Every year in hundreds of countries around the world, millions of people visit music and art festivals with their friends. These festivals can be as small as a few hundred people or larger than 100,000 people all enjoying their favorite art, music, and food. I began going to music festivals over ten years ago and have enjoyed every festival I have attended. Here are some of the most popular festivals to date that you can enjoy each year from Spring to Fall.
Tomorrowland is located in Belgium and has over 150,000 visitors yearly and is a mini civilization focused around the ever growing EDM music community. Tommorowland is a majorly popular festival with tickets usually running out within one day of going on sale, and the waiting list is usually comprised of over 2,000,000 people on the waiting list. This festival offers something for everyone with custom camping, food vouchers, souvenirs, and flights included in the ticket price. Tommorowland is a treasured festival that I someday hope to be able to experience first hand.
This festival originated near Morgantown, WV and was a mash-up of jam bands, artwork, and electronic music in it’s peak form. This party was nestled in the valley of Marvin’s Mountaintop and was an acoustic treasure that over 45,000 people enjoyed annually. Rain or shine this 3 day fest brought out the best in everyone who attended and was a great time all around. Between the fire shows, hand blown glass, and fun people, it often ended much sooner than I wanted. Unfortunately a permit mishap prevented it’s return in 2014, however, the AllGood schedule will return to normal in 2015, rumored to be in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Ultra Music Festival
Miami, Florida is home to the famous Ultra Music Festival each year in March. Ultra takes place in downtown Miami at the Bayfront Park location. This festival has over 150,000 visitors annually and continuously brings the biggest EDM acts to the stage for this amazing event. Ultra takes place over the course of two weekends with plenty to keep every fan busy the entire time. Ultra Music Festival hold the record for fastest ticket sales with their latest show selling out in just seconds after going live. People come from all over the country to enjoy the sun, music, and fun that Ultra provides.
Electric Daisy Carnival
The first EDC rave was held in 1997 in Los Angeles, California and was originated by Insomniac’s co-creator Phillip Blaine. Ever since 2008, Electric Dairy Carnival or EDC, has been bringing the top musicians and performance acts to the west coast partiers in more than five different states. Over 230,000 people attended in 2013 making it one of the largest music festivals ever held in the continental United States. The full scale show not only included music but features such as steam punk sculptures, carnival rides, and a wide range of exotic foods. This festival is surely one that will go down in history as a must attend show.
Big Dub Candy Mountain
This festival is my personal favorite and deserves a spot on this list for it’s up and coming potential. This festival is located in the beautiful property of Four Quarters Farms in Artemis, Pennsylvania. Big Dub is three and a half days long and features the latest in dubstep and electronic music and visual shows. The friendly atmosphere and smaller crowd give it a touch of family feelings amidst the partying and chaos usually seen at festivals. The thing I enjoyed the most about this fest was the high social level among campsites. With good food, shopping, and people this festival has a bright future as a favorite for everyone attending.
If you love music, art, or just enjoy good people, any of these festivals would be great to check out. I’ve been attending and working at festivals since I was 18 and I’m hard pressed to find something bad to say about any of them. No matter which you choose you’re going to come home with memories that last a lifetime. Have fun!
For more festival and party reading and info from this author, check out:
5 Things You Didn’t Know(But Probably Should) About Music Festivals
The New Rave: EDM Advancement
JamBase Festival Guide