The best music festivals around the world


Best festival if you love: sunbathing by day and carousing by night

When? 19-22 July 2018

Where? Benicàssim (well, obviously!), Spain

Acts include: the Killers, Liam Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys

What’s good about it? Diverse music acts don’t start until late afternoon, so you can top up your tan on the beach before joining in the festival groove at night



Best festival if you love: international headliners, spectacular mountains and clean(ish) toilets

When? 27-19 July 2018

Where? Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture (Tip: not Mt Fuji!!)

Acts include: Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar, Jack Johnson

What’s good about it: A quirky, well-planned festival with lush forests trails in between stages


Crowd surfer



Best festival if you love: revelling in the colour, energy and feathers of a carnival

When: 2018’s festival has been and gone, so start planning now for February 2019

Where: Cuautla, Mexico

Acts include: Axel Boman, Gilles Peterson, Romare

What’s good about it? A wonderfully eclectic festival where you can kayak down the river, learn circus skills and be swept along by the incredible carnival spirit



Best festival if you love: stunning EDM shows with breath-taking lights and sound

When: December 2018 (dates tbc)

Where: Pune, India

Acts include: International DJs and massive stage productions (2018 line up tbc)

What’s good about it? Dancing the night away at Asia’s biggest EDM (electronic dance music) festival is a fantastic way to end the year


Tents at a festival



Best festival if you love: brilliantly varied music from across the globe

When: 22-30 June 2018

Where: Rabat, Morocco

Acts include: Only Bruno Mars confirmed so far, but Mawazine Festival attracts huge international acts as well as fantastic African musicians

What’s good about it? The festival’s unique combination of local African rhythms with international mega-stars provides a festival experience like no other



Best festival if you love: eco-friendly partying with ambiance

When? 7-10 June 2018

Where? Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria

Acts include: Art installations, workshops and music that swerves clear of A-list acts

What’s good about it? The magical atmosphere of the beautiful Bulgarian mountains is the perfect setting for an experiential festival that aims to help the local community


Flowers in girl's hair



Best festival if you love: Instagramming your amazing star-studded life 

When? 13-15 April & 20-22 April 2018

Where? Indio, California – out in the Colorado desert, so pack your sun cream!

Acts include: Jamiroquai, Beyonce, Eminem

What’s good about it? A major celeb hotspot, featuring a highly eclectic range of music and art installations, including huge headline acts


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