If you’re like me, music is your life, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than at a festival. It’s really a unique experience by being surrounded by equally adoring fans, while dozens of the best bands in the world play their best songs. The atmosphere of the crowd is electric as you let the energy wash over you. As a music fan, nothing summer can bring is better than a music festival, and the summer of 2013 is filled with amazing music festivals all over the world to enjoy.
Sasquatch! Festival (George, WA)
In my experience, many music festivals I have been to cater to just one type of music lover; however, Sasquatch! is about celebrating all sorts of music genres for the Pacific Northwest. The Gorge Amphitheatre is the host of the festival for three to four days.
Starting in 2014, the festival, which usually takes place over Memorial Day weekend, will expand to two weekends, May 23-25 and July 4-6, featuring two different lineups. In the past, Sasquatch! has been a host to Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Macklemore & Ryan, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend.
The Parklife Weekender (Manchester, U.K.)
On June 8th-10th, Heaton Park hosts an eclectic collection of indie and electronica live music. It’s no coincidence that the festival begins just as the students of Manchester’s finish their exams up. In addition to some of my favorite bands, like The Flaming Lips, Nero, Two Door Cinema Club and Mark Ronson, the festivals also includes live interactive art, magicians, cabaret, dance troupes, and comedy sets.
Glastonbury (Pilton, U.K.)
The 2013 Glastonbury lineup sold out in less than 2 hours, so if you want to be a part of this amazing festival next year, you’d better act fast. The lineup included The Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright and Mumford & Sons.
With over 100 stages, there’s enough music enough for everybody. In addition to the great tunes, you can even turn this even into a camping trip– that is, if you enjoy roughing it. There are plenty of camping fields to pitch your tent, which you can access as long as you have a ticket to the festival.
Roskilde (Roskilde, Denmark)
As one of the largest music festivals in all of Europe, there’s no end to the types of bands included in the lineup, such as rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, world music and reggae. The festival is non-profit, benefiting music, culture and humanism.
The campsite is usually overrun before the festival even starts, so you will need to get there early to get a prime spot. The annual Naked Run is just one event that sets the festival apart from the rest.
Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
Since 2001, Primavera Sound has brought a diverse collection of musical artists to Spain. Past artists include Pixies, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Pet Shop Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Cat Power and The White Stripes. For those who can’t make it to the festival at the end of May, there is a live stream available to be watched from anywhere in the world.
Governor’s Ball (NYC)
In the city where much of the musical culture begins, the Governors Ball always manages to snag the hottest acts. The 2013 lineup included Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas, The XX, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers and many more. The festival takes place at the beginning of June on Randall’s Island (in rain or shine). Besides the top notch collection of music, there is also a silent disco, art installations, photo booths, lawn games, yoga and body painting.
Riot Fest (Chicago)
On September 13-15, the best of punk rock bands and music lovers gather in Humboldt Park to experience one of the greatest music festivals in the U.S. This year’s lineup will include Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Blondie, Public Enemy, Guided by Voices and Taking Back Sunday. There’s also a carnival which includes games, vendors, and rides.
If you want to get familiar with the artists in the festival’s lineup, oftentimes online radios or music streaming sites will offer specific playlists that will include the bands for a particular festival. For Riot Fest, Arena.com set up this playlist one which allows you to listen and explore news about the 2013 Fest.
Any of these music festivals will surely give any music lover an experience that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for hip hop or some good classic rock, take a look to see what your own city has to offer as far as music goes.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, mother of three and yoga enthusiast in Southern California. She travels around the world with her family and always makes it a point to experience different cultures and their music. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter today!