You are covered in sweat, panting in exhaustion, but you want to keep singing along to the lyrics that your favourite artist is singing out loud. No matter what happens, you are going to have a good time enjoying the music with thousands of others who share the same music taste as you. That is the experience of going to a massive music festival.
Although biggest does not necessarily mean best, there are concerts with a capacity of hundreds of thousands with an impressive line-up of acts which caters to a wide audience. While there are certainly some music festivals that highlights itself as “the biggest”, which one really is?
So, ready your boots (or sneakers if indoors), band t-shirts, and ripped jeans. Here, we list down some of the biggest music festivals in the world.
1. Donauinselfest (Austria)
Although it does not seem like it, Austria houses the biggest music festival in the world with Donauinselfest (or Danube Island Festival). Regularly, the open-air music festival attracts millions of people, but hit its peak in 2015 and 2016 when more than three million festival-goers were in attendance. Held at Donauinsel, an island between the Danube river and the Neue Donau channel, the festival features 200 acts with The Diplomats and Portugal. The Man headlining this year’s bill.
2. Mawazine (Morocco)
Mawazine is the biggest music festival in the African continent and only the second biggest in the world with a general attendance of 2.65 million people annually. It initially started out as a festival showcasing African and Arabic music but as time passes on, it has gotten more internationally recognizable with acts such as Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, French Montana, Martin Garrix, and The Weeknd, who all headlined this year’s edition.
3. Summerfest (USA)
Known as “The People’s Party”, Summerfest takes place in Wisconsin, USA for 11 days straight. To this day, it is the largest music festival in America with over 800,000 people attending the event yearly. It is also dubbed the cheapest festival with an all-access ticket for only $20. A total of 800 acts grace multiple stages throughout the festival with Imagine Dragons, a multi award-winning band, opening the festival. When you have Imagine Dragons as the opening act, you know the festival can only get bigger.
4. Pol'and'Rock Festival (Poland)
Previously known as Woodstock (named after the one in 1969’s New York), Pol'and'Rock Festival is a free event centring on its motto, “love, friendship, & music” similar to its original 1969 American version. The festival showcases artists from a wide range of music genres such as folk, metal, pop, and rock. This year alone featured bands such as Arch Enemy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Goo Goo Dolls, Judas Priest, and many others.
5. Rock In Rio (Brazil)
South America’s largest music festival is also one of the oldest establishing its name in 1985 where Queen played to a million people at its first concert. Although named Rock In Rio, “Rio” meaning Rio de Janeiro, the festival has expanded its ways to Las Vegas (USA), Madrid (Spain), and Lisbon (Portugal) which was this year’s location. Iron Maiden and P!nk are both scheduled to headline the main stage in 2019.
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