Since the temperature rises, music lovers flock to massive music festivals worldwide to see their preferred artists live and feed journey energy of fellow enthusiasts. And with each moving past year, there are more and more options to choose from. From Chicago’s quintessential Lolapalooza into a global music showcase with Morocco, these festivals produce multiple days of entertainment—and memorable concert-going experiences. Here are our picks for your world’s 15 best summer season music festivals.
1. The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York, June 6-8 2014
A relative newcomer to the summer music festival scene, The Governors Ball offers an eclectic mix of performers and a taste of New York culture. Visitors can catch sets from rock, electronic, and indie performers, all while sampling food from popular New York City restaurants and food trucks. To take a break from the music, festival goers can participate in activities such as Silent Disco, ping-pong, or lawn games. Don’t forget to snap a picture or two with friends at the festival’s photo booths.
2. Sonar, Barcelona, June 12-14 2014
One of Europe’s most vibrant cities is also home to one of its most colorful music festivals. Founded in Barcelona in 1994, Sonar features performances from cutting-edge artists. Every year, visitors flock to the city’s Fira Gran Via area to watch shows by performers ranging from Robyn to Janelle Monáe. But the festival is not a one-trick pony; it also boasts eye-catching video art projections, installations from modern artists, and audio-visual displays.
3. Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark, June 29 – July 6 2014
Created by two Danish high school students, Roskilde has evolved from a hippie gathering ground to a mainstream music festival. The four-day extravaganza attracts an international following and features performances from more than 3,000 artists. Bands include a mix of contemporary and lesser-known performers, and visitors can watch their favorite artists perform inside large tents. Don’t be surprised if you see a few scantily clad attendees; on the Saturday of the festival, Roskilde Festival radio hosts a naked run around the campsite.
4. Splendour in the Grass, New South Wales, Australia, July 25 – 27 2014
Although Splendour in the Grass is technically a summer music festival, it falls during Australia’s winter season—a period that typically calls for indoor fanfare. But despite the colder weather, the three-day festival attracts an international audience. Held in New South Wales’ North Byron Parklands, Splendour features an impressive lineup of big-name musicians and up-and-coming artists while boasting a capacity of 30,000 guests. When you’ve heard your fair share of music, stop by the city’s picturesque coast and hang-ten with local surfers.
5. Lollapalooza, Chicago, August 1 – 3 2014
Few music festivals carry the same name recognition and star power as Lollapalooza. Created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, the festival has since evolved into an extravaganza of musical performances, dance, comedy, and crafts. Lollapalooza hosts more than 160,000 visitors over a two- or three-day period, and has helped popularize artists ranging from Pearl Jam to Ice-T. Although the festival initially focused on alternative and indie rock, it has since expanded with eclectic performers and smaller sub-genres. Past performers include Muse, The Black Keys, Lady Gaga and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The other 10 are:
6. Osheaga, Montreal, August 1 – 3 2014
7. Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, July 4 – 19 2014
8. Pohoda, Trencin, Slovakia, July 10 – 12 2014
9. EXIT, Novi Sad, Serbia, July 10 – 13 2014
10. Rock al Parque, Bogota, Colombia, August 16 – 18 2014
11. Dour Festival, Dour, Belgium, July 17 – 20 2014
12. Sziget, Budapest, August 11 – 18 2014
13. Mawazine, Rabat, Morocco, May 30 – June 7 2014
14. Glastonbury, Somerset, England, June 25 – 29 2014
15. Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba, Japan, July 25 – 27 2014