The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Are you into music and loves going to music festivals? Well, you’re in for a treat. I find that some of the biggest music festivals in the USA, or around the world, are mere reflections of how much people love music, and that’s the truth. Everybody is a fan of good music, whether it’s rock, jazz, hip-hop or RnB. If the tune is just right and the crowd’s pumped up, we’re in for a long night of music. There’s no better place to feel the groove with the best bands and artists than in a music festival. This is proof that music unites people from all over the world.

The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

Music festivals are quite popular this summer season, with a lot of them selling out months in advance. The lineup for these biggest music festivals are nothing short of amazing. Judging from my experience, these events have become an excuse for gigantic bands, old and new, to play for their fans and younger generations. But you don’t just go to a music fest without knowing what to expect so it’s paramount to check on some tips to survive, particularly for first-time festival-goers. And to infuse more awareness here’s a list of the biggest music festivals ever.

1. Glastonbury

Glastonbury | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Glastonbury is the world’s largest performing arts and greenfield music event which can be traced back to the 1970s pop, blues, and folk festival. This musical event was organized by Michael Eavis at Worthy farm in England. Also known as the Glastonbury Fair has been a time of peace and happiness to everyone. This music fest had an attendance of 175,000 in each of the three days it was held in 2010.

2. Roskilde

This is the biggest and most important music festival in Denmark. The Legendary Bob Marley performed at Roskilde Festival in 1978. Other big bands who played at this four-day festival are Metallica, U2, and Radiohead.

3. Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Rock Werchter started in 1977 as a one-day event with only six performing bands. Today this music fest lasts for four days with 80 performers and a rich history of famous artists like Marilyn Manson, Lenny Kravitz, Ziggy Marley, Simple Minds, and more. Werchter, Belgium holds a record of 100,000 festival-goers back in 1984.

4. T in the Park

T in the Park | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Scotland’s biggest and most renowned music festival has been around for over 20 years. This music event in Kinross, Scotland has been very successful since it launched in 1994. They quadrupled their number since then, and this year, they opened with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

5. Exit

Exit | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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A music fest staged in Serbia’s Petrovaradin fortress, “Exit” is a blend of great music, radical politics, and magnificent backdrop, making it one of the most anticipated summer music fests. An estimated 300,000 to 350,000 festival-goers flood the event each year and showcase a range of artists such as punk, metal, and experimental genres.

6. Coachella

Coachella | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Prior to becoming a major musical event, Coachella was the result of Pearl Jam’s refusal to perform at venues that are operated by Ticketmaster. The Empire Polo Club where Pearl Jam had their concert in 1993 was found suitable for big events, thus, the birth of the Coachella music fest, featuring a wide array of musical genres.

7. Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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With 200 acts and a duration of three days, Pukkelpop in Hasselt, Belgium has only grown since it started in 1985. This event attracts 150,000 or more people each year to its 8 stages making it one of Belgium’s largest open-air festivals.

8. The Big Day Out

The Big Day Out | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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The Big Day Out stretches to five Australian cities and Auckland, New Zealand. The festival started in 1992 at Sydney when big name bands including Nirvana performed along with local artists. It was extended the following year to Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, then to the Gold Coast and Auckland, New Zealand in 1994. The Big Day Out is famous for introducing great new music talents.

9. The Pinkpop

The Pink Pop | The 9 Biggest Music Festivals Of All Time

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Pinkpop is one of the world’s longest running annual pop music event with its inaugural festival taking place in 1970. Overcrowding due to its popularity was resolved by extending Pinkpop to a three-day affair hosting 180,000 people in Netherlands’ best-known music fest.


Watch this short video and get a glimpse of the Coachella music fest experience.

It’s never easy being in a music fest and I can attest to that as a festival-goer in some of the events on this list. All the fun and activity will drain your energy which is part of the whole youthful adventure we are all seeking. And as soon as the music starts rollin’ it’s as if everyone in the crowd speaks the same language. Music has a remarkable way of bringing people together.


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