Famous Festivals Around the World

Nov 23, 2021
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Festivals were once a rare event. With huge crowds, festivals were made household names by Woodstock. But since the inception, festivals have become big, small, niche, headliners, indie bands, the way that bands are discovered and some ways that bands breakup. 


Here are some of the most famous festivals around the world.


Glastonbury


Beyond famous is Glastonbury. The festival for the famous. Beyonce headlined. Kanye West headlined. The biggest stars in the world have headlined and all the UK celebrities come. Kate Moss wears her iconic wellies and traipses around with whichever rockstar she’s with. It’s a big muddy mess of a field that becomes a place for dreams to become reality.


Sziget


In the very centre of the Hungarian capital Budapest is an island that once a year becomes a festival. Sziget caters over 90,000 attendees every year. Whether camping or day tripping, the festival has its own currency and own lifestyle. It is a huge seven day fiesta with the headline stages and many smaller ones for the ravers. 


Fuji Rock


In 1997, at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan was Fuji Rock. It has since moved Naeba Ski Resort but its name stayed, to honour the iconic mountain. The festival has been rocking the crowd in Japan for over 20 years. It’s been headlined by the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, FKA Twigs, and Gorillaz. The festival is a three day bender with over 100,000 attendees.


Splendour in the Grass


It started as a small festival in the back paddocks of Byron Bay, but Splendour in the Grass has become an icon of Australian music. With huge international headlines like the year that they booked both Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys at the height of their success, through to championing our local heroes like Cut Copy, PNAU and Hilltop Hoods. The festival has had a few homes but is back in Northern NSW with a natural amphitheatre for the main stage.


Coachella


The original flower crowns and Instagram influencer festival. Although it’s been around since the late 90s, Coachella became a source of content early 2010s. It’s picturesque polo grounds nestled in the California desert has become an iconic background for all of those who want their follower count to grow. From the Kardashians to Katy Perry, the celebs almost outweigh the civilians in attendees.


Burning Man


Burning Man is out in the Nevada desert. Nothing for miles, the festival is based on love and raving. With no currency nor stores, it has created its own attendee economy. Some sell water, others sell food. People exchange what they brought for what they need. It’s a self-serving economy, and the punters are encouraged to feel free of capitalism, if only for a moment.


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