How Many Music Festivals Are There in the World? 

The number of music festivals worldwide has increased dramatically over the last decade. Despite this growth, there are still a lot of unorganized events around the world. Here is a quick list of some of the more famous music festivals worldwide. You may have never heard of Vive Latino, Hellfest, Rock en the Seine, or Lollapalooza, but you can bet you’ve seen one or two that you’d enjoy. 

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Vive Latino 

Vive Latino is a Mexico City music festival that draws thousands of people each year. The lineup features artists like Limb Bizkit, La Gusana Ciega, and the Santa Fe Klan. If you want to watch the music without having to travel to Mexico City, the festival is broadcast on its website. Vive Latino also offers merch and art exhibits. 

Hellfest 

Clisson, France, is a postcard-perfect village famous for its historic ruins and picturesque river. Hellfest, however, transforms the town into an extreme music festival. There are over 160 bands from all over the world on six stages, representing the subgenres of metal from stoner rock to punk and black metal. The festival has sold out for decades and attracts over 150,000 metalheads from around the world. 

Rock en Seine 

If you love live music, you’ve probably wondered: How many music festivals are there in the world, and how many have I missed? Some festivals draw more people than the population of a megacity, but the world’s most famous music festivals are still relatively small affairs. These events offer the chance to hear international artists and see the best bands, but there’s no question that music festivals are not for everyone. 

Lollapalooza 

There are countless music festivals throughout the world, and each one offers a unique experience. From country to hip hop to heavy metal, you can find a festival that fits your tastes. The festival itself offers local food, drink, and pyrotechnics – all for one low price. Getting tickets is easy, too, since each event is different. And if you’re thinking about going, there are many more than just a few. 

SXSW 

It is estimated that over 32 million people go to music festivals every year – more than the entire population of Texas. One out of every five people goes to a festival during their youth, and over 14.7 million are from the “millennial” generation, the age group characterized by an increased interest in music. The average festival goer drives 903 miles to attend, which is approximately equivalent to driving from New York to Orlando. 

Isle of Wight Festival 

The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the world’s top music festivals, and for good reason. The 1970 lineup was full of peak youth bands, as well as the greatest musical force of all time. Jimi Hendrix gave one of his last great concerts, while Emerson, Lake, and Palmer performed a cover of ‘Pictures in an Exhibition, which became their power-play masterpiece. The Moody Blues also gave one of their best performances in the festival’s history, delivering ‘Nights in White Satin’ in a powerful and emotional performance.