Music is widely accepted as a universal language. It lifts us when our emotions are low, brings us together, and helps us connect in a strange but very beautiful way. Music festivals are a great platform to enjoy music, and they are massively gaining popularity across the world. Being in the midst of hundreds of music lovers and listening to inspirational yet entertaining creations from very talented artists elates my spirit, and I don’t seem to get enough. I have been to so many music festivals, and each one of them gave me a special experience that I carry with me for the rest of my life. Listed below are the best festivals, some of which I have attended, and others are on my bucket list.
Coachella is the most famous music festival I have attended. The festival takes place in Indio, California, in the United States in April of every year. I have been attending this festival since I was 18 years old and I have never missed even a single year since. The festival has an average of half a million people in attendance. The massive attendance is motivated by the various genres performed during the festival by the artists that the organizers bring. Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga’s performances, for instance, are always electric.
It is the largest festival in the United States that charges the cheapest admission fee. I paid for an all-access day ticket that only cost me $20. The festival is held annually between the last few days of June and the first few of July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. During the whole duration of about 11 days when the festival is held, there are over 800 acts. The festival has close to one million attendees annually. The festival will host its 53rd annual festival in 2021 in Michigan.
Attending this festival is at the top of my bucket list. It has a massive attendance in the world with over three million music lovers. The festival is held in Vienna, Austria, every June at the beginning of summer. I hear it has over 11 stages and over 200 acts, which means there is a wide variety of music genres for every person in attendance.
Morocco’s Mawazine Festival is an annual festival held every May in Rabat, Morocco. No one knows how to throw it down like Africans because from the grapevines, the event is very lively and the attendees have unmatchable energy when it comes to dancing and sing-alongs. I have been following news about the festival, and it has an average annual attendance of over 2.5 million people. It was founded by King Mohammed IV’s secretary in 2001 to celebrate the Moroccan community’s arts and cultures. The festival has international headliners like Justin Timberlake Christina Aguilera. African celebrities, for example, Miriam and Amadou, represent the African music at the festival.
I attended this festival while I was touring Rio de Janeiro in Brazil back in 2005. There were over 650,000 fans in attendance. In that year, the headliners were world-renowned artists like John Elton, Rihanna, Queen, Katy Perry, Metallica, Rod Stewart, and many other famous artists from all over the world. For anyone who wants to attend this awesome festival, it takes place every two years in Brazil. Renowned global and local celebrities usually perform at the festival.
This is the biggest and the best electronic dance festival that I have attended. It takes place in June every year In Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Lovers of trap, techno, house, bounce, and hard-style kind of music- this is our festival. It boasts over 350, 000 attendees yearly. DJ headliners of the festivals include Yellow Claw, Like Mike, and Dimitri’s Vegas, among other famous DJs.
The Essence music festival hosting its 27th annual festival in 2021 is held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It was started to appreciate African-American women. It has an annual attendance of over 450,000 fans. Various music genres are played at this event including gospel, jazz, and blues. Over the years, I have seen various celebrated artists perform at this stage, for example, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, and Mary J Blige. Gospel artists who have graced the stage include Yolanda Adams, Tasha Cobbs, and Donnie McClurkin.