Music festival

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Music festival
Folk festival Celtic music festival, maritime music festival, blues festival, bluegrass festival, jazz festival
Classical music festival early music festival, experimental music festival, contemporary classical music festival, Christian music festival, opera festival, choral festival, Bach festival
Rock festival heavy metal festival, jam band festival, punk rock festival, goth festival
World music festival reggae festival, Hawaiian music festival, K-pop festival
Electronic music festival circuit party, hip hop music festival, EDM festival, trance festival, rave, doof, teknival, technoparade, algorave
Related events Festival, concert, rock concert, concert tour
Related topics Music performance, live electronic music, deadheads

A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors, and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, performance art, and social activities. Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once. Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause. Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement.

Ancient festivals

Leigo Järvemuusika 2007

The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known.[1] During the Middle Ages, festivals were often held as competitions.

Educative festivals

Another type of music festival is the educative type, often organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. Entrants perform prepared pieces in front of an audience which includes competitors. But the essential feature of this type of festival is that each participant receives verbal and written feedback, there and then, from a highly qualified, professional adjudicator—someone whom they might never meet in any other way. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many, they provide a bridge from lessons and examinations to performing confidently in public.

Festivals around the world

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's 11-day event, Summerfest, promotes itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival", a title certified by the Guinness World Records and has been held since 1999. Operating annually since 1968, the festival attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, and hosts over 800 musical acts.[2][3] The Woodstock Festival in 1969 drew nearly 500,000 attendees, and the Polish spin-off Przystanek Woodstock drew 700,000 in 2011. The largest annual greenfield music festival in the world is Roskilde Festival in Denmark, which attracts about 135,000 spectators each year.[4] Glastonbury Festival has a capacity of about 175,000 spectators, but has "fallow years" roughly every five years, so it is the biggest non-annual greenfield festival in the world. The oldest annual dedicated pop music festival in the world is Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands,[5] though in other genres, there are much older ones: the Three Choirs Festival in the UK has run annually since 1719.

Lists of music festivals

Parkenfestivalen 2012, The Prodigy

By year/era

Lists of music festivals organized by date:

By continent

By country

By genre

Music festival topics and lists
Festival genre Festival
List Category Media
Music festival 582 BCE List of music festivals Music festivals Music festivals
Folk festival 5th century(?) List of folk festivals Folk festivals Folk music festivals
Indian classical music festival (?) List of Hindustani classical music festivals Hindustani classical music festivals Hindustani classical music festivals
(?) List of Carnatic classical music festivals Carnatic classical music festivals Indian classical music festivals
Celtic festival 5th century(?) List of Celtic festivals Celtic music festivals Celtic festival
Celtic music festival 5th century(?) List of Celtic music festivals
Mod (Scotland) 19th century(?) List of mods Mod (Scotland)
Fèis (Scotland/Ireland) 9th century(?) List of fèissana Traditional music festivals in Ireland Celtic festival
Eisteddfod (Wales) 12th century List of eisteddfodau Eisteddfod Eisteddfodau
Classical music festival 12th century List of classical music festivals Classical festivals Classical festivals
Early music festival 17th century(?) List of early music festivals Early music festivals Early music festivals
Bach festival 17th century(?) List of Bach festivals Bach festivals Bach festivals
Chamber music festival 17th century(?) List of chamber music festivals Chamber music festivals Chamber music festivals
Choral festival 17th century(?) List of choral festivals Choral festivals Choral festivals
Opera festival 17th century(?) List of opera festivals Opera festivals Opera festivals
Maritime music festival 19th century List of maritime music festivals Maritime music festivals Maritime music festivals
Blues festival 19th century List of blues festivals Blues festivals Blues festivals
Old-time music festival 19th century List of old-time music festivals Old-time music festivals Old-time music festivals
World music festival List of world music festivals World music festivals World music festivals
Hawaiian music festival 1970s List of Hawaiian music festivals Festivals in Hawaii
Contemporary classical music festival 20th century(?) List of contemporary classical festivals Contemporary classical festivals Contemporary classical festivals
Experimental music festival 1960s(?) List of experimental music festivals Experimental music festivals Experimental music festivals
Country music festival 1930s List of country music festivals Country music festivals Country music festivals
Bluegrass music festival 1930s List of bluegrass music festivals Bluegrass festivals Bluegrass festivals
Christian music festival 1940s(?) List of Christian music festivals Christian music festivals Christian music festivals
Jazz festivals 1940s List of jazz festivals Jazz festivals Jazz festivals
Rock festival 1950s List of rock festivals Rock festivals Rock festivals
Pop festival 1950s List of pop festivals Pop music festivals
Electronic music festival 1950s List of electronic music festivals Electronic music festivals Electronic music festivals
Electroacoustic music festival 1950s List of electroacoustic festivals Electroacoustic festivals Electroacoustic festivals
Free festival 1960s List of free festivals Free festivals Free festivals
Jam band festival 1960s List of jam band music festivals Jam band festivals Jam band festivals
Ska festival 1960s Ska festivals
Circuit party 1970s List of circuit parties Circuit parties Circuit parties
Reggae festival 1970s List of reggae festivals Reggae festivals Reggae festivals
Heavy metal festival 1970s List of heavy metal festivals Heavy metal festivals Metal music events
Punk rock festival 1976 List of punk rock festivals Punk rock festivals Punk rock festivals
Indie rock festival 1980s Indie rock festivals
Industrial festival 1970s List of industrial music festivals Industrial music festivals Industrial music festivals
Goth music festival 1980s List of gothic festivals Goth festivals Gothic festivals
Hip hop music festival 1980s List of hip hop music festivals Hip hop festivals Hip hop festivals
K-pop festival 1980s List of K-pop festivals K-pop events
Rave 1986 List of raves Rave Rave
Electronic dance music festival 1986 List of EDM festivals
Free party 1989 List of free parties Free parties Free party
Squat party 1989
Trance music festival 1990s List of trance festivals Trance festivals Trance music
Technoparade 1990s List of technoparades Technoparade Technoparades
Teknival 1990s List of teknivals Teknivals Teknivals
Doof (Australia) 1993 List of doofs Doofs Doof
Algorave 2011 Algorave Algorave

