10 Biggest Music Festivals in the World 2024

10 Biggest Music Festivals in the World 2024

Festivals are the beating heart of the music industry. They’re top of the travel bucket list for any music enthusiast. The most popular festivals in the world are multi-day events, usually incorporating camping and giving you the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the industry. 

Festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury have become pop culture icons, offering an immersive experience, with fans battling every year for the best tickets. You’ll find festivals in almost every country, with over 32 million people attending U.S festivals annually and the UK hosting more than 1,000 music festivals every year.

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We’re rounding up the 10 most popular festivals in the world and how you can attend in 2024. 

1. Coachella

Coachella is the musical festival in the desert. It’s held over two weekends and plays hosts to chart-toppers across multiple genres.

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Coachella promises to be one of the top music festivals in the world, with Lana Del Rey, Tyler the Creator, Doja Cat, and No Doubt headlining alongside other viral talent. 

  • Where: Indio, USA
  • When: 12-14 and 19-21 April 2024
  • Price: 3-day passes start at $448
  • Attendance: Just under 600,000 festival goers. 

2024 is the year the event is expanding with its ‘Quasar’ stage, offering festival goers more artists to listen to with extended sets.

You can choose between general admission tickets and VIP passes with add-ons like shuttle passes and camping.

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2. Glastonbury

Glastonbury is one of the most popular festivals in the world, starting in 1970, showcasing household names alongside up-and-coming talent.

The festival is hosted over 1100 acres of land in the UK, making it twice the size of Monaco.

  • Where: Somerset, UK
  • When: 26 – 30 June April 2024
  • Price: £360
  • Attendance: 220,000 people

This year, Glastonbury is hosting international talent with the biggest names performing on the Pyramid stage, with a lineup including Shania Twain, Paloma Faith and others.

While passes for Glastonbury 2024 are sold out, resale tickets will be available for sale in April.

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3. Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival started in 1997 and attracts music lovers from around the globe. It is the biggest festival in Japan, with over 200 domestic and international talent performing.

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Headliners for the main stages in 2024 include household names like SZA, Kraftwerk, Noel Gallagher, and Girl in Red.

  • Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • When: 26th-28th July 2024.
  • Price: ¥60,000 for a 3-day ticket
  • Attendance: estimated 100,000 attendees 

This three-day music festival sees more than 100,000 attendees annually and is famous for being surrounded by the natural beauty of Naeba Ski Resort, with organizers committed to making it as eco-friendly as possible. 

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4. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is considered one of the best music festivals in the USA. This music festival originally started in the early ‘90s as a touring event before finding a permanent home in Grant Park, Chicago.

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It caters to a variety of music genres, including hip-hop, electronic dance, and heavy metal. 

  • Where: Chicago, USA
  • When: 1st – 4th August 2024
  • Price: $385+ for 4-day general admission
  • Attendance: 400,000 people

Famous names performing this year include Blink-182, The Killers, Hozier, Melanie Martinez, and Reneé Rapp.

You can see over 170 performers on 8 epic stages at Lollapalooza in 2024.

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5. Primavera Sound Barcelona

  • Where: Barcelona, Spain
  • When: 29th May – 2nd June 2024
  • Price: €300 for full festival passes
  • Attendance: 220,000

Primavera Sound is an annual indie music festival held annually in Barcelona. It’s one of the biggest music festivals in Spain, with performers like Lana Del Rey, Mitski, Charli XCX, and Vampire Weekend scheduled on the main stages.

This outdoor music festival was the first major one to achieve a gender-equal line-up in 2019.

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6. SXSW (South by Southwest)

  • Where: Austin, USA
  • When: 11-16 March
  • Price: $945 for a music badge
  • Attendance: 160,000 for music events

 Photo by Keira Lindgren

SXSW is a multi-media event focusing on interactive media, music, and film in the USA. It’s hosted annually in Austin, Texas, taking over the heart of Downtown Austin, with the Convention Center becoming the focal point for the festival.

It’s the largest festival in the world, with over 2,000 acts having performed there by 2014.

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7. Sziget Festival

  • Where: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: 7th – 12 August 2024
  • Price: €199 for a 3-day pass or €289 for a 6-day pass
  • Attendance: 530,000 in 2019.

Sziget is one of the most budget-friendly 2024 festivals. It’s held on a 108-hectare island in northern Budapest. You can experience over 1,000 performances across 6 days, making it one of the best music festivals in 2024.

Top music acts announced for this year include Fred Again, Martin Garrix, Sam Smith, and Stormzy.

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8. Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio is the world’s largest festival, with almost 1.4 million people attending its first event in 1985. Big names at this year’s festival include Ne-Yo, Evanescence, Camila Cabello, and the Jonas Brothers.

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The main stage is the first 100% recycled stage at a music festival.

  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal
  • When: 15 – 23rd June 2024
  • Price: Weekend passes for €147 or €84 for daily tickets
  • Attendance: estimated 385,000

Don’t let the name fool you. This year’s festival is being held in Lisbon and not in Brazil.

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9. Roskilde Festival

  • Where: Roskilde, Denmark
  • When: 29th June to 6th July
  • Price: 2400DKK for 8-day ticket with camping
  • Attendance: 130,000 attendees

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This isn’t your usual weekend festival. Roskilde is an 8-day festival focused on activism, art, and music. It’s the largest music festival in Europe and has been going strong since 1971.

Main stage acts include a diverse lineup of Doja Cat, Tyla, Skrillex, and Foo Fighters. 

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 10. Tomorrowland

  • Where: Boom, Belgium
  • When: 19th – 29th July 2024 
  • Price: One week access starting at €300
  • Attendance: 400,000 

2024 is the 20th anniversary of Tomorrowland, with over 400 electronic music artists scheduled to appear. It’s one of the top 2024 festivals, with David Guetta and Tiësto headlining the event.

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