Music Festivals have been held for centuries. In recent years this crowd, energetic and joyful mega-music parties have become more popular than ever, attracting millions of fans. Annually more than 800 music festivals take place in more than 55 countries worldwide. These are the places that gather the greatest artists from around the world to showcase not only their love of sound, but their love for live music. Their fans are ready to spend great money buying tickets, paying for transport and accommodation, to see them singing and not only - to dance, make new friends, have fun and rest.
Listed below are the top 10 destinations for music tourism:
1Los Angeles, California, US
Los Angeles and surrounding cities are home to a great number of festivals; great music is going here all the time. The king among all music genres is jazz, but blues, folk, Cajun, reggae, and experimental music all get their showcase. This great number of festivals and street fairs with music as a significant component gather people from all over the world for whom music is the meaning of their lives.
London is another city that spoils music festival fans in any period of the year. Although summers are the music festivals seasons, stages pop up all over the city from parks to palaces. Some of the biggest names in music fill like home in London and come here over and over to showcase up-and-coming their talent.
3New York City, New York, US
Known as the city that never sleeps, New York is ready to receive its music tourists always! Especially in summers, when music festivals of all sizes and genres are popping up across the city, they are welcome. From Sensation, to Governor's Ball, to Crossroads Guitar festival, there's sure to be something for everyone this summer in the city.
4Detroit, Michigan, US
Every year in Detroit are held a lot of music festivals. The most popular one is Motown, but there are other interesting festivals that deserve to be attended. The Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival brings techno music to the Detroit Riverfront in June, the Downtown Hoedown brings a country music festival in late June/early July, Orion Music + More Festival brings Heavy Metal music in July, and the Detroit Jazz Festival brings jazz music over Labor Day Weekend.
Every music lover should attend at least one music festival in Manchester. It gathers some of the world’s greatest musicians including Morrissey, Ian Brown, The Gallagher brothers, Ian Curtis and many others. The offer is rich; you will have to choose between a big festival such as Reading or Leeds with something for everyone and a dance festival like Creamfields, Global Gathering or South West Four.
6Seattle, Washington, US
All summer long, Seattle is full of famous musicians followed by their fans. Sasquatch kicks it off at the end of May, and they go all summer long and through September. There is a festival for every music tourist, whether you are ready to spend a day in the mosh pit or have a relaxing afternoon in a spot on the grass.
7Portland, Oregon, US
Oregon music festivals heat up the landscape with symphonic ear candy statewide each year, so are you ready? Get a mountaintop high as you serenade the stars in Sisters, pick-a-thon to your pleasure deep in the forest green of Happy Valley, cruise Willamette River’s waterfront blues, tune in to MusicFestNW on the steps of Portland’s living room at Pioneer Courthouse Square and experience high brow classical harmonies cradled in the Rogue River valley of Southern Oregon.
8Boston, Massachusetts, US
If you plan your next vacation to a city rich history and traditions with many landmarks and interesting sites to explore and more – music is the meaning of your life, than Boston is what you were searching for. Fortunately for music lovers of all genres, Boston is a world-class city when it comes to music and the area plays hosts to dozens of music festivals each summer.
9Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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10San Farncisco, California, US
Festivals in San Francisco take place year-round, providing a great neighborhood experience and good times. Tourists can really get a feel for the city by attending events such as the numerous San Francisco music festivals and summer festivals. From major players like Outside Lands, Treasure Island and Fillmore Jazz Festival to lesser known fests like Noise Pop, SF Beer Festival and Oyster Fest, 2013 may be the best year yet!