Summer’s on its way! And after months of winter weather, we’re so ready to get outside and enjoy those long lazy days and sultry nights. Although we’re stoked for beach time, camping trips and extra long weekends, we’re especially looking forward to summer music festivals. Whether it’s in the next province, across the border, or further afield in Europe or Asia, a summer music festival is the perfect way to celebrate the season.
So, this summer, load up your car or hop a plane and make a music festival your next destination. Here’s our list of some of the best summer music festivals around the world—these are definitely worth travelling for!
Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
Montreal knows how to party! So, whether you’re in a neighbouring city, province or on the other side of Canada, add Osheaga to your summer trip itinerary. With a lineup including The Lumineers, the Chemical Brothers, City and Colour, Janelle Monae and Childish Gambino, Osheaga is sure to have something for every musical preference.
Held in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga is more than just music. The festival features installations by various celebrated and emerging artists as well as tons of activities between stages.
Got kids? If they’re under 10 they get free admission with a pass-holding adult, plus there’s a family-friendly kids’ zone! Osheaga is also dedicated to sustainability practices by reducing, reusing and recycling.
Watkins Glen, USA
Woodstock is celebrating its 50th anniversary— we remember the original love-in like it was yesterday…well we’ve seen the photos! This iteration of the iconic celebration of peace, love and music for the people and planet boasts names like Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus and more…but keeps it real with artists like Canned Heat and Santana.
The original Woodstock in ‘69 brought people from all walks of life together, offering hope in a tumultuous time. In a nod to its past, Woodstock 50 is supporting causes for our times like healing the planet and supporting the people living on it. So, grow your hair, pull on some fringe and come for the cause (and the music or course)!
Tokyo & Osaka, Japan
August 16 – 18
Japan is def having a moment in travel right now. See what all the hype’s about! If you don’t go for the art or food, check out Japan for the music. In particular, Summer Sonic, one of Japan’s biggest music festivals.
The annual jam has been held in Tokyo and Osaka for almost 20 years, with artists of all genres performing in both cities. This year, familiar acts like Weezer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rita Ora and Snow Patrol are making appearances.
Also, discover Japanese artists like Alexandros and Little Glee Monster as well as acts from all over Asia. Get in on the food too. ‘Cause what’s a trip to Japan without food?
May 27 – June 2
Need another excuse to check out Barcelona, Spain? How about Primavera Sound at the end of May? Held in Barcelona since 2001, Primavera Sound is considered a leader in the international festival circuit. The Barcelona-based music promotion company the festival’s named after, is committed to bringing quality acts that allow spectators from different generations to enjoy live music to the fullest.
For 2019, headlining artists include Erykah Badu, Tame Impala, Solange and more. Looking for accommodation while in Barcelona? The event’s got you covered with Hostel Primavera or even a travel package if you want the full meal deal.
July 20 & 21
If you need a reason to visit the “city of love” other than the mouth-watering cuisine, iconic architecture and world-famous museums, come for the music! Lollapalooza first made its debut in Paris in 2017, and three years later it’s going strong!
Gather at the striking Hippodrome ParisLongchamp for the 2-day festival packed with French cuisine, art exhibitions and a space dedicated to music fans who want to help the world around them. Experience performances by artists like the Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and more!
You’re already in France, so get out there and explore! We’ve got tips from a local. Check out 16 Best Towns & Villages to Explore in the French Countryside.
Whether you’re heading to Paris or Japan…or even staying within Canada, remember to pack travel insurance. You’ll want to be covered in case of an accident or medical emergency while away from home. That way you can relax and get into that festival spirit!
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