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Kanika Nevatia Jan 07 2015

Must-visit music festivals in 2015

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Pack your bags and head off to attend some of the grandest and most elaborate music festivals in 2015. This list of festivals provides something for every music enthusiast, whether you are a die-hard rock fan or a folk music lover. Tune in to the list for a comprehensive guide to the world of music festivals.

1. January

BPM Festival

This festival that takes place against the glorious beaches of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico has become a trending hot-spot for electronic music lovers and party pilgrims from all over the world.
Date: 9-18 January

BPM Festival image from the official Facebook page

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Grab a tent, book your tickets and head to the small town of Lexton in Australia that celebrates long weekend during the Australia Day through music, dance and arts. Mostly electronic based, the music at the Rainbow Serpent Festival runs 24 hours for the 4 days that the party lasts.

Date: 23-26 January

Rainbow Serpent Festival image from the official Facebook page

2. February


This annual music festival is among the best reasons to visit Jaisalmer, that started out in 2012 as a fiesta for music lovers. To be held at a campsite in Khuri Desert, the festival is a must visit for artists and music lovers.

Date: 12-15 February

Ragasthan image from the official Facebook page

World Sufi Spirit Festival

The gorgeous properties of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and the Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur are host to one of the most soulful and spiritual festivals, the World Sufi Spirit Festival, that attracts artists from all over the world.

Date: 9-11 February at Nagaur, 13-15 February at Jodhpur

World Sufi Spirit Festival image from the official Facebook page

Envision Festival

Can’t decide whether you love those windswept beaches or the tropical jungles more? Don’t fret! The annual international Envision Festival combines those two in its idyllic setting in Costa Rica. The festival that is an adventurer’s paradise is eco-conscious while hosting an amazing collection of international artists.

Date: 26 February - 1 March

Envision Festival image by Charlie Aguirrie from the official Facebook page

3. March

South by Southwest Festival

This festival, popularly known by its acronym SXSW, is held in Austin, Texas and is a cultural fiesta that combines music, film and technology. Apart from performances by world-renowned artists, the festival is known for showcasing talents of upcoming artists and bands. If you are new to the music scene and waiting to be “discovered”, SXSW is the place to be!

Date: 13-21 March

SXSW image from the official Facebook page

Ultra Music Festival

This festival that started in 1999 on the beaches of Miami has become a worldwide rage. The festival that sees some of the biggest and most renowned names in the world of music is a never-ending dance party at the gorgeous beaches of Miami.

Date: 27-29 March

Ultra Music Festival image from the official Facebook page

4. April

Splashy Fen

South-Africa’s largest running annual music festival, Splashy Fen is one of the best ways to celebrate the Easter weekend every year and offers a 4-day line-up of some of the most famous artists around the world. The festival celebrates non-stop live music, excellent acoustics and the chance to camp-out in one of the most picturesque locations in the country.

Date: 2-6 April

Splashy Fen Festival image from the official Facebook page

Kasauli Rhythm and Blues

The festival lights up the quaint town of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh with soulful renditions and magnetic performances by Indian artists and bands. The festival embraces the spirit of giving by using the proceeds from the event for saving the lives of critically ill children.

Date: 3-5 April

An image of Kasauli by Mayank Bhagya

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Popularly known as Coachella, this is an annual fest held in the polo fields in southern California. The festival is a grand celebration of not just beautiful music of every genre but also large-scale art installations, brilliant dance-a-thons and an enviable line-up of artists.

Date: 10-12 April, 17-19 April

Coachella image by w:en:Afunk45

5. May

Hangout Music Festival

Kick-off your summer at some of the whitest beaches as you attend this music festival in Alabama. The festival boasts of an impressive line-up and the chance to gaze at the Gulf of Mexico.

Date: 15-17 May

Hangout Music Festival image by Nishantgogna

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

The festival offers a unique experience in the myriad lanes of the 1200-year old ancient city of Morocco in north Africa. Immerse yourself in music from around the world and satisfy your hunger for spirituality and art in music.

Date: 22-30 May

Image of Fes Festival of World Sacred Music taken in 2005 by Hekerui

6. June

Bangalore Open Air

This is India’s first major pure metal festival that features some of the biggest international as well as local artists. Only 3 years old, the festival has managed to gather a massive following and a loyal fan base.

