18 Music Festivals To Discover Before You Die

Music gets the best out of us, whether driving, working, studying, working-out, or even meditating we always listen to music, not any type of music, but one that goes with the mood, the atmosphere surrounding us, and that’s to embrace the moment and enjoy it.

As the world realized the effect of music on our souls, many music genres have been created and developed over the years, and in response Music Festivals have been launched, expanded and continued growing ever since the 1960’s, if not before.

It’s impossible to put every single music festival around the world into one list, however doable it is to group the most popular, famous, underrated or at least the ones that are worth booking a holiday around -I have grouped them in a list with no specific order.

Bonus Tips: Before going into the list you have to be careful, because as much as these festivals seem like really fun, but they can be dangerous due to the huge number of attendees, people who get drunk or unconscious, so make sure to never go solo, to always stay in a group and be extra careful from pick pockets. As for tickets & passes, you have to read carefully what’s included, and what’s excluded, as some passes offer entry to one concert, or the whole event, some include accommodation in tents, campsites, resorts, and some don’t, and also check if transportation is included, or requires an extra charge.


Video by Tomorrowland
  • Genre: The largest Electronic Music Festival in the world
  • Notable Appearances: Most popular DJs in the world
  • What’s special about it? It has very unique locations, setting, lighting and laser system, check their photos and videos, nothing else to say.
  • Where: Originally in Boom in Belgium -16km from Antwerp-, Sao Paolo in Brazil, or Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia -48KM from Atlanta- in the US having features similar to its peers in Boom. Since the festival keeps expanding, it’s still unknown which continent or city will be next.
  • When: No fixed dates, check their website at least a year in advance as tickets run out faster than you think.
  • Duration: 3 consecutive days.
  • Tickets Price start from: 357 US $

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Burning Man

Embrace by The Pier GroupPhoto from their official website
  • Genre: Music & Art Festival.
  • Notable Appearances: Keith Moon, Jam Master Jay, Warren Zevon, Dave Brockie of GWAR,…
  • What’s special about it? The ritual that takes place of burning a large wooden dummy, and the yoga classes that take place in the desert while listening to chill out music.
  • Where: in Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada.
  • When: begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September.
  • Duration: 1 week.
  • Tickets Price start from: 190 US $


Ultra Music Festival

Aftermovie of 2014  by UMF TV
  • Genre: Electronic Dance Music
  • Notable Appearances: Afrojack, Axwell, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta, Ingrosso,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s the largest in Miami, one that contributes to boosting Southern Florida’s economy.
  • Where: Originally Miami, but now is also taking place in Ibiza (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sao Paolo (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Seoul (South Korea), Cape Town & Johannesburg (South Africa), recently in Colombia, Croatia, and Thailand, and constantly expanding.
  • When: All year round.
  • Duration: 3 consecutive days.
  • Tickets Price start from: 300 US $.

HideOut Festival

Highlights of 2013 Festival by Hideout Festival
  • Genre: Electronic Music Festival
  • Notable Appearances: Duke Dumont, Sigma, Amine Edge, Eats Everything Live,…
  • What’s special about it? Celebrated on the beach, with pool & boat parties involved! 
  • Where:  Zcre on the island of Pag in Croatia.
  • When: June 28th till July 2nd.
  • Duration: 5 consecutive days.
  • Tickets Price start from: 198 US $

The BPM Festival

Video by thebpmfestival
  • Genre: Electronic Music Festival.
  • Notable Appearances: Carlo Leo, Ambivalent, Elio Riso, Lorenzo Dada,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s on a Mexican beach, including beachclubs, nightclubs and even an underground restaurant, fancy that!
  • Where: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • When: In January
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 350 US $


Full Moon Party

Video by FullMoonParty Koh Phangan
  • Genre: All sorts of music.
  • What’s special about it? It’s on the beach, and happens on every Thai fullmoon night- except if it’s a Buddhist holy day, in this case it’s postponed to the next day-, can you imagine the view? A night that’s only lit by the reflection of the moon on the sea, and some colorful lights coming from the stage?
  • Where: Koh Phangan, Thailand, you’ll find all needed info by following this link.
  • When: On every Thai fullmoon night.
  • Duration: Once a month, here is 2015’s calendar.
  • Tickets Price start from: Don’t laugh, it’s only 3 US $ (a 100 Thai Baht). Thailand is an inexpensive country, the biggest cost will be paid in airline tickets, unless you book them way in advance.
  • Safety Tip: The cheap cost comes for a price, this party is not the safest, pick pockets are all over the place, whether a male or a female don’t you ever stay solo, always stay in a big group of people, avoid wearing anything fancy, and leave all your valuables at a safe box in your resort.

Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival

Video by Coachella
  • Genre: Rock, Indie, Hip-hop & Electronic Dance Music.
  • Notable Appearances: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Eminem,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s taking place at Colorado Desert, be careful as it might get pretty hot
  • Where: at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert
  • When: Second & third weekend in April
  • Duration: Two weekends, three-days
  • Tickets Price start from: 375 US $



Video by Creamfields Official Page
  • Genre: Dance Music featuring DJs & live acts.
  • Notable Appearances: David Guetta, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grand, Sharam,…
  • What’s special about it? You’ll never get enough! Also check Bonnaroo & Glastonbury festivals.
  • Where: Originally Daresbury in England, but now  also in the UAE, Argentina, Spain, Malta, Ireland, Uruguay, Turkey, Mexico, Russia, Czech Republic, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Australia & more.
  • When: In Daresbury it’s held annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend, as for the rest it’s obviously all year round, so make sure to keep an eye on the website to choose the time that works best for you at your favorite destination.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 123 US $



Video by Mysteryland
  • Genre: Electronic Dance Music, Electronic, Urban, Hard Dance & Hip Hop.
  • Notable Appearances: Sander Van Doorn, Fedde Le Grand, Eats Everything, Kaskade, Moby, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s the oldest electronic dance music in The Netherlands, organized by one of the largest dance organizers in The Netherlands who also organize Sensation which is another good option.  
  • Where: Originally in The Netherlands, in Floriade, Haarmmemeer, and now also in Chile & The U.S.
  • When: In The Netherlands it’s on the final Saturday in August, in the U.S. it’s in May where Woodstock was celebrated, and in Chile it’s in December.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days.
  • Tickets Price start from: 159 US $ for an early bird two days pass.

Welcome To The Future

Video by Kanaal Van Wttffestival
  • Genre: Underground Techno & House music
  • Notable Appearances: Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Pan-Pot, Green Velvet Len Faki, Tini, DJ Sneak, Karotte, Art Department,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s not as expensive as other big festivals, offering underground music, and above all not too far from the city of Amsterdam. But if you can’t wait till July, you can always go for HYTE taking place in February/March which is another underground music option that has different versions in Amsterdam, Barcelona, NYC, Chile & Berlin.
  • Where: Green forest and hills of Het Twiske near Amsterdam
  • When: July
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Tickets Price start from: 56 US $


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  • Genre: Electronic Dance Music
  • Notable Appearances: Prodigy, Pendulum, Kasabian, Katy B, Fatboy Slim, Friendly Fires, Madness, Maceo Plex, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul, Doves…
  • What’s special about it?  Days are spent skiing, snow boarding, enjoying music on mountain top stages or relaxing in the spa of a luxury hotel. Nights deliver cutting edge performances in unique venues, from a sky high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. So it’s a combination of snow sports and music played at its best.
  • Where: Austrian Sky Resort of Mayhofen in Austria
  • When: in Spring time
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Tickets Price start from: 380 US $ this starting price includes accommodation -any package has to include accommodation.


