bay of Biscay, for five days each July. Past acts have included Moby, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Europe France Biarritz Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

Widely recognised as Belgium's premier summer cultural event, the Brussels Summer Festival mixes an eclectic music programme, with museum exhibitions, street theatre and more. Set predominantly on stages in the magnificent Royal Quarter (Place des Palais, Place du Musée and Parc Royal), over ten days visitors can expect everything from jazz, folk and world music, through to rock, pop, electro and hip-hop. Brussels museums get in on the act with a range of exhibitions tied in with the festival programme. There's great value for money to be had especially when buying tickets for the full ten days.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot

From humble beginnings in 1971, Seattle's Bumbershoot has grown to become one of America's most loved festivals. Over Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center, upward of 100,000 revellers roll up as Bumbershoot presents a packed programme of world-class music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts. Take a wander and check out what's on offer at the Indie Market and Flatstock or munch down on some fabulous fare at one of Bumbershoot's many food booths. And for the little revellers there's Youngershoot, the children's programme.

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North America United States Washington Seattle, WA Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Donauinselfest

Donauinselfest

Vienna's Donauinselfest looks at the word massive and laughs at it. It's a hearty chuckle. Colossal gets a sneer and huge doesn't even warrant a response. Each year, a 6.5 kilometre section of Donauinsel (a man-made island strip smack bang in the middle of the Danube) between the Reichsbrücke and the Nordbrücke, attracts more than three million revellers for a three day blowout like no other. On her 11 stages music ranges from metal to Mozart but it's often aimed more at the predominantly Austrian audience than any international visitors. From street theatre to circus to Latin dance and from sporting competitions to adrenaline attractions, away from the stages there's a little something for everyone. All concerts are free but if you're planning a visit, start thinking about accommodation early. Vienna's a tourist hotspot with accommodation options galore but during Donauinselfest all bets are off.

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Europe Austria Vienna Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals June
Flow Festival

Flow Festival

For five days each and every August join the beautiful people at Helsinki's world-class, Flow Festival. Set at the site of a disused former power plant close to the Helsinki city centre, since 1997, Flow has been providing revellers with an eclectic mix of up-and-comers and big names in rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and world music sourced from Finland, Europe and beyond. Flow has achieved that rare mix of size — there's always someone on a stage — whilst retaining a wonderful sense of intimacy. There's a great range of food, some creative nooks and crannies where you can re-energise and the bars are plentiful. If you get a chance to hit Helsinki in August you'll rarely be disappointed, time that visit with Flow and you'll leave positively aglow.

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Europe Finland Helsinki Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival

Birmingham's Cofton Park turns up the heat for two nights each August as a plethora of pop purveyors take to the stage top perform their hottest hits. Choreographed dance-moves a plenty and squealing on demand are a given.

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Europe England Birmingham Popular Music Festivals August
Motel Mozaique

Motel Mozaique

Rotterdam's annual Motel Mozaique Festival offers up a unique mix of pop music, dance, theatre and visual arts for two days each April. But it's a fest with a twist. Pack your pyjamas and spend the night in specially designed artworks or other remarkable locations in and around Rotterdam. Past editions have seen guests grab 40 winks in tree huts, churches, shop-windows, construction-sites, hospitals and on the rooftop of a national monument — all with breakfast included of course.

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Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals April
Paleo Festival de Nyon

Paleo Festival de Nyon

The Paleo Festival de Nyon, simply Paleo to her friends, is an annual six-day rock festival held in Nyon, Switzerland, almost equidistance between Lausanne and Geneva. Paleo started life as the Nyon Folk Festival back in 1976 when some 1,800 revellers rocked up. Today the event is one of the most popular and widely attended music festivals in Europe, with more than 200,000 annual attendees who enjoy more than 250 concerts and shows spread across her six stages. With more than 100 food stalls, a number of bars and six restaurants on site, you're unlikely to go hungry. Round up some mates (or bring the family, Paleo is seriously family friendly), pack your tent and prepare for six days of quality music in a magnificent setting.

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Europe Switzerland Nyon Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Pinkpop

Pinkpop

Join lovers of pop and rock for a three-day smorgasbord of world-class musical entertainment at Pinkpop — the oldest and longest running annual festival dedicated to pop and rock, certainly in the Netherlands, and possibly in all of Europe. Since 1988 Pinkpop has set up shop at Megaland, in Landgraaf, where it attracts in the region of 60,000 revellers on each of her three days. Take your tent, set up camp and prepare your plan of attack for some of the biggest names in popular music. Past acts have included Metallica, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, The Prodigy, The Cure, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and The Rolling Stones. Get your tickets early as Pinkpop often sells out.

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Europe Netherlands Landgraaf Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals June
Rewind South

Rewind South

Calling all children of the eighties. It's time to slip into that spandex, pop in those shoulder pads and tease up that hair (higher...no...higher). That's right, it's time to rewind. Grab some friends and take a trip down memory lane this summer at one of three UK Rewind Festivals. For three days and three nights you can catch some of your favourite acts from the decade that fashion neglected. Past performers read like the back of an eighties compilation album with acts like Rick Astley, Bananarama, Billy Ocean and the Village People playing to the thousands of fans. Our tip: pack neon and prepare to party like it's 1999.

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Europe England Henley-on-Thames Popular Music Festivals August
Ruisrock

Ruisrock

One of the oldest rock festivals in Europe, Ruisrock has been doing it's thing for upwards of 70,000 rock fans since 1970. In 1971 Canned Heat performed and those numbers swelled to 100,000. Featuring a mix of music ranging from pop through rock with a sprinkling of metal — this is Scandinavia, after all — — Ruisrock predominantly attracts local revellers, but if you get the chance, the Turku archipelago is a great place to be come the long, long, summer days of July.

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Europe Finland Turku Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Splendour Festival

Splendour Festival

The picturesque grounds of Wollaton Hall play host to Nottingham's Splendour Festival — a one day family friendly extravaganza of pop and rock spread over four stages. Past programmes have included the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters, Madness, The Pogues and Blondie.

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Europe England Nottingham Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals July
Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

Wireless is the premier multi-day festival set in North London's Finsbury Park. Over three stages, Wireless delivers the biggest and best of today's dance, pop, r 'n' b and rock acts mixed with some hip, young newcomers. The now legendary dance day has seen some incredible performances in the past from Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Underworld, Deadmau5, Dizzee Rascal, Klaxons, 2manydjs and LCD Soundsystem. Past years have included headliners of world-renown such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake P!nk, Depeche Mode, Kasabian, Morrissey, Kanye West, Massive Attack, White Stripes and The Strokes. Coupled with the amazing music, Wireless hosts an array of festival activity — a massive beer garden, food stalls, chill out areas and interactive games.

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Europe England London Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals July

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