Historic music festivals

Selected historically notable festivals
Festival name Location Years Details
Fiera della Frecagnola Italy Italy 1450–present Based on old folk tradition
Annaberger Kät Germany Germany 1520–present Old folk festival
Three Choirs Festival United Kingdom England 1719–present Early choral festival
Tyagaraja Aradhana India India 1846–present Early Carnatic music festival
Leeds Festival United Kingdom England 1858–1985 Early classical festival
Þjóðhátíð Iceland Iceland 1874–present Early folk music festival
Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan India India 1875–present Early Indian classical music festival
Long Plain First Nation Annual Pow-wow Canada Canada 1876–present Government-sanctioned pow wow
Nordic Music Days (many) Europe 1888–present Festival for new Nordic music
Royal National Mòd United Kingdom Scotland 1892–present National Celtic mod
Ravinia Festival United States Illinois 1904–present Oldest outdoor classical festival in US
Glastonbury United Kingdom England 1914–25 Early classical festival
Donaueschingen Festival Germany Germany 1921–present Early experimental festival
Newport Jazz Festival United States Rhode Island 1954–60, 1962-present Early jazz festival, later added rock and other styles
Reading and Leeds Festivals United Kingdom England 1961–present Early rock/blues festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival United States Pennsylvania 1962–present Early folk festival, later added other styles
American Folk Blues Festival (many) Europe 1962–1985 Introduced US blues circuit to Europe
Jazz Bilzen Belgium Belgium 1965-1981 First festival in Europe combining jazz and pop
Shiraz Arts Festival Iran Iran 1967–1977 Diverse international genres
Woodstock United States New York 1969 Culturally notable event
Ichthus Music Festival United States Kentucky 1970–present Early Christian music festival
Roskilde festival Denmark Denmark 1971–Present Largest music festival in Northern Europe, non-profit
Smile Jamaica Concert Jamaica Jamaica 1974 Early reggae festival
International Computer Music Conference (many) Worldwide 1974 Early electronic music festival
Heatwave Canada Canada 1980 Important event for new wave and punk
Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80 Soviet Union Soviet Union 1980 First official rock festival in the Soviet Union
Rock in Rio Brazil Brazil 1985–present 1.5 million people attended the first event
Rendez-vous Houston United States Texas 1986 Largest ticketed event in North America (1 to 1.5 mill)
Moscow Music Peace Festival Russia Russia 1989 Important event for glam metal
Love Parade Germany Germany 1989-2010 Massive early technoparade
Wacken Open Air Germany Germany 1990–present Large metal showcase
Big Day Out Australia Australia 1992–present Multiple stages and genres
Sziget Hungary Hungary 1993–present Large Woodstock style event
CzechTek Czech Republic Czech Republic 1994-2006 Large teknival closed by police
Przystanek Woodstock Poland Poland 1995–present Ticket-free festival with crowds up to 625,000
Vans Warped Tour United States United States 1995–present Punk rock showcase
Fuji Rock Festival Japan Japan 1997–present In 2005, more than 100,000 people attended
Nashestvie Russia Russia 1999- One of the largest Russian rock open-air festivals
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival United States California 1999–present In 2014 had 579,000 attendees over six days
Exit Festival Serbia Serbia 2000–present Exit 2006 had 22 stages
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival United States Tennessee 2002–present Annual attendance of 85,000-120,000
Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Canada Canada 2003 Largest outdoor ticketed event in Canada (~half a mill.)
Live 8 (many) Many 2005 Ten simultaneous benefit concerts in eight countries
Live Earth (many) Worldwide 2007 Widely broadcast worldwide
Milege World Music Festiva Uganda Uganda 2010–Present Biggest music festival in Africa
Colour Day Festival Greece Greece 2015–Present Biggest music festival in Greece

Current music festivals

The following are selected music festivals that are recurring as of 2015. For a more complete listing of active and defunct festivals by region, see Category:Music festivals by country. Some sections may also have links to related lists of music festivals by country.

Africa · Asia · Europe · North America · Oceania · South America


See also: List of music festivals in Africa and Category:Music festivals in Africa
South Africa


See also: List of music festivals in Asia and Category:Music festivals in Asia
Bangladesh · China · Hong Kong · India · Indonesia · Israel · Japan · Lebanon · Malaysia · Nepal · Philippines · Singapore · Sri Lanka · South Korea · Taiwan · United Arab Emirates · Vietnam



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South Korea

Sri Lanka



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See also: List of music festivals in Europe and Category:Music festivals in Europe
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Puerto Rico







Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias . Born 1985 Salas Principales Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas y Auditorio Adán Martin, Tenerife.





United Kingdom United Kingdom

Northern Ireland

North America


See also: List of music festivals in Oceania and Category:Music festivals in Oceania

Australia Australia

New Zealand New Zealand

South America

See also: List of music festivals in South America and Category:Music festivals in South America

Argentina Argentina

Bolivia Bolivia

Brazil Brazil

Chile Chile



See also


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  29. "Best Major Festival in 2014".
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