The festival season is almost over and it is already time to order tickets for the new season. But festivals are nowadays way more than just good music. Burning Man, Coachella, Tomorrowland and Co. create for a short period of time their own microcosmos, their own dreamland. From artshows, over little festivals inside the festival, to magnificant scenery and stage designs. If you are lucky enought to get tickets you can dive into your own wonderland at least for a couple of days. So let's check out the top 10 of the most beautiful festivals where you can really become someone else for a few days. This list is by far not complete and this is just my opinion. If you think a festival is missing feel free to leave a comment.
When: Eight days (ends on the first Monday of September)
Probably one of the most exciting festivals of the world. The Burning Man is not only a music festival it is an escape, an "experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance". It takes place in the Black Rock City in Nevada and it was first held in 1986. Since then the highlight of the festival is the famous burning of a large wooden statue. It is definitely a must go for every festival lover.
When: Two weekends in June and July
The Electric Forest festival is an eight-day (two weekends) festival held in Rothbury, Michigan. It had his debut in 2011 and is focused on electronic and jam band music. Besides the music, the festival offers the visitors an amazing and absolutely beautiful atmosphere inside the forest. The stunning light installations inside the forest create a magnificent dreamworld for the festival goers. Check it out for yourself.
When: 23-25 March 2018
The Ultra Music Festival Miami is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. The lineups are incredible every year and the light shows are out of this world. For three days in March the streets of Miami turn into an amazing party.
When: 14-17 December 2017
The Wonderfruit Festival is like the Burning Man also not only about music. It is "a celebration of art, music, food and ideas to catalyze positive impact". The festival takes place in Pattaya, Thailand and has to offer an absolutely incredible atmosphere. In comparison to the other festivals, the ticket prices are way more affordable. So if you are in Thailand at the right time, check it out!
When: Two Weekends in July
Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium. It is one of the largest electronic festivals in the world and stretches over two weekends in July. It was first held in 2005. Since then, the Tomorrowland festival is also know for it's fairytale like stage design.
When: Two Weekends in April
Probably the most famous festival in the whole list. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival gained a lot of popularity in the last years, especially in the social media and influencer world. It first took place in 1999 in the Coachella Valley, California. Since then the lineup got bigger and bigger. The headliners from last year were Radiohead and Lady Gaga. If you have the chance to get tickets, just go!
When: One Weekend in July
Parookaville is also an electronic dance music festival held in Germany. It first took place in 2015. The location of the festival is an old military airport which gives the festival a special flair. The whole concept of the festival is based on a village. During the festival, the military airport will be redesigned as a small settlement with a post office, church, prison, swimming pool, supermarket, a citizen's office etc. All in all a pretty fun festival. Check out the aftermovie!
When: 18-20 May 2018
The Electric Daisy Carnival or just EDC is an electronic dance music festival from Las Vegas. Besides the main event in Las Vegas there are several smaller EDC-Festivals in Denver, Dallas and so on. The event will be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
When: 22-24 September 2017
Life Is Beautiful is a music, culinary, art and learning festival. Like a few other festivals mentioned above, the Life is Beautiful festival is also not only about music. It is "a celebration, uniting people who love music, art, food and ideas". It takes place in the streets of Downtown Las Vegas and was first held in 2013.
When: For four days in August
Untold Festival is an electronic music festival held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was first held in 2015 and takes place across different locations in the city Cluj-Napoca. The mainstage is in the Cluj Arena with over 30.000 seats. Even though the festival is quite new it already gained a lot popularity in the scene. You wanna know why? Check out the video below!
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