Sure, you know Coachella—we’ve only just got done talking about all the dope food there, after all—but there’s so much more out there, particularly internationally.
From Tomorrowland in Belgium to Mawazine in Africa, below we’re hitting you with some sublime music festivals that we wish we could attend ourselves. Like so many of our articles here, this one’s gonna have you dying to grab your carry-on and favorite pair of sunglasses to take the next available flight out.
Keep in mind that Coachella’s not the only stupidly obvious choice we’re leaving off this list for that reason (Ultra in Miami, for example). So, don’t be upset if we didn’t list your current fav!
1. Shaun White's Air + Style Festival in Los Angeles, California
Photo by Air + Style
Held: February 18 - 19, 2017
Despite the fact this one’s stateside, you may not have heard of it considering it’s only been around for three years. The cool thing about it? It’s a hybrid event. White brings the best musical acts around and the greatest snowboarders on Earth together for a balls-to-the-wall competition and festival. Held across two days at the L.A. Coliseum’s Expo Park, performances by Major Lazer, Flume, and many others are slated in 2017 alone.
2. Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium
Held: July 21 - 30, 2017
Moving abroad, we have Belgium’s Tomorrowland, one of the largest EDM festivals on our little blue planet. Past acts have included uber-famous performers such as Avicii, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Alesso, Martin Garrix, and more. The stages here are craaaazzzyyy, too—just check out the photo above. That’s art!
3. Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia
Photo by statravel.com.au
Held: July 21 - 23, 2017
Held every year in the Land Down Under since 2001, Splendour in the Grass assaults the senses with an eclectic mix of hip hop, EDM, indie rock, and alternative. This year you’ve got acts including LCD Soundsystem and Queens of the Stone Age, while 2016 saw the likes of Leon Bridges and The Strokes. As long as you can survive the indigenous wildlife, it seems you’re guaranteed a good ass time.
4. Mawazine in Rabat, Morocco, Africa
Held: May 12 - 20, 2017
The Mawazine/Rhythms of the World music festival is the biggest and most recognized on the entire African continent. Presided over by Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of the Moroccan King Mohammed VI himself, it pulls in global talent, including the likes of Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Chris Brown, Rod Stewart, and Pitbull. It’s a nine-day event with upwards of 1,000 artists, so there’s bound to be something for you no matter your preferences.
5. Rock in Rio
Photo via Billboard
Locations alternate between Lisbon, Portugal; Las Vegas, Nevada; Madrid, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Held: September 15 - 17 and 21 - 24, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Beginning in Rio in 1985, this festival has blossomed into one of the world’s largest music events of any kind. And with its 30-year history behind it, the extravaganza is able to book some of the most gargantuan acts in modern music history. In 2017 alone, Rock in Rio will host The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, and Lady Gaga—and that’s just the headliners!
6. Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
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Held: July 28 - 30, 2017
The behemoth music event of Japan, Fuji Rock originated in 1997 at the base of Mount Fuji, hence the name. However, since ’99 they jam out at the Naeba Ski Resort instead. Regardless, it continues to be a celebration of electronic and rock tunes, and has been graced by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Ben Harper, Wilco, et al.
7. Roskilde in Roskilde, Denmark
Held: June 24 - July 1, 2017
And finally, there’s Roskilde. The really cool thing about this one? It was originally a little hippie party thrown together by two Danish high school students. Now, it’s a mainstream week-long festival with the support of several thousand artists that run the music genre gamut. Ice Cube is headlining in 2017, but what’s perhaps more interesting is that on every year’s festival Saturday there’s a naked campsite run.
Fabulous music and actively encouraged nudity… What a Time to Be Alive.