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10 Largest Music Festivals Around the World

From Rock in Rio to Glastonbury, big cities to small towns, music festivals are never a dull affair.

The festivals on this list offer one in a lifetime type of entertainment -they are not only known for the quality of the shows, but also for attracting the largest crowds!

1. Glastonbury

It may not be the biggest, but England’s own is the proud holder of the title of “the largest green-field music and performing arts festival in the world”. Known for its pyramid stage, the five-day festival is one of the most popular across Europe.

  • Where: Pilton, Somerset.
  • When: Late June
  • Average Attendance: 200,000
  • Famous performers: The Cure, Stormzy, The Killers, Bastille, The Lumineers, Lizzo

2. Electric Daisy Carnival

A renowned electronic dance music festival that features art installations, sensory animations, and about every A-lister of the genre.

  • Where: Las Vegas
  • When: May
  • Average Attendance: 400,000
  • Famous performers: Dua Lipa, Dipplo, Calvin Harris, Zedd

3. Essence

A celebration of Black culture and female empowerment, this “party with a purpose” was first held in 1994 with the goal of commemorating the anniversary of Essence Magazine. Today it stands as the largest African-American music festival.

  • Where: New Orleans, US
  • When: July
  • Average Attendance: 450,000
  • Famous performers: Solange, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross

4. Coachella

Perhaps one of the most famous music festivals across North America, Coachella showcases well-respected artists from all different genres. It’s considered one of the most profitable of its kind.

  • Where: Indio, California
  • When: April
  • Average Attendance: 600,000
  • Famous performers: The Weekend, BeyoncĂ©, The 1975, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala

5. Rock in Rio

Brazil’s biggest music festival has been entertaining international crowds since 1985, placing itself as one of the most widely-known events of this type around the globe.

  • Where: Rio de Janeiro
  • When: Late September-Early October
  • Average Attendance: 700,000
  • Famous performers: Queen, Imagine Dragons, Drake, The Foo Fighters.

6. Pol’an’Rock

Lovers of rock, pop, and metal will find their own paradise here. With the motto “Love, Friendship and Music”, this open-air festival pays tribute to the original Woodstock Festival.

  • Where: Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland
  • When: Early August
  • Average Attendance: 750,000
  • Famous performers: The Prodigy, Ziggy Marley, Papa Roach.

7. Summerfest

Spread across the shore of Lake Michigan, Summerfest once held Guinness Record of the World’s Largest Music Festival.

  • Where: Wisconsin, US
  • When: June-July
  • Average Attendance: 800,000
  • Famous performers: Pink, Bon Iver, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jennifer Lopez.

8. Montreal International Jazz Festival

This 10-day long festival offers a combination of free and paid events, and it holds the Guinness Record of the World’s Largest Jazz Festival.

  • Where: MontrĂ©al
  • When: July
  • Average Attendance: 2,000,000
  • Famous performers: Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Charlotte Cardin, Nick Murphy

9. Mawazine

The origin of this festival has its roots in the movements started by the personal secretary to the King of Morocco in an attempt to revitalize the Moroccan’s capital. Mawazine features the perfect mix of regional and international music.

  • Where: Rabat, Morocco
  • When: Late June
  • Average Attendance: 2,500,000
  • Famous performers: Stevie Wonder, David Guetta, Marshmello, J Balvin.

10. Donauinselfest

When it comes to big crowds, Donauinselfest takes the crown. The three-day open-air festival brings artists from all around the globe, featuring all kinds of genres. The best part? It’s completely free!

  • Where: Donauinsel Island, Vienna
  • When: Late June
  • Average Attendance: 3,000,000
  • Famous performers: Train, Billy Idol, Wolfgang Ambros, Taio Cruz