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Apr 15, 2016

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

By: Erika David

Author: Elle Canada

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Apr 15, 2016

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

By: Erika David
 

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The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Coachella

When: April 15 – April 24 2016 Where: California, USA Website: coachella.com Why: Because it consistently sets the bar every year for summer festival season with its winning combination of must-see concerts, celebrity sightings, festival fashion and outrageous controversies. Generating buzz this year are headliners Calvin Harris, Guns N’ Roses and Ellie Goulding. READ MORE: Where to spot celebrities in Los Angeles

By: Erika David Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Mawazine

tkWhen: May 20 – May 28 2016 Where: Rabat, Morocco Website: festivalmawazine.ma Why: Because it's the kind of event where the biggest names in the pan-Arab and Moroccan musical scenes share a billing with high-profile international stars – this year think Christina Aguilera and Iggy Azalea. READ MORE: A tale of two communities in Dubai

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/mawazine Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Governors Ball

When: June 3 – June 5 2016 Where: New York City, USA Website: governorsballmusicfestival.com Why: Because it puts you, Kanye West, The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie and many more at the scene. And it all takes place in New York City, where there’s an overwhelming amount of things to eat, see and do. READ MORE: Brooklyn weekend getaway

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/govballnyc Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Bonnaroo

When: June 9 – June 12 2016 Where: Tennessee, USA Website: bonnaroo.com Why: Because “bonnaroo” is Creole slang for “good stuff.” This is year artists like Pearl Jam, J. Cole and Ellie Goulding will help transform 700 acres of farmland in Manchester, Tennessee into a mecca for festivalgoers. READ MORE: Inspiring Instagram accounts that make you want to travel

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/bonnaroo Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Sónar

When: June 16 – June 18 2016 Where: Barcelona, Spain Website: sonar.es/en Why: Because it’s the kind of summerfest where you can attend a lecture on digital arts and culture in between EDM shows. This edition’s music roster includes A-Trak, Fatboy Slim and Santigold. READ MORE: Hunger Gams

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/sonarfestival Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Glastonbury

When: June 22 – June 26 2016 Where: Pilton, England Website: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk Why: Because one of the world’s pioneering music festivals will showcase high-profile entertainers and crowd magnets like Adele, Coldplay and Muse - obviously.  READ MORE: Where to stay, what to eat and what to do in London

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/glastoofficial Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Roskilde

When: June 25 – July 2 2016 Where: Roskilde, Denmark Website: roskilde-festival.dk Why: Because you can make a difference in the world by buying tickets to watch Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tame Impala and Wiz Khalifa. Since the festival's debut in 1971, all proceeds are donated to charities that support musical, cultural and humanitarian causes. READ MORE: Explore Demark's stylish capital like a fashion editor

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/roskildefestival Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Montreux Jazz Fest

When: July 1 – July 6 2016 Where: Montreux, Switzerland Website: montreuxjazz.com Why: Because it’s the second largest jazz festival in the world after Canada’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The lineup has yet to be revealed, but legends Etta James Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Lenny Kravitz and Carlos Santana have graced Montreux's stages.  READ MORE: Inspiring Instagram accounts that make you want to travel

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/montreuxjazzfestival Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Rock al Parque

When: July 2 – July 4 2016 Where: Bogotá, Colombia Website: rockalparque.gov.co Why: Because it’s South America’s largest rock festival - and it's free thanks to the local government’s goal of promoting the arts in the country’s capital. No word yet on the lineup, but past performers include Sum 41 and Adrenaline Mob. For an excursion beyond the music, check out the impressive Bogotá Graffiti Tour. READ MORE: A trek to Colombia's Lost City

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/petethornguitarist Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Dour

When: July 13 – July 17 2016 Where: Dour, Belgium Website: dourfestival.eu Why: Because you can jam to a wide range of musical acts from indie-rock band The Vaccines to rapper A$AP Ferg – and then recover at camping grounds for the round of partying ahead.  READ MORE: Jet-setting in Iceland

