The Biggest Music Festivals in the World

Scoping out new festivals to attend in 2022? Check out our list of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 1st Mar 2022

There really is no experience like a music festival. There’s something about singing your heart out, dancing so hard it feels like your heart will burst through your chest and moshing until every part of you is sore that just can’t be replicated. It’s freeing and unifying all at once. 

If we had to guess, we’d say it has something to do with the magic that happens when thousands of like-minded music lovers get together to enjoy some bangers together. It's a pretty magical experience. So naturally, it makes you wonder what the biggest music festivals in the world are. From Glasto to Tomorrowland and a few others you probably haven't heard of, here are the biggest music festivals in the world.  

 

 

Glastonbury

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When: Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th June 

Where: Pilton, Somerset, England

Attendance: 203,000 

Lineup: Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Little Simz, more TBA 

Glastonbury is known across the globe for its huge lineups, large capacity and quality entertainment in the form of live music, circus performers, cinemas, and so much more. Glasto has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 1970, a time when the festival was only one day and £1 a ticket. Today, it’s the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

Not much has been revealed about this year's edition yet, but we know Billie Eilish will be headlining the Pyramid Stage with Diana Ross filling the legends slot and Little Simz headlining the West Holts stage.

 

Find tickets for Glastonbury - here

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Coachella

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When: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th & Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April 

Where: Indio, California, USA

Attendance: 250,000

Lineup: Billie Eilish, Kanye West (Ye), Harry Styles 

Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in America and the world, known for attracting the most in-demand artists to its stages. This year’s looking as huge as ever with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Kanye West set to headline. Alongside them are some artists who are dominating the scene, such as Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Stromae, Daniel Caesar, Phoebe Bridgers, and Maneskin.

This massive event is one to mark on your calendar whether you plan on attending or not. We're dying to see what legendary performances go down this year as many artists have career-defining sets at this fest. 

 

Find tickets for Coachella - here

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Creamfields North

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When: Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August

Where: Daresbury, Cheshire, England 

Attendance: 280,000

Lineup: Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Camelphat, Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Bicep, Black Coffee, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Timmy Trumpet, Tiesto, Solardo, Nina Kraviz, Sonny Fodera, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike 

Creamfields is without a doubt the UK’s biggest and most prestigious electronic music festival. Creamfields collates the most adored artists across multiple electronic genres, including house and techno, trance, EDM and dance, drum and bass and more. 

This year the lineup is incredibly impressive. And alongside those massive artists, you can also catch Example, Lilly Palmer, Kings of the Rollers, Paul Van Dyk, Hot Since 82, Dom Dolla, Becky Hill, and so many more. 

Thanks to years and years of success paired with loyal fans, the fest has created a sister event in the south, too.

 

Find tickets for Creamfields North - hereFind tickets for Creamfields South - here

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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 

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When: Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd May 

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, USA 

Attendance: 300,000 +

Lineup: Alesso, Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Solardo B2B Vintage Culture, Vini Vici, Benny Benassi, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, Afrojack B2B R3hab, Nina Kraviz, Eric Prydz, Timmy Trumpet

EDC, 2017 winner of the Festival Of The Year award at the Electronic Music Awards, is a huge festival characterised by loads, and we mean loads, of lights, pyro, and mad stage production. Every year, EDC lights up Las Vegas Motor Speedway, creating a magical atmosphere for the hundreds of thousands in the crowd.

The fest brings the hottest acts in house, trance, techno, EDM, dubstep, dance, hardstyles and more. As one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world, the festival delivers unmatched lineups each year, with 2022 being no different. 

 


  

Lollapalooza Chicago 

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When: Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st July 

Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Attendance: 380,000

Lineup: TBA 

The story of Lolla starts back in 1991 when Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell wanted to do a farewell tour for the band. The tour stopped in more than twenty North American cities and proved super successful. 

Since then, the festival has welcomed many music titans from around the globe and across multiple genres and has expanded to France, Chile, Argentina, Germany, and Sweden.

Thanks to its popularity, the festival has never had any problems booking the industry's best and most popular bands. Past editions have featured Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Tool, Soundgarden, Cypress Hill, Sinead O'Connor, Amy Winehouse, Daft Punk, Patti Smith, and SZA.

 


 

Tomorrowland Music Festival 

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When:  Friday 15th - Saturday 17th & Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th & Friday 29th - Sunday 31st July

Where: Boom, Flanders, Belgium

Attendance: 400,000 

Lineup: Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Joel Corry, Alan Walker, Amelie Lens, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, B Jones, Acraze, 3 Are Legend

Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival that goes down in Belgium (and some other countries) every year, attracting thousands from all corners of the globe to celebrate multiple genres including EDM, dance, house, techno, hip hop, pop, hardstyles, and everything in between.

The fest is now one of the biggest electronic festivals and is known for its to-die-for lineups, crazy stages and immaculate vibes. It’s back again in 2022 and ready to knock some socks off, blow some minds, and leave hundreds of thousands of people with no voice left and tired legs. 

 

Find tickets for Tomorrowland - here

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Primavera Sound Barcelona

When: Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain

Attendance: 500,000

Lineup: Massive Attack, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Jorja Smith, Tyler, the Creator, Gorillaz, Beck, Pavement, The National, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dua Lipa, Lorde, Megan Thee Stallion, Interpol, Phoenix, Jamie xx, Disclosure

Primavera is one of the most popular festivals in Europe, and this year they are not messing about. Just peep the size of that lineup. And those are just the headliners. As you can see, the fest isn’t dedicated to any particular genre with rock, indie, pop, hip hop, and electronic music all over the lineup poster. 

