4 Music Festivals around the World: More Good Reasons to Travel

Posted by on December 16, 2014

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There are many reasons to travel and explore the world over. There are those who go to faraway places to soul-search, while others do to lose themselves. There are also people who travel to learn new cultures, while others do to impart a piece of themselves and their heritage to others. Then, there are those who just want to have lots of fun.

Here are some more reasons to inspire you to travel around the world:

Iceland Airwaves – Reykjavik, Iceland

Started in 1999, this music festival happens every fall. It is believed to be where Iceland’s most popular musical acts launched their careers. Airwaves is such a huge event that it also features international artists on one of the craziest long weekends in the Arctic region. Since some of the performances are held during the day, you’ll have ample time to check out glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon.

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Coachella – California, USA

If you’re a lover of music and art, then Coachella is the music festival for you. It is one of the biggest venues for independent, established and emerging musicians, which happens on a course of two weekends for three complete days. Many celebrities from around the world have attended this massive event. One of the reasons this festival is so popular around the world is its hippie culture. You can camp out on the grounds throughout the event. Next year, it will be held on April 10-12 and 17-19. Some of biggest names to perform in Coachella are Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers and Radiohead.

You can do a side trip to Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, Knott’s Berry Farm and of course, all the famous attractions of Hollywood.

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Sziget – Budapest, Hungary

It is ranked as one of the five music festivals in Europe that welcomes all kinds of music from rock to synthpop. It started in 1993 as a small student movement. Today, this event has grown exponentially in terms of size, number of visitors, number of days it is organized for and the musical performances. Musicians like Sex Pistols, Alanis Morisette, Fat Boy Slim, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Chemical Brothers and Kaiser Chefs graced this event in the past.

After the festival, you can head on to the most popular tourist spots in Budapest, including Castle Hill, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Heroes’ Square, Synagogue, Fishermen’s Bastion and Buda Castle.

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Glastonbury – United Kingdom

A gathering of not just music and art, but also of Wellington boots, tents and wacky outfits, Glastonbury happens for five days, which explains the number of people bringing a lot of stuff to the festival. There are cheap and posh tents that you can during the event. Aside from the most wicked line up of musical performances, this musical fair also features art fairs, circus, cabaret acts and comedy shows, to name a few.

And while you’re in Pilton, Somerset where the Glastonbury Festival is held, you can visit some of its most popular attractions, including Roman Baths, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor, Jane Austen Centre and Fleet Air Arm Museum.

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Photos by: David SimSylwia SaramaSam Howzit and Þorgils Völundarson

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