Bored of muddy fields, warm Carlsberg, and the confines of this small island? The time has come to spread those festival wings and head for muddy fields new. Best Top 10 festivals In The World 2020.
We’ve done a spot of globe-trotting on your behalf to round up ten of the best festivals on Earth, from solstice celebrations to some of the most immersive festival cities on the globe.
Whether you’re looking for new additions to the bucket list, or just suffering from a little extra wanderlust, these are our picks for the best top 10 festivals in the world.
1. Outside Lands Festival the USA, 7th-9th August
As San Francisco’s day-to-night summer showcase, Outside Lands, is fronting more than just some of pop, rock, and hip hops most exciting names. Alongside a consistently stellar line-up – which last year included Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, and Twenty One Pilots – the festival hosts some haute cuisine, from food trucks and wine bars to a whole stage dedicated to cooking workshops and gastro-musical mashups.
Famous face and fun food events make up just two reasons you should try out this San Francisco festival.
2. Boomtown Fair Festival the UK, 12th-16th August
2020 sees Boomtown enter its twelfth year, and the sprawling party festival shows no signs of slowing down. More than a festival, Boomtown Fair is a small city complete with clearly defined districts that offer a taste of bohemianism, luxury living, a punk ethos, or dystopia.
Their sets are vast and impressive and their line-ups even more so with past performances from The Streets, Gorillaz, The Specials, and Limp Bizkit. After years of bringing non-stop fun to thousands, Boomtown is finally hitting the big leagues.
3. Splendour In The Grass Festival Australia, 24th-26th July
If you’re not keen to tackle Australia during the height of summer, this winter offering brings an international line-up of big-name headliners together with smaller domestic outfits to create one of New South Wales’ best-loved music festivals.
Alongside the storming sets taking place across their music stages, Splendour offers a range of quirky activities to get involved with, from circus workshops and weaving to science talks and collaborative art installations.
Make the most of Australia’s cold season with a trip to one of the season’s best music festivals.
4. Untold Festival Romania,31st July -2nd August
The European EDM festival taking the world by storm, Untold’s spot in the top 10 is well earned after five years of throwing one of the most incredible music experiences on Earth. Far from being a weekend of non-stop throbbing bass (though there is a lot) Untold program across the genre board with last year’s big names including the likes of Robbie Williams, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Bastille, and Stormzy. Untold is swiftly making a name for itself as one of the biggest and best festivals in the world.
5. Secret Solstice Festival Iceland, 26th-28th June
Primal Scream, TLC and Cypress Hill lead the line-up this year at Reykjavik’s premier summer music festival offering. Secret Solstice is a real bucket list item as it takes over the Icelandic landscape to bring you a celebration of Midnight Sun with glacier raves, performances in 5,000-year-old lava tunnels, and, due to your proximity to the arctic circle, the chance to experience a whole 24-hours of daylight. Catch 24-hour sunshine and some huge names at Secret Solstice.
6. The Governors Ball Festival USA 5th-7th June
Pulling in 150,000 music lovers every year, The Governors Ball is one of East Coast America’s most popular music festivals. Held on a small island in the East River, this New York City must-do never fails to rope in the significant names, with 2020 featuring music from the likes of Tame Impala, Missy Elliot, Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepson, and Stevie Nicks. Coachella chic meets New York cool at The Governors Ball.
7. Electric Picnic Festiva Ireland, 4th-6th September
Held on the grounds of the grand Stradbally Hall, Electric Picnic is one of Ireland’s premier music festivals. Known for its diverse lineups, it’s probably one of the only places in Ireland you’re likely to catch A Tribe Called Quest on the same bill as Duran Duran.
Alongside the musical acts, which this year includes The Strokes, Florence & The Machine, and Billie Eilish, you’ll find a wealth of comedy, theatre, and even cooking demonstrations to keep you entertained.
The cool kid of the festival game, Electric Picnic, brings together some of the most diverse acts in the biz.
8. Osheaga Festival Canada, 31st July-2nd August
If you find yourself in Montreal this summer then we would highly recommend nabbing yourself a ticket to the city’s most exceptional music festival, Osheaga.
The three-day event, which this year celebrates its 15th outing, is dedicated to art as much as music with a fantastic array of installations and contemporary works to enjoy around the festival site created by local artist collectives.
Contemporary art and magical music line-ups take centre stage at Montreal’s Osheaga.
9. Melt Festival Germany, 17th-19th July
A vast open-air music festival held in an industrial machine museum, MELT is, if not the best, then up there with the coolest music festivals in the world. Their line-ups are renowned for showcasing the height of cutting edge electronic music across seven stages – including the 24-hour Sleepless Floor – and 2020 proves no different with Bicep, Floating Points, Burna Boy, Little Simz and Nina Kraviz all getting a look-in.
From the industrial location to the stellar programming, MELT is easily one of the best electronic music festivals in Europe.
10. Tomorrowland Festival Belgium, 17th-19th,24th -26th July
Tomorrowland Belgium-Best Top 10 festivals In The World 2020-tiptopfestivalsA sprawling world of music, art, performance, and general festival mayhem, Tomorrowland is a festival that needs no introduction. Held in the aptly named Boom, Belgium, you’ll find the very best in international House, Techno and EDM playing across nearly 20 stages.
In contrast, back in the immersive global city-state of the Dreamville campsite, you’ll find everything from a marketplace, to a giant water fountain and hoards of sunned-up revellers.
Tomorrowland has a culture all its own, and some of the most storming stage scenes in the festival industry.
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