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  • Genre: Electronic Dance, Trance, House & Dubstep Music
  • Notable Appearances: Armin Van Buuren, Roger Sanchez, Aly & Fila, Tiesto, Avicii, Nicky Romero, Paul van Dyk,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s in a beach and party destination in India, a European top summer escape that has an authentic style, and is considered to be the largest music festival in Asia.
  • Where: Originally Vagator, Goa in India and now spreading its wings across Asia to Sri Lanka and Dubai, and maybe soon across the globe.
  • When: In Goa from December 27th till 29th.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 148 US $


Video by Abdou Elouali
  • Genre: Electronic Music Festival
  • Notable Appearances: Amine K, Nobody Home, Hemei, Pegasus, Pier,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, but if you want to party in Europe’s desert go for Monegros Desert Festival in Spain, featuring house, techno, dubstep and drum & bass music.
  • Where: Merzouga, the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
  • When: In April
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 95 US $

Balaton Sound

Video by balatonsoundofficial
  • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, and Live Acts
  • Notable Appearances: Tiesto, Moti, Showtek, Flight Facilities, Joey Badass, Eva Shaw,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s on the beach, and voted the best beach party in Europe
  • Where: Zamardi in Hungary
  • When: Summer time around July
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 154 US $


Holy Ship

Video by Holy Ship
  • Genre: Electronic Dance Music
  • Notable Appearances: Pretty Lights, Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden, Green Velvet, Skrillex, DJ Diplo,…
  • What’s special about it? That’s a one of a kind festival that is celebrated on a luxury ship departing from Miami in The Caribbean, and goes to the Bahamas, while stopping at several islands. Party goers can enjoy partying & the music featured by DJs on-board the ship, or on the islands. The ship has a disco, restaurants, a spa, a pool, and a casino, and several card tournaments, twister, yoga classes, and scavenger hunts are played to make your experience complete.
  • Where: The Caribbean departing from Ft. Lauderdale in Miami, goes to the Bahamas, making several stops, then returning to Miami again.
  • When: In January and February
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 699 US $ per person for a double cabin

KaZantip Republic

Video by Kazantip
  • Genre: Electronic Dance Music
  • Notable Appearances: Armin Van Buuren, Hybrid, Marco Carola, Tiesto, Carl Cox, Josh Wink,…
  • What’s special about it? Its prime carefully selected locations on islands and beaches
  • Where: Originally in the village Popovka near Myrrnyi in Ukraine, but is always on the move, in 2014 it took place in Anaklia, Georgia, and this year it’s taking place in the Koh Puos island, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, so keep an eye on their website to be informed of their upcoming destinations
  • When:  In summer time, so if it’s held in Europe it must be August, but if in Asia then around January or February (might get cancelled this year)
  • Duration: 2-3 weeks
  • Tickets Price start from: 200 US $

Calvi On The Rocks

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  • Genre: Known as the French Coachella.
  • Notable Appearances: Caribou, DarkSide, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Jupiter, Nicolas Jaar, Zombie Zombie, Gotan Project, The Rapture…
  • What’s special about it? It’s on the beach in the picturesque town of Calvi, northwest of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
  • Where: in the town of Calvi, northwest of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
  • When: in summertime around July
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Tickets Price start from: 29 US $


The aftermovie of Bestival 2014 by SBTV Music
  • Genre: Music Festival & live acts
  • Notable Appearances: Outkast, Foals, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder,…
  • What’s special about it? It’s held inside an amusement park and vast gardens.
  • Where: in Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight in England almost 4 hours drive from London, its newest edition will be on June 12th-13th of 2015 in Toronto & Toronto Islands on Lake Ontario in Canada.
  • When: In England it’s in late summer (September), as for Canada for now it’s around mid June.
  • Duration: 4 days in England, just 2 in Canada
  • Tickets Price start from: 299 US $.

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Ushuaia Ibiza

AviciiLive Performance by Avicii at Ushuaia Ibiza from ibizadiscotickets

Are you excited enough to attend one of these mind-blowing festivals? Pick one festival, keep checking their websites to get early bird discounted tickets, and book your airline tickets, accommodation, and festival passes way in advance, because that’s the kind of events that’s worth booking a holiday around. 

Now is time to select your favorite music festival, send us an email on info@travelstart.com.eg or call us on +202 2525 7576 to tailor your dream trip, and we promise to take you there.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Tomorrowland

  2. Crap article, it’s all electro dance music but then again that’s your opinion. Out of 18 festivals non of them are different, I think you should consider other music genres for all viewers.
    How about Ozzfest, Hellfest, Monsters of Rock, Wacken open air, Skwnload festival etc… There is another world out there

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