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7 Of The World’s Best Music Festivals To Attend In 2020

No matter your music preference, there are tons of festivals to attend each year that run the gamut of genres. These are the best music festivals in the world to attend in 2020.

From far-off destinations with incredible settings to events that go beyond music and self-expression, the following festivals provide some the best or newest experiences.

Music Festivals Around the World to Attend in 2020

1. Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain

Throughout the first weekend of June in Barcelona, Spain, Primavera Sound takes place. It’s become a favourite among festival-goers for its consistently amazing lineup each year. You’ll find all kinds of music that cross genre barriers from around the world. All on a beachside setting at the Parc del Forum.

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2. Beat Hotel Marrakech – Marrackech, Morocco

Beat Hotel Marrakech is a four-day arts, culture, culinary and music festival in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco at the end of March. Inspired by the Beat poets, guests are encouraged to walk in their footsteps and to explore a different part of the world through entertainment.

Watch local and international talent ranging from acts like Kate Tempest, Kindness and Gilles Peterson. There will also be authors and artists there to present their work and to hold discussions. So, go for more than the music and location.

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3. New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, USA

Spread over two weekends between the last week of April and the first week of May, the New Orleans Jazz Festival is a classic that you must do at some point. The lineup reaches beyond classic acts to include newer, up-and-coming jazz, soul and blues and rhythm artists. Go both weekends, and enjoy the arts, culture and delectable Southern food during the week between sets.

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4. Coachella Music&Arts Festival – California, USA

Yes, everyone is already an expert on this festival, but it is still one of the best out there. Spread over a week in the middle of April, this music and arts festival in the California desert consistently draws incredible acts for a stellar lineup. From fashion to art and a breath-taking atmosphere all around, it’s one to attend at some point.

5. Meadows in the Mountains – Bulgaria

In the complete opposite direction from most music festivals, Meadows in the Mountains focuses on lesser-known acts and curating intimate experiences. During the first weekend of June in the mountains of Bulgaria, there’s a serene medley of sustainability and community.

It’s the perfect escape from the enormous music festivals we often think of today.

6. Montreaux Jazz Festival – Switzerland

The Montreaux Jazz Festival is perhaps Switzerland’s biggest music event of the year–and has been since 1967. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva across two weeks in July, there are tons of acts to hear.

Stroll along the lakefront promenade and wander from set to set. Past performers have included Miles Davis, Nina Simone, David Bowie and Queen among many other notable artists. Go, you never know who you’ll see here (like Lizzo).

7. Luck Reunion – Texas, USA

Every year in March, Willie Nelson throws a one-day music festival in Luck, Texas–a former movie set he bought. You’ll see him and all his friends perform, as well as one lucky up-and-coming act. There’s a lot of chance–and luck–here. Festival-goers have to win tickets through a lottery system. So, put your name in and cross your fingers.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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