Top 10 World Music Events: The Who, What and Where of Festival-ing

Worried you’re going to miss the UK’s best summer festivals during your European or round-the-world travels? Don’t be. Apart from the fact that: “Helloooo, you’re about to ditch your summer restaurant job to jet off for the experience of a lifetime”, there are more than enough music events worldwide you won’t want to miss.

Here are just 10 of our favourites we reckon you should definitely check out this year:

1. Midi Music Festival, China – One of China’s biggest rock music festivals, Midi has been hosted by the Beijing Midi School of Music since 1997 and is fast on its way to the milestone of a whopping 100,000 people. Will you be one of them this year, December 31?


2. Benicassim, Spain – Backpacking around Europe? For Spain’s Benicassim festival, all you need is yourself and a tent. A four-day festival taking place on the east coast of Spain (between Valencia and Barcelona), headliners this year include Blur, The Prodigy and Portishead, with the event kicking off on July 16.

3. The Meredith Music Festival, Australia – While most of us are winding down during the festive season, over in Australia things are only just getting started. The Meredith festival begins on December 12 and runs until the 14, with acts confirmed so far including Tiny Ruins, The War on Drugs and The Lemonheads.

4. Greenroom, Japan – A festival of music, art and film, Japan’s Greenroom takes place from July 23 and promises a weekend of great acts. Confirmed for this year’s event are Harada Ikuko Kojima Mayumi and DJs including DJ Hasebe and DJ Legend. So they may not be well-known the world over, but this is a great place to discover some fantastic new bands and DJs.

5. Roskilde, Denmark – Catch everyone from Muse to Florence and the Machine and St Vincent at Denmark’s Roskilde festival. There’s loads more great acts besides, too, from June 27 to July 4.

6. Sonus, Croatia – Festival settings don’t get much better than this! Located on a beach, Sonus in Crotia runs across five days and nights and includes open air clubs and boat parties. Check it out if you’ve had your fill of festivals set in muddy UK fields.

7. F1 Concert, Singapore – Head to Singapore for formula one racing and music, as its F1 concert returns for another year, this year headlined by Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and Spandau Ballet.


8. Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest – OK, so this is one to plan for next year – it’s already been and gone for 2015, taking place in March. It’s well-known as the best festival in the world for discovering brand new acts, but there’s also a few big names thrown in there for good measure. In March this year, Gaga played – need we say more?! If you’re road-tripping round America, you’ll definitely want to head here.

9. Governors Ball, New York – Another one for that US road trip, New York’s Governors Ball this year features Drake, the Black Keys and Lana Del Rey, with Jack White, Skrillex, and OutKast performing last year. Taking place in June at Randall’s Island, the festival invites some huge names to its stage each and every year.


10. Lollapalooza, Chicago – We’re spoiling you with these US-based musical gems, aren’t we? Chicago’s Lollapalooza, which this year takes place from July 31 to August 2, has seen Eminem and Rihanna perform, as well as Kings of Leon and Calvin Harris. Get ready, though, as this year’s line-up is still to be announced!