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/dourfestival Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Benicàssim

When: July 14 – July 17 2016 Where: Benicàssim, Spain Website: fiberfib.com Why: Because the music doesn’t start until the sun goes down, so you can spend the day on Mediterranean beaches while you wait for Major Lazer, The Chemical Brothers, Muse and Kendrick Lamar to kick off the dance party. READ MORE: The 15 best beaches in Canada

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/fiberfib Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Secret Garden Party

When: July 21 – July 24 2016 Where: Abbotts Ripton, UK Website: secretgardenparty.com Why: Because partying on the grounds of a Georgian farmhouse has never been cooler. Not only does the euphoric festival boast an eclectic mix of artists from Caribou to Primal Scream, you can also take a workshop on a how to build a treehouse, be a part of an epic paint fight and relax on a float on the lake. READ MORE: Travel Insider Until the Ribbon Breaks

By: Erika David Source: Seb Barros Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: EXIT

When: July 14 – July 16 2016 Where: Novi Sad, Serbia Website: exitfest.org/en Why: Because Ellie Goulding will be playing alongside Bastille and Hurts at this award-winning summerfest that takes place at the medieval Petrovaradin Fortress that overlooks the Danube River. #fancy READ MORE: Belize for every traveler

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/exitfestival Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Fuji Rock Fest

When: July 22 – July 24 2016 Where: Niigata Prefecture, Japan Website: fujirock-eng.com Why: Because Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck and Sigur Rós will rock out at the largest outdoor musical event in Japan. It's all held at the Neeba Ski Resort where there's even a 5.5 kilometre cable car ride that goes to the top of the mountain. All you need to do is take in the panoramic view of nature and the crowd below. READ MORE: Cambodia's island of change

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/yuebihara Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Tomorrowland

When: July 22 – July 24 2016 Where: Boom, Belgium Website: tomorrowland.com Why: Because headliners deadmau5 and Eric Prydz will be leading the ultimate electronic dance music party complete with flashing lights and colourful, psychedelic sights. READ MORE: One perfect day in Verona, Italy

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/tomorrowland Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Splendour in the Grass

When: July 22 – July 24 2016 Where: Byron Bay, Australia Website: splendourinthegrass.com Why: Because Australia’s answer to Glastonbury pulls out all the stops with music by Tegan and Sara, The Strokes and The Avalanches. And it all happens near the deep blue shores of a surfer’s paradise. READ MORE: What to do on New Zealand's North Island

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/splendourinthegrass Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Lollapalooza

When: July 28 – July 31 2016 Where: Chicago, USA Website: lollapalooza.com Why: Because, in honour of its 25th anniversary, the usually three-day event will go for a  fourth this year. Radiohead, J.Cole and Lana Del Rey will be at Grant Park (where there’s a sweet view of the downtown Chicago skyline) to help celebrate the milestone. READ MORE: Portland weekend getaway

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/lollapalooza Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Sziget

When: August 10 – August 17 2016 Where: Budapest, Hungary Website: szigetfestival.com Why: Because Rihanna, David Guetta and Kodaline will join you on Óbudai Island for one of Europe’s most iconic music fests. And you can even take a ride on the Sziget Eye, where the peak of the Ferris wheel gives you a great view of the site. READ MORE: An insider's guide to Florence, Italy

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/szigetofficial Credits: ELLE Canada

The best summer music festivals around the world in 2016

World's best summer music festivals: Bestival

When: September 8 – September 11 2016 Where: Isle of Wight, UK Website: bestival.net Why: Because major acts like The Cure, Major Lazer and Hot Chip will be at this year’s future-themed festival. And activities beyond the music include a colourful parade of the future of Carnaval, a spa at the top of the hill, and even a workout session with iconic '90s trainer Derrick Evans aka Mr. Motivator. READ MORE: The 2016 Canadian summer music festivals you need to know

By: Erika David Source: instagram.com/bestival Credits: ELLE Canada
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