Date: 6 June

Bangalore Open Air image from the official Facebook page

Download Festival

Termed as Europe’s biggest rock concert, the Download Festival is a must attend for all heavy-metal enthusiasts. To be held at Derby, UK, the festival sees the likes of Linkin Park and Aerosmith among others.

Date: 13-15 June

Download Festival image from the official Facebook page

7. July


The biggest, grandest and the most popular music festival of the world, Tomorrowland, is an artist’s delight and a music lover’s paradise. Held at Belgium, the festival is famous for not just the incredible line-up of the who’s who of the music world, but also for the expansive, creative and gorgeously designed stages. A must-visit!!

Date: 24-26 July

An image of Tomorrowland by e³°°°

Exit Festival

An annual musical carnival held at the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia, the Exit Festival is Europe’s most loved electronic music festival. The festival hosts an amazingly diverse genre of music over a period of 4 days and nights.

Date: 9-12 July

EXIT festival image from the official Facebook page

8. August

Leeds Festival

This annual festival held in United Kingdom along with the Reading Festival is among the biggest rock concerts of the world. The stunning line-up and the wild party push it to the list of best music festivals in 2015.

Date: 28-30 August

Leeds Festival image from the official Facebook page

International Mariachi Festival

Nothing is more Mexican than the mariachi music that is native to the country. Every year visitors from all over the world gather at the city of Guadalajara to attend the International Mariachi Festival that is a symbol of the Mexican culture and history.

Date: 26 August-6 September (Tentative)

International Mariachi Festival image by Rei Ayanami en Tokyotres

9. September

Burning Man Festival

Stranded in a desert but not really alone? That’s what the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, US will be like. The festival transforms a vast desert space into a cultural fiesta and a riot of artistic expressions.

Date: 31 August-7 September

Image of Burning Man Festival by Aaron Logan


Want to travel to a music festival with your kids in tow? The Bestival in England is the perfect choice for you! Apart from the famous line-up of international artists at the festival, the fancy dress parade is what makes the festival a must-visit.

Date: 10-13 September

An image of camping sites at the Bestival by BenGrantham

10. October

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

An absolutely free, non-commercial music festival at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco? Sounds unbelievable, right? Wrong! The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is completely funded by billionaire Warren Hellman and is attended by thousands of people from across the world.

Date: 2-4 October

Image of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival by Jim Bahn

Great Indian October Fest

Inspired by the German Oktoberfest, the Great Indian October Fest held annually in Bengaluru is a crazy celebration of good music and lots of beer. Look forward to celebrating Indian artists, exciting games and endless beer!

Date: Not yet announced

Great Indian October Fest image by Mamtagowda

11. November

Iceland Airwaves

Every year people from all over the world flock to the gorgeous land of fire and ice to be a part of the Iceland Airwaves. The festival that is held in the city of Reykjavik, Iceland is famous for international artists as well as many upcoming local artists in the region.

Date: 4-8 November

Iceland Airwaves image by Clusternote

NH7 Weekender

Originally started in the Indian city of Pune, the NH7 Weekender has expanded to include the cities of Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata for its musical weekends. Indulge in great music, a crazy crowd and an absolutely electrifying atmosphere.

Date: Not yet announced

NH7 Weekender image by sankarshan

12. December


Asia’s largest 3-day electronic music festival, Sunburn is held annually in Goa. The incredible line-up, the brilliant international and national DJs and the gorgeous beaches of Goa, make it an absolute riot for all music and dance lovers.

Date: End of December

Sunburn festival image by Pdmsunburn

Enchanted Valley Carnival

A music festival unlike any other, this fest is held at the scenic location of Aamby Valley in Lonavala near Mumbai. It offers an unparalleled experience with music from across genres from around the world and a beautiful campsite for the adventure seekers.

Date: End of December

Image of Enchanted Valley Carnival from the official Facebook page

Music is what unites humanity as does culture and religion. So, pick your destination, select your genre (or maybe not!) and travel across the globe to attend some of the best music festival in 2015. Also, while you are at it, do travel for some of the most breathtaking festivals in 2015.

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