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Event Category: Music Festivals

We are like good music festivals – where it’s the Proms or Glastonbury – there is something about music that gets the old heartbeat racing. What is it that Shakespeare said? Well, we will play on with some of our music festivals from around the world.

World Music Celebrations

From Nowruz, the celebration of Persian New Year, to Thailand’s colourful Wonderfruit Festival the world abounds with glorious cultural festivals in which music plays a key role. Whether its Ultra Music in Singapore or Mongolia’s Naadam Festival, there is always something to strike the right note with you.

European Music Festivals

This is no more so than in Europe when traditionally the continent becomes alive with the sound of music each summer. From the Sziget Festival in Hungary to the Brussels Summer Festival and Pukkelpop in Belgium be prepared to party.

US Music Festivals

In the US, there are more events celebrating music than there are beer festivals – although the two often merge into one, sometimes messily. Outside Lands Music and Arts, Bluesapalooza, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Austin City Limits are a few of the standout American festivals. But if you are still feeling young then why not try Coachella Valley or for a totally other worldly experience there’s always the Frozen Dead Guys Festival.

Music Festivals in the UK

Brits love their music too – after all we did invent the Beatles. Away from the mud of Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight Festival is one of the leading gigs in the country. Alternatively, you could head for the beauty Northeast for the Lindisfarne Festival. If you like your music more mellow, try the Cambridge Folk Festival, while blues fans could head to South Wales for Tenby Blues Festival.

For a more classical twist, the Edinburgh Festival could be for you, and you can always pop in on the Edinburgh Fringe while you are there. Or alternatively, try the Bury St Edmunds Festival for Suffolk’s take on culture.

Music Festivals London

The capital has gigs every night of the week, but the summer is particularly musical with concerts in Hyde Park and the Soho Music month, culminating with the Notting Hill Carnival.

Jazz Festivals

If you like you music hot then there are jazz gigs around the world. In Thailand, you can choose from the Hua Hin Jazz festival and the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival, while in Europe there is Denmark’s Vinterjazz and Jazz Brugge Festival. In London, make sure you don’t miss out on the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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May 2019

Venice Biennale 2019 (La Biennale di Venezia)

May 11 - November 24
Venice Venice,Italy
Venice Biennale Italy

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September 2019

Mothman Festival 2019, West Virginia, USA

September 21 - September 22
Point Pleasant, Main Street
Point Pleasant,West VirginiaUnited States
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Mothman Festival, USA

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Oktoberfest Munich 2019, Germany

September 21 - October 6
Theresienwiese, Bavariaring
Munich,Bavaria80336Germany
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Free
Oktoberfest Munich, Germany

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October 2019

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019, Texas

October 4 - October 13
Zilker Park Austin,TexasUnited States + Google Map
austin City Limits music

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Limon Carnival Costa Rica 2019

October 12
Puerto Limon Puerto Limon,LimonCosta Rica + Google Map
Limon Carnival festivals in america

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November 2019

Pushkar Camel Fair 2019, India

November 4 - November 12
Pushkar Camel Fair Pushkar,RajasthanIndia + Google Map
Pushkar Camel Fair

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Tenby Blues Festival 2019, Wales

November 8 - November 10
Tenby Tenby,PembrokeshireUnited Kingdom
Tenby Blues Festival

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EFG London Jazz Festival, 2019

November 15 - November 24
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
EFG London Jazz Festival

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December 2019

Wonderfruit Festival 2019,Thailand

December 12 - December 16
The Fields, Siam Country Club
Pattaya,ChonburyThailand
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Wonderfruit Festival Thailand

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La Feria de Cali 2019 (Cali Fair), Colombia

December 25 - December 30
Various locations in Cali Santiago de Cali,Colombia
La Feria de Cali, Colombia

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January 2020

Chinese New Year 2020

January 25, 2020 - January 30, 2020
Various
Chinese New Year

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February 2020

Thaipusam Festival Malaysia 2020

February 8, 2020 - February 10, 2020
Batu Caves, Batu Caves
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
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Thaipusam Festival

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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020

February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020
Different venues in Hong Kong Hong Kong + Google Map
Hong Kong Arts Festival

International top artists giving world class performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and the familiar to the surprising – the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 is this vibrant city’s premier cultural happening. Organised since 1973, the festival is now in its 48th edition and has grown into the territory’s biggest arts event of the year drawing thousands of spectators. What is the Hong Kong Arts Festival? During the four weeks of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020, leading…

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March 2020

Nowruz or Persian New Year 2020

March 21, 2020
Various
Nowruz - Persian New Year

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Carnaval de Binche (Carnival of Binche) 2020, Belgium

March 23, 2020 - March 25, 2020
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
Carnaval de Binche

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July 2020

WOMAD 2020 : the World’s Music Festival

July 23, 2020 - July 26, 2020
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
WOMAD

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