This year will be huge as the music rages on for ten days with the headlines slots being filled by the best in their respective music scenes. Since we all love the festival so damn much, it’s expanded to include editions in Portugal, the US, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

If you’re after a huge, diverse festival, Primavera Sound Barcelona is a fantastic shout. 

 

Find tickets for Primavera Sound - here

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

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When: Friday 29th April - Sunday 8th May 

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Attendance: 500,000 

Lineup: The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Luke Combs, Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu 

With twelve (yeah, twelve) stages, music’s greatest artists on the bill, crafts and marketplaces, and over 50 years of history, New Orleans Jazz Festival, also known as Jazz Fest, is one of America’s biggest and longest-running festivals.

Over those fifty plus years, the festival has established itself as one of the world’s most important, featuring the best music from a variety of genres including, but not limited to, rock, blues, RnB, jazz, funk, gospel, Latin, Caribbean, African, folk, reggae and more. 

The festival, owned by the nonprofit The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, uses the proceeds for year-round programs to support music and culture. So not will you see the best artists live, but you’ll also be supporting a great nonprofit! 

 


 

Sziget Festival

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When: Wednesday 10th - Monday 15th August

Where: Obuda Island, Budapest, Hungary 

Attendance: 565,000

Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Kings Of Leon, Tame Impala

Let us introduce you to Budapest’s best music festival. Sziget Festival is one of the biggest in Europe and welcomes artists spanning a range of genres to perform to around 530,000 music fans each year.

You can find just about any popular genre at Sziget, but pop, indie, rock, electronic, hip hop, are among the most popular. This year, the lineup is shockingly good with something to suit everyone’s tastes with pop icons Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa, crucial indie bands Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, and Kings Of Leon, and a splash of electronic from Calvin Harris.

Sziget takes place on Obuda Island, also known as The Island of Freedom. There’s a beach for chilling on, water for cooling off in, and all the tunes your heart desires. 

 

Find tickets for Sziget Festival - here

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Summerfest

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When: Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th June & Thursday 30th June - Saturday 2nd July & Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th July 

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Attendance: 400,000 - 800,000

Lineup: Justin Bieber, Rod Stewart, Halsey, more TBA

Summerfest will take place over three consecutive weekends in June/July, bringing over 1,000 performances across 12 stages to hundreds of thousands of lucky attendees. More artists are still to be announced, but the lineup is already looking good with some huge names that will no doubt pull crowds that are perfect for getting lost in. 

Summerfest welcomes just about any genre, including country and similar genres such as bluegrass and Americana, rock, blues, hip hop, jazz, reggae, RnB, metal, pop and more. And with still plenty of artists to be confirmed, the lineup could still swing in the direction of just about any genre. 

 

Find tickets for Summerfest - here

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Pol'and'Rock Festival 

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When: Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th August 

Where: Czaplinek, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Attendance: 750,000

Prospected lineup: Dropkick Murphys, Limp Bizkit, Tagada Jones, Fiddler's Green, Jinjer, While She Sleeps

Pol’and’Rock Festival, also known as Woodstock Poland, is a free festival with around 750,000 attending each year. The festival has come a long way since its inception. The first edition featured mainly Polish rock bands and didn’t serve alcohol. Now the festival books some of the biggest names in the industry with Gojira, The Hives, Bring Me The Horizon, and The Prodigy all having performed in recent years. 

While the festival is rooted in rock and heavier music, recent years have seen different genres, including reggae, electronic music, classical music, and folk. Mud baths are somewhat of a tradition, so if you plan on going, we recommend bringing some shower gel, a big bottle of water and a packet or two of baby wipes. 

 


  

Rock in Rio 

When: Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September & Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th September

Where: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Attendance: Unknown, but past editions have seen as many as 1.5 million 

Lineup: Iron Maiden, Post Malone, Justin Bieber, Guns N' Roses, Green Day, Coldplay, Dua Lipa 

Rock in Rio is a multi-genre music festival covering rock, pop, indie, alternative, and metal. The festival is so popular the team behind it decided to take its magic to Portugal and Spain, too. 

From its first edition in 1985, the festival was a hit with around 1.4 million people attending. Yep, 1.4 million people travelled to the fest to catch a glimpse of music legends Queen performing alongside other legends such as Rod Stewart, Iron Maiden, Yes, The B-52s, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Now, the festival perfectly balances multiple genres, creating a festival with something for everyone. 

 


  

Mawazine

When: TBA 

Where: Rabat, Morocco

Attendance: 2,750,000

Lineup: TBA

If you’re scared of crowds, you might want to stay away from this one. Mawazin, which translates to "rhythms of the world", is a seriously big festival with an attendance of around 2,750,000. No, that’s not a typo. 2,750,000 people attended in 2019.

Since the festival's beginnings in 2002, some real legends have graced the stage, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and Elton John. The lineup for this year hasn’t been revealed yet, but you can guarantee there’ll be household names alongside smaller artists from around the world.

 


 

Donauinselfest

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When: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June

Where: Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria

Attendance: 3,000,000

Lineup: TBA 

With a whopping 3 million attendees over the festival’s three days, Donauindelfest is the biggest open-air festival in the world. The festival takes place on an island and has eleven open-air stages, 16 tented areas, and features many local bands and DJs alongside some of the biggest names in the industry such as Sean Paul, Scorpions, Billy Idol, Simple Minds, and Paul van Dyk.

Like Pol’and’Rock Festival, Donauinselfest is outdoors and free to attend. Over three days, the festival brings a variety of genres, including indie, rock, electronic, folk and more, and more than 300 music, cabaret, and theatre acts perform. 

 


 

And there you have it, the biggest festivals in the world. Which have you been to? And which is on the cards for 2022? No matter which you decide to check out, you’re certain to have an unbelievably good time. They’re the biggest in the world for a reason, you know. 

 



 

Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.

 

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